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A summary of today's impactful news stories from around the world hand-picked by our staff at TRT World.

A summary of today's impactful news stories from around the world hand-picked by our staff at TRT World.




A summary of today's impactful news stories from around the world hand-picked by our staff at TRT World.






August 11, 2022

*) Trump invokes Fifth Amendment to evade questions over alleged fraud Former US president Donald Trump has invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he testified under oath in a NY civil investigation into his business dealings. The Fifth Amendment protects people from being compelled to become witnesses against themselves in a criminal case. Attorney General Letitia James said her office uncovered evidence that Trump's company misled lenders and tax authorities...


August 10, 2022

*) Republicans dub FBI raid on Trump house 'weaponised politicisation' Top Republican leaders have thrown their support behind former US president Donald Trump after an FBI raid on his Florida residence sparked a political firestorm. Trump's former vice president Mike Pence expressed "deep concern" and said the raid smacked of "partisanship" by the Justice Department. Kevin McCarthy, who is seeking to become the next House of Representatives speaker, accused the Justice Department of...


August 9, 2022

*) FBI 'raids' former US president Trump's house Former US president Donald Trump says his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida has been "raided" by FBI agents in what he has called an act of "prosecutorial misconduct". The FBI did not comment on whether the search was happening or what it might be for. Trump did not give any indication of why federal agents were at his home. Multiple US media outlets cited sources as saying that agents were conducting a court-authorised search related to the...


August 8, 2022

*) Ceasefire takes effect between Israel, Palestinian group An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire in Gaza between Israel and the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad has taken effect late on Sunday. The ceasefire agreement came after three days of Israeli air strikes on Gaza. The attacks left at least 44 Palestinians, including 15 children dead and over 360 others injured, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Egyptian state news agency MENA reported that Egypt was exerting efforts to release...


August 5, 2022

*) China announces sanctions Pelosi over Taiwan visit: Foreign ministry China has announced unspecified sanctions on US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her visit earlier this week to Taiwan. China is holding huge military drills involving live firing on the waters and in the airspace near Taiwan, which Beijing considers as its own territory, to protest the visit. Taiwan says Beijing's fighter jets and ships have crossed the median line that runs down the Taiwan Strait, calling China "the evil...


August 4, 2022

*) China begins military drills as Taiwan faces Pelosi visit fallout China's largest-ever military exercises encircling Taiwan have kicked off, in a show of force after a controversial visit to the island state by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Taiwan's military said its forces were closely monitoring the Chinese drills and was prepared for conflict, but would not seek it. The exercises, which began on Thursday, will be the biggest aimed at Taiwan since 1995, when China fired missiles in a...


August 3, 2022

*) Pelosi stresses 'commitment to Taiwan' amid spiralling China tensions US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says her delegation's visit to Taipei is a show of support for the island, with the trip sparking a furious response from Beijing. The United States wants Taiwan to always have freedom with security and will not back away from that, Nancy Pelosi has said. China has announced multiple drills and issued a series of harsh statements after Pelosi landed in Taiwan, a self-ruled island that...

August 2, 2022

*) US kills top Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri President Joe Biden has announced that Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri has been killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan. The president said in an evening address from the White House that US intelligence officials tracked Zawahiri to a home in downtown Kabul where he had been hiding out with his family. Zawahiri and the better-known Osama bin Laden had together plotted the 9/11 attacks. Biden said his death delivered justice and...


August 1, 2022

*) First shipment of Ukraine grain leaves Odessa under Türkiye-brokered deal As part of a recent deal brokered by Türkiye, the first ship carrying Ukrainian grain has departed from the port of Odessa to Lebanon. Loaded with corn, the Sierra Leone-flagged dry cargo ship Razoni left Odessa on Monday morning, Türkiye’s Defence Ministry said in a statement. The ship is carrying over 26,000 tonnes of corn, the Istanbul-based Joint Coordination Centre said. An earlier statement by the Turkish...


July 29, 2022

*) Xi warns Biden not to 'play with fire' amid tensions over Taiwan US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed to schedule their first in-person summit as leaders. The decision came during a phone call, where Xi warned the United States not to "play with fire" in Taiwan. In response, Biden reassured Xi that the US policy, known as "strategic ambiguity", was unchanged — essentially favouring the status quo in Taiwan. Tensions are escalating over the self-ruled...


July 28, 2022

*) Türkiye inaugurates Joint Coordination Centre for Ukraine grain exports Türkiye has opened a joint coordination centre for Ukrainian grain exports under an Ankara-brokered deal aimed at resuming shipments halted in the aftermath of Russia's attacks on Ukraine. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar unveiled the centre in front of reporters at a ceremony held at the National Defence University in Istanbul on Wednesday. The grain deal and the coordination centre will make "significant...


July 27, 2022

*) EU members strike deal to reduce gas use as Russia pummels Ukraine targets European Union member states have reached agreement on how to cut their consumption of gas by 15 percent and reduce their dependence on Russian supplies. The breakthrough came hours after Ukraine accused Russian forces of launching multiple missile strikes at targets on the Black Sea coast near the southern port city of Odessa. Luxembourg's energy minister tweeted that Hungary was the only member state in the...


July 26, 2022

*) Erdogan: Participants of Ukraine grain deal must respect pact Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the signatories of an Ankara-brokered deal aimed at unblocking Ukrainian grain exports through the Black Sea to respect the pact. Erdogan said he expected everyone to act in accordance with their responsibilities. His remark came after a Russian attack on the port of Odessa sparked fresh concerns. Last week, Türkiye, the UN, Russia and Ukraine signed the landmark agreement....


Jul 25, 2022

*) Ukraine vows to take Kherson back by Sept as fighting enters sixth month A Ukrainian official has said the country's southern region of Kherson, which fell to Russian troops early in their February offensive, will be recaptured by September. The Ukrainian army, emboldened by deliveries of Western-supplied long-range artillery, has been clawing back territory in the Kherson region in recent weeks. Meanwhile, there was no let-up in fighting as the conflict entered its sixth month, with the...


July 22, 2022

*) Ukraine grain exports deal set to be signed in Türkiye An agreement to restart grain shipments from Ukraine is set to be signed in Istanbul — a move that could ease a global food crisis that has sent wheat and other grain prices soaring. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and UN chief Antonio Guterres will attend the ceremony, where officials from Russia and Ukraine will be present. Ankara and the UN have been working on a plan to export grain stuck in Ukraine’s Black Sea ports due to...


July 21, 2022

*) Russia announces expanded Ukraine goals as toll mounts amid fierce battles Ukrainian armed forces say they have killed over one hundred Russian soldiers in the south and east in 24 hours as fierce battles rage in the country. This comes after Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov suggested that his country’s military "tasks" in Ukraine now go beyond the eastern Donbass region. Lavrov said Moscow's objectives will expand further if the West keeps supplying Kiev with advanced weapons. *)...


July 20, 2022

*) Leaders of Türkiye, Russia, Iran vow to oppose terrorist presence in Syria Leaders of Türkiye, Russia and Iran have condemned the increased presence and activities of terrorist groups and their affiliates in various parts of Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Iran's Ebrahim Raisi met in Tehran on Tuesday for the seventh summit in the Astana format. During the talks, they "rejected all attempts to create new realities on the...


July 19, 2022

*) Sri Lankan opposition withdraws from presidential race last-minute Sri Lanka's main opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has withdrawn from the country's presidential election in favour of a ruling party dissident. Premadasa announced the move on Twitter minutes before nominations formally opened. He said "for the greater good” of the country, his party will support Dullas Alahapperuma, a senior ruling party lawmaker, to replace Gotabaya Rajapaksa who resigned last week. Alahapperuma is up...


July 18, 2022

*) Sri Lanka's interim president declares emergency Sri Lanka's acting President Ranil Wickremesinghe has declared a state of emergency as his administration seeks to quell social unrest and tackle the country’s economic crisis. Ousted president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled overseas to escape an uprising against his government, has said he took "all possible steps" to avert the economic crisis. Sri Lanka’s parliament is meeting on Tuesday to accept nominations for the post of president. A...


July 8, 2022

*) Ex-Japan PM Shinzo Abe shot, suspect detained Japan’s former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has died after being shot during a campaign speech in western Japan. The 67-year-old was shot from behind as he was giving a political speech in Nara prefecture in western Japan, local media said. A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder. *) Ukraine crisis extends to G20 summit as Russia meets rivals in Indonesia Indonesia has called for all parties to find a way to end the war...