Geopolitical News, 06 Jan 2019

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Pope appeals for safe port for migrants on two rescue ships

Pope Francis urged European leaders on Sunday to stop bickering over the fate of 49 migrants blocked aboard two humanitarian rescue ships on the Mediterranean and give them a safe port of call.
Turkey should not attack Kurds after U.S. Syria pull-out: U.S. national security adviser

White House national security adviser John Bolton added a new condition on Sunday to the U.S. withdrawal from Syria, saying Turkey must agree to protect the United States’ Kurdish allies.


Trump: weakness in China economy gives Beijing incentive for trade deal

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that trade talks with China were going very well and that weakness in the Chinese economy gave Beijing a reason to work toward a deal.
China graft watchdog investigating science official

China placed a senior official of the country’s Association for Science and Technology under investigation for suspected graft, state media Xinhua reported Sunday.
Sudan security forces arrest Khartoum University lecturers: professors

Sudanese security authorities arrested several faculty members from Khartoum University on Sunday, two professors said, after they joined anti-government protests that have posed the most serious challenge to President Omar al-Bashir’s rule.
Syrian opposition urges countries not to reconcile with Assad

Syria’s chief opposition negotiator said on Sunday he was surprised by countries rebuilding ties with the Syrian government and urged them to reverse their decision.
Nigerian militant group claims ‘warning’ strike on Conoil facility

A Nigerian militant group said on Sunday it had carried out an as yet unconfirmed warning strike on an oil facility owned by local energy firm Conoil on Friday in the southern state of Bayelsa.
DUP calls on British government to dump ‘poison’ Brexit backstop

The Northern Irish party that props up Britain’s minority government on Sunday called on Prime Minister Theresa May to stand firm in demanding that the EU changes its “poison” backstop provision on Ireland’s post-Brexit border.
Lviv airport in Ukraine delays flights due to incident

Lviv international airport in Western Ukraine delayed several flights on Sunday after a Turkish Airlines passenger plane skidded off the runway while preparing for takeoff for Istanbul.
Malaysia’s king abdicates after two years on throne

Malaysia’s King Muhammad V abdicated on Sunday, the palace said, after two years on the throne, the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing their five-year tenure.
Erdogan spokesman says irrational to claim Turkey targets Kurds

President Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman said on Sunday it was irrational to claim Turkey targets Kurds, saying Ankara’s targets were the militants of Islamic State and the Kurdish groups YPG and PKK, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.
Nigerian militant group says carried out ‘warning’ strike on Conoil facility in Bayelsa state

A Nigerian militant group on Sunday said it carried out a “warning” strike on an oil facility owned by energy company Conoil in the southern state of Bayelsa on Friday and threatened a production shut down.
Israel holding Jewish seminary students over Palestinian woman’s death

Israel has arrested five Jewish seminary students in the occupied West Bank in connection with a rock attack on a Palestinian car that killed a woman, the Israeli domestic intelligence service said on Sunday.
Syrian opposition says surprised by countries reconciling with Assad

Syria’s chief opposition negotiator said on Sunday he was surprised by countries rebuilding ties with the Syrian government and urged them to revisit their decision.
Fairouz Cafe brings Levantine nostalgia to southern Iraq

Mohammed Abdul Ameer’s nostalgia for better days and his roots in the Levant were what inspired him to open Basra’s first mixed-gender cafe since the rule of Saddam Hussein, and themed in honor of the Lebanese singer Fairouz.
Berlin airports face delays on Monday over security staff strike

German trade union Verdi is calling on security staff at Berlin’s Schoenefeld and Tegel airports to go on strike for up to four hours on Monday, action that will likely cause delays.
Merkel’s coalition partner demands answers over German data breach

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats (SPD), demanded on Sunday that her interior minister quickly find out what Germany’s security agencies knew about a huge data breach and how they reacted.
Malaysia’s king steps down: palace statement

Malaysia’s King Muhammad V resigned on Sunday, the first time a monarch has stepped down from the throne before completing their five-year tenure.
At least 30 gold miners killed in tunnel collapse in northern Afghanistan

At least 30 Afghans were killed on Sunday when the tunnel they were digging in to mine gold in northern Afghanistan collapsed, officials said.
Poland to close ‘escape rooms’ that fail safety standards: PM

Poland will close ‘escape rooms’ that do not meet safety standards, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday after a fire killed five teenage girls.
China says pace of Xinjiang ‘education’ will slow, but defends camps

China will not back down on what it sees as a highly successful de-radicalisation program in Xinjiang that has attracted global concern, but fewer people will be sent through, officials said last week in allowing rare media access there.
Greek Cypriots mark epiphany with rare vigil to ghost town fringe

Hundreds of Greek Cypriots marked the religious holiday of Epiphany on Sunday in a rare vigil to the fringes of an abandoned town wrecked by a war which split the island 45 years ago.
Malaysia’s king steps down from throne: palace statement

Malaysia’s King Muhammad V has resigned on Sunday, the first time a ruling monarch has stepped down from the throne before completing their five-year tenure.
U.S. links Syria withdrawal to ISIS defeat, Turkish treatment of Kurds

The United States will condition its Syria pullout on a Turkish assurance to safeguard Kurds and also wants measures to protect withdrawing U.S. forces, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said on Sunday.
PM May says if Brexit deal is rejected, UK will be in uncharted territory

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday that Britain would be in uncharted territory if her Brexit deal is rejected by parliament later this month, despite little sign that she has won over skeptical lawmakers.
Thai activists protest as election faces delay

Dozens of Thai activists on Sunday protested against a possible delay of a national election set for next month, the first such gathering since the military government lifted a ban on political activity imposed after a 2014 coup.
At least 30 goldmine workers killed in landslide in northern Afghanistan: police

At least 30 goldmine workers were killed in a landslide in Afghanistan’s northern Badakhshan province on Sunday, a police spokesman said.
Philippine court orders arrest of Japanese casino mogul Okada

A Philippine court has ordered the arrest of Japanese pachinko billionaire Kazuo Okada, about a month after the country’s Department of Justice recommended the filing of charges against him over three counts of fraud.
Britons would now vote to stay in EU, want second referendum: poll

More Britons want to remain a member of the European Union than leave, according to a survey published on Sunday which also showed voters want to make the final decision themselves.
Ecumenical Patriarch hands over decree, sealing Ukraine church independence

The spiritual leader of Orthodox Christians worldwide on Sunday presented the head of the Ukrainian church with a decree granting it independence from Moscow, a historic split strongly opposed by Russia.
Taliban seek venue change for peace talks with U.S.

The Taliban will not attend planned peace talks with the United States in Saudi Arabia this month, and want to shift the venue to Qatar, Taliban officials said on Sunday, seeking to fend off Riyadh’s push to include the Afghan government in
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