Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, April 19th, 2021

Iranian, Saudi Officials Held Direct Talks in Iraq: Report

Iranian, Saudi Officials Held  Direct Talks in Iraq: Report

April 19,2021

Senior Iranian and Saudi officials held direct talks in a bid to repair relations between the two regional rivals, according to a report in the Financial Times which quoted officials ...

War-Torn Syria to Hold Presidential Elections on May 26

War-Torn Syria to Hold  Presidential Elections on May 26

April 19,2021

Syria is set to hold a presidential election on May 26, the country’s second in the shadow of civil war, seen as likely to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power...

Schools Reopening and No More Mask-Wearing Outdoors

Schools Reopening and No More  Mask-Wearing Outdoors

April 19,2021

Israel has lifted its requirement for wearing a mask in the street and has fully opened schools, as officials believe “progress” in fighting the pandemic is apparent...

3 Kids or More: Chinese Researchers Call To ABANDON Birth

3 Kids or More: Chinese  Researchers Call To  ABANDON Birth

April 19,2021

China must “fully liberalize” its birth-control policy to increase its labor force in the upcoming decades and compete with such countries as the US economically, a paper published by ...

‘No Hurry to Open Borders’: Australian PM

‘No Hurry to Open Borders’:  Australian PM

April 19,2021

Australia is in “no hurry” to lift its international travel restrictions, PM Scott Morrison has said. There may be an easing of the rules on ...

Era Ends as Raul Castro Steps Down as Communist Party Chief

Era Ends as Raul Castro Steps Down as  Communist Party Chief

April 18,2021

HAVANA- Raul Castro said he is stepping down as Cuban Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades ...

Russian Security Service Briefly Detains Ukrainian Diplomat

Russian Security Service Briefly  Detains Ukrainian Diplomat

April 18,2021

Russia’s FSB security service briefly detained a Ukrainian diplomat in St Petersburg, Ukraine’s foreign ministry said on Saturday, in the latest flare-up of tensions ...

Prince Philip: Small Funeral to Bid Farewell to Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Philip: Small Funeral to Bid Farewell to Duke of Edinburgh

April 18,2021

Queen Elizabeth II and close members of the royal family will bid a final farewell to Prince Philip on Saturday at a funeral restricted by coronavirus rules...

Iran Successfully Produces 60%-Enriched Uranium Days After ‘Act of Sabotage’ at Natanz Nuclear Facility

Iran Successfully Produces 60%-Enriched Uranium Days After ‘Act of Sabotage’ at Natanz Nuclear Facility

April 17,2021

Iran has produced 60%-enriched uranium at its Natanz nuclear facility, country’s senior officials have said. The facility was hit by an “act of sabotage” that Tehran blamed on Israel ...

Putin to Decide on Counter Sanctions Against Washington, Says Kremlin

Putin to Decide on Counter Sanctions Against Washington, Says Kremlin

April 17,2021

The Kremlin said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would decide what counter sanctions to impose on Washington, a day after U.S. President Joe Biden hit Moscow with an array of punitive measures, but gave no indication of timing...

Beijing Says US Return to Paris Agreement Is Not ‘Return of The King’

Beijing Says US Return to Paris  Agreement Is Not ‘Return of The King’

April 17,2021

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has rubbished US suggestions that Beijing isn’t doing enough to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, insisting that Washington ...

Blinken Says China ‘Didn’t Do What It Needed to Do’ About Covid-19. Beijing Says, We Did… Did You?

Blinken Says China ‘Didn’t Do What It Needed to Do’ About Covid-19. Beijing Says, We Did… Did You?

April 14,2021

A Chinese diplomat fired back at the US secretary of state, after he accused Beijing of not doing “what it needed to do” in the early stage of the Covid-19 pandemic...

Muslims Mark Ramadan Amid Virus Surge and Renewed Curbs

Muslims Mark Ramadan Amid Virus Surge and Renewed Curbs

April 14,2021

MECCA- Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on...

Iran Vows Response to Israel’s ‘Very Bad Gamble’ After Sabotage Act at Natanz Nuclear Site

Iran Vows Response to Israel’s ‘Very  Bad Gamble’ After Sabotage Act at  Natanz Nuclear Site

April 14,2021

Iran’s foreign minister has warned Israel that an attack on the Natanz atomic site will not stop the country’s nuclear program, and will provide them with further leverage in talks to revive the JCPOA...

South Korea Calls in Japanese Ambassador to Protest Decision to Dump Fukushima Water into Ocean

South Korea Calls in Japanese  Ambassador to Protest Decision to Dump Fukushima Water into Ocean

April 14,2021

South Korea’s foreign ministry summoned Tokyo’s ambassador on Tuesday to protest the Japanese government’s decision to release more than one million ...

EU and COVID-19: When A Vaccine Only Adds to The Trouble

EU and  COVID-19: When A  Vaccine Only Adds to  The Trouble

April 12,2021

BRUSSELS- European Union leaders no longer meet around a common oval summit table to broker their famed compromises. Instead, each of the 27 watches the other heads of state or government ...

Data of 1.3 Million Clubhouse Users Leaked Online, With Fears ‘Real Damage’ Will be Caused

Data of 1.3 Million Clubhouse Users Leaked Online, With Fears  ‘Real Damage’ Will be Caused

April 12,2021

A major data breach from a recently popular social media platform, Clubhouse, has been reported. The latest suggested leak may have compromised the personal information of ...

Chad’s Veteran Leader Deby Targets Sixth Term in Presidential Vote

Chad’s Veteran Leader Deby Targets Sixth Term in Presidential Vote

April 12,2021

N’DJAMENA-Voters in Chad cast their ballots on Sunday in a presidential election that is likely to see Idriss Deby extend his three-decade rule, despite signs of growing ...

Xinjiang Coalmine Accident Traps 21 - China State Media

Xinjiang Coalmine Accident Traps  21 - China State Media

April 12,2021

BEIJING-Twenty-one miners are trapped in a flooded coalmine in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday, citing a local ...

India Protests U.S. Navy’s Transit Through Its Exclusive Economic Zone

India Protests U.S. Navy’s Transit Through Its Exclusive Economic Zone

April 11,2021

NEW DELHI- India protested to the United States for a navy vessel conducting a transit through its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) without consent, the foreign ministry said ...

Saudi Arabia Executes Three Soldiers Sentenced for ‘High Treason’

Saudi Arabia Executes Three Soldiers  Sentenced for ‘High Treason’

April 11,2021

DUBAI- Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed three soldiers who were sentenced for “high treason” and “cooperating with the enemy”, a statement from ...

Portugal Ex-PM Socrates to Face Trial for Alleged Money Laundering; Graft Charges Dropped

Portugal Ex-PM Socrates to Face Trial for Alleged Money Laundering; Graft Charges Dropped

April 11,2021

LISBON-More than six years after his arrest in a major corruption investigation, Portugal’s former Prime Minister Jose Socrates will stand trial, but only on lesser charges of money laundering and falsifying documents, a judge in Lisbon ruled ...

Britain’s Prince Philip,Husband of Queen Elizabeth, Dies Aged 99

Britain’s Prince Philip,Husband of  Queen Elizabeth, Dies Aged 99

April 10,2021

LONDON- Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth and a leading figure in the British royal family for almost seven decades, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday...

Loud Debates, Fun Banter: Mideast Finds Outlet in Clubhouse

Loud Debates, Fun Banter: Mideast  Finds Outlet in Clubhouse

April 10,2021

BEIRUT- They are boisterous, argumentative and at times downright hilarious...

Norway PM Fined $2,300 for Inviting Too Many People to Her Birthday Party And Breaking Her Own Coronavirus Rules

Norway PM Fined $2,300 for Inviting Too Many People to Her Birthday Party And Breaking Her Own Coronavirus Rules

April 10,2021

Norwegian police have fined the country’s PM, Erna Solberg, for breaking Covid-19 social distancing rules imposed by her own government, and organizing a family gathering ...

Iran Frees South Kaorean Ship, Captain After Promise to Help with Frozen Funds

Iran Frees South Kaorean Ship, Captain After Promise to Help with Frozen Funds

April 10,2021

SEOUL- Iran released on Friday a South Korean ship and its captain detained since January after South Korea promised to try to secure the release of Iranian funds frozen in South...

Myanmar Junta Says Protests Against Its Rule Are Dwindling

Myanmar Junta Says  Protests Against Its  Rule Are Dwindling

April 10,2021

Myanmar’s military junta said on Friday that a protest campaign against its rule was dwindling since people wanted peace, while 18 ambassadors to the country called in ...

Iran and U.S. Begin Indirect Talks to Revive Nuclear Deal

Iran and U.S. Begin Indirect Talks to  Revive Nuclear Deal

April 07,2021

VIENNA- Iran and the United States will begin indirect talks in Vienna on Tuesday aimed at bringing both countries back into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington ...

Jordan: After Release of ‘Seditious’ Prince Hamzah’s Pledge of Loyalty, Prosecutor Bans All Media Coverage of Palace Scandal

Jordan: After Release of ‘Seditious’ Prince Hamzah’s Pledge of Loyalty, Prosecutor Bans All Media Coverage of Palace Scandal

April 07,2021

The uncle of King Abdullah II of Jordan was tasked with defusing the situation with Prince Hamzah, who was accused of seditious activities. A media gag order was issued by ...

‘Great to Be Back’: US Aircraft Carrier Group Sails into Disputed South China Sea

‘Great to Be Back’: US Aircraft Carrier Group Sails into Disputed South China Sea

April 07,2021

A US carrier strike group, led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt, has sailed into the South China Sea to conduct “routine operations,” marking the second ...

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Scuffle with Jerusalem Police Amid Protest Against Autopsy of Drowned Yeshiva Student

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Scuffle with  Jerusalem Police Amid Protest Against  Autopsy of Drowned Yeshiva Student

April 07,2021

VIENNA- Iran and the United States will begin indirect talks in Vienna on Tuesday aimed at bringing both countries back into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington ...

What to Expect as Iran and World Powers Head for Nuclear Talks

What to Expect as Iran and World  Powers Head for Nuclear Talks

April 06,2021

Tehran- Representatives of the world powers that signed a 2015 nuclear deal are headed to Vienna on Tuesday to save the landmark accord, but the path forward appears...

Saudi Arabia’s Scramble for an Exit Strategy in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s Scramble for an Exit  Strategy in Yemen

April 06,2021

The Saudi Arabia-led alliance’s military intervention in Yemen has not only failed in its objective to rout the Houthi rebels, but the kingdom finds itself in a position in which ...

Bulgarian PM’s Party Ahead in Vote Count, Early Results Show

Bulgarian PM’s Party Ahead in Vote Count, Early Results Show

April 06,2021

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s centre-right GERB party is set to win the most votes from Sunday’s election, data from the central electoral commission ...

Israel: PM Netanyahu Accused of ‘Illegitimate Use’ Of Power

Israel: PM Netanyahu Accused of  ‘Illegitimate Use’ Of Power

April 06,2021

Israeli prosecutors accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of treating favours as “currency” on Monday at the opening of a corruption trial which, along with ...