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French President Says EU Needs No Outside Advice

French President Says EU Needs No Outside Advice

January 18, 2017

PARIS - The European Union (EU) "does not need external advice to tell it what it has to do," French President Francois Hollande said Monday. Hollande made the remarks...

Merkel Refutes Trump’s Criticism Towards her Refugee Policy

Merkel Refutes Trump’s Criticism Towards her Refugee Policy

January 18, 2017

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday refuted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's criticism towards her refugee policy. He(Trump) has recently reiterated his...

Trump Hails Brexit as “Great Thing”, Vows Swift Trade Deal with Britain

Trump Hails Brexit as “Great Thing”, Vows Swift Trade Deal with Britain

January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview published Sunday that Britain's exit from the European Union will turn out to be "a great thing" and...

Moscow Agrees with Trump that NATO is Obsolete: Kremlin

Moscow Agrees with Trump that NATO is Obsolete: Kremlin

January 17, 2017

MOSCOW - The Russian government agrees with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that NATO is obsolete, the Kremlin said Monday. NATO is truly a relic of the past. We agree with this...

Trump Warned off Unilateral Mideast Moves at Paris Peace Talks

Trump Warned off Unilateral  Mideast Moves at Paris Peace Talks

January 16, 2017

PARIS - France warned Sunday of "serious consequences" if Donald Trump moves to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital as representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try...

Middle East Peace Conference Held in Paris

Middle East Peace Conference  Held in Paris

January 16, 2017

PARIS - The Middle East Peace Conference, an international meeting aiming to revive the stranded Middle East peace talks, was held in Paris on Sunday. About 70 countries, including the UN...

US House of Representatives Moves to Begin Repealing Obamacare

US House of Representatives Moves to Begin Repealing Obamacare

January 15, 2017

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to take initial steps toward repealing Obamacare, following Thursday's Senate vote on the issue. House representatives...

May Must Spell out Britain’s Position on EU Single Market by Mid-February:Committee

May Must Spell out Britain’s Position on EU Single Market by Mid-February:Committee

January 15, 2017

LONDON - Theresa May's government should set out its position on Britain's post-Brexit membership of the European single market by mid-February, a parliamentary committee said in a...

Different Experiences of Trump’s Cabinet Nominees at Senate Hearings

Different Experiences of Trump’s  Cabinet Nominees at Senate Hearings

January 14, 2017

WASHINGTON - In Thursday's confirmation hearings, President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees had very different treatments, from James Mattis' easy sailing to Ben Carson's tough...

Major Syrian Opposition Groups Likely to Attend Talks in Kazakhstan: Report

Major Syrian Opposition Groups Likely to Attend Talks in Kazakhstan: Report

January 14, 2017

MOSCOW - Major Syrian opposition groups, including the largest one, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), are likely to attend the upcoming talks on the Syrian settlement in Astana...

No Serious Opposition to Trump’s Cabinet Picks on Day One of Hearings

No Serious Opposition to Trump’s Cabinet Picks on Day One of Hearings

January 12, 2017

WASHINGTON - The U.S. congress on Tuesday held a hearing to examine the nominations of Jeff Sessions to be attorney general and John Kelly to be secretary of homeland security...

Turkish Parliament Begins Debating Constitutional Change

Turkish Parliament Begins Debating Constitutional Change

January 12, 2017

ANKARA - The Turkish Grand National Assembly began debating constitutional change which would grant wide-ranging powers to the president, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. As many...

Trump Lifts Son-in-Law to Senior White House Position

Trump Lifts Son-in-Law to Senior White House Position

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday named his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as senior advisor to the president. Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor...

Obama to Trump: Trends Toward Clean Energy “Irreversible”

Obama to Trump: Trends Toward Clean Energy “Irreversible”

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday warned President-elect Donald Trump against walking away from a global climate deal, saying that trends toward clean energy...

Trump Agrees Russia Responsible for Election Hacking: Transition Team

Trump Agrees Russia Responsible for Election Hacking: Transition Team

January 10, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has accepted U.S. intelligence community's findings that Russia was behind the cyber attacks targeting the 2016 U.S. presidential election...

British PM Close to Spelling out Her Plans for Brexit

British PM Close to  Spelling out Her Plans for Brexit

January 10, 2017

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she will set out her plans for Britain's exit strategy from the European Union over the coming weeks. May has faced continuous...

Trump Picks Former Senator Coats as National Intelligence Director

Trump Picks Former Senator Coats as National Intelligence Director

January 09, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will nominate former Senator Dan Coats for U.S. director of national intelligence. I'm very confident that...

Deep Freeze Grips Europe, Threatens Homeless, Migrants

Deep Freeze Grips Europe,  Threatens Homeless, Migrants

January 09, 2017

BELGRADE, Serbia - Blizzards and dangerously low temperatures persisted in parts of Europe on Sunday, prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in freezing...

Trump Not to Immediately Reject Iran Nuclear Deal: Corker

Trump Not to Immediately Reject Iran Nuclear Deal: Corker

January 08, 2017

WASHINGTON - A top Republican Senator said Friday that he didn't expect U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to abruptly "tear up" the Iran nuclear deal after taking office...

Syrian Solution Meeting in Astana to Complement Geneva Talks: Lavrov

Syrian Solution Meeting in Astana to Complement Geneva Talks: Lavrov

January 08, 2017

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday the upcoming meeting on Syrian settlement in Astana, Kazakhstan, should serve as a complement, not a substitute, to the...

Obama Says What He Leaves Behind is Better than What He Inherited

Obama Says What He Leaves Behind is Better than What He Inherited

January 07, 2017

WASHINGTON - In a letter to the American people, US President Barack Obama said on Thursday that at the end of his two four-year terms, he was confident what he was leaving behind was...

UN to Attend, Contribute to Syria Talks in Kazakhstan: UN Official

UN to Attend, Contribute to Syria Talks in Kazakhstan: UN Official

January 07, 2017

GENEVA - The UN Special Envoy for Syria said Thursday that preparations were being made to attend Russian and Turkish-backed peace talks scheduled to take place in the Kazakh...

New UN Chief Calls for Reform, Collective Efforts to Achieve UN Goals

New UN Chief Calls for Reform,  Collective Efforts to Achieve UN Goals

January 05, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told UN staff members here on Tuesday that the UN needs their collective engagement to make changes to achieve the goals of the...

U.S. House Republicans Drop Proposal to Rein in Ethics Watchdog

U.S. House Republicans Drop Proposal to Rein in Ethics Watchdog

January 05, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday dropped a proposal they passed overnight to shift the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent non-partisan agency that polices...

Syrian Rebels Suspend Talks over Alleged Truce Violations

Syrian Rebels Suspend Talks over Alleged Truce Violations

January 04, 2017

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces pressed ahead with their offensive in the water-rich Barada Valley northwest of Damascus on Tuesday as 10 rebel groups said they were suspending...

UK Ambassador to EU Resigns Months before Brexit Negotiations

UK Ambassador to EU Resigns Months before Brexit Negotiations

January 04, 2017

LONDON - Ivan Rogers, Britain's ambassador to the European Union, has resigned just months before Brexit negotiations are due to begin, the Press Association reported Tuesday...

Hollande in Iraq for Meetings with Iraqi Leaders, French Forces

Hollande in Iraq for Meetings with Iraqi Leaders, French Forces

January 03, 2017

BAGHDAD - French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad on Monday to meet with French forces in Iraq and to hold talks with Iraqi leaders over the fight against the Islamic...

Germany’s Merkel to Skip Davos on Eve of Trump Presidency

Germany’s Merkel to Skip  Davos on Eve of Trump Presidency

January 03, 2017

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is steering clear of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a meeting expected to be dominated by debate over the looming presidency of Donald...

Erdogan Pledges Continued Fighting Against Terrorism

Erdogan Pledges Continued Fighting Against Terrorism

January 02, 2017

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Sunday to fight against terrorism "to the end," hours after a shooting attack on a night club in Istanbul left 39 dead...

Islamic State Emirs Killed By Turkish Warplanes in Syria

Islamic State Emirs Killed  By Turkish Warplanes in Syria

January 02, 2017

ANKARA - Turkish airstrikes in Syria killed two Islamic State group emirs this week amid ongoing international negotiations over how to end the five-year-old Syrian civil war and halt...

Merkel Says Islamist Terrorism is Biggest Test for Germany

Merkel Says Islamist Terrorism is Biggest Test for Germany

January 01, 2017

BERLIN - Islamist terrorism is the biggest test facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday in a New Year's address to the nation, and vowed to introduce laws...

Trump Praises Putin as “Very Smart” after Moscow Holds Off Retaliatory Actions

Trump Praises Putin as “Very Smart” after Moscow Holds Off Retaliatory Actions

January 01, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as "very smart" for holding off on retaliatory actions after Obama...

Turkey, Russia Agree on Nationwide Ceasefire Plan in Syria

Turkey, Russia Agree on Nationwide Ceasefire Plan in Syria

December 29, 2016

ANKARA - Turkey and Russia on Wednesday agreed on the framework of a nationwide ceasefire plan in Syria, Anadolu Agency reported. The two sides have reached agreement on a draft plan for...

Russia FM Voices Concerns over U.S. Attempt to Arm Syrian Rebels

Russia FM Voices Concerns over U.S. Attempt to Arm Syrian Rebels

December 29, 2016

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov voiced his concerns over possible U.S. arms deliveries to Syrian rebels in a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John...

US, Russian Military Talks Quietly Proving Useful: Officials

US, Russian Military Talks Quietly Proving Useful: Officials

December 28, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S.-Russian talks on their separate fights against the Islamic State group are improving and becoming more frequent, American officials said, with each side trading...