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India Says Committed to ‘No First Use’ of Nuclear Weapons for Now
NEW DELHI - India has stuck to its commitment of ‘no first use’ of nuclear weapons but future policy will depend on the situation, the defense minister said on Friday ...
Issues on Strengthening Strategic Cooperation with EU Discussed in Kazakhstan
NUR-SULTAN - President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian have discussed a wide range of issues on strengthening strategic ...
Merkel: European Mission in Strait of Hormuz Likely to be Discussed in Finland
BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she believed the idea of a European naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz would be discussed again at informal meetings ...
Hong Kong Native Jackie Chan Takes Part in Pro-Beijing Campaign to Protect National Flag
HONG KONG - Chinese megastar Jackie Chan said he was heartbroken by the mass unrest in his native Hong Kong, and supported the state TV’s initiative to protect the national ...
China’s Xi Gets Tougher on Trump after New Tariff Threat
BEIJING — Facing another U.S. tariff hike, Chinese President Xi Jinping is getting tougher with Washington ...
UN Urges Reluctant EU Nations to Help Stranded Migrants
BRUSSELS — The United Nations refugee agency urgently appealed to European governments Tuesday to let two migrant rescue ships disembark more than 500 passengers who remain ...
Pakistan to Downgrade Diplomatic Ties, Suspend Bilateral Trade with India: National Security Committee
WASHINGTON - USS Ronald Reagan has conducted demonstrative flight operations training to promote ‘peace through strength’ in the South China Sea, next to . . .
US Carrier Drills in Disputed South China Sea as Beijing Closes Waters for Own Exercises
WASHINGTON - USS Ronald Reagan has conducted demonstrative flight operations training to promote ‘peace through strength’ in the South China Sea, next to disputed ...
Hiroshima Marks 74th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing
TOKYO — Hiroshima marked the 74rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city with its mayor renewing calls for eliminating such weapons and demanding Japan’s government do ...
Trump Freezes Venezuelan Government Assets Amid Tensions
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Nicolás Maduro that places his socialist administration ...
Putin to Washington: We’ll Develop New Nuclear Missiles If You Do
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin warned on Monday that Russia would be forced to start developing short and intermediate-range land-based nuclear missiles if the United States started ...
Australia Won’t Host U.S. Missiles, Prime Minister Says
SYDNEY - U.S. intermediate-range missiles will not be deployed in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, after the United States revealed ambitions to ...
Washington Urges Australia to ‘Be Partner’ in Confronting Iran in Gulf Standoff
WASHINGTON - The US is seeking to pull Australia into its escalating row with Tehran, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting Canberra’s help to secure shipping routes ...
Iran Seizes Foreign Oil Tanker Smuggling Fuel in Persian Gulf – State Media
TEHRAN - Iran has seized a foreign tanker “smuggling” fuel to “some Arab states”, Iran’s state TV reported. The development is the latest escalation ...
Mexican Oil Company Offers Employees ‘Healthy Incentive’ Bonus for Weight Loss, Report Says
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state-run oil company is reportedly offering more money to employees who meet new body standards.
Under a new collective bargaining contract ...
UN Palestinian Refugee Agency Reels over Allegations of Sexual Misconduct, Nepotism
RAMALLAH - A U.N. Palestinian refugee agency is reeling from allegations of sexual misconduct and abuses of authority involving the agency chief and other senior management ...
US Pulls Out of Reagan-Era Arms Treaty, Saying Russia ‘Made No Efforts’ to Comply
WASHINGTON - A historic arms-control treaty signed three decades ago by President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was scrapped after President Trump decided ...
Saudi Arabia Lifts Travel Restrictions on Women, Grants Them Greater Control
RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has allowed adult women to travel without permission and granted them more control over family matters, further eroding a heavily criticized male guardianship ...
‘Don’t Walk into Trump’s & His Poodle Johnson’s Trap’: German Govt Split Over Sending Navy to Gulf
BERLIN - A prospect of German warships being sent to patrol the troubled waters of the Strait of Hormuz has ignited a debate in Berlin. Critics are warning against joining a potential ...
‘Whoever’s on Israel’s Side, We’re Against’: Erdogan Slams Netanyahu & US Over Palestinian Killings
ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned Israel and its enabling allies over “state terror… in Palestine,” declaring, “Whoever is on ...
Trump’s Not Enough? Netanyahu Bets on ‘Big League’ Putin & Modi in New Election Campaign
JERUSALEM - In a bid to prove Benjamin Netanyahu’s superiority over opponents, Israel’s Likud party has boasted of his handshakes with the leaders from a totally . . .
Russian Opposition Leader May Have Been Poisoned, Doctor Says
MOSCOW - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny remained hospitalized for a second day on Monday after his physician said he may have been poisoned. ..
World Powers Meet Iran in Vienna to Salvage Nuclear Deal
VIENNA — Representatives from Europe, China and Russia, which are still committed to the Iran nuclear deal, were meeting Sunday with Iran’s representative in Vienna ...
Macron to Host Putin Next Month Ahead of G-7 Summit
>PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says he will hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month, days before hosting a Group of Seven summit with the leaders ...
Expert Says More Rational Public Voices Needed to Improve U.S.-China Ties
NEW YORK - The Chinese and U.S. business communities should have more direct contact to stave off trade tensions, and more rational voices on bilateral ties should be heard ...
Washington Greenlights Military Sales to Pakistan & India, Months after Air Skirmish
WASHINGTON - The US has approved $125 million worth of support for Pakistan’s F-16 warplanes as well as $670 million of support for India’s C-17 transport planes...
‘I’ll Make Britain Great again’, PM Johnson Says, Echoing Trump
LONDON - Boris Johnson promised on Thursday that Brexit would make Britain the greatest place on earth, echoing the patriotic rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump in his first speech ...
North Korea Tests ‘Super-Powerful’ Missile in Response to Seoul Stockpiling US Arms & Holding Drills
PYONGYANG - Pyongyang says it has no other choice but to continue developing and testing new types of deterrence weapons as long as ‘warmongers’ in the South keep ...
China to Build ‘World-Class’ Military in New Strategy as US ‘Stirs Up Rivalry’ between Major Powers
BEIJING - The US erodes global security and seeks “absolute superiority,” but Beijing won’t follow the “beaten track” of big powers in seeking ...
Turkey Not Satisfied by US Proposal for A Syria Safe Zone
ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey said Wednesday that a new proposal by the United States concerning the creation of a possible “safe zone” in northern Syria was ...
China Says U.S. Criticism over South China Sea Is Slander
BEIJING - Remarks by U.S. officials on China’s role in the South China Sea are slanderous, its foreign ministry said on Monday, after the United States voiced concern ...
Turkey Will Retaliate If U.S. Imposes Sanctions over S-400s: Minister
ANKARA - Turkey would retaliate against what it called an unacceptable threat of U.S. sanctions over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missile defenses, its foreign ...
U.S. Adviser Bolton Travels to Japan, South Korea amid Trade Dispute
>WASHINGTON - U.S. national security adviser John Bolton departed on Saturday for a trip to Japan and South Korea, two key allies of Washington that are embroiled in a trade ...
Hammond to Quit Over No-Deal Brexit If Johnson Become PM
LONDON - British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday he would resign if Boris Johnson became prime minister because he felt unable to support a leader happy ...
Putin: Russians, Ukrainians Are ‘One People’
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin says he believes Russians and Ukrainians constitute one nation and that the countries should find a way to integrate...