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Trump: Total termination of Iran nuclear deal is a ‘very real possibility’

US President Donald Trump said that a total termination of the Iran nuclear deal is a very real possibility. Meanwhile, Tehran has said it detailed a plan of action in case Washington backs out of the deal.

“We’ll see what phase two is,” Trump said on Monday in a cabinet meeting while talking about the Iran nuclear agreement. “It might be a total termination. That’s a very real possibility.”

Maltese journalist who led Panama Papers corruption investigation killed in car blast

One of Malta’s most prominent investigative journalists, Daphne Caruana Galizia, has been killed in a presumed car bomb attack. She was most recently known for exposing the Maltese prime minister’s offshore dealings in the Panama Papers scandal.

Barrels, ballots & ISIS: Why Iraq is taking back Kirkuk, and what the US will do about it

Baghdad’s military incursion into Kurdish-controlled Kirkuk shows that the carve-up of the post-Islamic State landscape in the Middle East is in full swing, and leaves the US bemoaning its repeated failure to influence the region as two of its sponsored allies face off against each other.

Why is Baghdad advancing against the Kurds now?

Nuclear war may break out any moment, says N. Korean UN envoy

North Korea’s deputy UN ambassador has warned the UN General Assembly that the crisis on the Korean Peninsula “has reached the touch-and-go point and a nuclear war may break out any moment.”

Kim In-ryong said North Korea is the only country in the world subjected to “such an extreme and direct nuclear threat” by the US, AP reports.

Bomb kills journalist who exposed Malta’s ties to tax havens

A Maltese investigative journalist who exposed the island nation’s links to offshore tax havens through the leaked Panama Papers was killed Monday when a bomb exploded in her car.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, had just driven away from her home in Mosta, a large town on Malta’s main island, when the bomb went off, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said.

Russia, EU impose fresh sanctions on North Korea

Russia and the European Union (EU) have slapped tougher restrictions on North Korea as part of the international efforts to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program.

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree for punitive measures against Pyongyang based on a UN Security Council Resolution adopted in December 2016.

US role Saudi war on Yemen unconstitutional: Dem senator

The US government’s support for Saudi Arabia in its brutal war against Yemen is “unconstitutional,” says Democratic Senator Ro Khanna, who is working on a legislation to end the US military’s involvement in the deadly aggression.

Renegotiating JCPOA impossible: Iran VP

Iran’s vice president for economic affairs has ruled out any possibility of reopening negotiations on a 2015 international nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and six other countries.

“Renegotiation is impossible because… neither Iran nor Europeans, China, and Russia would participate in any renegotiation of the JCPOA,” Mohammad Nahavandian told the US news network CNN on Monday, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the nuclear deal is officially called.

Lebanon grants oil, gas exploration license for waters bordering Israel


Israel and Lebanon are in dispute over where the line between their exclusive economic zones lies.

947 detained in one week over Gülen links

The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday that 947 people have been detained in one week due to alleged links to the Gülen movement, accused by the government of masterminding a botched coup attempt last summer.

US delegation arrives in Ankara to discuss diplomatic row

A US diplomatic delegation arrived in Ankara on Monday in a bid to resolve a diplomatic crisis between the two countries over a mutual suspension of visa issuance following the arrest of a US Consulate staff member, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday.

Turkish minister denies she divorced husband over ByLock use

Minister of Family and Social Policy Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya has denied allegations that she divorced her husband after learning he had downloaded the ByLock app on his cell phone.

Turkish FM says ready to cooperate with Iraq against PKK, KRG

The Turkish Foreign Ministry stated on Monday that Turkey is ready to cooperate with the central Iraqi government to end the presence in Kirkuk of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an outlawed militant organization based in Iraq and carrying out an insurgency since 1984 mainly in predominantly Kurdish eastern Turkey, according to a Monday report by Reuters.

Another Turkish citizen with Gülen links allegedly disappears abroad

In a video message shared on Monday by @magduriyetlertr on Twitter, Birsen Kılıç stated that her husband, Enver Kılıç, was not allowed to get on a plane in Kazakhstan, from where he was reportedly deported while trying to fly to the Netherlands, allegedly at the order of the Turkish government due to links to the Gülen movement, who the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) accuses of plotting an attempted coup on July 15, 2016.

Pro-gov’t daily says abducted Gülen follower brought back in Turkish, Pakistani operation

The pro-government Güneş daily said on Monday that Turkish and Pakistani security forces carried out a successful operation to bring back to Turkey Mesut Kaçmaz and his family, who were abducted from their home in Lahore at midnight on Sept. 27 and deported on Saturday.

İHD calls on gov’t not to prolong but to end state of emergency

The Human Rights Association (İHD) on Monday called on the Turkish government to end a state of emergency instead of prolonging it for another three months, the fifth extension since a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, listing grave human rights violations during emergency rule, bianet reported.

Wife, daughter of US Consulate staff member released on probation

The wife and the daughter of a US Consulate staff member for whom Turkish authorities issued a detention warrant on Oct. 8 over alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement were released on judicial probation on Monday, Milliyet reported.

Trump Says There’s ‘No Such Thing As Obamacare Anymore’ One Month Before Enrollment Starts

It’s still the law of the land.

By Igor Bobic

President Donald Trump falsely claimed on Monday the Affordable Care Act no longer exists, a statement that follows a long list of actions his administration has taken to undermine the law. 

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

Iraqi government forces have entered central Kirkuk after taking key installations outside the disputed city from Kurdish fighters.

U.S. official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with North Korea

Tim Kelly, Michelle Nichols

TOKYO/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment.

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