Ukraine's prime minister has submitted his resignation to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a day after audio files were posted online in which he reportedly criticised the president's understanding of the economy. Oleksiy Honcharuk, 35, announced his decision on social media on Friday morning. He said the audio files had been "doctored", cobbled together from fragments of other recorded speech to create the impression he and his colleagues did not respect Zelenskyy, a political novice who came to power after a career as a TV comedian. "Many groups of influence, which are trying to gain access to financial flows, benefit from such presentation but this is not true," Honcharuk wrote, according to the Kyiv Post. "I came to this post to execute the president's programme. H...
Protesters stand in the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, calling for the removal of President Donald Trump. The U.S. House is set to vote Wednesday to send the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate for a landmark trial on whether the charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress are grounds for removal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) A handful of protesters, who are calling for President Trump’s removal from office, were arrested at the Senate on Thursday. Several activist groups chanted anti-Trump slogans and read the Impeachment Clause of the Constitution aloud in the halls in protest. https://twitter.com/RogueCharisma/status/1217989529136549888?s=20 The demonstration comes as the upper chamber is set to begin the s
Britain's ambassador to Tehran denied Sunday that he took part in a demonstration that broke out at a memorial for the 176 people killed when a plane was shot down. Advertising Students held a gathering at Tehran's Amir Kabir University on Saturday evening to honour those killed hours after Iran admitted the Ukrainian airliner was downed by mistake. Iran's Mehr news agency said the ambassador, Rob Macaire, was arrested for his alleged "involvement in provoking suspicious acts" at the gathering in front of the university. On Sunday, Iran confirmed his arrest as a foreigner at "an illegal gathering", but said he was released soon after being identified. "Can confi...
President Trump on Saturday described Democrats of being “unhinged” and accused them of "defending the life" of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani -- who was taken out by a U.S. strike last week in what the Trump administration has described as an act of self-defense against an “imminent” attack. “Where have the Radical Left, Do Nothing Democrats gone when they have spent the last 3 days defending the life of Qassem Soleimani, one of the worst terrorists in history and the father of the roadside bomb? He was also looking to do big future damage! Dems are ‘unhinged,'" he tweeted. He did not give any examples of Democrats defending the military leader. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1215998705557475328?s=20 Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Gua
Issued on: 10/01/2020 - 19:40Modified: 10/01/2020 - 19:40 Red Crescent workers at the site of the crash on January 8, 2019. © Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via Reuters Iran's civil aviation chief denied Friday that a missile downed a Ukrainian airliner which crashed killing all 176 on board, dismissing Western claims of a catastrophic mistake by Tehran's air defences.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday Jan. 7, 2020, as Democrats prepared largely symbolic resolutions under the War Powers Act to limit the president's military actions regarding Iran. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump will be transmitted to the Senate next week, following up on her promise at a press briefing Thursday. The California Democrat, refused to send over the articles after the House impeached Mr. Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on December 18. Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is tasked with preparing a resolution naming impeachment managers and send the articles over to the other cham...
According to the White House, the War Powers Resolution passed in the House undermines the ability of U.S. Armed Forces to prevent terrorist activity from Iran. The Trump administration issued the statement Thursday, stating that the resolution is political, misguided and hinders the president’s right to protect the American people. This comes after the legislation passed in the House Thursday, limiting the president’s powers regarding military action against Iran. The measure passed mostly along party lines in a 224-to-194 vote. House Democrats pushed for the resolution after claiming President Trump should have consulted with Congress on his decision to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The president commented on the issue while speaking at a “Keep America Great’
New report has it that twenty-nine world powers that make up the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have aligned with the United States following tensions arising from the Middle East over the assassination of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani by U.S troops. NATO’s decision came amidst retaliatory attacks by Iran over President Donald Trump’s ordering of a drone strike that killed Soleimani near Baghdad on Friday. The organization took the decision to back Trump after being briefed on the U.S. drone strike that killed the Iranian military leader. NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Iran against increasing further tensions in the Middle East, insisting that the Western Asia country must “refrain from further violence and provocations”.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., heads to a briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other national security officials on Capitol Hill in Washington.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the upper chamber will not wait for the House to send over the articles of impeachment. While speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, the Republican leader said House Democrats can create a cloud over the presidency, but they can’t to do it forever. The Kentucky lawmaker then said the Senate has real business to do for the American people, and will move forward next week if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t act sooner. “If the Speaker continues to refuse to take her own accusations to tri
Iran’s top diplomat said any decision to target the country’s cultural sites would be a “war crime”, hours after US President Donald Trump threatened such action in a tweet. “Targeting cultural sites is a WAR CRIME,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted in response to a post by Trump warning the US is targeting 52 sites in Iran and will hit them “very fast and very hard” if the Islamic republic attacks American personnel or assets.