Colombias FARC celebrate end of role in war after weapons hand over

Colombias FARC celebrate end of role in war after weapons hand over

Colombias Marxist FARC rebels have ended their role in a half-century war that killed more than 220,000 and displaced millions by concluding their disarmament, handing in all but a few of their individual weapons to the UN. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as FARC, turned in the remaining 40% of their firearms in Mesetas, a mountainous area in south-eastern Colombia. The roughly 7,000 former fighters have pledged to continue their struggle as a political movement and the 7,132 weapons will be stored in containers until they are moulded into a monument for peace. Explosives and bigger weapons are being cleared from caches nationwide. President Juan Manuel Santos, who took office in 2010, began secret talks with FARC commanders that led to negotiations in Cuba and a final peace accord late last year. He is trying for a similar accord with the National Liberation Army (ELN). Peace with the FARC, however, is unlikely to end violence in Colombia as the lucrative cocaine business has given rise to criminal gangs and traffickers. Jun 28, 2017
Watch Donald Trump flirt with Irish reporter in Oval Office

Watch Donald Trump flirt with Irish reporter in Oval Office

US President Donald Trump congratulated Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on 27 June for his great victory in recent elections, and whilst on the phone seemed to flirt with a reporter. Trump singled out one journalist, Caitriona Perry of RTE News, and asked her to come over before saying that She has a nice smile on her face. So, I bet she treats you well.    Jun 28, 2017
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visits air base in western Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad visits air base in western Syria

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad climbed into a Russian Sukhoi Su-35 during trip to Hmeymim Air Base located near Latakia in western Syria, June 27, 2017. Assad was given a tour of the base by Russian military officials and reportedly briefed on the whereabouts of militants affiliated with Al-Qaeda and attempting to overthrow his Assads government. Jun 27, 2017
Supreme Court approves most parts of Trumps travel ban

Supreme Court approves most parts of Trumps travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court approved most of President Trumps travel ban. The executive order temporarily blocks travel to the U.S. from six Middle Eastern and North African countries for 90 days, and suspends all refugee resettlement in the U.S. for 120 days. The banned countries include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Supreme Court will hear arguments over the orders constitutionality in October. Jun 27, 2017
Nicola Sturgeon postpones plans for second Scottish referendum until Brexit terms are clear

Nicola Sturgeon postpones plans for second Scottish referendum until Brexit terms are clear

Scotlands devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britains exit from the EU are clear, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday (27 June).The Scottish parliament previously backed Sturgeons bid to hold a new referendum in 2018 or early 2019, but British Prime Minister Theresa May had refused to enter discussions on the proposal. Jun 27, 2017