Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

More US Troops Flown Out of Iraq After Iran Missile Attack, Officials Say

More US Troops Flown Out of Iraq After  Iran Missile Attack, Officials Say

January 23,2020

WASHINGTON - Additional U.S. troops have been flown out of Iraq for closer evaluation of potential concussion injuries from the Iranian missile attack of Jan. 8, U.S. defense ...

Britain’s EU Journey: When It Signed Up, 16 Years Late

Britain’s EU Journey: When It Signed  Up, 16 Years Late

January 23,2020

LONDON — Britain officially leaves the European Union on Jan. 31 after a debilitating political period that has bitterly divided the nation since the 2016 Brexit ...

S. Korean Military Decides to Discharge Transgender Soldier

S. Korean Military Decides to Discharge  Transgender Soldier

January 23,2020

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s first known transgender soldier pleaded to be allowed to continue serving after the military decided Wednesday to discharge her for undergoing ...

Putin Names New Cabinet, Keeps Foreign, Defense, Finance Ministers

Putin Names New Cabinet, Keeps  Foreign, Defense, Finance Ministers

January 23,2020

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin formed his new cabinet Tuesday, days after he fast-tracked sweeping reforms to the country’s constitution that could keep him in ...

Multiple Rockets Hit Baghdad’s Green Zone, Trigger Sirens at US Embassy

Multiple Rockets Hit Baghdad’s Green Zone,  Trigger Sirens at US Embassy

January 22,2020

BAGHDAD - Three rockets have exploded inside Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses the US Embassy and other foreign diplomatic facilities. No casualties have been ...

Worst Lie Since Fake Claim Sparked Iraq War? OPCW Report Behind Syria Bombings Was Altered, Whistleblower Tells UNSC

Worst Lie Since Fake Claim Sparked Iraq War? OPCW Report Behind Syria Bombings Was  Altered, Whistleblower Tells UNSC

January 22,2020

BAGHDAD - A former inspector with the OPCW has accused the chemical weapons watchdog of issuing a sanitized report on the alleged 2018 attack in Douma, Syria, arguing it ...

Caravan Migrants Cross Mexico River, Throw Rocks at Country’s National Guard in Response to Tear Gas

Caravan Migrants Cross Mexico River, Throw  Rocks at Country’s National Guard in  Response to Tear Gas

January 22,2020

MEXICO CITY - Mexican security forces clashed with determined Central American migrants as they waded across a river in Guatemala into Mexico on Monday to continue their journey to the ...

2 Indian Personnel Killed in Clash in Kashmir – Report

2 Indian Personnel Killed in Clash in Kashmir – Report

January 22,2020

NEW DELHI - An Indian officer and a policeman were killed during a fight with militants in the Indian-controlled part of disputed Kashmir on Tuesday, local ...

Berlin Summit on Libya Conflict: What Did World Powers Agree?

Berlin Summit on Libya Conflict: What Did World Powers Agree?

January 21,2020

BERLIN - World powers held a high-stakes summit in Berlin on Sunday to discuss the way forward to end the conflict in Libya. Leaders and officials from ...

New York Times Endorses Warren, Klobuchar for President

New York Times Endorses Warren,  Klobuchar for President

January 21,2020

WASHINGTON - The New York Times on Sunday endorsed Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination, its first time choosing two ...

Russian Opposition Wants Big Protest Over Putin’s Plan to ‘Rule for Ever’

Russian Opposition Wants Big Protest Over  Putin’s Plan to ‘Rule for Ever’

January 21,2020

MOSCOW - Russia’s anti-Kremlin opposition said on Monday it planned to stage a big protest next month against President Vladimir Putin’s proposed constitutional changes, which it cast ...

Beirut Turns into A Battleground as Clashes Escalate

Beirut Turns into A Battleground as Clashes Escalate

January 21,2020

BEIRUT - Protesters threw stones at security forces who fired back with tear gas and water cannon during the most violent weekend in Lebanon’s capital since the beginning of ...

German FM Blasts US Policy on Iran, Says Europe Wants to Prevent ‘Firestorm’ In Middle East Without Regime Change

German FM Blasts US Policy on Iran, Says  Europe Wants to Prevent ‘Firestorm’ In  Middle East Without Regime Change

January 20,2020

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that, instead of following the US’ maximum pressure campaign against Iran, the EU will stick to diplomacy in order to avoid ...

Democrats, Trump Offer Duelling Arguments on Impeachment

Democrats, Trump Offer Duelling  Arguments on Impeachment

January 20,2020

WASHINGTON - The Democratic legislators leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump in the United States have said the president must be removed from ...

UK’s Harry and Meghan to Drop Titles and Retire as Working Royals

UK’s Harry and Meghan to Drop Titles  and Retire as Working Royals

January 20,2020

LONDON - Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will no longer be working members of Britain’s monarchy and they will pay their own way in life as they embark on an independent ...

Bodies of Ukrainian Victims of Iran Plane Crash Repatriated

Bodies of Ukrainian Victims of Iran Plane Crash Repatriated

January 20,2020

KYIV - The bodies of the 11 Ukrainian citizens who died when a passenger plane was accidentally shot down by Iran this month have returned to Ukraine. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy looked on ...

Over A Thousand ‘Likely’ Infected by Wuhan Virus in China: Study

Over A Thousand ‘Likely’ Infected by  Wuhan Virus in China: Study

January 19,2020

BEIGING - The number of people infected by a mystery SARS-like virus that has killed two people in China is likely to be hundreds more than officially reported, researchers ...

Erdogan Warns EU May Face ‘Terror Threats’ If Tripoli Gov’t Falls

Erdogan Warns EU May Face ‘Terror Threats’ If Tripoli Gov’t Falls

January 19,2020

ANKARA - resident Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Europe it could face new threats from “terrorist” groups if Libya’s United Nations-recognised government in Tripoli were to ...

All Eyes on Berlin as Libya Rivals, World Powers Set for Talks

All Eyes on Berlin as Libya Rivals,  World Powers Set for Talks

January 19,2020

BERLIN, Germany - The two leading parties in Libya’s war, as well as representatives from their foreign backers and other nations, are expected to gather in Germany on Sunday for ...

Filipinos Turn Volcano’s Ash, Plastic Trash into Bricks

Filipinos Turn Volcano’s Ash,  Plastic Trash into Bricks

January 19,2020

MANILA - spewed by a Philippine volcano is being mixed with plastic waste to make bricks in an inventive response to the country’s persistent problems of ...

China’s Xi Turns to Myanmar as He Pushes for ‘Belt and Road’ Plan

China’s Xi Turns to Myanmar as He Pushes  for ‘Belt and Road’ Plan

January 18,2020

YANGON, Myanmar - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Myanmar on Friday on his first trip to the country since 2009 and is expected to step up investment in the Southeast Asian ...

Putin’s, Xi’s Ruler-For-Life Moves Pose Challenges to West

Putin’s, Xi’s Ruler-For-Life Moves  Pose Challenges to West

January 18,2020

MOSCOW — Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like ...

US Admits 11 Troops Were Injured in Iran Attack After Trump Said There Were No Casualties

US Admits 11 Troops Were Injured in Iran Attack After Trump Said There Were No Casualties

January 18,2020

WASHINGTON - The US military said 11 troops were treated for concussion after Iran launched a rocket attack at the Al-Asad air ...

‘We Don’t Have Political Problems with India’: Iran’s Zarif Urges Delhi to Defy US Sanctions & Resume Buying Iranian Oil

‘We Don’t Have Political Problems with India’: Iran’s Zarif Urges Delhi to Defy US Sanctions & Resume Buying Iranian Oil

January 18,2020

NEW DELHI - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on India to shirk Washington’s “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign and continue sourcing its energy ...

Putin Calls for Referendum on Constitutional Changes

Putin Calls for Referendum on  Constitutional Changes

January 16,2020

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a referendum on amending Russia’s constitution to increase the powers of parliament while maintaining a ...

Exclusive: U.N. Sanctions Experts Warn - Stay Away from North Korea Cryptocurrency Conference

Exclusive: U.N. Sanctions Experts  Warn - Stay Away from North Korea  Cryptocurrency Conference

January 16,2020

UNITED NATIONS - United Nations sanctions experts are warning people not to attend a cryptocurrency conference in North Korea in February, flagging it as a likely sanctions ...

Australian Wildfire Smoke Stokes Health Fears in Cities

Australian Wildfire Smoke Stokes  Health Fears in Cities

January 16,2020

CANBERRA, Australia — Fire alarms have been sounding in high-rise buildings across downtown Sydney and Melbourne as dense smoke from distant wildfires confuse ...

Philippines Volcano Spews Lava Half-Mile High, threatens to Erupt Again as Flights Grounded

Philippines Volcano Spews Lava  Half-Mile High, threatens to Erupt Again as Flights Grounded

January 16,2020

MANILA - A volcanic eruption in the Philippines continues to spew lava half a mile into the sky, creating lightning bolts, and threatening to erupt again even as tens of thousands ...

EU Launches Iran Nuclear Deal Dispute Action

EU Launches Iran Nuclear Deal  Dispute Action

January 15,2020

BRUSSELS — Britain, France and Germany have launched action under the Iran nuclear agreement paving the way for possible sanctions in response to Tehran’s attempts to roll ...

Libyan General Haftar Left Moscow Talks Without Signing Truce with Tripoli-Based GNA

Libyan General Haftar Left Moscow Talks Without Signing Truce with  Tripoli-Based GNA

January 15,2020

TRIPOLI - Khalifa Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army, failed to come to terms with the rival Government of National Accord, leaving the closely-watched Moscow talks ...

Canada: Iran Giving Access to Data Recorders from Downed Ukrainian Passenger Jet

Canada: Iran Giving Access to Data Recorders from Downed Ukrainian Passenger Jet

January 15,2020

OTTAWA - Canada’s Transportation Safety Board on Monday said Iran has given investigators permission to analyze the “black box” flight data recorders from the Ukrainian ...

Johnson: New Trump Deal Can Replace the Iran Nuclear Pact

Johnson: New Trump Deal Can Replace the Iran Nuclear Pact

January 15,2020

LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday called on U.S. President Donald Trump to replace the Iranian nuclear deal with his own new agreement to ensure that ...

Heads of Libya’s Warring Sides in Russia for Talks

Heads of Libya’s Warring Sides  in Russia for Talks

January 14,2020

TRIPOLI - The leaders of Libya’s two warring sides have arrived in Moscow for talks, a day after a ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey came into force. The development on Monday came amid suggestions that ...

Kazakhstan - Iran Flight Implemented for First Time Since Ukranian Plane Crash

Kazakhstan - Iran Flight Implemented for First Time Since Ukranian Plane Crash

January 14,2020

NUR SULTAN - The plane of the Iranian Mahan Air airline company implementing flight on the route Almaty – Tehran has successfully landed in the Imam Khomeini International ...

Iran Police Shoot at Those Protesting Plane Shootdown

Iran Police Shoot at Those Protesting Plane Shootdown

January 14,2020

TEHRAN - Iranian security forces fired both live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrators protesting against the Islamic Republic’s initial denial that it shot down ...