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

UN Security Council to Take up Water Disputes, Terrorism in June

UN Security Council to Take up Water  Disputes, Terrorism in June

June 03, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Bolivia took over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council on Thursday, with its envoy promising "to respond to any emergency situations that might...

Peacekeeping Requires Tools to Adapt to Dangerous Environments: UN

Peacekeeping Requires Tools to Adapt to Dangerous Environments: UN

May 31, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Marking International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Monday said that peacekeeping must have the tools and rules it needs to adapt...

Almost 600,000 Flee West Mosul Amid Ongoing Military Operations: UN Data

Almost 600,000 Flee West Mosul Amid Ongoing Military Operations: UN Data

May 31, 2017

GENEVA - The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said Tuesday that nearly 600,000 civilians have fled their homes since the Iraqi government started its second...

Putin Visits France, Hopes to Mend Strained Ties with West

Putin Visits France, Hopes to Mend Strained Ties with West

May 30, 2017

VERSAILLES, France - On a visit likely to shape Russia-France ties for years, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sumptuous Palace of...

Kelly Defends Plan for Russia Back Channel as a ‘Good Thing’

Kelly Defends Plan for Russia Back Channel as a ‘Good Thing’

May 30, 2017

WASHINGTON — US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russia as...

Trump Calls Germans “Bad, Very Bad” when Criticizing German Trade Surplus

Trump Calls Germans “Bad, Very Bad” when Criticizing German Trade Surplus

May 28, 2017

BERLIN - While meeting with European leaders in Brussels on Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump said "the Germans are bad, very bad" in a way to criticize the German...

Over 60,000 Migrants Reach Europe by Sea this Year: IOM

Over 60,000 Migrants Reach  Europe by Sea this Year: IOM

May 28, 2017

GENEVA - A total of 60,521 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe this year, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported...

Pope Asks Trump to be Peacemaker, Gives him Environmental Letter

Pope Asks Trump to be Peacemaker, Gives him Environmental Letter

May 25, 2017

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting on Wednesday, and Trump promised he would not forget the...

Germany Hopes G7 Summit can Help Convince U.S. on Climate

Germany Hopes G7 Summit can Help Convince U.S. on Climate

May 25, 2017

BERLIN - Germany is hoping that a G7 summit in Italy this week can play a role in convincing the United States to remain in the Paris climate agreement, a senior German official said on...

Trump Affirms Peace is “Possible” between Israel and Palestinians

Trump Affirms Peace is “Possible” between Israel and Palestinians

May 24, 2017

JERUSALEM - In the final remarks that concluded his first visit to the region, U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday that peace between Israel and the Palestinians is “possible...

Rouhani Calls Donald Trump ‘Intellectually Unstable’

Rouhani Calls Donald Trump  ‘Intellectually Unstable’

May 24, 2017

TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called US President Donald Trump “intellectually unstable”. Rouhani also described Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia...

Iran and IS are Major “Threats” to Middle East: Trump

Iran and IS are Major “Threats”  to Middle East: Trump

May 23, 2017

JERUSALEM - Speaking in an address to the press in Jerusalem on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump said Iran is a "threat" to the region and must stop training...

EU Nations Set tough Negotiating Mandate for Brexit Talks

EU Nations Set tough Negotiating  Mandate for Brexit Talks

May 23, 2017

BRUSSELS - The 27 European Union nations handling Britain's exit from the bloc set a tough negotiating mandate for the talks, the EU's chief negotiator said Monday, stressing that the...

U.S. Top Diplomat Hints at Possible Direct Talks with Iranian Counterpart

U.S. Top Diplomat Hints at Possible  Direct Talks with Iranian Counterpart

May 22, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hinted on Saturday that he was open to direct talks with Iran in the future. In terms of whether I would ever pick the phone up...

Germany Says Considering Jordan as Alternative for Troops in Turkey

Germany Says Considering Jordan as Alternative for Troops in Turkey

May 22, 2017

AMMAN - German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Saturday that Jordan has a potential to host German troops currently located in Turkey. The minister said no decision has...

May’s Conservatives on 46 Percent, Labour on 34 Percent Ahead of Election: Orb Poll

May’s Conservatives on 46 Percent, Labour on 34 Percent Ahead of Election: Orb Poll

May 21, 2017

EDINBURGH - British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservatives have retained their lead over the opposition Labour Party ahead of the June 8 election, but with Labour gaining ground, an Orb...

Not all Issues Discussed at Latest Round of Syria Peace Talks: UN Envoy

Not all Issues Discussed at Latest  Round of Syria Peace Talks: UN Envoy

May 21, 2017

GENEVA - The UN Special Envoy for Syria announced Friday that the latest round of Syria peace talks ended, and he hopes to resume negotiations between warring factions "sometime in...

Trump Says Appointing Special Counsel to Oversee Trump-Russia Probe “Divides Country”

Trump Says Appointing Special Counsel to  Oversee Trump-Russia Probe “Divides Country”

May 20, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the appointment of former FBI director Robert Mueller as the special counsel to oversee his campaign’s ties with Russia...

Modern Missile Systems to Account for 72 Pct by End of Year: Putin

Modern Missile Systems to Account  for 72 Pct by End of Year: Putin

May 20, 2017

MOSCOW - The share of modern weapons systems in the Russian Strategic Missile Force will rise to 72 percent by the end of this year, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday...

Trump, Erdogan Vow to Repair U.S.-Turkish Relationship

Trump, Erdogan Vow to Repair  U.S.-Turkish Relationship

May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged on Tuesday to repair bilateral relationship fraught with difficulties in the...

McMaster Says OK for Trump to Share info with Russia

McMaster Says OK for Trump to Share info with Russia

May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – US National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster said on Tuesday that it was “wholly appropriate” for President Donald Trump to share classified information with...

Sexual Violence in Conflict “Legitimate Threat” to Peace: UN

Sexual Violence in Conflict  “Legitimate Threat” to Peace: UN

May 17, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - A senior UN official on Monday said that sexual violence in conflict turns out to be a "legitimate threat" to peace and security in the world, and called...

Researchers Say Global Cyber Attack Similar to North Korean Hacks

Researchers Say Global Cyber Attack Similar to North Korean Hacks

May 17, 2017

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - Cybersecurity researchers have found evidence they say could link North Korea with the WannaCry cyber attack that has infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide...

5 Ideas from French President Macron for Fixing Europe

5 Ideas from French President  Macron for Fixing Europe

May 16, 2017

PARIS — Mending Europe's frayed unity is such a high priority for new French President Emmanuel Macron that he's visiting neighboring Germany and its Chancellor Angela Merkel on his...

World Leaders Reach Consensus on B&R Development

World Leaders Reach Consensus  on B&R Development

May 16, 2017

BEIJING - Leaders from 30 countries and key international organizations reached broad consensus on the Belt and Road cooperation as they wrapped up a summit Monday in Beijing...

Britain is Gearing up for EU Rows: Brexit Minister

Britain is Gearing up  for EU Rows: Brexit Minister

May 15, 2017

LONDON - Britain is gearing up for rows with the EU over the structure of divorce talks and the future role of the European court, fuelling an increasingly bitter war of words before...

Xi Says Mankind Challenged by Deficit in Peace, Development, Governance

Xi Says Mankind Challenged by Deficit in Peace, Development, Governance

May 15, 2017

BEIJING - Deficit in peace, development and governance poses a daunting challenge to mankind, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Sunday. He spoke of a world "fraught with challenges...

G7 Financial Leaders Reiterate FX Pledges, Vow more Cyber Cooperation

G7 Financial Leaders Reiterate FX Pledges, Vow more Cyber Cooperation

May 14, 2017

BARI, Italy - Financial leaders of seven leading world economies pledged stronger cooperation against cyber crime on Saturday and not to use foreign exchange to gain competitive...

UN Eyes Positive Role of Syrian Gov’t in Upcoming Geneva Talks

UN Eyes Positive Role of Syrian Gov’t in Upcoming Geneva Talks

May 14, 2017

DAMASCUS - UN Deputy Special Envoy to Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy said here on Saturday that the United Nations expects a positive role from the Syrian government in the upcoming intra-Syrian...

G7 Finance Meeting Kicks off with Focus on Inclusive Growth

G7 Finance Meeting Kicks off with Focus on Inclusive Growth

May 13, 2017

ROME - Inclusive growth will be on top of the agenda of finance ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) members, who gathered on Thursday in the southern city of Bari for a three-day...

Belt and Road Initiative May Help Tackle AIDS: UNAIDS Chief

Belt and Road Initiative May Help Tackle AIDS: UNAIDS Chief

May 13, 2017

BEIJING - The chief of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) said Friday the Belt and Road Initiative may help tackle some of the difficult issues the world faces...

US Ready to Add Capabilities to Deter Russia in Europe: Mattis

US Ready to Add Capabilities to  Deter Russia in Europe: Mattis

May 11, 2017

VILNIUS - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis on Wednesday said the United States and NATO are prepared to deploy any capabilities necessary to help beef up air defence systems in the Baltic...

China Calls for Enhanced Cooperation between UN, EU in World Development

China Calls for Enhanced Cooperation between UN, EU in World Development

May 11, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - A Chinese envoy Tuesday called on the UN and the EU to strengthen cooperation and make positive and greater contributions to world peace and development. Liu Jieyi...

Russian Armed Forces Ready to Counter any Threat: Putin

Russian Armed Forces Ready to Counter any Threat: Putin

May 10, 2017

MOSCOW - Russian armed forces are ready to complete any mission and counter any potential aggression, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in marking the former Soviet Union's...

UK Labour Leader Corbyn: I Won’t Quit if I Lose Election

UK Labour Leader Corbyn:  I Won’t Quit if I Lose Election

May 10, 2017

MANCHESTER, England - Jeremy Corbyn vowed to carry on leading Britain's opposition Labour Party if he loses a national election on June 8, defying polls showing he is on course for defeat...