Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

In North Korea Nuke Site Closure, Spectacle Trumps Substance

In North Korea Nuke Site  Closure, Spectacle Trumps Substance

May 22, 2018

TOKYO — Foreign journalists will be allowed to journey deep into the mountains of North Korea this week to observe the closing of the country’s Punggye-ri nuclear...

Danish Minister Says Ramadan Fasting Can Be ‘Dangerous’

Danish Minister Says Ramadan  Fasting Can Be ‘Dangerous’

May 22, 2018

STOCKHOLM - A Danish minister known for her strong anti-immigration views on Monday called for Muslims to take time off work during the fasting period of Ramadan...

Markets Mostly Rise as Beijing And Washington Avert Trade War

Markets Mostly Rise as Beijing And  Washington Avert Trade War

May 22, 2018

LONDON - Asian and European markets mostly rose Monday after the US and China said they had agreed to hold off imposing tariffs, averting a damaging trade war, at least ...

With Brexit Clarity, Scotland Will Look Again at Independence: Sturgeon

With Brexit Clarity, Scotland Will Look  Again at Independence: Sturgeon

May 21, 2018

LONDON - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Sunday she would again consider another vote on independence for Scotland when the British government offers some ...

Islamic World Mulling Measures against Countries Following U.S. Move on Jerusalem

Islamic World Mulling Measures against  Countries Following U.S. Move on Jerusalem

May 20, 2018

ISTANBUL - The 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday vowed to take “all necessary steps” to prevent other countries from following the U.S. example . . .

U.S. to Withdraw Assistance from Northwest Syria: U.S. Officials

U.S. to Withdraw Assistance from  Northwest Syria: U.S. Officials

May 20, 2018

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration will withdraw assistance from northwest Syria dominated by Islamist factions and focus recovery efforts on areas where . . .

Muslim Leaders Gather for Gaza after Israeli Massacre

Muslim Leaders Gather for  Gaza after Israeli Massacre

May 19, 2018

ISTANBUL - Muslim leaders have gathered in Turkey for an Islamic summit to discuss Israel’s massacre of dozens of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Monday...

North Korea’s About-Face Complicates South Korea’s Pitch toTrump

North Korea’s About-Face Complicates  South Korea’s Pitch toTrump

May 19, 2018

SEOUL - South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been riding high after a string of successes with North Korea, seeing his popularity surge after his historic meeting...

Pompeo: Nkorea Needs US Security Assurances for Nuke Pact

Pompeo: Nkorea Needs US Security  Assurances for Nuke Pact

May 15, 2018

WASHINGTON — The United States is offering assurances to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as it seeks to put in motion the potential for a sweeping nuclear deal ahead ...

UK, France, Germany to Discuss Ways to Shield Firms after U.S. Exits Iran Deal

UK, France, Germany to Discuss Ways to Shield Firms after U.S. Exits Iran Deal

May 15, 2018

LONDON - Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Monday he will discuss ways to protect companies doing business with Iran at a meeting with ...

North Korea Details Plans to Dismantle Nuclear Bomb Test Site

North Korea Details Plans to  Dismantle Nuclear Bomb Test Site

May 14, 2018

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea has scheduled the dismantlement of its nuclear bomb test site for sometime between May 23 and 25 in order to uphold its pledge to discontinue ...

EU Meets Balkan Leaders under Shadow of Trump

EU Meets Balkan Leaders  under Shadow of Trump

May 14, 2018

BRUSSELS - EU leaders will seek to boost ties with the Balkans at a summit next week, but it looks set to be overshadowed by the rift with US President Donald Trump ...

Iraq Holds Its First Parliamentary Election Since IS Defeat

Iraq Holds Its First Parliamentary  Election Since IS Defeat

May 13, 2018

BAGHDAD - Iraqis vote Saturday in the first parliamentary election since the country declared victory over the Islamic State extremist group...

US Hopes North Korea will become, Pompeo Says

US Hopes North Korea  will become, Pompeo Says

May 13, 2018

WASHINGTON — The United States aspires to have North Korea as a “close partner” and not an enemy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, noting that ...

Trump to Sit Down with Major Automakers on Friday on Fuel Rules

Trump to Sit Down with Major  Automakers on Friday on Fuel Rules

May 12, 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet 10 major automakers at the White House on Friday to discuss the fate of landmark fuel efficiency standards and ...

US Embassy in Jerusalem to Open with Initial Staff of 50

US Embassy in Jerusalem to  Open with Initial Staff of 50

May 12, 2018

WASHINGTON — the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will open with an initial staff of at least 50.
That’s according to senior Trump...

Oil Jumps, Global Shares Mixed after US Leaves Iran Deal

Oil Jumps, Global Shares Mixed after  US Leaves Iran Deal

May 10, 2018

SEOUL, South Korea — Oil prices surged and global stock markets were subdued Wednesday after President Donald Trump said the United States will withdraw from ...

Russia’s Putin Held Brief Meeting with Iraqi Kurdistan PM: TASS

Russia’s Putin Held Brief Meeting with  Iraqi Kurdistan PM: TASS

May 10, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a brief meeting with the prime minister of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, in Moscow on Wednesday...

Xi Jinping and N. Korea’s Kim Jong UNMeet in China

Xi Jinping and N. Korea’s Kim Jong UNMeet in China

May 09, 2018

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kim Jong Un met in northeast China on Tuesday in an unannounced visit by the North Korean leader ahead of an expected...

Britain’s Johnson Condemns ‘Crazy’ Brexit Customs Plan

Britain’s Johnson Condemns  ‘Crazy’ Brexit Customs Plan

May 09, 2018

LONDON - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Tuesday dismissed as “crazy” a government proposal for customs arrangements with the EU after...

First Signs Go Up for US Embassy in Jerusalem

First Signs Go Up for US Embassy in Jerusalem

May 08, 2018

JERUSALEM - Workmen on Monday put up street signs to the US embassy due to open in Jerusalem on May 14, a move hailed as historic by Israel but loathed by Palestinians. . .

EU Defenses Post-Brexit Starting to Take Shape

EU Defenses Post-Brexit  Starting to Take Shape

May 08, 2018

SOFIA - A broad European military strategy involving Britain after Brexit has started to take shape with France at its center, often in negotiations far from the Brussels . . .

North Korea Says Denuclearization Pledge Not Result of U.S.-Led Sanctions

North Korea Says Denuclearization Pledge  Not Result of U.S.-Led Sanctions

May 07, 2018

SEOUL - North Korea said on Sunday its intention to denuclearize, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of U.S.-led sanctions and pressure ...

Anger in France, Britain Over Trump’s Gun Law Speech

Anger in France, Britain Over Trump’s Gun Law Speech

May 07, 2018

PARIS/LONDON - U.S. President Donald Trump caused anger in France and Britain by suggesting looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 and ...

Britain Backs French Plan for European Defense Force: Minister

Britain Backs French Plan for  European Defense Force: Minister

May 06, 2018

SOFIA - Britain is backing a French plan to create a European military intervention force as a way to maintain strong defense ties with the EU after Brexit, a minister . . .

China State Media Sees Positives in Trade Talks with U.S.

China State Media Sees  Positives in Trade Talks with U.S.

May 06, 2018

BEIJING - Chinese state media struck an optimistic note on trade talks between Chinese and U.S. officials after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose . . .

Top Finance Officials of ASEAN, China, Japan, S. Korea Voice Opposition to Protectionism

Top Finance Officials of ASEAN, China, Japan,  S. Korea Voice Opposition to Protectionism

May 05, 2018

MANILA - The finance ministers and central bank governors of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), China, Japan and South Korea (ASEAN+3) on Friday ...

Turkey Opposition Names Fiery Lawmaker as Erdogan Challenger

Turkey Opposition Names Fiery  Lawmaker as Erdogan Challenger

May 05, 2018

ANKARA - Turkey’s main opposition party Friday named a senior lawmaker known for his fiery and impassioned rhetoric as its candidate to challenge President Recep ...

White House Says Iran Nuclear Deal Made on “False Pretense”

White House Says Iran Nuclear Deal  Made on “False Pretense”

May 03, 2018

WASHINGTON - The White House said on Tuesday that the landmark Iran nuclear deal was made on “false pretense” in 2015, while the United Nations nuclear watchdog ...

China Reiterates Call to Continue Upholding Iran Nuclear Deal

China Reiterates Call to Continue  Upholding Iran Nuclear Deal

May 03, 2018

BEIJING - China’s foreign ministry on Wednesday reiterated that all sides should continue to uphold the Iran nuclear agreement, and that the International ...

S. Korea, Japan, China to Hold Summit Next Week

S. Korea, Japan, China to Hold Summit Next Week

May 02, 2018

SEOUL - South Korea, China and Japan will hold a trilateral summit in Tokyo next week, Seoul announced Tuesday, the latest move in a diplomatic whirlwind centredaround . . .

US Holds Off on EU, Canada, Mexico Metal Tariffs for 30 Days

US Holds Off on EU, Canada,  Mexico Metal Tariffs for 30 Days

May 02, 2018

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump on Monday held off on imposing controversial tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, offering . . .

Britain’s May Names New Minister to Try to End Immigration Scandal

Britain’s May Names New Minister to  Try to End Immigration Scandal

May 01, 2018

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a former banker of South Asian origin as interior minister on Monday, trying to draw a line under an immigration scandal ...

Putin, Macron, Agree on Need to Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal: Kremlin

Putin, Macron, Agree on Need to  Preserve Iran Nuclear Deal: Kremlin

May 01, 2018

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron agreed in a phone conversation on the need to preserve and fully implement the Iran ...

North Korea’s Kim to Invite U.S. Experts for Nuclear Site Shutdown as Trump Presses for Full Denuclearization

North Korea’s Kim to Invite U.S. Experts for Nuclear Site  Shutdown as Trump Presses for Full Denuclearization

April 30, 2018

SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un plans to invite experts and journalists from the United States and South Korea when the country shuts its nuclear test ...