Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, April 27th, 2017

May, Tusk Meet on Brexit, Talks Positive on Both Sides

May, Tusk Meet on Brexit, Talks  Positive on Both Sides

April 08, 2017

LONDON - European Council President Donald Tusk met British Prime Minister Theresa May for Brexit talks on Thursday in London, with 10 Downing Street saying later that both leaders...

European Parliament Lays out Conditions for Approval of Brexit Agreement

European Parliament Lays out Conditions for Approval of Brexit Agreement

April 06, 2017

STRASBOURG - Members of European Parliament (MEPs), meeting here for a plenary session, voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to adopt a resolution outlining major conditions for the approval of...

ASEAN Members Seek Cooperation in Natural Disaster Assistance

ASEAN Members Seek Cooperation in Natural Disaster Assistance

April 06, 2017

VIENTIANE - As many as 57 delegates from national disaster management offices of member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered here Wednesday to seek...

First “Brexit Summit” to Demonstrate EU Unity: EU’s Tusk

First “Brexit Summit” to  Demonstrate EU Unity: EU’s Tusk

April 05, 2017

LJUBLJANA - There is no doubt that the first "Brexit summit," during which European Union (EU) leaders are expected to adopt their "Brexit guidelines," on April...

Trump Offers Full Support to Putin in Responding to St. Petersburg Attack

Trump Offers Full Support to Putin in Responding to St. Petersburg Attack

April 05, 2017

WASHINGTON - In a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump offered his full support to Russia in responding to an attack in St. Petersburg...

UN Chief Calls for Equal Rights for People with Autism

UN Chief Calls for Equal Rights  for People with Autism

April 04, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday called on international community to recognize the equal rights for persons with autism and give them equal opportunities...

Ukrainian, French, German Leaders Urge Truce Consolidation in Eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian, French, German Leaders Urge Truce Consolidation in Eastern Ukraine

April 04, 2017

KIEV - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called for more efforts to consolidate a newly-declared ceasefire...

136th IPU Assembly Focuses on Means to End Inequalities Worldwide

136th IPU Assembly Focuses on Means  to End Inequalities Worldwide

April 03, 2017

DHAKA - With more focus on ways to end economic, political and social inequalities worldwide, the 136th assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) kicked off here on Saturday night...

French Polling Watchdog Warns over Russian News Agency’s Election Report

French Polling Watchdog Warns over Russian News Agency’s Election Report

April 03, 2017

PARIS - France's polling commission has issued a warning over a Russian news report suggesting conservative candidate Francois Fillon leads the race for the presidency - something which...

NATO Allies must Keep up Momentum on Defense Spending: NATO Chief

NATO Allies must Keep up Momentum on Defense Spending: NATO Chief

April 02, 2017

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday called on NATO allies to "keep up momentum on defense spending" at a press conference following a meeting of NATO...

UN, Partners Warn 108 Mln People Face Severe Food Insecurity Worldwide

UN, Partners Warn 108 Mln People  Face Severe Food Insecurity Worldwide

April 02, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Some 108 million people worldwide were severely food insecure in 2016, a dramatic increase compared with 80 million in 2015, according to a UN-backed report on food crises...

Russia Seeks Good Partnership with US: Putin

Russia Seeks Good  Partnership with US: Putin

April 01, 2017

ARKHANGELSK, Russia - Russia hopes to build good relations with the United States, and attempts to damage bilateral diplomatic relations are a mistake, Russian President Vladimir...

EU Won’t Pursue Punitive Approach in Brexit Talks: Tusk

EU Won’t Pursue Punitive  Approach in Brexit Talks: Tusk

April 01, 2017

BRUSSELS - European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday that the remaining 27 members of the European Union (EU) will not pursue a punitive approach over the forthcoming Brexit talks...

Central European Leaders Discuss Brexit, Migration Policy in Warsaw

Central European Leaders Discuss Brexit, Migration Policy in Warsaw

March 30, 2017

WARSAW - Prime ministers from the Visegrad Group (V4) countries on Tuesday said they are against an obligatory refugee quota and linking migration with European funds. Officials also...

British PM Makes Farewell Phone Calls to EU Leaders, Merkel

British PM Makes Farewell Phone Calls to EU Leaders, Merkel

March 30, 2017

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May made telephone calls Tuesday night to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President...

Migration, Security Global Challenges: EU Commissioner

Migration, Security Global  Challenges: EU Commissioner

March 29, 2017

BUDAPEST - The issues of migration and security are global challenges, no country can deal with them on their own, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship...

NATO, Russia to Hold Council Meeting This Week

NATO, Russia to Hold Council Meeting This Week

March 29, 2017

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday announced in a statement that NATO would hold a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council this week. The meeting will take...

Merkel’s Party CDU Remains Largest in German State Election: Exit Polls

Merkel’s Party CDU Remains Largest in German State Election: Exit Polls

March 28, 2017

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party CDU was ahead with a clear lead over rival SPD in the Saarland state elections, exit polls showed on Sunday. The vote was the first in a series...

UN Invigorates Political Momentum Against Climate Change

UN Invigorates Political Momentum Against Climate Change

March 28, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations dimmed the lights at its headquarters in New York and other facilities around the world to mark the 10th annual "Earth Hour," a global event to...

Escalating Violence in Syria Undermining Political Process: UN Envoy

Escalating Violence in Syria Undermining Political Process: UN Envoy

March 27, 2017

GENEVA - The UN Syria envoy warned Saturday that an upsurge in fighting in Syria is not only endangering a fragile truce in place since last year, but also jeopardising ongoing peace talks...

Brexit Sparks Race to Host European Banking Authority

Brexit Sparks Race to Host  European Banking Authority

March 27, 2017

LONDON - Along with banks that have signaled they will be moving jobs abroad, Brexit will probably see the European Banking Authority leave London -- and rival cities are jockeying to be...

Putin Discusses Anti-Terrorism with France’s Le Pen

Putin Discusses Anti-Terrorism with France’s Le Pen

March 26, 2017

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin urged joint international efforts to fight terrorism on Friday at a meeting in Moscow with French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen. We all live...

EU Boosts Support for OSCE Mission in Ukraine

EU Boosts Support for OSCE  Mission in Ukraine

March 26, 2017

KIEV - The European Union (EU) said on Friday it has allocated an additional 3 million euros (about 3.2 million U.S. dollars) for the mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation...

Top UN Officials Call on Member States to Remain Committed to Paris Climate Accord

Top UN Officials Call on Member States to Remain Committed to Paris Climate Accord

March 25, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for governments...

French DM Says Offensive to Retake Syria’s Raqqa to Start Soon

French DM Says Offensive to Retake Syria’s Raqqa to Start Soon

March 25, 2017

PARIS - French Defense Minister (DM) Jean-Yves Le Drian said Friday that an international military offensive to retake Syrian city of Raqqa from the IS is likely to start “in the coming...

Germany Rejects Trump’s Claim it Owes NATO

Germany Rejects Trump’s Claim  it Owes NATO

March 20, 2017

BERLIN - German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that Germany owes NATO and the United States "vast sums" of money...

Race, Education, Gender Key Factors in Americans’ Approval of Trump: Gallup

Race, Education, Gender Key Factors in Americans’ Approval of Trump: Gallup

March 20, 2017

WASHINGTON - Non-college educated American white males are most likely to approve of the job of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to a latest Gallup poll. Overall, Trump boasted a...

Common Bonds Aside, Trump and Merkel Show Little Rapport

Common Bonds Aside, Trump  and Merkel Show Little Rapport

March 19, 2017

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to sidestep their differences, but some awkward moments punctuated their first public appearance...

G20 Financial Leaders Fail to Reaffirm Free Trade Commitment

G20 Financial Leaders Fail to  Reaffirm Free Trade Commitment

March 19, 2017

BADEN BADEN, Germany - The world's financial leaders failed to reach a compromise deal to endorse free trade on Saturday, backtracking on past commitments to keep trade open and reject...

UN Establishes Interagency Group to Combat Resistance to Antibiotics

UN Establishes Interagency Group to Combat Resistance to Antibiotics

March 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations announced on Thursday the establishment of the Inter-agency Group on Microbial Resistance to be co-chaired by Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohamed...

EU's Tusk Warns Against Brexit Deal 'Threats'

EU's Tusk Warns Against Brexit Deal 'Threats'

March 16, 2017

STRASBOURG - The European Union will not bow to British "threats" that it is prepared to walk away from Brexit talks without a deal, the bloc's president, Donald Tusk, said...

European Council President Calls for Unity in Europe's Future Challenges

European Council President Calls for Unity in Europe's Future Challenges

March 16, 2017

STRASBOURG - Addressing the European Parliament gathered here Wednesday for its plenary session, European Council (EC) President Donald Tusk stressed the need for unity and mutual trust...

Germany Must Set Exact Climate Goals Soon after Election: Merkel

Germany Must Set Exact Climate Goals Soon after Election: Merkel

March 15, 2017

BERLIN - Germany's next government must set exact targets for cutting CO2 emissions soon after September's national election to provide clarity for local governments and companies to plan...

Turkey, Russia Pledge to Boost Relations, but Syrian Crisis Remains Hurdle

Turkey, Russia Pledge to Boost Relations, but Syrian Crisis Remains Hurdle

March 15, 2017

ANKARA - Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a one-day visit on Friday in Moscow where he met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Both leaders announced that they were ready...

Debate on Future of Europe Gets Momentum

Debate on Future of Europe  Gets Momentum

March 14, 2017

BRUSSELS - When the European Union (EU) is preparing for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, from which the whole integration process stemmed, the future of Europe aroused hot discussions...