18 October 2019


Defendants in Russian Extremism Case Slit Wrists in Court


Two defendants standing trial in an extremism case slit their wrists in court on Thursday, local media reported.

Trump will host G7 summit next year at one of his own properties

KONFRONTASI-The White House said on Thursday it has chosen President Donald Trump's golf resort near Miami, Florida, as the site for next year's G7 summit.

The announcement comes at the same time that the president has accused Joe Biden's family of profiting from public office because of Hunter Biden's business activities in Ukraine when his father was vice president.

Johnson secures EU approval for 'no delay' Brexit deal

Boris Johnson

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson

KONFRONTASI- European Union leaders gave their unanimous backing to a Brexit deal with Britain on Thursday, putting the onus on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to secure the British parliament’s approval for the deal in a vote in two days’ time.

Will Imran Khan's Saudi-Iran tour ease tension in the region?

KONFRONTASI- Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan's visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia to help facilitate talks between the regional rivals have ended with no set commitments for dialogue although Tehran reiterated its readiness to come to the negotiating table.

Khan met Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, late on Tuesday.

This followed a trip over the weekend to the Iranian capital Tehran to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei.

India's court ends hearings in Babri Mosque dispute

KONFRONTASI-India's top court has ended hearings to settle a land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site in northern India where Hindu hardliners demolished a 16th-century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly violence.

The five judges are expected to announce their verdict in mid-November.

They heard 14 petitions challenging a 2010 lower court ruling that 1.12 hectares (2.77 acres) of disputed land be partitioned among Hindus and Muslims.

Trump national security adviser jets to Turkey in bid to halt assault

KONFRONTASI- U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser flew to Turkey on Wednesday as part of an emergency delegation to try to persuade Ankara to halt an assault on northern Syria that has forced Washington into an abrupt retreat.

Robert O’Brien, who has been national security adviser for a month, was due to meet Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, ahead of talks the following day between Vice President Mike Pence and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

US House passes bills targeting China over Hong Kong, Huawei

KONFRONTASI - The US House of Representatives has passed four pieces of legislation, one targeting China and three pertaining to Hong Kong which has seen widespread unrest in recent months.

All the four measures passed by unanimous voice vote on Tuesday as both Democrat and Republican members of Congress said they planned to take an aggressive stand on China and show support for Hong Kong.

Climate crisis: What we need is not radical speech, but radical action

KONFRONTASI -   Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish girl who began the school climate strike movement with a solitary protest a year ago has become internationally recognized. She has since gone onto speaking at the United Nations Climate Change Summit, met with world leaders, appeared in US Congress and is currently on a global journey to lead youth climate change protests in 161 countries.

Corruption: Revealed: How U.K universities are falling victim to foreign state-sponsored frauds

KONFRONTASI -  University places are increasingly scarce in Britain. In theory, these places are awarded to the most deserving students, however, as we will see in this report, more often than not, it isn’t the case. The Algerian Consulate in London, in particular, stands out for its repeated and ongoing – immigration and education frauds.

Turkey detains four Kurdish mayors in dawn raids

KONFRONTASI-The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) mayors of the Kurdish-majority districts of Hakkari, Yuksekova, Ercis and Nusaybin, near Turkey’s borders with Syria and Iraq, were held over terrorism links, the HDP and Anadolu news agency said, without elaborating.

President Tayyip Erdogan and his government accuse the HDP of being linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, and thousands of its members have been prosecuted for the same reason, including its leaders. The HDP denies such links.