Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, July 24th, 2017

UN Security Council to Hold Urgent Meeting on Jerusalem Violence

UN Security Council to Hold Urgent Meeting on Jerusalem Violence

July 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council will hold an urgent meeting on Monday morning to discuss the violence unfolding in Jerusalem, diplomats said on Saturday. The meeting will...

Britain Needs Transitional Deal with EU, to End before next Election: Minister

Britain Needs Transitional Deal with EU, to End before next Election: Minister

July 24, 2017

LONDON - British trade minister Liam Fox said on Sunday that he backed a transition agreement to smooth Britain’s departure from the European Union, but it would have to come...

Democrats Herald Agreement on Sweeping Russia Sanctions Bill

Democrats Herald Agreement on Sweeping Russia Sanctions Bill

July 23, 2017

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to...

Green Economy Proves to be Critical Means to Eradicate Poverty: UN Official

Green Economy Proves to be Critical Means to Eradicate Poverty: UN Official

July 23, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Green economy which requires economic development without sacrificing the environment proves to be a critical means to eradicate poverty worldwide, said UN Environment Program...

First China-U.S. Comprehensive Economic Dialogue Sees Some Positive Outcomes

First China-U.S. Comprehensive Economic Dialogue Sees Some Positive Outcomes

July 22, 2017

WASHINGTON - The first China-U.S. Comprehensive Economic Dialogue (CED) saw the world’s two largest economies resolve a number of issues in their trade relationship while agreeing...

Macron, Seeking Stronger EU, Meets Brexit Negotiator Barnier

Macron, Seeking Stronger EU, Meets Brexit Negotiator Barnier

July 22, 2017

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron is meeting with the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator with both men looking for more clarity from Britain over its departure from...

France Wants Major Powers to Make ‘Proposals’ to Syrian Warring Parties

France Wants Major Powers to Make ‘Proposals’ to Syrian Warring Parties

July 20, 2017

PARIS - France wants major powers involved in the Syrian crisis to join a contact group that would make proposals to warring parties, in an effort to break a deadlock in political...

Senior U.S., Russian Diplomats Hold “Tough” Talks: U.S. State Department

Senior U.S., Russian Diplomats Hold “Tough” Talks: U.S. State Department

July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON - The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday that senior U.S. and Russian diplomats had held “tough” talks here on areas of mutual concern. Following the recent meeting...

EU Top Diplomat to Visit Kuwait as Part of Mediation Efforts to End Gulf Crisis

EU Top Diplomat to Visit Kuwait as Part of Mediation Efforts to End Gulf Crisis

July 19, 2017

KUWAIT - European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will visit Kuwait on Sunday as part of the intensified mediation efforts to end the Gulf standoff, the official news...

Italy May Issue Temporary Visas for Migrants, in ‘Tug of War’ with EU

Italy May Issue Temporary Visas for Migrants, in ‘Tug of War’ with EU

July 19, 2017

ROME - Italy is considering issuing temporary visas that would allow migrants to travel around the European Union, its deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday, a move intended to...

Brexit Talks Begin in Earnest with Citizens’ Rights in Focus

Brexit Talks Begin in Earnest with Citizens’ Rights in Focus

July 18, 2017

BRUSSELS — Talks to extricate Britain from the European Union began in earnest Monday with both sides still seemingly far apart on citizens’ rights after Brexit officially takes place...

IMF Hails ‘Ambitious’ French Reforms under Macron

IMF Hails ‘Ambitious’ French  Reforms under Macron

July 18, 2017

PARIS - The IMF on Monday hailed French President Emmanuel Macron’s “ambitious” reform programme, saying his spending cuts and tax overhaul could “go a long...

EU Officials Seek Sense of Urgency as Brexit Bargaining Begins

EU Officials Seek Sense of Urgency as Brexit Bargaining Begins

July 17, 2017

BRUSSELS - EU officials hope the British government shows more urgency about a Brexit deal when its negotiators come to Brussels on Monday for a first full round of talks aimed at smoothing...

Macron Calls for New Israeli-Palestinian Talks

Macron Calls for  New Israeli-Palestinian Talks

July 17, 2017

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron has called for new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to create two independent states. After meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Tony Blair Says Brexit Must be Stopped to Halt Harm to UK

Tony Blair Says Brexit Must be Stopped to Halt Harm to UK

July 16, 2017

LONDON — There’s a chance Britain won’t leave the European Union, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saturday, arguing that stopping Brexit is “necessary&rdquo...

France Wades into Qatar Row, Urges End to Punitive Measures

France Wades into Qatar Row, Urges End to Punitive Measures

July 16, 2017

DOHA, Qatar — France’s foreign minister on Saturday called on Qatar’s neighbors to immediately lift measures impacting thousands of people in the Gulf, becoming the latest...

France’s Macron Honors U.S. Forces in Bastille Day Celebration

France’s Macron Honors U.S. Forces in Bastille Day Celebration

July 15, 2017

PARIS - Emmanuel Macron, France’s youngest president in modern history, on Friday celebrated his first-ever Bastille Day, or French National Day, with the usual pomp, military parade...

Russia Ready to Expel U.S. Diplomats if no Deal Struck on Monday: Russian FM

Russia Ready to Expel U.S. Diplomats if no Deal Struck on Monday: Russian FM

July 15, 2017

MOSCOW - Russia is ready to expel a number of U.S. diplomats and seize two U.S. properties here in a tit-for-tat response if no deal is reached at a meeting of senior diplomats of the two...

French Leader Hopes to Persuade Trump on Climate

French Leader Hopes to Persuade Trump on Climate

July 13, 2017

HAMBURG, Germany — French President Emmanuel Macron says he harbors the hope of convincing President Donald Trump to bring the United States back into the Paris climate accord...

British Government Declines to Publish Review on Funding of Extremism

British Government Declines to Publish Review on Funding of Extremism

July 13, 2017

LONDON - The British government said on Wednesday it would not publish in full its report on the sources of funding of Islamist extremism in Britain, prompting opposition charges it was...

Syrian Monitor Group Confirms Death of IS Leader Al-Baghdadi

Syrian Monitor Group Confirms Death of IS Leader Al-Baghdadi

July 12, 2017

DAMASCUS - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitor group, on Tuesday confirmed the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State (IS). There is confirmed...

Weakened UK Leader Theresa May Vows to Win ‘Battle of Ideas’

Weakened UK Leader Theresa May Vows to Win ‘Battle of Ideas’

July 12, 2017

LONDON — Attempting to regain political momentum after an election left her atop a fragile minority government, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Tuesday that she has to win a “battle...

UN Envoy Launches New Round of Syria Talks Amid Cease-Fire

UN Envoy Launches New Round of Syria Talks Amid Cease-Fire

July 11, 2017

GENEVA — The U.N.’s envoy for Syria on Monday opened a new round of indirect talks, the seventh so far, between Syrian government representatives and opposition leaders to...

Tillerson Aims to Ease Qatar Crisis with Shuttle Diplomacy

Tillerson Aims to Ease Qatar Crisis  with Shuttle Diplomacy

July 11, 2017

ISTANBUL — The Trump administration tossed aside its aversion to mediating a weeks-long Persian Gulf dispute Monday, as the top U.S. diplomat flew to the region hoping to corral Qatar and...

Trump Says Discussed Forming Cyber Security Unit with Putin

Trump Says Discussed Forming Cyber Security Unit with Putin

July 10, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Twitter on Sunday that he discussed forming a cyber security unit to guard against election hacking with Russian President Vladimir...

Macron Says Still Trying to Change Trump’s Mind on Climate Change

Macron Says Still Trying to Change Trump’s Mind on Climate Change

July 10, 2017

HAMBURG, Germany - French President Emmanuel Macron said here Saturday that he will not give up trying to change U.S. President Donald Trump’s mind on climate change. Macron made...

G20 Leaders Vow to Jointly Fight against Terrorism

G20 Leaders Vow to Jointly  Fight against Terrorism

July 09, 2017

HAMBURG, Germany - The leaders of the G20 vowed on Friday to enhance cooperation to fight against terrorism and its financing after the working sessions on the first day of G20 Summit...

U.S.-Russian Presidents’ First Meeting Considered Success

U.S.-Russian Presidents’ First Meeting Considered Success

July 09, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump’s much-anticipated meeting Friday with Russian President Vladimir Putin is considered a success by U.S. experts, who note that the two...

Merkel Calls for G20 Compromise as Crunch Climate Talks Start

Merkel Calls for G20 Compromise as Crunch Climate Talks Start

July 08, 2017

HAMBURG - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed fellow Group of 20 leaders to compromise at the start of talks on climate and trade that have pitted U.S. President Donald Trump against...

Trump, Putin Shake Hands ahead of Closely Watched G20 Meeting

Trump, Putin Shake Hands ahead of  Closely Watched G20 Meeting

July 08, 2017

HAMBURG - U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a veteran businessman and a former spy, shook hands on Friday ahead of the most highly anticipated face-to-face...

World Expects G20 Summit to Push for more Inclusive Economy

World Expects G20 Summit to Push for more Inclusive Economy

July 06, 2017

BERLIN - World leaders are expected to meet at an annual G20 summit held in Hamburg, Germany on the weekend, discussing issues such as economic growth, international trade and financial market...

France’s Macron Vows to Support Syrian Opposition, Press through Political Solution

France’s Macron Vows to Support Syrian Opposition, Press through Political Solution

July 06, 2017

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron has voiced support for opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, vowing more efforts to press through a diplomatic end of years-long civil...

Russia and China Tell North Korea, U.S. and South Korea to Embrace De-Escalation Plan

Russia and China Tell North Korea, U.S. and South Korea to Embrace De-Escalation Plan

July 05, 2017

MOSCOW - Russia and China joined diplomatic forces on Tuesday and called on North Korea, South Korea and the United States to sign up to a Chinese de-escalation plan designed to defuse...

In Europe, Trump Gets 2nd Chance to Make 1st Impression

In Europe, Trump Gets 2nd Chance  to Make 1st Impression

July 05, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will learn this week whether he gets a second chance to make a first impression as he returns to Europe and has his first encounter with Russia's...

Trump, Merkel to Meet Ahead of Tricky G20 Talks: Berlin

Trump, Merkel to Meet Ahead of Tricky G20 Talks: Berlin

July 04, 2017

BERLIN - US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel plan to meet Thursday for what are expected to be tricky talks on the eve of a Group of 20 summit...