EU’s Michel, Putin ‘hopeful’ that Berlin talks bring Libya ceasefire Jan 17, 2020 0 87 12345 Brussels: European Council President Charles Michel and Russian President Vladimir Putin are both hopeful that Sunday’s Libya conference in Berlin will deliver a ceasefire, says a statement from Michel’s office after both leaders spoke by telephone.“The presidents are hopeful that all parties will come to an agreement to lock in a ceasefire and to re-launch the political process,” the statement says.Thursday’s phone call was the first contact between the two leaders after Michel, a former Belgian prime minster, took office in December.They also discussed heightened tensions in Iran and Iraq, while Michel stressed the European Union’s support for the Iran nuclear deal as an “important contribution to regional security.” (DPA) Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Haftar ‘agrees to abide by’ ceasefire, ready to join Libya talks: Germany Jan 17, 2020 0 1641 Dozens killed as Damascus presses Idlib offensive Jan 17, 2020 0 93 Four Nigerian troops killed in militant attack Jan 17, 2020 0 1656 Iran accuses EU of abandoning nuclear deal for fear of ‘bully’ Trump AFP Tehran Iran accused European governments on Thursday of sacrificing a troubled 2015 nuclear deal to avoid trade reprisals from US President Donald Trump who has spent nearly two years trying to scupper it. Foreign .. Iran says ‘daily enrichment’ of uranium higher than 2015 Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that his country’s “daily enrichment” of uranium was currently “higher” than before the conclusion of the 2015 nuclear deal. Rouhani, who instigated the .. Lebanon detains 100 after protests turn violent Beirut: Lebanon’s security forces were holding at least 100 anti-government protesters on Thursday, lawyers told AFP, after two nights of demonstrations that turned violent in Beirut. With little change in sight, .. US resumes joint military operations in Iraq: NYT AFP Washington The US on Wednesday resumed joint military operations with Iraq that had been put on pause after the US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, the New York Times reported. Two US military .. Iraq’s top cleric undergoes successful surgery on broken thigh Baghdad: Iraq’s most influential cleric, Ali al-Sistani, on Thursday underwent successful surgery on a broken thigh bone, an Iraqi medical source said. Al-Sistani, who is 89 and rarely seen in public, wields clout .. Netanyahu hopeful for US-Israeli’s release after Putin call Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he was optimistic an Israeli-American woman jailed in Russia would be released, after a phone call with President Vladimir Putin. The case of Naama .. 5 million Syrian children displaced, says United Nations Geneva/Beirut: Warring parties in Syria have been targeting children for years, creating millions of underage victims who have been forced to flee and forfeit access to a proper education, UN rights investigators .. World ‘will not rest’ until answers on downed Iran jet: Canada London: Canada’s foreign minister on Thursday vowed to push Iran for answers about the mistaken downing of a passenger plane amid high tensions after the US killed one of Tehran’s top commanders. “In the wake of such a ..