Donald Trump

Trump calls Fattah al-Sisi, says keen to overcome obstacles and develop relationship between countries

US President Donald Trump called Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi late last night and said he was keen on developing the relationship between their countries, and overcoming any obstacles that might affect it.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's office said, the telephone call came two days after two U.S. sources familiar with the matter told Reuters that Washington had decided to deny Egypt 95.7 million dollars in aid and to delay a further 195 million dollars because it had failed to make progress on respecting human rights and democracy. 

Hato Typhoon

Hato Typhoon: 9 killed, 1 remain missing in China

In China, 12 people have been killed and one remained accounted for since the arrival of Hato, the strongest typhoon of the year. Local meteorological bureau said typhoon Hato made landfall in the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province at noon yesterday. It brought winds of up to 160 kph to the mouth of the Pearl River and heavy rain to nearby regions. The government evacuated nearly twenty-seven thousand people to temporary shelters. About 6,64 hectares of farmland has been damaged.

US Embassy

US to pause issuing non-immigrant visas in Russia: US Embassy

Washington will halt the issuance of all non-immigrant visas in Russia for nine days from Wednesday and will thereafter reduce visa operations. The US embassy in Moscow said this today, citing the Russian government-imposed cap on its staff levels. An embassy statement said, all non-immigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23. 

Operations will resume in Moscow on the 1st of next month. Visa operations at the US consulates will remain suspended indefinitely. It said, all scheduled appointments for visa applicants will be cancelled.

Russia last month slashed the US diplomatic staff in the country by 755 employees to 455 - the same number Moscow has in the United States - in a retaliatory move against new sanctions passed by the US congress.

Las Ramblas Van Attack

Cambrils shooting: Police shot dead 4 terror suspects after Las Ramblas van attack

In Spain, at least 13 people were killed and 100 injured in a terror attack after a van rammed into a crowd of pedestrians on Barcelona's Las Ramblas tourist area last evening. The president of Spain's Catalonia region Carles Puigdemont, confirming it a terror attack, said that police have arrested two people in this connection. Police said, the driver was still on the run. The Police has cordoned off the area around the incident and requested the closure of local metro and train stations.

Hajj Pilgrims

Saudi Arabia's King orders Qatar border to reopen for hajj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has ordered that the border with Qatar be reopened to allow pilgrims to carry out their annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca. Official state media said today the decision represents the first step forward since a diplomatic crisis began when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5.