Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

US Says Ready to Sanction China for Buying Iran’s Oil

US Says Ready to Sanction  China for Buying Iran’s Oil

August 18, 2018

WASHINGTON - The United States says it is prepared to impose sanctions on all countries that continue to buy Iran’s oil -- including China -- after Washington starts restoring ...

Trump Adviser Bolton to Meet Russian Officials Next Week: Kremlin

Trump Adviser Bolton to Meet Russian  Officials Next Week: Kremlin

August 16, 2018

MOSCOW - The Kremlin said on Wednesday preparations were underway for a meeting in Geneva next week between Russian officials and White House national security adviser John Bolton ...

Italy Bridge Operator Focus of Anger as Collapse Death Toll Rises

Italy Bridge Operator Focus of Anger  as Collapse Death Toll Rises

August 16, 2018

GENOA, Italy - Rescuers hunted for survivors among towering slabs of wreckage on Wednesday after a bridge collapse that killed 39, as furious government ministers rounded on...

With Gun Salutes, Pakistan Marks 71 Years of Independence

With Gun Salutes, Pakistan Marks  71 Years of Independence

August 15, 2018

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan has kicked off a day of celebrations marking the country’s 71 years of statehood and independence.
This year, the anniversary comes amid...

China Angered at New U.S. Defense Act, to Assess Content

China Angered at New U.S. Defense  Act, to Assess Content

August 15, 2018

BEIJING - China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new U.S. defense act, saying it exaggerated antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects ...

Turkey’s Economic Woes Fuel Fears of Contagion in Markets

Turkey’s Economic Woes Fuel  Fears of Contagion in Markets

August 14, 2018

ISTANBUL - Turkey’s currency fell to another record low on Monday, hitting stocks in Europe and Asia and raising fears that the country is on the verge of an ...

Putin Has Not Yet Ordered Retaliatory Sanctions against United States: Kremlin

Putin Has Not Yet Ordered Retaliatory  Sanctions against United States: Kremlin

August 14, 2018

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has not yet ordered retaliatory sanctions against the United States because Washington has not yet introduced new restrictions on Moscow and ...

Russia, Iran, and 3 Others Agree Caspian Status, but Not Borders

Russia, Iran, and 3 Others Agree  Caspian Status, but Not Borders

August 13, 2018

AKTAU, Kazakhstan - Iran and four ex-Soviet nations, including Russia, agreed in principle on Sunday how to divide up the potentially huge oil and gas resources of the Caspian . . .

Indian PM Modi Confident of Bigger Win in 2019 Elections

Indian PM Modi Confident of  Bigger Win in 2019 Elections

August 13, 2018

MUMBAI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would be re-elected with an even bigger majority in parliament in 2019, dismissing opposition attempts to rouse opinion against ...

Turkey Lira Crashes as Trump Piles on Pressure

Turkey Lira Crashes as Trump Piles on Pressure

August 12, 2018

ISTANBUL - The embattled Turkish lira tumbled over 16 percent to new record lows against the dollar as strains with the United States intensified, but President Recep Tayyip ...

Syrian Air Defences Engage ‘Enemy Target’

Syrian Air Defences Engage ‘Enemy Target’

August 12, 2018

DAMASCUS - Syrian air defences engaged an “enemy target” near the border with Lebanon west of Damascus overnight, state news agency SANA reported on Saturday...

As Trump Cracks Down on Pakistan, U.S. Cuts Military Training Programs

As Trump Cracks Down on Pakistan,  U.S. Cuts Military Training Programs

August 11, 2018

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly started cutting scores of Pakistani officers from coveted training and educational programs that ...

Macron Says He Discussed Hunger Striker Sentsov with Putin

Macron Says He Discussed Hunger  Striker Sentsov with Putin

August 11, 2018

PARIS/MOSCOW - French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone to Russia’s Vladimir Putin about the case of a Ukrainian filmmaker who is on hunger strike in Russian jail ...

China, Russia Defend Trade Ties with Iran after US Sanctions

China, Russia Defend Trade  Ties with Iran after US Sanctions

August 09, 2018

TEHRAN - China and Russia have repudiated new US sanctions on Iran, pledging to maintain trade ties with Tehran after President Donald Trump warned countries against doing ...

Hamas: Indirect Gaza Truce Talks with Israel ‘Advanced’

Hamas: Indirect Gaza Truce  Talks with Israel ‘Advanced’

August 09, 2018

GAZA/JERUSALEM - U.N.- and Egyptian-mediated talks on a deal to tamp down tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip are in “advanced stages”, a senior member of the ...

Hiroshima Remembers Atomic Bombing on 73rd Anniversary

Hiroshima Remembers Atomic  Bombing on 73rd Anniversary

August 07, 2018

TOKYO — Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city with a somber ceremony Monday to remember those killed and injured and a call . . .

Pompeo Says Sanctions a Pillar of US Policy toward Iran

Pompeo Says Sanctions a Pillar  of US Policy toward Iran

August 07, 2018

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran will be rigorously enforced and remain in place until the Iranian government radically changes ...

Kremlin Plans to Turn Annexed Crimea into Cultural Capital

Kremlin Plans to Turn Annexed  Crimea into Cultural Capital

August 06, 2018

MOSCOW - Six masterpieces from Russia’s top art galleries and museums will be moved to Crimea to be housed in a new cultural center on the peninsula, according to a project ...

UK Trade Minister Says ‘No Deal’ Brexit More Likely Than Not

UK Trade Minister Says ‘No Deal’  Brexit More Likely Than Not

August 06, 2018

LONDON — Britain’s international trade minister says it’s likely the U.K. will fail to agree upon a divorce deal with the European Union before it leaves the bloc in March...

Nkorea Has Not Stopped Nuclear, Missile Programs: UN Report

Nkorea Has Not Stopped Nuclear,  Missile Programs: UN Report

August 05, 2018

UNITED NATIONS (United States) - North Korea has pressed ahead with its nuclear and missile programs and continues to evade UN sanctions through increased illegal ship-to-ship transfers ...

Reported Med School Discrimination Sparks Protests in Japan

Reported Med School Discrimination  Sparks Protests in Japan

August 05, 2018

TOKYO — Japan’s government urged a medical university to promptly disclose the results of an investigation into its admissions process after reports alleged it had altered ...

China, ASEAN Navies Stage 1st Emergency Drills amid Feud

China, ASEAN Navies Stage  1st Emergency Drills amid Feud

August 04, 2018

SINGAPORE — Chinese and Southeast Asian naval forces staged their first computer-simulated drills so they can jointly respond to emergencies and build trust amid the long-seething disputes in the South China Sea...

Global Stocks Mostly Higher Ahead of US Jobs Report

Global Stocks Mostly Higher  Ahead of US Jobs Report

August 04, 2018

BANGKOK — Stock markets were mostly higher Friday ahead of the release of U.S. jobs data, which is expected to show companies still hiring at a brisk pace in the world’s largest ...

Thieves Steal Swedish Royal Jewels, Escape by Speedboat

Thieves Steal Swedish Royal  Jewels, Escape by Speedboat

August 02, 2018

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Thieves in Sweden walked into a small town’s medieval cathedral in broad daylight and made off with priceless crown jewels dating back to the early. . .

UN Envoy Plans September Talks on New Syria Constitution

UN Envoy Plans September Talks on  New Syria Constitution

August 01, 2018

GENEVA - The UN peace envoy for Syria said Tuesday that he plans to host Iran, Russia and Turkey for talks in September on finalising a committee to write a new Syrian constitution...

Threats Aside, Trump Says He’s Willing to Meet with Iranians

Threats Aside, Trump Says He’s  Willing to Meet with Iranians

August 01, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said that he’d “certainly meet” with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and without preconditions, if the Iranian ...

NY Times Publisher Tells Trump Anti-Press Attacks ‘Dangerous and Harmful’

NY Times Publisher Tells Trump Anti-Press  Attacks ‘Dangerous and Harmful’

July 31, 2018

WASHINGTON - The publisher of the New York Times said Sunday he warned Donald Trump in a White House meeting that the president’s escalating attacks on the news ...

In Italy’s Conte, Trump Sees a Like-Minded European

In Italy’s Conte, Trump Sees a  Like-Minded European

July 31, 2018

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump receives Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday, welcoming to the White House a European populist with like-minded ...

Turkey Planning Summit with France, Germany, Russia: Erdogan

Turkey Planning Summit with France,  Germany, Russia: Erdogan

July 30, 2018

ANKARA - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is seeking to hold a summit in Istanbul with France, Germany and Russia on September 7 to discuss regional issues including ...

As U.S. Pushes for Mideast Peace, Saudi King Reassures Allies

As U.S. Pushes for Mideast Peace,  Saudi King Reassures Allies

July 30, 2018

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia has reassured Arab allies it will not endorse any Middle East peace plan that fails to address Jerusalem’s status or refugees . . .

Pentagon Chief: Talks with Russian Counterpart Possible

Pentagon Chief: Talks with  Russian Counterpart Possible

July 29, 2018

WASHINGTON - Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said Friday that he was considering a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, as the leaders of their countries mull possible ...

Turkey, U.S. Relations Can Be Saved, Presidential Spokesman Says

Turkey, U.S. Relations Can Be Saved,  Presidential Spokesman Says

July 29, 2018

ISTANBUL - Turkey and the United States can save their relationship, President TayyipErdogan’s spokesman said on Saturday after President Donald Trump threatened ...

Rivals Concede Pakistan Election to Imran Khan; EU Flags Concerns

Rivals Concede Pakistan Election to  Imran Khan; EU Flags Concerns

July 28, 2018

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s former ruling party conceded defeat to cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan ahead of final results from the country’s disputed election ...

Russia’s Putin Tells Trump: ‘Be My Guest in Moscow’

Russia’s Putin Tells Trump:  ‘Be My Guest in Moscow’

July 28, 2018

JOHANNESBURG - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he had invited Donald Trump to Moscow and that both he and the U.S. president want further summits ...

Pakistan General Elections: Polling Ends, Counting Begins

Pakistan General Elections: Polling Ends, Counting Begins

July 26, 2018

ISLAMABAD - Polling to elect members of National Assembly the upper house of Pakistan’s parliament and four Provincial Assemblies has come to an end and the process ...