24 January 2017


Boko Haram bombers using babies to thwart detection in Nigeria

KONFRONTASI - Nigerian authorities have warned that female Takfiri bombers are using babies to thwart detection before their attacks.

According to a new report, Nigerian officials stated that terrorist groups have been using women to carry out bombing attacks for some time but the use of babies in attack signals a "dangerous" trend.

Syria's warring sides kick off talks in Astana

KONFRONTASI-A delegation of Syrian rebels attending a new round of talks in Kazakhstan's capital will not hold direct talks with representatives of the government, according to opposition sources.

The meetings in Astana, organised by Russia and Turkey, are aimed at strengthening a shaky ceasefire that has largely held despite incidents of violence across Syria.

Syria's war: Peace talks enter first day in Astana

KONFRONTASI-Syria's warring sides are due to meet in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, in the latest peace effort aimed at ending the country's long-running conflict.

The talks, which are organised by Russia, Turkey and Iran and set to begin at 08:00 GMT on Monday, are expected to focus on consolidating a shaky ceasefire that went into effect on December 30.

It will be the first time a delegation composed exclusively of rebel groups will negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad's government since the war erupted in 2011.


China party paper says no 'provocation' can stop its military drills

KONFRONTASI-China's military will carry out drills regardless of foreign provocations and pressure, the Communist Party's paper said on Sunday, adding that exercises far out at sea like those conducted recently by its sole aircraft carrier will become normal.

China caused unease among some countries in the region last month when the carrier the Liaoning, accompanied by several warships, cruised around self-ruled Taiwan and into the Pacific for what China called routine drills.


Bus crash in northern Italy kills 16 people

KONFRONTASI-A bus carrying Hungarian teenagers crashed and caught fire on a motorway in northern Italy, killing 16 people. 

The bus was returning to Budapest from France, where the students had been on a mountain holiday.

Some 36 injured people were taken to a hospital following the accident near Verona on Friday night.


Gambia's Yahya Jammeh confirms he will step down

KONFRONTASI-Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, who for weeks had refused to step down after losing the recent election, has confirmed that he has decided to relinquish power.

"I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude to all Gambians," he said in a statement broadcast on state television early on Saturday.

The announcement came after hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military force to make him leave.

Trump vows to unite country amid protests against his presidency

KONFRONTASI - Incoming US President Donald Trump has vowed to unify the country as thousands of people took to the streets of New York and Washington on the eve of his inauguration to express their displeasure with the president-elect.

“We're gonna unify our country and our phrase - you all know it, half of you are wearing the hat: 'we're gonna make America great again, Trump told a large crowd of his supporters on Thursday in the nation’s capital.

Chinese Billionaire Says US Wasted Trillions on Wars and Wall Street

KONFRONTASI-Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland on Wednesday, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma accused the United States of spending too much money on foreign wars and risky financial speculation and not enough money "on your own people."

The founder of the world's largest retailer, Alibaba, was addressing a question posed by CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin about the U.S. economy in relation to China.

In response, Ma said the U.S. should stop blaming other countries and look at its own spending priorities:


Can Europe save the Iran?

NEW YORK-It’s no secret that many of President-elect Donald Trump’s advisers favor killing the Iran nuclear deal. But to hear Europe tell it, they will not blindly follow suit. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini recently said Europe might line up with Russia against any efforts by the Trump administration to scuttle the deal; there’s no way it can be re-opened bilaterally; it’s impossible to demand fresh concessions from Iran; and the bloc won’t feel obliged to re-impose sanctions on Tehran if Washington walks away from the agreement. For these comments, Europe should be praised.


Obama presidency ‘shameful’ and ‘ridiculous,’ top Russian official says

KONFRONTASI - The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused outgoing US President Barrack Obama’s administration of promising a “respectful” cooperation between Washington and Moscow, but pursuing a master-slave approach in reality.