Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Saudi Minister ‘Very Optimistic’ about Oil Market

Saudi Minister ‘Very Optimistic’  about Oil Market

January 16, 2019

ABU DHABI - Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Tuesday he was “very optimistic” about the outlook for the oil market after producers cut output to support ...

Russia Says Disagreements Still Hamper Peace Deal with Japan

Russia Says Disagreements Still Hamper  Peace Deal with Japan

January 15, 2019

MOSCOW - Russia still has significant disagreements with Japan, which stand in the way of clinching a peace deal to end a decades-old territorial row, Foreign Minister ...

White House Asked for Options to Strike Iran

White House Asked for Options  to Strike Iran

January 15, 2019

WASHINGTON - The White House’s national security team last fall asked the Pentagon to provide it with options for striking Iran after a group of militants aligned with ...

Yemen’s Houthis Threaten More Drone Attacks

Yemen’s Houthis Threaten More Drone Attacks

January 14, 2019

SANAA - Houthi group threatened on Sunday to launch more drone attacks after a deadly strike last week on a Yemeni government military parade, stoking tension ...

Arab Nations Inch Toward Rehabilitating Syria’s Assad

Arab Nations Inch Toward  Rehabilitating Syria’s Assad

January 14, 2019

BEIRUT — He has survived eight years of war and billions of dollars in money and weapons aimed at toppling him. Now Syrian President Bashar Assad is poised to be readmitted ...

Thousands March in 9th Straight French Yellow Vest Protests

Thousands March in 9th Straight French  Yellow Vest Protests

January 13, 2019

PARIS — Thousands of people wearing yellow vests started marching in the streets of Paris as others were gathering in the central French city of Bourges amid high security ...

Control of Russian Radio Telescope Satellite Lost

Control of Russian Radio Telescope Satellite Lost

January 13, 2019

MOSCOW — Russia’s space agency says its specialists are attempting to fix problems that have blocked control of an orbiting radio telescope...

Ex-MI6 Chief Says Theresa May’s Brexit Deal ‘Threatens National Security,’ Hurts US Relationship

Ex-MI6 Chief Says Theresa May’s Brexit Deal  ‘Threatens National Security,’ Hurts US Relationship

January 12, 2019

LONDON - A former head of British intelligence agency MI6 has warned that Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with the European Union threatens British national security . . .

China Could Lift Life Expectancy by Nearly Three Years If It Meets WHO Smog Standards: Study

China Could Lift Life Expectancy by Nearly Three Years If It Meets WHO Smog Standards: Study

January 12, 2019

BEIJING/SHANGHAI - China could raise average life expectancy by 2.9 years if it improves air quality to levels recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO)...

Turkey Calls for Joint Control with Russia & Iran over US Troop Pullout from Syria

Turkey Calls for Joint Control with Russia & Iran  over US Troop Pullout from Syria

January 10, 2019

ISTANBUL - As the US is experiencing “certain difficulties” with the withdrawal from Syria, it should be coordinated with Iran and ...

Trump Insists on Steel Wall with Mexico in Prime-Time Speech

Trump Insists on Steel Wall with Mexico  in Prime-Time Speech

January 10, 2019

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump used a prime-time address to the nation Tuesday to insist on $5.7 billion for a steel wall along the Mexican border that he said would ...

Bolton Made a ‘Serious Mistake,’ Ankara Won’t ‘Swallow’ His Comments on Syria’s Kurds – Erdogan

Bolton Made a ‘Serious Mistake,’ Ankara Won’t ‘Swallow’  His Comments on Syria’s Kurds – Erdogan

January 09, 2019

ISTANBUL - US National Security adviser John Bolton has made a “huge mistake” naming Ankara’s security guarantees for Kurds a precondition for US pullout ...

German Far-Right Politician Brutally Beaten in ‘Assassination Attempt,’ Party Says

German Far-Right Politician Brutally Beaten  in ‘Assassination Attempt,’ Party Says

January 09, 2019

BERLIN - A member of Germany’s parliament from the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) suffered serious injuries after he was attacked by three people in ...

U.S. Navy Ship Sails in Disputed South China Sea Amid Trade Talks with Beijing

U.S. Navy Ship Sails in Disputed South China Sea  Amid Trade Talks with Beijing

January 08, 2019

BEIJING - A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea in what China called a “provocation” as U.S. officials ...

US Tells Turkey to Give Up on Russian S-400s in Exchange for Patriot Systems Deal – Report

US Tells Turkey to Give Up on Russian S-400s in Exchange  for Patriot Systems Deal – Report

January 07, 2019

ISTANBUL - The US has made an official offer to Turkey for a $3.5 billion sale of American Patriot missile systems, but only under the condition that Ankara cancels ...

Trump Aide: Syria Withdrawal Waiting on ‘Conditions’

Trump Aide: Syria Withdrawal Waiting  on ‘Conditions’

January 07, 2019

JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, said Sunday that the U.S. military withdrawal from northeastern Syria is conditioned ...

China’s Xi Calls on Army to be Battle-Ready

China’s Xi Calls on Army to be Battle-Ready

January 06, 2019

SHANGHAI - China’s armed forces must strengthen their sense of urgency and do everything they can to prepare for battle, President Xi Jinping told a meeting of top ...

UN Security Council Meets on DR Congo Vote

UN Security Council Meets  on DR Congo Vote

January 06, 2019

United Nations (United States) - The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Friday to discuss the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo as world powers ...

Chinese Rover Beings Exploring ‘Dark’ Side of Moon

Chinese Rover Beings Exploring ‘Dark’ Side of Moon

January 05, 2019

BEIJING – China’s space agency has posted a photo of a lunar rover making tracks on the surface shortly after leaving a spacecraft that had made the first-ever landing ...

Global Support Lets Bangladesh PM Withstand Election Worries

Global Support Lets Bangladesh PM  Withstand Election Worries

January 05, 2019

DHAKA, Bangladesh – Congratulatory messages are flowing to Bangladesh’s Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina, ensuring she will withstand the reverberating ...

China’s Leader Urges Action on Unification with Taiwan

China’s Leader Urges Action  on Unification with Taiwan

January 03, 2019

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping, declaring that independence is not an option for Taiwan, urged both sides to reach an early consensus on unification and ...

Macron Govt on Tenterhooks as New Tax Regime Takes Effect

Macron Govt on Tenterhooks  as New Tax Regime Takes Effect

January 03, 2019

PARIS - The French government sought on Wednesday to downplay fears that workers will be left out of pocket as the country transitions to a pay-as-you-earn tax system that could fan the flames of a revolt over . . .

Food Aid Stolen as Yemen Starves

Food Aid Stolen as Yemen Starves

January 01, 2019

TAIZ, Yemen – Day after day Nabil al-Hakimi, a humanitarian official in Taiz, one of Yemen’s largest cities, went to work feeling he had a “mountain” on his shoulders...

Russia Reportedly Detains American over Suspected Spying

Russia Reportedly Detains American  over Suspected Spying

January 01, 2019

MOSCOW - An American citizen was arrested in Russia on Friday for alleged spying, Russia’s domestic security agency announced Monday, marking one of the country ...

China, EU on Path of Expanding Cooperation in Outer Space

China, EU on Path of Expanding Cooperation in Outer Space

December 31, 2018

BERLIN - China’s Chang’e-4 lunar probe was launched earlier this month, and it is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon...

Juncker to Britain on Brexit: ‘Get Your Act Together’

Juncker to Britain on Brexit:  ‘Get Your Act Together’

December 31, 2018

BERLIN - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Sunday urged Britain to “get your act together” on Brexit, as he rejected accusations that the EU had a ...

Russian Army to Get New Missile Complex S-350 Vityaz in 2019

Russian Army to Get New Missile Complex  S-350 Vityaz in 2019

December 31, 2018

MOSCOW - Russia will in 2019 deploy the S-350 Vityaz new generation short-to-mid range surface-to-air defence missile complex, the Russian Defence Ministry said on Sunday ...

N. Korean Leader Calls for More Talks with South in New Year

N. Korean Leader Calls for More Talks with South in New Year

December 31, 2018

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday calling for more peace talks between the leaders in the ...

Russia Says Will Host Putin-Erdogan-Rouhani Summit Early 2019

Russia Says Will Host  Putin-Erdogan-Rouhani Summit Early 2019

December 29, 2018

MOSCOW - Moscow will early next year host the leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss the Syrian conflict, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said Friday, after ...

China to Renovate Myanmar’s Hospital in Central Region

China to Renovate Myanmar’s Hospital  in Central Region

December 29, 2018

NATMAUK - China will renovate and donate a township hospital in Natmauk, Myanmar’s Magway region where national hero General Aung San was born...

North Korea, South Korea Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for Railway Project

North Korea, South Korea Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony  for Railway Project

December 27, 2018

SEOUL - South Korean officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday on a project meant to modernize North Korea’s railways and roads to connect them with the South...

Indonesian Rescuers Struggle Against Heavy Rain to Reach Tsunami-Hit Villages

Indonesian Rescuers Struggle Against Heavy Rain  to Reach Tsunami-Hit Villages

December 27, 2018

SUMUR, Indonesia - Indonesian rescue teams on Wednesday struggled to reach remote areas on the western coast of Java amid an “extreme weather” rain warning after ...

See Differences as Asset, Not Danger, Pope Says in Christmas Message

See Differences as Asset, Not Danger, Pope Says  in Christmas Message

December 26, 2018

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis, in his Christmas message to the world, urged people on Tuesday to see differences as a source of richness instead of danger and called ...

China’s Further Opening Up to Boost Global Economy: U.S. Expert

China’s Further Opening Up  to Boost Global Economy: U.S. Expert

December 26, 2018

NEW YORK - China’s further opening-up of its markets to foreign imports and investment will not only propel growth forward in the country but also boost the global economy ...

‘Allies Should be Reliable’: Macron ‘Regrets’ Trump’s Decision to Pull out of Syria

‘Allies Should be Reliable’: Macron ‘Regrets’ Trump’s Decision to Pull out of Syria

December 25, 2018

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron has bemoaned the decision by his US counterpart to withdraw troops from Syria. Such a move is unbecoming of any “ally,” since ...