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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (Photo by AFP)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (Photo by AFP)
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Here is a brief look at Press TV newsroom's headlines from 09:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT, August 19, 2017.

 

Slamming US duplicity

Iran’s Foreign Minister has slammed the US president’s latest anti-Muslim comments and his silence over racist behavior inside the United States. In a tweet, Mohammad Javad Zarif pointed to Donald Trump’s double-standard saying the US president is quick to insult Islam but hesitant to condemn racist terror at home. The top Iranian diplomat added that the terror in name of race or religion is “plain terror” and represents neither. Trump is already under fire for defending white supremacists whose recent rally in Virginia caused deadly clashes. On Friday, he sparked fresh anger while reacting to terror attacks in Spain. Trump tweeted about a controversial myth of a US general who is claimed to have ordered his men to shoot Muslim Filipinos, using bullets dipped in pig's blood in the early 1900.

President Buhari returns home

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is set to return home on Saturday amid rising tensions in the country caused by his absence. The president left the country on May 7th for London where he received medical attention for an undisclosed ailment. The 74-year-old leader’s return comes as his absence has caused tensions in Nigeria where many are urging him to either return or resign. In addition, lack of clarity about the president’s illness has led to speculations on whether he will seek a second term in office in the African country's 2019 election. Buhari who assumed power in May 2015 will be taking the position of acting president back from his deputy upon arrival.

Saudi war on Yemen

The Leader of Yemen’s Ansarullah movement says Saudi Arabia has not achieved any of its stated goals in the war against the impoverished nation due to people’s resistance. Abdul Malik al-Houthi was addressing a crowd of Yemeni scholars and dignitaries in the capital Sana’a. He said the Saudi regime has killed thousands of Yemenis, including hundreds of children, since March 2015 but has gained nothing out of the bloodshed. Houthi added that his movement has always sought peace and has invited all Yemeni parties to have a share in governing the country. The Yemeni leader, however, reiterated that the Yemeni people would only accept a solution to the conflict that could guarantee them dignity, not slavery. He then called for reforming the country’s judicial system and bringing to justice all who commit corruption in all sectors.

Spain attacks aftermath

Spain is witnessing the second day of mourning for the victims of recent terror attacks in the country. People are commemorating those killed in two car-ramming attacks, claimed by Daesh, in the cities of Barcelona and Cambrils. Spanish authorities are set to decide whether to raise the level of terror threat to maximum in the wake of the attacks. Meanwhile, police have released the names of three Moroccan suspects killed by security forces. Three suspects are in custody as well. The police say they are searching for another suspect identified as 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub. On Thursday, terrorists rammed two vehicles separately into pedestrians in Barcelona and Cambrils. The incidents left 14 people dead and more than 100 injured.

Yemen cholera outbreak

A new survey shows the Saudi invasion of Yemen is to blame for the majority of deaths from the cholera outbreak in the country. According to a study by London's Queen Mary University, eight out of 10 cholera deaths occurred in areas cut off from supplies due to Saudi airstrikes and blockades. The research also suggests that the aerial raids have destroyed vital Yemeni infrastructure, including hospitals and public water systems. It says the people were forced to live into crowded and insanitary conditions after warplanes hit civilian areas. According to the World Health Organization, more than half a million people have been infected with cholera since the epidemic broke out in Yemen four months ago, and almost 2,000 people have died.

Spain manhunt

Spain hunts for one of the main suspects behind Thursday’s Daesh-claimed attacks in Barcelona and a seaside resort in the Catalonia region.

US shootings

Six police officers have been shot in a span of less than two hours during three separate assaults in the US. The first and worst attack came in the city of Kissimmee, Florida leaving one officer dead and another in grave condition. Neither officer has been identified, but both were men. One person involved in the shooting has been detained.