Europe hits back at Trump over NATO, Iran deal
Top European officials hit back at US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday after he branded the NATO alliance "obsolete" and lashed out at a key nuclear deal with Iran. In a hard-hitting interview with two major European newspapers, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe, dubbing German Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy "catastrophic" and hailing Britain's decision to leave the EU. "The European Union will continue to work for the respect and implementation of this extremely important deal, most of all for our security," she said.
Britain's Johnson wants to maintain Iran nuclear deal
Brussels (AFP) - British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Monday the Iran nuclear accord that US President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to tear up must be maintained.
Mogherini says EU to stand by Iran nuclear accord
EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini on Monday insisted the bloc will stand by the Iran nuclear accord, bluntly condemned by US President-elect Donald Trump, because it serves Europe's security needs. "It is proof that diplomacy works and delivers... The European Union will continue to work for the respect and implementation of this extremely important deal, most of all for our security," Mogherini told reporters as she went into an EU foreign ministers meeting. Trump has repeatedly blasted the nuclear accord with Iran as "one of the dumbest deals I have ever seen", claiming it will not stop Tehran getting atomic weapons.
Building torched as Bahrain Shiites protest executions
A municipal building was set ablaze overnight in Sunni-ruled Bahrain, the government said Monday, as fresh violence erupted over the executions of three Shiites convicted of a deadly bomb attack on police. The fire in the building at Shamalia, in the Shiite area of Aali south of the capital Manama, was eventually brought under control, said the interior ministry, without explicitly linking it to the executions. The blaze came after three Shiites were put to death by firing squad on Sunday over the bomb attack on police in 2014, sparking clashes between angry protesters and security forces.
Oman says it accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay inmates at US request
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Oman said Monday it accepted 10 inmates from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close.