Editor in Chief: Dr. Hussain Yasa Monday, March 27th, 2017

Merkel’s Party CDU Remains Largest in German State Election: Exit Polls

Merkel’s Party CDU Remains Largest in German State Election: Exit Polls

March 28, 2017

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party CDU was ahead with a clear lead over rival SPD in the Saarland state elections, exit polls showed on Sunday. The vote was the first in a series...

UN Invigorates Political Momentum Against Climate Change

UN Invigorates Political Momentum Against Climate Change

March 28, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations dimmed the lights at its headquarters in New York and other facilities around the world to mark the 10th annual "Earth Hour," a global event to...

Escalating Violence in Syria Undermining Political Process: UN Envoy

Escalating Violence in Syria Undermining Political Process: UN Envoy

March 27, 2017

GENEVA - The UN Syria envoy warned Saturday that an upsurge in fighting in Syria is not only endangering a fragile truce in place since last year, but also jeopardising ongoing peace talks...

Brexit Sparks Race to Host European Banking Authority

Brexit Sparks Race to Host  European Banking Authority

March 27, 2017

LONDON - Along with banks that have signaled they will be moving jobs abroad, Brexit will probably see the European Banking Authority leave London -- and rival cities are jockeying to be...

Putin Discusses Anti-Terrorism with France’s Le Pen

Putin Discusses Anti-Terrorism with France’s Le Pen

March 26, 2017

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin urged joint international efforts to fight terrorism on Friday at a meeting in Moscow with French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. We all live...

EU Boosts Support for OSCE Mission in Ukraine

EU Boosts Support for OSCE  Mission in Ukraine

March 26, 2017

KIEV - The European Union (EU) said on Friday it has allocated an additional 3 million euros (about 3.2 million U.S. dollars) for the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation...

Top UN Officials Call on Member States to Remain Committed to Paris Climate Accord

Top UN Officials Call on Member States to Remain Committed to Paris Climate Accord

March 25, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for governments...

French DM Says Offensive to Retake Syria’s Raqqa to Start Soon

French DM Says Offensive to Retake Syria’s Raqqa to Start Soon

March 25, 2017

PARIS - French Defense Minister (DM) Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday that an international military offensive to retake Syrian city of Raqqa from the IS is likely to start “in the coming...

Germany Rejects Trump’s Claim it Owes NATO

Germany Rejects Trump’s Claim  it Owes NATO

March 20, 2017

BERLIN - German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Germany owes NATO and the United States "vast sums" of money...

Race, Education, Gender Key Factors in Americans’ Approval of Trump: Gallup

Race, Education, Gender Key Factors in Americans’ Approval of Trump: Gallup

March 20, 2017

WASHINGTON - Non-college educated American white males are most likely to approve of the job of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a latest Gallup poll. Overall, Trump boasted a...

Common Bonds Aside, Trump and Merkel Show Little Rapport

Common Bonds Aside, Trump  and Merkel Show Little Rapport

March 19, 2017

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to sidestep their differences, but some awkward moments punctuated their first public appearance...

G20 Financial Leaders Fail to Reaffirm Free Trade Commitment

G20 Financial Leaders Fail to  Reaffirm Free Trade Commitment

March 19, 2017

BADEN BADEN, Germany - The world's financial leaders failed to reach a compromise deal to endorse free trade on Saturday, backtracking on past commitments to keep trade open and reject...

UN Establishes Interagency Group to Combat Resistance to Antibiotics

UN Establishes Interagency Group to Combat Resistance to Antibiotics

March 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations announced on Thursday the establishment of the Inter-agency Group on Microbial Resistance to be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed...

EU's Tusk Warns Against Brexit Deal 'Threats'

EU's Tusk Warns Against Brexit Deal 'Threats'

March 16, 2017

STRASBOURG - The European Union will not bow to British "threats" that it is prepared to walk away from Brexit talks without a deal, the bloc's president, Donald Tusk, said...

European Council President Calls for Unity in Europe's Future Challenges

European Council President Calls for Unity in Europe's Future Challenges

March 16, 2017

STRASBOURG - Addressing the European Parliament gathered here Wednesday for its plenary session, European Council (EC) President Donald Tusk stressed the need for unity and mutual trust...

Germany Must Set Exact Climate Goals Soon after Election: Merkel

Germany Must Set Exact Climate Goals Soon after Election: Merkel

March 15, 2017

BERLIN - Germany's next government must set exact targets for cutting CO2 emissions soon after September's national election to provide clarity for local governments and companies to plan...

Turkey, Russia Pledge to Boost Relations, but Syrian Crisis Remains Hurdle

Turkey, Russia Pledge to Boost Relations, but Syrian Crisis Remains Hurdle

March 15, 2017

ANKARA - Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a one-day visit on Friday in Moscow where he met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Both leaders announced that they were ready...

Debate on Future of Europe Gets Momentum

Debate on Future of Europe  Gets Momentum

March 14, 2017

BRUSSELS - When the European Union (EU) is preparing for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, from which the whole integration process stemmed, the future of Europe aroused hot discussions...

Syrian War Monitor Says 465,000 Killed in Six Years of Fighting

Syrian War Monitor Says 465,000 Killed in Six Years of Fighting

March 14, 2017

BEIRUT - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Monday there are so far about 465,000 people killed and missing in Syria's civil war. The war began six...

France Urges Turkey and EU States to Ease Tensions

France Urges Turkey and EU States to Ease Tensions

March 13, 2017

PARIS - France urged Turkey and several EU member states to calm tensions and said there had been no reason to prohibit a meeting on its soil on Sunday between Ankara's foreign minister and...

Merkel Meets Unpredictable Trump Amid Tense Ties

Merkel Meets Unpredictable  Trump Amid Tense Ties

March 13, 2017

BERLIN - Europe's most powerful leader, Angela Merkel, meets for the first time next week America's flamboyant President Donald Trump whose arrival in the White House has sent shockwaves...

UNSC Hopes to See Early Resumption of Syrian Peace Talks

UNSC Hopes to See Early  Resumption of Syrian Peace Talks

March 12, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council on Friday welcomed the mediation efforts by the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to bring all warring Syrian parties to a negotiation...

China-U.S. Trade War Brings Nothing but Harm: Commerce Minister

China-U.S. Trade War Brings Nothing but Harm: Commerce Minister

March 12, 2017

BEIJING - A trade war between China and the United States is not in line with the interests of the two countries and will bring nothing but harm, China's Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said...

US to Host Coalition Meeting on Countering IS

US to Host Coalition Meeting  on Countering IS

March 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host a multinational meeting in Washington later this month on fighting against the extremist group Islamic State (IS), the State...

EU Summit Fails to Reach Consensus on Conclusions

EU Summit Fails to  Reach Consensus on Conclusions

March 11, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Council on Friday conceded that its member states have failed to reach consensus on summit conclusions for "reasons unrelated to its substance."...

OPEC, Non-OPEC Oil Producers Reaffirm Commitment to Production Cut

OPEC, Non-OPEC Oil Producers  Reaffirm Commitment to Production Cut

March 09, 2017

HOUSTON - The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some non-OPEC oil producers reaffirmed their commitment to oil production cut reached last year. To deal with the...

Head of UN Refugee Agency Voices Concern about New U.S. Rules

Head of UN Refugee Agency Voices Concern about New U.S. Rules

March 09, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The UN high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Tuesday voiced his concern about the new U.S. rules, known as the Executive Order signed on Monday by U.S...

Turkish, US, Russian Military Chiefs Discuss Syria Tensions

Turkish, US, Russian Military Chiefs Discuss Syria Tensions

March 08, 2017

BEIRUT - The top generals from Turkey, the United States and Russia met Tuesday to discuss tensions in northern Syria, where mutually suspicious forces allied with the three countries...

Trump Signs New Travel Ban, Downsizes Targeted Countries to Six

Trump Signs New Travel Ban,  Downsizes Targeted Countries to Six

March 08, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order banning nationals of six Muslim countries to enter the United States, excluding Iraq from the list of a...

DPRK Fires Multiple Ballistic Missiles into East Waters

DPRK Fires Multiple Ballistic  Missiles into East Waters

March 07, 2017

SEOUL - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has fired multiple ballistic missiles into east waters as combined forces of South Korea and the United States launched their...

EU Approves New Military HQ

EU Approves New Military HQ

March 07, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Union on Monday approved plans for a military headquarters to coordinate overseas security operations, foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said. Mogherini, who...

Obama Spokesman Says Trump’s Wire-Tapping Claims “Simply False”

Obama Spokesman Says Trump’s Wire-Tapping Claims “Simply False”

March 06, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor Barack Obama had his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower before Election Day is "simply false," Obama...

UK Needs Financial Reserves in the Tank for Brexit: Hammond

UK Needs Financial Reserves in the Tank for Brexit: Hammond

March 06, 2017

LONDON - Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond said he would keep "reserves in the tank" to see the economy through its looming Brexit challenge, signaling little room...

Syria Peace Talks Yield Progress as Negotiations End: UN Envoy

Syria Peace Talks Yield Progress as Negotiations End: UN Envoy

March 05, 2017

GENEVA - The UN Special Envoy for Syria said Friday that progress has been made in the latest round of Syria peace talks, with warring delegations set to reconvene in the Swiss city...

Integration of Serbia, Balkans, Remains EU’s Key Strategic Priority: Mogherini

Integration of Serbia, Balkans, Remains EU’s Key Strategic Priority: Mogherini

March 05, 2017

BELGRADE - Visiting European Union (EU) foreign policy chief said the EU is committed to receiving new member countries and will work together with Serbia to maintain regional stability...