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Russia FM Voices Concerns over U.S. Attempt to Arm Syrian Rebels

Russia FM Voices Concerns over U.S. Attempt to Arm Syrian Rebels

December 29, 2016

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov voiced his concerns over possible U.S. arms deliveries to Syrian rebels in a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John...

US, Russian Military Talks Quietly Proving Useful: Officials

US, Russian Military Talks Quietly Proving Useful: Officials

December 28, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S.-Russian talks on their separate fights against the Islamic State group are improving and becoming more frequent, American officials said, with each side trading...

Iraqi PM Says three Months Needed to Eliminate Islamic State

Iraqi PM Says three Months Needed to Eliminate Islamic State

December 28, 2016

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday it would take three months to eliminate Islamic State, as U.S.-backed forces battle to dislodge the militants from their...

Israel Hits Back after UN Settlements Resolution

Israel Hits Back after  UN Settlements Resolution

December 27, 2016

JERUSALEM - Israel on Sunday summoned the envoys of countries that supported a UN resolution demanding an end to the settlements, while suspending some international diplomatic ties and...

Balkan Countries Illegally Push Back Migrants: UNHCR

Balkan Countries Illegally Push Back Migrants: UNHCR

December 27, 2016

BELGRADE - Illegal deportations of migrants seeking to reach western Europe along the so-called Balkans route have been on the rise, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned Monday...

Trump to Dissolve his Foundation to Avoid Possible Conflict of Interest

Trump to Dissolve his Foundation to Avoid Possible Conflict of Interest

December 26, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday he plans to dissolve the charitable foundation bearing his name in attempts to avoid a possible conflict of interest...

Indian PM Pitches for Digital Economy to Root out Corruption

Indian PM Pitches for Digital  Economy to Root out Corruption

December 26, 2016

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pitched for a digital economy to curb corruption and announced two new schemes to boost e-payments in the country...

Trump Receives Letter from Putin

Trump Receives Letter from Putin

December 25, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Friday he has received a Christmas letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin and his thoughts on promoting bilateral ties were...

Merkel Says Germany Wants to Deport More Failed Asylum Seekers

Merkel Says Germany Wants to Deport More Failed Asylum Seekers

December 25, 2016

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Germany wanted to increase deportation of failed asylum seekers to ensure better safety in the country. The chancellor made the...

Trump Calls for Greatly Strengthening U.S. Nuclear Capabilities

Trump Calls for Greatly Strengthening U.S. Nuclear Capabilities

December 24, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday called for the United States to "strengthen and expand" its nuclear capabilities. The United States must greatly...

EU Inks 270-Mln-Euro Deal to Boost Educational Infrastructure for Refugees in Turkey

EU Inks 270-Mln-Euro Deal to Boost Educational Infrastructure for Refugees in Turkey

December 24, 2016

BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) will invest 270 million euros (283 million U.S. dollars) to build and equip schools for Syrian refugee children in Turkey...

Germany’s Refugee Policy under Scrutiny after Berlin Attack

Germany’s Refugee Policy under Scrutiny after Berlin Attack

December 22, 2016

BERLIN - Tensions over Germany’s large migrant community reignited after authorities detained an asylum-seeker from Pakistan in connection with the deadly truck attack...

IS in Mosul Targets Civilians as it Retreats: Rights Group

IS in Mosul Targets Civilians as  it Retreats: Rights Group

December 22, 2016

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants in Mosul are deliberately targeting civilians who refuse to join them as they retreat ahead of advancing Iraqi forces involved in a large-scale...

Trump Officially Wins 270 Electoral Votes Needed for White House: U.S Media

Trump Officially Wins 270 Electoral  Votes Needed for White House: U.S Media

December 21, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday officially won the 270 electoral votes needed for White House in the on-going 538-member U.S. Electoral College voting...

Polish PM Calls for European Unity in Fight Against Terrorism

Polish PM Calls for European Unity in Fight Against Terrorism

December 21, 2016

WARSAW - Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Tuesday urged Europe to stay united in the fight against terrorism, following a deadly attack at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday...

NATO Seeks to Allay Concerns at Meeting with Russia

NATO Seeks to Allay Concerns at Meeting with Russia

December 20, 2016

BRUSSELS - NATO will seek to reassure Russia on Monday that its troop deployments to the Baltics and Poland next year are purely defensive, in a rare meeting of the alliance's envoys...

May Urged to Unilaterally Agree EU Citizens’ Stay in Britain after Brexit

May Urged to Unilaterally Agree EU Citizens’ Stay in Britain after Brexit

December 20, 2016

LONDON - The leaders of Britain's biggest trade union and business organisation sent a joint letter on Sunday to British Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for a unilateral move to...

Moon Calls for Safe, Orderly Migration on Int’l Day

Moon Calls for Safe, Orderly  Migration on Int’l Day

December 19, 2016

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday called on the international community to act on global compact to ensure safe, regular and orderly migration. In his message on...

Kerry Discusses Yemen War on Saudi Trip

Kerry Discusses Yemen War  on Saudi Trip

December 19, 2016

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi King Salman and others Sunday to discuss the war in Yemen, a visit to the kingdom that likely will be his last as...

UN Chief Reports No Sense of Optimism for Middle East Peace Process

UN Chief Reports No Sense of Optimism  for Middle East Peace Process

December 18, 2016

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday reported to the UN Security Council for the last time on the situation in the Middle East, saying it saddened him...

Obama Says Clinton Not Treated Fairly by Media During Election

Obama Says Clinton Not Treated Fairly by Media During Election

December 18, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was not treated fairly by the media surrounding the Russian hacking...

Aleppo Evacuation Suspended, Leaving Thousands Trapped

Aleppo Evacuation Suspended, Leaving Thousands Trapped

December 17, 2016

ALEPPO, Syria - The Syrian government suspended the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo on Friday, leaving thousands of people trapped and...

Russia-Japan Territory Dispute “Not to be Solved Soon”: Putin

Russia-Japan Territory Dispute  “Not to be Solved Soon”: Putin

December 17, 2016

TOKYO - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the isles row between Russia and Japan can not be solved soon. Putin, who is on a two-day visit to Japan, made the remarks at a...

75% of ISIS Fighters Killed:US

75% of ISIS Fighters Killed:US

December 15, 2016

WASHINGTON - At least 75% of ISIS fighters have been killed during the campaign of US-led airstrikes, according to US officials. The US anti-ISIS envoy said the campaign has winnowed...

Panel Recommends Transparency Measures on Climate Change

Panel Recommends Transparency Measures on Climate Change

December 15, 2016

LONDON — An international task force has recommended a raft of voluntary financial disclosures designed to help investors and industry manage the risks posed by rising global...

UN Chief Designate Vows to Reform UN after Swearing in

UN Chief Designate Vows  to Reform UN after Swearing in

December 14, 2016

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres vowed here Monday to reform the UN system to better support global efforts to maintain world peace, promote development...

Over 91,000 Displaced by Fighting in Iraq’s Mosul: IOM

Over 91,000 Displaced  by Fighting in Iraq’s Mosul: IOM

December 14, 2016

GENEVA - A total of 91,404 men, women, and children have fled the Iraqi city of Mosul since military operations to reclaim one of the Islamic State (IS)'s last strongholds began in October...

Syrian Army Controls 95 Pct of Aleppo, 100,000 Civilians Evacuated: Russian MoD

Syrian Army Controls 95 Pct of Aleppo, 100,000 Civilians Evacuated: Russian MoD

December 13, 2016

MOSCOW - The Syrian army has taken complete control of over 95 percent of Aleppo's territory previously held by rebels, with over 100,000 civilians evacuated from the Syrian city, the...

Italy’s Newly-Nominated PM Expected to Announce Cabinet: Reports

Italy’s Newly-Nominated PM  Expected to Announce Cabinet: Reports

December 13, 2016

ROME - The newly nominated Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, was expected to announce the team of his cabinet later on Monday, according to media reports. Gentiloni, 62, was...

Obama Orders ‘Full Review’ of 2016 Election Hacking

Obama Orders ‘Full Review’ of  2016 Election Hacking

December 12, 2016

WASHINGTON – US President Obama has ordered the U.S. intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of the cyberattacks during the 2016 election and to prepare...

Paris Meeting on Syria Agrees on Need to Facilitate Humanitarian Aid

Paris Meeting on Syria Agrees on Need to Facilitate Humanitarian Aid

December 12, 2016

PARIS - France on Saturday convened a new round of talks on the situation in Syrian city of Aleppo, during which participants stressed the vital necessity to stop bombing and...

US, Russia to Continue Talk on Syria Ceasefire: U.S. State Department

US, Russia to Continue Talk on Syria Ceasefire: U.S. State Department

December 10, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke on phone with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday about continuing the discussion of a ceasefire in Syria, the...

Civil Conflicts, Unpredictable Weather Blamed for Poor Food Insecurity in 2016: UN Agency

Civil Conflicts, Unpredictable Weather Blamed for Poor Food Insecurity  in 2016: UN Agency

December 10, 2016

UNITED NATIONS - Civil conflict and weather-related shocks have severely stressed food security in 2016, increasing the number of countries in need of food assistance, the Food...

NATO FMs Agree in Proposals to Deepen NATO-EU Cooperation

NATO FMs Agree in Proposals  to Deepen NATO-EU Cooperation

December 08, 2016

BRUSSELS - NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday agreed on over 40 proposals to deepen NATO-European Union (EU) cooperation, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a press conference...

UK Brexit Minister Says Expects Parliament to Get Vote on Final Deal

UK Brexit Minister Says Expects  Parliament to Get Vote on Final Deal

December 08, 2016

LONDON - It is inconceivable that Britain's parliament would not be able to vote on the country's final deal with the European Union, but that would not reverse the fact it was leaving...