Government Headlines

  • Syrian army, allies capture Idlib air base: state TV

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops and allied forces seized an air base in Idlib province on Saturday, pressing their offensive into the country's largest insurgent stronghold, state television said.
  • Russian, U.S. army chiefs discussed Syria by phone

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Chief of the General Staff of the armed forces Valery Gerasimov and his U.S. counterpart Joseph Dunford have discussed the situation in Syria by phone, RIA news agency reported on Saturday, citing the Russian Defence Ministry.
  • German SPD leaders upbeat as biggest branch backs coalition talks

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior members of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) said on Saturday they were confident the party would approve the start of formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives at a special congress this weekend.
  • Germany weighs new sanctions against Iran: report

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is lobbying among European allies to agree new sanctions against Iran in an attempt to prevent U.S. President Donald Trump from terminating an international deal curbing Tehran's nuclear program, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday.
  • Zimbabwe tells illegal vendors to quit Harare streets, may use army to clear them

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe has given illegal vendors and pirate taxis 48 hours to leave Harare's streets, failing which it will forcibly remove them with the military's help, a cabinet minister said, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa seeks to restore order in cities.
  • Germany's Merkel hopes SPD will approve talks with her CDU party

    SOFIA (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she was optimistic that the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) would approve the start of formal coalition talks with her conservative CDU party at a special congress on Sunday.