Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, November 24th, 2017

Russia Calls Investigation into Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria “Unprofessional”

Russia Calls Investigation into Use of  Chemical Weapons in Syria “Unprofessional”

November 04, 2017

MOSCOW - Russia said Thursday it will agree to continue a UN investigation into use of chemical weapons in Syria if the quality of the group’s work drastically improves. “We are...

Qatar, U.S. Vow to Cut Terrorism Financing

Qatar, U.S. Vow to  Cut Terrorism Financing

November 02, 2017

DOHA - Qatar reiterated its commitment to defeating terrorism by strengthening law to cut off terrorism financing from within the state, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported on Tuesday...

Japan’s Parliament Re-Elects Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister

Japan’s Parliament Re-Elects Shinzo Abe as Prime Minister

November 02, 2017

TOKYO — Japan’s lower house of parliament re-elected Shinzo Abe as prime minister on Wednesday after his party won a resounding victory in a snap election last month. Abe, who has been...

World Set to Bust Global Warming Goal, but U.N. Cool on Threat from Trump

World Set to Bust Global Warming Goal, but U.N. Cool on Threat from Trump

November 01, 2017

GENEVA - Greenhouse gas emissions are on course to be about 30 percent above the 2030 global target, but there are signs of a move away from fossil fuels that not even U.S. President Donald...

Syria, Oil High on Putin’s Agenda on Trip to Iran on Wed: Kremlin

Syria, Oil High on Putin’s Agenda on Trip to Iran on Wed: Kremlin

November 01, 2017

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the Syria crisis and energy cooperation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iran's top authority supreme leader Ayatollah Ali...

Concentration of CO2 in Atmosphere Hits Record High: UN

Concentration of CO2 in  Atmosphere Hits Record High: UN

October 31, 2017

GENEVA - The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN said Monday, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement...

Vatican Aims to Head off US-North Korea Nuclear Standoff

Vatican Aims to Head off  US-North Korea Nuclear Standoff

October 31, 2017

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is hosting a conference next week aimed at trying to head off a threatened nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea, bringing together 11 Nobel peace...

Spanish Gov’t Officially Takes Control of Catalonia’s Regional Gov’t

Spanish Gov’t Officially Takes  Control of Catalonia’s Regional Gov’t

October 30, 2017

MADRID - The Spanish government has officially taken control of Catalonia’s regional government, Generalitat, with Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy taking control of...

Climate, Migration Disputes Cloud German Coalition Talks

Climate, Migration Disputes Cloud German Coalition Talks

October 30, 2017

BERLIN - Disputes about climate and immigration policy dominated German media ahead of resumed talks among Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, the pro-business Free...

European Leaders Side with Spain Amid Brewing Tensions over Catalonia

European Leaders Side with Spain Amid Brewing Tensions over Catalonia

October 29, 2017

BRUSSELS - European Leaders on Friday sided with Madrid amid spiraling tensions prompted by the Catalan parliament's unilateral declaration of independence. For EU nothing changes. Spain remains...

UN Officials Call for Greater Partnership to Boost Women’s Participation at All Levels

UN Officials Call for Greater Partnership to Boost Women’s Participation at All Levels

October 29, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - A senior United Nations official on Friday called on Member States, regional organizations and civil society for greater partnership to boost women's participation at all...

“Our Goal is not War”: Mattis

“Our Goal is not War”: Mattis

October 28, 2017

PANMUNJOM, South Korea - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis emphasized diplomatic efforts to resolve the North Korean missile and nuclear crisis as he stood at the tense and heavily fortified...

Catalonia Declares Independence from Spain, Direct Madrid Rule Looms

Catalonia Declares Independence from Spain, Direct Madrid Rule Looms

October 28, 2017

BARCELONA/MADRID - Catalonia's parliament declared independence from Spain on Friday in defiance of the Madrid government, which at the same time was preparing to impose direct rule over the region...

Asia Pacific Defense Ministers Strongly Committed to Eradicating Terrorists

Asia Pacific Defense Ministers Strongly Committed to Eradicating Terrorists

October 26, 2017

MANILA - The defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and eight dialogue partners, namely China, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Russia, India, Australia...

Russia Vetoes Extension of Investigative Mezchanism for Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

Russia Vetoes Extension  of Investigative Mezchanism  for Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

October 26, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - Russia on Tuesday vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution on the extension of the mandate of an independent...

Britain, EU within Touching Distance of a Deal on Citizen Rights: May

Britain, EU within Touching Distance of a Deal on Citizen Rights: May

October 25, 2017

LONDON - Britain and the European Union are within touching distance of resolving the fate of millions of EU citizens living in Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons...

Tillerson Calls for Iraqi Unity, Urges Dialogue on Kurdish Issue

Tillerson Calls for Iraqi Unity, Urges  Dialogue on Kurdish Issue

October 25, 2017

BAGHDAD - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that Washington was keen on dialogue between Iraqi government and the Iraqi Kurdish region to solve the Kurdish issue...

ASEAN Defense Ministers Agree to Step up Counter-Terrorism Measures

ASEAN Defense Ministers Agree to Step up Counter-Terrorism Measures

October 24, 2017

CLARK, the Philippines - The defense ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) nations agreed on Monday to step up counter-terrorism measures to prevent pro-Islamic...

UK Says its Democracy is Secure after Suggestion of Foreign Meddling in Brexit

UK Says its Democracy is Secure after Suggestion of Foreign Meddling in Brexit

October 24, 2017

LONDON - Britain’s democracy is one of the most secure in the world and will remain so, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday in response to a question about a suggestion...

Top US Politicians Warn of Democratic Values at Risk

Top US Politicians Warn  of Democratic Values at Risk

October 23, 2017

WASHINGTON - An extraordinary series of speeches this week from two former US Presidents and a former presidential candidate warned of the dangers to the nation and the world if divisive politics...

South Korea’s President Says will Continue Phasing out Nuclear Power

South Korea’s President Says will Continue Phasing out Nuclear Power

October 23, 2017

SEOUL - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday the government will continue to phase out nuclear-generated electricity, following a public opinion survey that dealt a blow to his...

U.S. Cannot be Called “Civilized” Country: Erdogan

U.S. Cannot be Called  “Civilized” Country: Erdogan

October 22, 2017

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said he would not call the United States "a civilized country" after detention warrants were issued for his bodyguards over...

Russia Accuses US of Undermining Global Strategic Stability

Russia Accuses US of Undermining Global Strategic Stability

October 22, 2017

MOSCOW - The United States and its allies attempted to gain military advantages and use force to reach "egoistic geopolitical goals," which will seriously undermine global strategic...

EU States to Pump “Sufficient” Money to Stem Illegal Migration: Tusk

EU States to Pump “Sufficient”  Money to Stem Illegal Migration: Tusk

October 21, 2017

BRUSSELS - Member states of the European Union (EU) will pump "sufficient" money into a trust fund to stem illegal migration from North Africa, European Council President...

U.S., EU at Odds over Uncertain Iran Deal

U.S., EU at Odds  over Uncertain Iran Deal

October 21, 2017

WASHINGTON - European Union leaders on Thursday said they'd re-affirm the Iran nuke deal, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's refusal to recertify the accord. But if Washington pulls out...

UK Accused of Delaying Contested Brexit Bill

UK Accused of Delaying  Contested Brexit Bill

October 19, 2017

LONDON - Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Tuesday said the government was delaying debate of a landmark bill to end Britain's membership of the EU after more than 300 amendments...

Democratic Senators to Press Sessions on Talks with Trump

Democratic Senators to  Press Sessions on Talks with Trump

October 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — Democratic senators plan to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his private communications with the president when he appears before a Senate committee Wednesday to...

EU Brexit Chief Urges Britain to Keep up the Momentum

EU Brexit Chief Urges Britain to Keep up the Momentum

October 18, 2017

BRUSSELS — The European Union’s Brexit negotiator urged the British government Tuesday to keep up the momentum in negotiations on leaving the bloc if it wants the talks to advance to a new...

Trump to Make 2-Day State Visit to S. Korea for Summit, Speech in Parliament: Seoul

Trump to Make 2-Day State Visit to S. Korea for Summit, Speech in Parliament: Seoul

October 18, 2017

SEOUL - U.S. President Donald Trump will make a two-day state visit to South Korea next month to hold a summit meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and deliver a speech to the...

Hillary Clinton Warns Britain on Potential Trade Deal with Trump

Hillary Clinton Warns Britain  on Potential Trade Deal with Trump

October 16, 2017

LONDON - Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton cautioned Britain on Sunday over its push to secure a trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump after it leaves the European...

Merkel Back at the Polls before Tough Coalition Talks

Merkel Back at the Polls before Tough Coalition Talks

October 16, 2017

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a regional vote test Sunday, after winning a fourth term with a disappointing showing that has forced her to embark on high-stakes coalition talks...

EU Continues to Fully Implement Iran Nuclear Deal: Mogherini

EU Continues to Fully Implement Iran Nuclear Deal: Mogherini

October 15, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Union(EU) will continue to fully implement the Iran nuclear deal, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify Iran’s compliance with the deal...

Russian Senate Head to Discuss Nuclear Program with North, South Korea

Russian Senate Head to Discuss Nuclear Program with North, South Korea

October 15, 2017

MOSCOW - A senior official in the Russian parliament will discuss North Korea’s missile and nuclear program in separate talks with parliamentarians from Seoul and Pyongyang on Monday...

EU to Ban Business Ties with Pyongyang over Nuclear Tests

EU to Ban Business Ties with Pyongyang over Nuclear Tests

October 14, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Union is set to agree on Monday to ban business ties with North Korea, part of a new package of sanctions to isolate Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programs...

Trump Will Scorn but not Bolt from Iran Nuke Deal: Officials

Trump Will Scorn but not Bolt from Iran Nuke Deal: Officials

October 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump will say Friday the Iran nuclear deal is no longer in U.S. national security interests, but he won’t withdraw from the landmark 2015 accord or...