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Russia Puts Forth Initiatives to Resume Talks Among Parties to Iran Nuclear Deal - Lavrov

Russia Puts Forth Initiatives to Resume Talks Among Parties to Iran Nuclear Deal - Lavrov

August 12,2020

MOSCOW - Russia has come up with a number of initiatives to resume full-fledged interaction among the parties to the Iran nuclear deal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said ...

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily Vows to ‘Fight on’ After Lai’s Arrest

Hong Kong’s Apple Daily Vows to  ‘Fight on’ After Lai’s Arrest

August 12,2020

Hong Kong's Apple Daily has responded with defiance to the arrest of its owner under a new national security law imposed by Beijing, promising to "fight on" in a front-page ...

UN Says Facebook Has Not Shared ‘Evidence’ of Myanmar Crime

UN Says Facebook Has Not Shared  ‘Evidence’ of Myanmar Crime

August 12,2020

NAYPYITAW - The head of a UN investigative body on Myanmar said Facebook has not released evidence of "serious international crimes", despite promising ...

Belarusian Opposition Leader Flees Abroad After Bloody Clashes

Belarusian Opposition Leader Flees Abroad After Bloody Clashes

August 12,2020

MINSK - Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya said on Tuesday she had fled abroad for the sake of her children, after two nights of clashes following ...

German Social Democrats Tap Olaf Scholz as Chancellor Candidate

German Social Democrats Tap  Olaf Scholz as Chancellor Candidate

August 11,2020

BERLIN - Germany's Social Democrats have proposed Olaf Scholz, the finance minister and their most high-profile and popular politician, to run to succeed Chancellor ....

Mauritania’s President Appoints a New Government

Mauritania’s President Appoints a  New Government

August 11,2020

NOUAKCHOTT - Mauritania's president has appointed a new government after the names of several former ministers appeared in a report on the financial dealings of ex-leader Mohamed ...

Belarus: Lukashenko Wins Election Marred by Protests

Belarus: Lukashenko Wins Election  Marred by Protests

August 11,2020

MINSK - Long-serving Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko has won a sixth term, the central electoral commission said, after elections marred by violence as police cracked ...

Lebanon’s Justice Minister Resigns

Lebanon’s Justice Minister Resigns

August 11,2020

BEIRUT - Lebanon's Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm, Information Minister Manal Abdel Samad, and Environment Minister Damianos Kattar have all resigned from their posts...

Trump Extends Coronavirus Relief as Talks with Congress Falter

Trump Extends Coronavirus Relief as  Talks with Congress Falter

August 10,2020

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump has signed executive orders partly restoring enhanced unemployment payments to the tens of millions of Americans who lost jobs in the coronavirus ...

India Begins Examination of Plane’s Black Box After Deadly Crash

India Begins Examination of Plane’s  Black Box After Deadly Crash

August 10,2020

NEW DELHI - Indian investigators on Sunday began examining the black box of a Boeing-737 that overshot a runway on its second attempt, killing 18 people in the country’s worst aviation ...

UK PM Says Schools Must Open in September

UK PM Says Schools Must Open  in September

August 10,2020

LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said reopening schools in September was a social, economic and moral imperative and insisted they would be able to operate ...

Several Killed in Czech Apartment Building Fire, Suspect Arrested

Several Killed in Czech Apartment Building Fire, Suspect Arrested

August 10,2020

PRAGUE - A fire at a high-rise apartment block in the Czech Republic killed 11 people, including three children and five other people who jumped to their deaths ...

Malaysia’s Najib Gets 12 Years in Jail for 1MDB-Linked Graft Case

Malaysia’s Najib Gets 12 Years in Jail  for 1MDB-Linked Graft Case

July 29,2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been sentenced to serve up to 12 years in jail after a court in Kuala Lumpur found him guilty of corruption ...

Lebanon’s Hezbollah Accuses Israel of Fabricating Border Clash

Lebanon’s Hezbollah Accuses Israel  of Fabricating Border Clash

July 29,2020

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah denied its fighters staged an "infiltration attempt" that led to clashes with Israeli forces on Monday calling ...

Xi Sends Congratulations on Start of Assembly of ITER Project

Xi Sends Congratulations on Start of  Assembly of ITER Project

July 29,2020

BEIJING -  Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to the ceremony for the start of assembly of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor ....

UK Defends Quarantine Decision After Spanish PM Says It Was Unfair & An ‘Error’

UK Defends Quarantine Decision  After Spanish PM Says It Was  Unfair & An ‘Error’

July 29,2020

LONDON - The UK says it “respectfully” disagrees with Madrid’s position on its call to impose a quarantine on travelers returning from Spain after Prime Minister ...

World’s Biggest Coronavirus Vaccine Study Begins

World’s Biggest Coronavirus Vaccine  Study Begins

July 28,2020

The world's biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the US government along with Moderna Inc - one of several ...

US Envoy in Qatar: Gulf Dispute ‘Gone on Too Long’

US Envoy in Qatar: Gulf Dispute  ‘Gone on Too Long’

July 28,2020

WASHINGTON - The three-year blockade of Qatar by neighbouring Arab nations has gone on for too long and threatens regional security and prosperity, a US envoy has said...

Dozens Killed in Renewed Violence in Sudan’s Darfur: UN

Dozens Killed in Renewed Violence in  Sudan’s Darfur: UN

July 28,2020

KHARTOUM - A new round of violence in Sudan's Darfur region has killed more than 60 people, the United Nations said on Sunday, as the country's prime minister promised fresh ...

Around 300,000 Foreigners Receive Russian Citizenship in H1 - Russian Interior Ministry

Around 300,000 Foreigners Receive  Russian Citizenship in H1 - Russian  Interior Ministry

July 28,2020

MOSCOW - Approximately 300,000 foreigners were granted Russian citizenship in the first six months of 2020, director of the Russian Interior Ministry's General Administration ...

Putin Says Russian Navy to Get Hypersonic Nuclear Strike Weapons

Putin Says Russian Navy to Get Hypersonic  Nuclear Strike Weapons

July 27,2020

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday the Russian Navy would be armed with hypersonic nuclear strike weapons and underwater nuclear drones, which the defence ...

France Prepares for Potential Second Wave as Coronavirus Cases Creep Back Up

France Prepares for Potential Second Wave  as Coronavirus Cases Creep Back Up

July 27,2020

PARIS - France’s daily coronavirus infection rate is on the rise again, as more than 1,130 new cases were reported Friday, making July's figures similar to those ...

Jordan Arrests Leaders of Teachers’ Union in Opposition Crackdown

Jordan Arrests Leaders of Teachers’  Union in Opposition Crackdown

July 27,2020

AMMAN - Jordanian security forces arrested leading members of the opposition-run teacher’s union on Saturday, raided its offices and shut it down for two years, escalating a confrontation ...

UK to Boost Ability to Handle Space Threat from Russia, China

UK to Boost Ability to Handle Space Threat from Russia, China

July 27,2020

LONDON - The United Kingdom will boost its ability to handle threats posed by Russia and China in space as part of a foreign, security and defence policy review being conducted ...

Israeli Researchers Develop Method to Turn Watermelon Waste into Fuel

Israeli Researchers Develop Method to  Turn Watermelon Waste into Fuel

July 26,2020

JERUSALEM - Israeli researchers have found a method to utilize watermelons for fuel production, the Israeli news website Ynet reported Saturday...

Australia Rejects Beijing’s South China Sea Claims

Australia Rejects Beijing’s South  China Sea Claims

July 26,2020

CANBERRA - Australia has rejected Beijing's territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea in a formal declaration to the United Nations, aligning itself more closely ...

US Military Claims Russia Sending Military Equipment to Libya

US Military Claims Russia Sending  Military Equipment to Libya

July 26,2020

WASHINGTON - The United States military has said Russia appears to be sending more military equipment to its mercenaries in Libya, including in the flashpoint city of Sirte, in breach ...

UN Security Council Report Claims Up to 6,500 Pakistani Fighters in Afghanistan

UN Security Council Report Claims Up to  6,500 Pakistani Fighters in Afghanistan

July 26,2020

KABUL - The United Nations Security Council said in a report this week that an “estimated 6,000 to 6,500 Pakistani terrorist fighters” were currently in Afghanistan ...

China Orders U.S. to Shut Chengdu Consulate, Retaliating for Houston

China Orders U.S. to Shut Chengdu Consulate,  Retaliating for Houston

July 25,2020

BEIJING - China ordered the United States to close its consulate in the city of Chengdu on Friday, responding to a U.S. demand this week that China close its Houston consulate ...

Trump Tells Putin He Wants to Avoid Three-Way Arms Race with Russia & China

Trump Tells Putin He Wants to Avoid  Three-Way Arms Race with Russia & China

July 25,2020

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Donald Trump on Thursday held rare phone talks, which, in contrast with the current political narrative ...

FBI Hunts for ‘Chinese Military Spies’ All Across US as Pompeo Calls for Global Crusade Against Beijing

FBI Hunts for ‘Chinese Military Spies’ All Across US as Pompeo Calls for Global  Crusade Against Beijing

July 25,2020

BEIJING - The FBI has claimed that Chinese researchers with secret military ties are active in dozens of US cities, just as the top US diplomat urged ...

Jerusalem Protest Against Netanyahu Results in Dozens of Arrests

Jerusalem Protest Against Netanyahu Results in Dozens of Arrests

July 25,2020

JERUSALEM - Crowds have been calling on Netanyahu to resign in part over corruption charges
Dozens of protesters opposing ...

Egypt’s Parliament Approves Troop Deployment to Libya

Egypt’s Parliament Approves Troop  Deployment to Libya

July 22,2020

CAIRO - Egypt's parliament authorised the deployment of troops outside the country on Monday after the president threatened military action against Turkish-backed

Putin Sets National Goals of Russia’s Development Through 2030

Putin Sets National Goals of Russia’s  Development Through 2030

July 22,2020

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree outlining national goals of the country's development through 2030.
The document is available on the Kremlin ...

China to ‘Fight Back’ As UK Suspends Hong Kong Extradition Deal

China to ‘Fight Back’ As UK Suspends Hong Kong Extradition Deal

July 22,2020

BEIJING - China on Tuesday accused the United Kingdom of interfering in its internal affairs and said it would "fight back" after Britain announced it would suspend its extradition ...