Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, January 25th, 2021

Russia arrests 350 protesters demanding Navalny’s release

Russia arrests 350 protesters demanding  Navalny’s release

January 24,2021

MOSCOW- Russian police on Saturday arrested hundreds of protesters who took to the streets in temperatures as low as minus-50 C (minus-58 F) to demand the release of Alexei Navalny, the country’s top opposition figure...

Roundup: India’s COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 96.82 pct

Roundup: India’s COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 96.82 pct

January 24,2021

NEW DELHI- The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in India Saturday increased to 96.82 percent, the country's federal health ministry said...

AstraZeneca to supply 31 million COVID-19 shots to EU in first quarter, a 60% cut - EU source

AstraZeneca to supply 31 million COVID-19 shots to EU in first quarter, a 60% cut - EU source

January 24,2021

BRUSSELS- AstraZeneca Plc has informed European Union officials on Friday it would cut deliveries of its COVID-19 vaccine to the bloc by 60% to 31 million doses in the first quarter ...

Biden Unveils ‘Wartime’ Strategy to Tackle Coronavirus Pandemic

Biden Unveils ‘Wartime’ Strategy to Tackle  Coronavirus Pandemic

January 23,2021

President Joe Biden has warned Americans that there are difficult days ahead regarding the coronavirus pandemic and predicted the US death toll will surpass half a million next month as he unveiled his “wartime undertaking” to tackle ...

Biden to block Trump’s plan to lift COVID-19 European travel restrictions

Biden to block Trump’s plan to  lift COVID-19 European travel  restrictions

January 20,2021

WASHINGTON- U.S. President-elect Joe Biden plans to quickly extend travel restrictions barring travel by most people who have recently been in much of Europe and Brazil soon ...

Iraq tightens security along flashpoint Syria frontier, military says

Iraq tightens security along flashpoint Syria frontier, military says

January 20,2021

AL-QAIM- Iraq is tightening security along its 600 km (400 mile) border with Syria to curb the movement of Islamic State militants, drug smuggling and other illegal activities...

Biden Inauguration: Executive Orders to Reverse Trump Policies

Biden Inauguration: Executive Orders to Reverse Trump  Policies

January 18,2021

Details are emerging of a raft of executive orders planned by US president-elect Joe Biden as soon as he takes office this week.
Mr Biden will issue decrees to reverse ...

France Says Iran Is Building Nuclear Weapons Capacity, Urgent to Revive 2015 Deal

France Says Iran Is Building Nuclear Weapons Capacity, Urgent to Revive 2015 Deal

January 18,2021

PARIS- Iran is in the process of building up its nuclear weapons capacity and it is urgent that Tehran and Washington return to a 2015 nuclear agreement, France’s foreign ...

Pompeo, in Tuesday speech, to accuse Iran of al Qaeda links: sources

Pompeo, in Tuesday speech, to accuse Iran of al Qaeda links: sources

January 13,2021

WASHINGTON- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to use newly declassified U.S. intelligence on Tuesday to publicly accuse Iran of ties to al Qaeda, two people familiar ...

India starts shipping COVID-19 vaccine to cities

India starts shipping  COVID-19 vaccine to cities

January 13,2021

NEW DELHI- India has started shipping COVID-19 vaccines to multiple cities, four days ahead of the nationwide inoculation drive.
The first consignment of vaccines ...

‘We’ll act with urgency’: Pelosi says House will impeach Trump

‘We’ll act with urgency’: Pelosi says House will impeach Trump

January 12,2021

WASHINGTON- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday the House will go ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump as she pushes Vice President Mike ...

Yemen’s Houthis condemn US move to brand them terrorists

Yemen’s Houthis condemn US move to brand them terrorists

January 12,2021

A leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement said on Monday the Iran-aligned group reserved the right to respond to any US move to blacklist it after the Trump administration announced its intent to designate it as a foreign terrorist organisation...

Landslides kill 11, injure 18 in Indonesia’s West Java

Landslides kill 11, injure 18 in  Indonesia’s West Java

January 11,2021

JAKARTA- Two landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 11 people and injured 18 others in western Indonesia, according to officials...

Kazakh ex-president’s party set to retain hold on power in Sunday’s vote

Kazakh ex-president’s party set to retain hold on power in Sunday’s vote

January 11,2021

ALMATY- A party led by Kazakhstan’s powerful ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev is set to sweep Sunday’s parliamentary election, as it has done for decades ...

Pakistani authorities work to restore power after blackout

Pakistani authorities work to restore power  after blackout

January 11,2021

ISLAMABAD- Authorities have restored electricity supply to parts of several main Pakistani cities and work on power restoration is continuing on Sunday after a major fault at a thermal ...

Pakistani Hazara Families Refuse to Bury Dead after Attack

Pakistani Hazara Families Refuse to Bury Dead after Attack

January 06,2021

Islamabad– Hundreds of members of Pakistan’s ethnic Hazara community have held a protest against the killing of 10 coal miners in a targeted attack in the southwestern province ...

Saudi Arabia Will Open Land, Air Borders with Qatar after Three Year Blockade

Saudi Arabia Will Open Land, Air Borders with Qatar after Three Year Blockade

January 06,2021

Kuwait’s foreign ministry announced Monday that Saudi Arabia will open its air and land borders with Qatar in the first steps toward ending a diplomatic crisis that has deeply divided regional U.S. allies since 2017....

Biden, Trump to Converge on Georgia Before Pivotal US Senate Vote

Biden, Trump to Converge on  Georgia Before Pivotal US Senate Vote

January 05,2021

President-elect Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will both visit Georgia on Monday, a day before voters in the state cast their ballots in dual contests that will determine which party ...

Iran Approves Long-Awaited Bill to Combat Violence Against Women

Iran Approves Long-Awaited Bill to Combat  Violence Against Women

January 05,2021

Tehran - The government of Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has approved a longstanding bill that aims to better protect women against domestic and other forms of violence. ...

Paris Protest in Support of Family of Cédric Chouviat Who Died After Police Arrest

Paris Protest in Support of Family of Cédric Chouviat Who Died After Police Arrest

January 05,2021

One year on from the death of French delivery driver Cédric Chouviat following a routine police check, several hundred people gathered in Paris on Sunday to pay tribute to the victim and to support his ...

India: Tibetans in Exile Vote to Elect New Political Leader

 India: Tibetans in Exile Vote to Elect  New Political Leader

January 05,2021

Hundreds of Tibetans in exile have voted in India’s northern city of Dharamshala, where the exiled government is based, for their new political leader as the current ...

Australian Gov’t Urged to Provide Additional Support for Coronavirus-Affected Areas of economy

Australian Gov’t Urged to Provide Additional Support for Coronavirus-Affected Areas of economy

January 05,2021

CANBERRA, Jan. 4 (Xinhua) -- Australia's Opposition Labor Party has urged the federal government to support businesses ...

Israel Dismisses ‘Nonsense’ Iran Charge it Seeks to Trick U.S. Into War

Israel Dismisses ‘Nonsense’ Iran Charge it Seeks to Trick U.S. Into War

January 04,2021

JERUSALEM - An Israeli official on Sunday dismissed as “nonsense” an allegation by the Iranian foreign minister that Israel was trying to trick the United States into ...

Nancy Pelosi and Mitch Mcconnell’s Homes Vandalized

Nancy Pelosi and Mitch Mcconnell’s  Homes Vandalized

January 04,2021

Vandals in the US have attacked the homes of the leaders of the two houses of Congress on the eve of a new session and the swearing-in of ...

Pope Criticises People Going on Holiday to Flee COVID Lockdowns

Pope Criticises People Going on Holiday  to Flee COVID Lockdowns

January 04,2021

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis condemned on Sunday people who had gone abroad on holiday to escape coronavirus lockdowns, saying they needed to show greater awareness of the suffering ...

Stricter Lockdown Restriction Likely on the Way, Says UK PM Johnson

Stricter Lockdown Restriction Likely on the Way, Says UK PM Johnson

January 04,2021

LONDON -British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday that tougher lockdown restrictions were probably on the way as COVID-19 cases keep rising, but that schools were safe ...

UK to Close All London Primary Schools as Coronavirus Cases Surge

UK to Close All London Primary Schools  as Coronavirus Cases Surge

January 02,2021

LONDON - The British government has decided to close all primary schools in London for the next two weeks to counter the rapid spread of a more infectious variant of the COVID-19 ...

Iran warns US against escalation a year after Soleimani’s killing

Iran warns US against  escalation a year after  Soleimani’s killing

January 02,2021

Tehran- Iran has told world powers it wishes to avoid conflict but a recent show of force by the United States military in the region could escalate tensions, ahead of the first anniversary ...

Yemeni officials: Blast at Aden airport kills 25, wounds 110

Yemeni officials: Blast at Aden airport kills 25, wounds 110

January 02,2021

SANAA- A large explosion struck the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Wednesday, shortly after a plane carrying the newly formed Cabinet landed there, security officials said...

Azerbaijan begins commercial gas deliveries to Europe - Energy Ministry

Azerbaijan begins commercial gas deliveries to Europe - Energy Ministry

January 02,2021

BAKU- The Energy Ministry of Azerbaijan has announced the beginning of commercial gas deliveries via the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). "Azerbaijan has begun commercial gas deliveries ...

Brazil scrambles to approve virus vaccine as pressure mounts

Brazil scrambles to approve virus vaccine as pressure mounts

January 02,2021

RIO DE JANEIRO- Brazil, a nation proud of its role as a regional leader in science, technology and medicine, finds itself falling behind its neighbors in the global race for immunization ...

Targeted killings of journalists surged in 2020, group says

Targeted  killings of  journalists surged  in 2020,  group says

December 30,2020

PARIS- More journalists are being killed outside of war zones, and the overwhelming majority of this year’s grim total of at least 50 dead were deliberately targeted ...

Uzbekistan announces 2021 as year of supporting youth

Uzbekistan announces 2021 as year of  supporting youth

December 30,2020

TASHKENT- Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev suggested naming 2021 as the Year of Supporting Youth and Strengthening Public Health during his annual address to the country's parliament on ...

Second Indian state steps closer to enacting “Love Jihad” law

Second Indian state steps closer to enacting “Love Jihad” law

December 30,2020

LUCKNOW- Lawmakers in a central Indian state controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party approved legislation on Tuesday that would make pressuring ...

Famed French designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98

Famed French designer Pierre Cardin dies at 98

December 30,2020

PARIS- Pierre Cardin, the French designer whose famous name embossed myriad consumer products after his iconic Space Age styles shot him into the fashion stratosphere in the 1960s, has died...