Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, July 16th, 2018

US Defense Chief to Visit China amid S. China Sea Tensions

US Defense Chief to Visit China amid  S. China Sea Tensions

June 25, 2018

BEIJING — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of “intimidation and coercion” in the South China Sea, visits Beijing this week as...

Trump Adviser Questions Abbas Desire for Peace with Israel

Trump Adviser Questions Abbas  Desire for Peace with Israel

June 25, 2018

JERUSALEM - US President Donald Trump’s adviser Jared Kushner on Sunday questioned the ability and willingness of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to make ...

Russia Says Evidence of Syria Chemical Attacks Was Faked

Russia Says Evidence of Syria  Chemical Attacks Was Faked

June 23, 2018

MOSCOW — Russia said Friday that the U.S. and its allies have relied on fabricated evidence to accuse the Syrian government of launching chemical attacks against civilians...

UN Human Rights Council Back to Work with US Seats Empty

UN Human Rights Council Back to  Work with US Seats Empty

June 21, 2018

GENEVA — The United Nations’ Human Rights Council returned to business as usual Wednesday despite the U.S. pulling out a day earlier. Russia blasted the American move ...

Pope Says China Talks Going Well, Dialogue worth the Risk

Pope Says China Talks Going Well,  Dialogue worth the Risk

June 21, 2018

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has voiced optimism for improved ties between the Vatican and China, rejecting criticism that the Holy See may be selling out Catholics to ...

In Tit-For-Tat, Trump Threatens More Tariffs against China

In Tit-For-Tat, Trump Threatens  More Tariffs against China

June 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has directed the U.S. Trade Representative to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports as the two nations move closer ...

Saudi Entertainment Chief Sacked after Conservative Backlash

Saudi Entertainment Chief Sacked  after Conservative Backlash

June 20, 2018

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi King Salman sacked the head of the country’s entertainment authority after religiously conservative citizens . . .

UAE’s Campaign for Yemen Port City A Test of ‘Little Sparta’

UAE’s Campaign for Yemen  Port City A Test of ‘Little Sparta’

June 19, 2018

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United Arab Emirates is a country better known for oil riches and skyscraper skylines, but right now it is prosecuting what could be a crucial ...

British PM Promises Brexit Health Service Boost

British PM Promises Brexit  Health Service Boost

June 18, 2018

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday promised a major funding boost for Britain’s state-run National Health Service, using money currently sent to the EU...

Kremlin Says All Welcome When Asked About U.S. World Cup Invite

Kremlin Says All Welcome When  Asked About U.S. World Cup Invite

June 14, 2018

MOSCOW - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be glad to host everyone in Moscow, when asked if he would invite high-ranking U.S. officials...

Brexit Could Make UK Car Sector ‘Extinct’: Business Lobby

Brexit Could Make UK Car Sector  ‘Extinct’: Business Lobby

June 14, 2018

LONDON - The president of Britain’s main business lobby on Wednesday warned that the country’s car industry risked “becoming extinct” outside ...

China Suggests Sanctions Relief for N. Korea after US Summit

China Suggests Sanctions Relief for  N. Korea after US Summit

June 13, 2018

BEIJING — China suggested Tuesday that the U.N. Security Council consider suspending or lifting sanctions against North Korea if the country is in compliance ...

For World, Trump-Kim Summit Raises Cautious Hope for Peace

For World, Trump-Kim Summit  Raises Cautious Hope for Peace

June 13, 2018

TOKYO — South Koreans cheered, Iran warned that President Donald Trump should not be trusted and China said it may be time to discuss lifting sanctions on North ...

Trump’s G7 Bust-Up Shows Risks for North Korea Summit

Trump’s G7 Bust-Up Shows  Risks for North Korea Summit

June 12, 2018

SINGAPORE - Donald Trump’s spectacular bust-up with America’s closest allies at the G7 raises the already high political stakes for ...

Global Markets Higher Ahead of Trump-Kim Meeting

Global Markets Higher  Ahead of Trump-Kim Meeting

June 12, 2018

BEIJING — Global markets mostly rose Monday as Donald Trump prepared to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following the American president’s outburst ...

Trump Arrives in Singapore Ahead of Unprecedented U.S.-North Korea Summit

Trump Arrives in Singapore Ahead of  Unprecedented U.S.-North Korea Summit

June 11, 2018

SINGAPORE - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the future of Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.
Trump flew into . . .

Russia’s Putin Would be Ready to Host G7 in Moscow

Russia’s Putin Would be  Ready to Host G7 in Moscow

June 11, 2018

QINGDAO, China - Russia did not choose to leave the G7 and would be happy to host its members in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday when asked about ...

U.S., EU Take Small Step on Trade, but No Breakthrough at G7 Summit

U.S., EU Take Small Step on Trade,  but No Breakthrough at G7 Summit

June 10, 2018

LA MALBAIE, Quebec - The United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, a French official said on Friday, signaling ...

Pope Warns Energy Bosses of Global Destruction without Fuel Shift

Pope Warns Energy Bosses of  Global Destruction without Fuel Shift

June 10, 2018

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis warned that climate change risked destroying humanity on Saturday and called on energy leaders to help the world to convert to clean ...

U.N. Says Assault on Yemeni Port Could Cost 250,000 Civilian Lives

U.N. Says Assault on Yemeni Port  Could Cost 250,000 Civilian Lives

June 09, 2018

GENEVA - A long-anticipated assault on Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah by the Saudi-led coalition could cost up to 250,000 lives, a senior United Nations humanitarian ...

China Inspires SCO’s Growth As It Enters New Era

China Inspires SCO’s Growth  As It Enters New Era

June 09, 2018

QINGDAO - Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are traveling to this scenic Chinese coastal city for a summit over the weekend set to open a new chapter in ...

Germany Unsure Whether G7 Leaders will agree on Communique Summit

Germany Unsure Whether G7 Leaders  will agree on Communique Summit

June 06, 2018

BERLIN - European states will present a united front on issues from Iran to trade and climate change at a Group of  Seven summit starting on Friday but it is unclear if G7 ...

Israel Calls for ‘Military Coalition’ If Iran Boosts Enrichment

Israel Calls for ‘Military Coalition’  If Iran Boosts Enrichment

June 06, 2018

JERUSALEM - Israel’s intelligence minister called Tuesday for a military coalition against Iran if the Islamic Republic were to defy world powers by enriching military ...

US Isolated as Trade Outrage Roils G7 Ministerial Meet

US Isolated as Trade Outrage  Roils G7 Ministerial Meet

June 04, 2018

WHISTLER (Canada) - Group of Seven finance ministers ended their annual meeting Saturday with US allies united in condemning Washington’s aggressive ...

Relief for North Korea Only after Clear, Irreversible Steps to Denuclearization: Mattis

Relief for North Korea Only after Clear,  Irreversible Steps to Denuclearization: Mattis

June 04, 2018

SINGAPORE - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday North Korea will receive relief only after it takes clear and irreversible steps to end its nuclear program, adding...

N. Korea Summit Back on, Trump Says After Meeting Kim Envoy

N. Korea Summit Back on, Trump  Says After Meeting Kim Envoy

June 03, 2018

WASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump said Friday he will meet North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as originally scheduled on June 12 for a historic summit after extraordinary ...

Iran Says It Supports Russian Efforts to Bring South Syria under Army Control

Iran Says It Supports Russian Efforts to  Bring South Syria under Army Control

June 03, 2018

LONDON - Iran supports a Russian-led effort to impose Syrian government control over the south of Syria, a senior Iranian security official was quoted as saying on ...

EU, China Vow to Uphold Iran Nuclear Deal

EU, China Vow to Uphold Iran Nuclear Deal

June 02, 2018

BRUSSELS — The European Union and China say they will do their utmost to keep afloat an international agreement to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons despite ...

S. Korea, Russia Hold Vice-Foreign-Ministerial-Level Talks to Discuss Korean Peninsula Situations

S. Korea, Russia Hold Vice-Foreign-Ministerial-Level Talks to Discuss Korean Peninsula Situations

June 02, 2018

SEOUL - Vice foreign ministers of South Korea and Russia held talks in Seoul Friday to discuss the Korean Peninsula situations, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Friday...

Singapore Airlines to Launch World’s Longest Flight

Singapore Airlines to Launch  World’s Longest Flight

May 31, 2018

SINGAPORE - Singapore Airlines said on Wednesday that it will relaunch the world’s longest commercial flight in October, a journey of almost 19 hours from ...

China Slams US for ‘Sudden Flip-Flops’ in Trade Policy

China Slams US for ‘Sudden  Flip-Flops’ in Trade Policy

May 31, 2018

BEIJING - China on Wednesday lambasted “sudden flip-flops” in US policy after President Donald Trump said he was moving to finalise trade sanctions against . . .

Paris Conference Seeks Political Roadmap for Lawless Libya

Paris Conference Seeks Political  Roadmap for Lawless Libya

May 30, 2018

PARIS — A top adviser to the head of Libya’s U.N.-recognized government based in Tripoli has tweeted that the country’s rival leaders reached consensus on ...

U.N. Voices Concern over Saudi Arrest of Women’s Rights Activists

U.N. Voices Concern over Saudi  Arrest of Women’s Rights Activists

May 30, 2018

GENEVA - The United Nations called on Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to provide information about women’s rights activists arrested ahead of the lifting of a ban on ...

Beijing Protests US Warship Operation in South China Sea

Beijing Protests US Warship  Operation in South China Sea

May 29, 2018

BEIJING - China has voiced “strong dissatisfaction” after two US warships sailed by an island claimed by Beijing in the disputed South China Sea, adding to simmering ...

Only Syrian Army Should Be on Country’s Southern Border: Russia

Only Syrian Army Should Be on  Country’s Southern Border: Russia

May 29, 2018

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that only Syrian government troops should have a presence on Syria’s southern border, which is close to ...