Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, June 26th, 2017

Russian Warships Strike IS Terrorists in Syria with Cruise Missiles

Russian Warships Strike IS  Terrorists in Syria with Cruise Missiles

June 24, 2017

MOSCOW - Two Russian frigates and a submarine deployed in the eastern Mediterranean have fired six Kalibr cruise missiles at Islamic State (IS) targets in west-central Syria, the...

Central Europe Leaders Meet with France’s Macron

Central Europe Leaders Meet with France’s Macron

June 24, 2017

BRUSSELS - Poland's prime minister says it is a good sign for the future that France and Central European countries want to seek consensus despite their differences on key issues...

US - Russia Tensions on the Rise

US - Russia Tensions on the Rise

June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON - With U.S.-Russia tensions on the rise especially over disagreements involving the war in Syria, U.S. experts said that though not as hostile as they were in the Cold War, ties...

Rapid Nuclear Decommissioning Threatens Climate Targets, Says IEA

Rapid Nuclear Decommissioning Threatens Climate Targets, Says IEA

June 22, 2017

ESTORIL, Portugal - Decommissioning nuclear plants in Europe and North America from 2020 threatens global plans to cut carbon emissions unless governments build new nuclear plants...

Courts are Right in Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

Courts are Right in Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

June 21, 2017

WASHINGTON — Most Americans say federal courts are acting properly in blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs...

Qatar Says it Will not Negotiate Unless Neighbours Lift ‘Blockade’

Qatar Says it Will not Negotiate  Unless Neighbours Lift ‘Blockade’

June 21, 2017

DOHA - Qatar said it will not negotiate with its neighbours to resolve the Gulf dispute unless they first lift the trade and travel boycott they imposed two weeks ago. Doha still believed...

Russia Warns US after Downing of Syrian Warplane

Russia Warns US after  Downing  of Syrian Warplane

June 20, 2017

MOSCOW — Warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition operating over Syrian government-controlled areas west of the Euphrates River will be tracked as potential targets, Russia’s Defense...

EU Reiterates Support for Paris Agreement

EU Reiterates Support for  Paris Agreement

June 20, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) reaffirmed Monday its support for Paris agreement on climate change when its Foreign Affairs Council convened in Luxembourg. The Council said in...

Saudi-Turkish Ties Strained over Differing Views on Qatar

Saudi-Turkish Ties Strained over Differing Views on Qatar

June 19, 2017

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Ties between Saudi Arabia and Turkey have begun to fray due to sharply different policies toward Qatar. Saudi Arabia has led other Arab nations in cutting diplomatic...

Macron Eyes Next Stage in Revolution in Parliament Vote

Macron Eyes Next Stage in  Revolution in Parliament Vote

June 19, 2017

PARIS - French voters went to the polls on Sunday in a parliamentary election set to hand a landslide victory to the centrist party of President Emmanuel Macron which would...

UN Envoy Plans New Round of Syria Talks in July

UN Envoy Plans New Round  of Syria Talks in July

June 18, 2017

BEIRUT — The United Nations' special envoy for Syria says he plans a new round of peace talks in Geneva next month. Staffan de Mistura's office said Saturday that the aim is for...

New Sanctions will ‘Complicate’ Russia-US Ties: Putin

New Sanctions will ‘Complicate’ Russia-US Ties: Putin

June 18, 2017

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that new U.S. sanctions on Russia will damage ties between the two countries. Putin said Saturday that "it will of course complicate...

China, U.S. to Hold First Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

China, U.S. to Hold First  Diplomatic and Security Dialogue

June 17, 2017

BEIJING - China and the United States will hold their first diplomatic and security dialogue next Wednesday in Washington D.C., a Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced here Friday...

Official Talks on Brexit to Start Monday

Official Talks on Brexit to  Start Monday

June 17, 2017

LONDON - Talks on Britain's exit from the European Union will start next Monday, it was announced Thursday. The British government's Office for Exiting the EU confirmed the date in an...

Russia will Respond to U.S. Attempts to Encircle it: Putin

Russia will Respond to U.S.  Attempts to Encircle it: Putin

June 15, 2017

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would react to the Washington’s attempts to encircle Russia with missile defense systems, Russian News Agency Tass reported Wednesday...

Egypt Parliament Approves Islands Transfer to َSaudi Arabia

Egypt Parliament Approves Islands Transfer to َSaudi Arabia

June 15, 2017

CAIRO - The Egyptian parliament approved in a final vote on Wednesday a controversial deal under which Egypt is to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian state TV...

UN Urges Protection of Children in Conflicts, Disasters

UN Urges Protection of Children  in Conflicts, Disasters

June 14, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations on Monday urged protection of children in conflicts and disasters, making a strong call for the end of the scourge. The United Nations International...

Macron’s Camp Urges Voter Participation while Set to Win Big in Election

Macron’s Camp Urges Voter Participation while Set to Win Big in Election

June 14, 2017

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party has urged voters who had stayed away to cast their vote in the second and final round of the country's parliamentary election after...

Macron’s Party Makes Big Win in Round One of Legislative Election: Exit Polls

Macron’s Party Makes Big Win in Round One of Legislative Election: Exit Polls

June 13, 2017

PARIS - President Emmanuel Macron’s party “The Republic On The Move” (LREM) and its ally MoDem took the lead in the first round of French legislative election on...

May Faces First Post-Election Meetings with Ministers, Backbench MPs

May Faces First Post-Election Meetings with Ministers, Backbench MPs

June 13, 2017

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired her first meeting of ministers since last week’s general election at 10 Downing Street Monday. The wheels of government had been...

Macron Eyes Victory as France Elects New Parliament

Macron Eyes Victory as France Elects New Parliament

June 12, 2017

PARIS - French voters went back to the polls on Sunday for the first round of parliamentary elections that are predicted to give President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party a...

Erdogan Urges to Resolve Qatari Crisis by End of Ramadan

Erdogan Urges to Resolve Qatari  Crisis by End of Ramadan

June 12, 2017

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that the Qatari crisis should be resolved before the Ramadan holiday starts on June 25. The president made the statement...

EU’s Tusk Calls on May to Press Ahead with Brexit Talks

EU’s Tusk Calls on May to Press Ahead with Brexit Talks

June 11, 2017

BRUSSELS - European Council President Donald Tusk on Friday congratulated British Prime Minister Theresa May on her reappointment, underscoring that Brussels and London should...

Trump, Sisi Underline Combating Terrorism

Trump, Sisi Underline Combating Terrorism

June 11, 2017

CAIRO - U.S. President Donald Trump asserted in a phone call with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Friday the importance of resuming efforts of combating terrorism decisively...

Britain’s General Election: A Gamble too Far for May

Britain’s General Election: A Gamble too Far for May

June 10, 2017

LONDON - As British Prime Minister Theresa May gambled her political future on calling a snap general election seven weeks ago, results from Thursday's election show that her party can...

Trump Offers to Help Resolve Rift between Qatar, Gulf Nations

Trump Offers to Help Resolve Rift  between Qatar, Gulf Nations

June 10, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump offered to help Qatar and the other Gulf nations resolve their differences, including through a meeting at the White House if necessary, the White...

British PM Pledges Tough Action on Terrorism

British PM Pledges Tough  Action on Terrorism

June 08, 2017

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May announced get-tough proposals Tuesday night on tackling terrorism, saying she would change human rights laws if she needed to...

SCO Ensures Security, Stability, Sustainable Growth: Russian Deputy FM

SCO Ensures Security, Stability,  Sustainable Growth: Russian Deputy FM

June 08, 2017

MOSCOW - The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has become an effective tool of ensuring security, stability and sustainable development in the modern system of interstate...

Diplomatic Crisis in Middle East Disrupts Regional Security, Political Balance

Diplomatic Crisis in Middle East Disrupts Regional Security, Political Balance

June 07, 2017

BEIJING - Saudi Arabia and it allies have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar in an escalation of power struggle in the Middle East which endangers the region's political balance and hinders...

UN Ocean Conference Opens with Call for Global Action to Save Planet

UN Ocean Conference Opens with Call for Global Action to Save Planet

June 07, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Top United Nations officials Monday urged coordinated global action to protect the planet when an international conference on the health of the world's...

London Attackers Kill Seven, PM May Says ‘Enough is Enough’

London Attackers Kill Seven, PM  May Says ‘Enough is Enough’

June 05, 2017

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Sunday for a stronger response to Islamist extremism after three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and...

Erdogan Threatens new Operation in Northern Syria

Erdogan Threatens new Operation  in Northern Syria

June 05, 2017

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Saturday to resume military actions against Syrian Kurdish fighters in case Turkey comes under attack by them. We will not discuss...

U.S. Ties with China Important for Stability in Asia-Pacific: Pentagon Chief

U.S. Ties with China Important for Stability  in Asia-Pacific: Pentagon Chief

June 04, 2017

SINGAPORE - U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said here on Saturday that the U.S. relations with China are important for the stability in the Asia-Pacific region. Addressing a plenary...

World Forges Ahead with Paris Climate Deal without Trump

World Forges Ahead with  Paris Climate Deal without Trump

June 04, 2017

BRUSSELS - The world forged ahead on Friday with the Paris climate deal after President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the pact, triggering bitter condemnation from all corners of the...

Trump Withdraws U.S. from Paris Agreement on Climate Amid Opposition at Home

Trump Withdraws U.S. from Paris Agreement on Climate Amid Opposition at Home

June 03, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that he had decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a landmark global pact to fight climate change...