These are some of the headlines we are tracking for you in this episode of On the News Line:
1. Trump already making Syria moves
US President-elect Donald Trump is believed to have something up his sleeve for a change in US foreign policy on Syria. The real estate tycoon has already announced that his approach to Syria will be a unique one. Signs of shift in the new administration’s foreign policy have already emerged. Trump, throughout his campaign has already praised Russia and the Syrian government for battling Daesh terrorists. On the other hand, Syrian President Bashaar al Assad has declared that Donald Trump could be a natural ally in the fight against terrorists. Reports suggest Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Junior, met with the pro-Russia Syrian politician Randa Kassis nearly a month ahead of the November 8 election.
2. Pakistan-India war?
Tensions have reached boiling point between India and Pakistan over the past days after a dozen civilians and several Pakistani soldiers were killed in a cross-border shelling by India. The incident took place in the disputed region of Kashmir which has seen a surge in deadly exchanges of fire by both sides over the past few weeks. Another incident involved the mutilated body of an Indian soldier who was found in Kashmir. Angry reactions by both sides have revived concerns that the two nuclear-armed rivals could soon move toward a third war over the area. And this time, the war scenario is deemed serious. An Indian nuclear submarine attempted to enter Pakistani waters days ago but found itself pushed out by the Pakistan Navy.
3. Has West targeted South Africa?
South African President Jacob Zuma has accused some Western governments of destabilizing the ruling African National Congress. Zuma has told the ANC supporters that the governments are plotting to topple the ruling party of South Africa. According to Zuma, the ANC has been targeted by the west because it does not want the party establishing relations with those nations which helped the ANC in the anti-apartheid struggle.