Iran FM urges coordinated fight against terror

Here is a round-up of global news developments:

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for a coordinated battle against terrorist groups in Syria and an end to Saudi attacks on Yemen. Zarif, who is in Brussels for talks with European officials, said there’s been a significant breakthrough in the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal with the P5+1.

Turkish police have fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse a protest in Istanbul against the government’s military operations in the country’s southeast. Two demonstrators were injured as a result. Security forces also forcefully crushed a similar protest in the southeastern town of Batman.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says Ankara will continue striking Syrian Kurds in defiance of numerous calls on the country to halt the shelling. He told German Chancellor Angela that Turkey will not allow the Kurdish Democratic Union Party to carry out aggressive acts.

Libya’s UN-backed Presidential Council has announced the formation of a revised unity government. The new administration is comprised of 18 ministers. The UN plan is aimed at trying to unite the country’s warring factions, as well as helping it tackle Daesh threats.

Israeli troops have shot dead two Palestinian teenagers in Jerusalem al-Quds. They were killed after allegedly attempting to attack soldiers. Three other Palestinians, including two teenagers, were also killed in separate incidents across the occupied territories. 180 Palestinians have lost their lives since October 2015.

A settlements watchdog says Israel began the construction of 1,800 settler units in the occupied West Bank in 2015. Peace Now says 265 of the settler units are in outposts. All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. Tel Aviv has defied calls to stop settlement expansions.

The UK is expected to announce new regulation to legally challenge any organization which supports the movement to boycott Israeli goods produced in settlements. The New York-based International Business Times reports all public authorities including NHS trusts, councils, universities, and student unions will fall under new regulations.

Latest data show Japan’s economy contracted by 0.4 percent in the last quarter of 2015. The downturn has been blamed on weaker domestic demand and slower investment in housing. The economic slowdown in China, one of Japan’s biggest export markets, is also among the reasons for Japan’s shrinking economy.

By Press TV