Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Wednesday, November 20th, 2019

Used to Impunity, Bangladesh Elite Face Corruption Crackdown

Used to Impunity, Bangladesh Elite Face Corruption Crackdown

November 06,2019

DHAKA, Bangladesh — As gamblers called out bets around craps and roulette tables at a sports club in Bangladesh’s capital, dozens of black-clad security forces burst inside. . .

North Korea, U.S. Could Resume Talks in Mid-November: South Korean MP

North Korea, U.S. Could Resume Talks in  Mid-November: South Korean MP

November 05,2019

SEOUL - North Korea and the United States could hold another round of working-level talks as soon as mid-November to expedite progress before a year-end deadline set by ...

Iran Scales Back Nuclear Pact Compliance with New Centrifuges Move

Iran Scales Back Nuclear Pact Compliance with New Centrifuges Move

November 05,2019

DUBAI - Iran is launching a new array of 30 advanced IR-6 centrifuges on Monday, the country’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told state television ...

30 Years After Berlin Wall Fell, East-West Divides Remain

30 Years After Berlin Wall Fell,  East-West Divides Remain

November 05,2019

BERLIN — The walls of the Bornholmer Huette pub were last painted in 1973, a light beige that has gradually cracked and darkened into a caramel brown from decades of cigarette smoke ...

Most ASEAN Leaders No-Shows in Meeting with Trump’s Proxy

Most ASEAN Leaders No-Shows in Meeting with Trump’s Proxy

November 05,2019

NONTHABURI, Thailand — Seven Southeast Asian leaders skipped an important meeting with the United States on Monday after President Donald Trump decided not to attend their ...

Trump Absent, ASEAN Charts Path for Trade Bloc Led by China

Trump Absent, ASEAN Charts Path for  Trade Bloc Led by China

November 04,2019

NONTHABURI, Thailand — Leaders from fast-growing Southeast Asian economies, China and other regional powers vowed Sunday to transcend conflicts over trade policies and territorial ...

Saudi Arabia Formally Starts IPO of Oil Firm Saudi Aramco

Saudi Arabia Formally Starts IPO of Oil Firm Saudi Aramco

November 04,2019

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia — Saudi Arabia formally began an initial public offering Sunday of a sliver of oil giant Saudi Aramco after years of delay, hoping international ...

Anti-ISIS Coalition Destroys Terror Group’s Tunnel Systems

Anti-ISIS Coalition Destroys Terror Group’s Tunnel Systems

November 04,2019

BAGHDAD - The Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) anti-ISIS coalition recently uncovered and destroyed several of the terror group's tunnel systems and suspected safe havens ...

State Department Says Iran Still Biggest State Sponsor of Terror, Spends $1B Per Year on Proxies

State Department Says Iran Still Biggest State Sponsor of Terror, Spends  $1B Per Year on Proxies

November 04,2019

TEHRAN - Iran is still the "world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism" and Al Qaeda wants to reestablish itself as the "vanguard of the global jihadist ...

Palestinian Elections Chairman Revisits Gaza After Reaching Agreement with Hamas

Palestinian Elections Chairman Revisits Gaza After Reaching Agreement with Hamas

November 04,2019

GAZA - The chairman of the Palestinian Central Election Commission arrived on Sunday in the Gaza Strip for talks with Hamas leaders on holding the elections, the Palestinian ...

Southeast Asian Leaders Meet Under U.S.-China Trade War Cloud

Southeast Asian Leaders Meet Under  U.S.-China Trade War Cloud

November 03,2019

BANGKOK - Southeast Asian countries must stick together in the face of a trade war started by U.S. President Donald Trump, Malaysia’s veteran leader said on Saturday at the start ...

German Minister Appeals for European Unity Amid Challenges

German Minister Appeals for European Unity Amid Challenges

November 03,2019

BERLIN — Germany’s foreign minister appealed Saturday for European countries to unite in the face of global challenges such as climate change and migration, arguing that unilateral ...

Iraqis Defy Crackdown to Hold Biggest Protests Yet

Iraqis Defy Crackdown to Hold  Biggest Protests Yet

November 03,2019

BAGHDAD — Tens of thousands of Iraqis massed in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on Friday in the biggest demonstrations since anti-government protests erupted a month ago, defying ...

Downtown Hong Kong Becomes Battleground as Night Falls

Downtown Hong Kong Becomes  Battleground as Night Falls

November 03,2019

HONG KONG - Hong Kong police fired tear gas into a park to break up thousands of anti-government protesters who fled to the Central business district, setting fire to street ...

Iraq Cleric Al-Sistani Says Foreign Actors Must Not ‘Impose Will’ On Protests

Iraq Cleric Al-Sistani Says Foreign Actors  Must Not ‘Impose Will’ On Protests

November 02,2019

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani warned foreign actors on Friday against interfering in anti-government protests that erupted early last month ...

U.S. Withholding $105 Million in Security Aid for Lebanon

U.S. Withholding $105 Million in Security Aid for Lebanon

November 02,2019

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is withholding $105 million in security aid for Lebanon, two U.S. officials said on Thursday, two days ...

India, Germany Hold Consultations, Sign Pacts in Delhi

India, Germany Hold  Consultations, Sign  Pacts in Delhi

November 02,2019

NEW DELHI - India and Germany on Friday signed five agreements for cooperation in the fields of railways, housing, artificial intelligence (AI), foreign affairs, and prevention ...

North Korea, emboldened by Trump Peril and Chinese Allies, Tries Harder Line

North Korea, emboldened by Trump Peril and Chinese Allies, Tries Harder Line

November 02,2019

SEOUL - Successful sanctions evasion, economic lifelines from China and U.S. President Donald Trump’s impeachment woes may be among the factors that have emboldened North Korea ...

Japan, S.Korean Lawmakers Agree To Work Towards Breaking Stalemate, Easing Tensions Amid Strained Ties

Japan, S.Korean Lawmakers Agree To Work Towards Breaking Stalemate,  Easing Tensions Amid Strained Ties

November 02,2019

TOKYO - Japanese and South Korean lawmakers on Friday agreed in principle that more dialogue and work in general was necessary for the two countries involved in a bitter trade ...

Iraqi Prime Minister’s Main Backers Agree to Oust Him

Iraqi Prime Minister’s Main Backers  Agree to Oust Him

October 31,2019

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi’s two main backers have agreed to work to remove him from office as protests against his government gained momentum ...

Major Roads Reopen in Lebanon After Prime Minister Resigns

Major Roads Reopen in Lebanon After Prime Minister Resigns

October 31,2019

BEIRUT - Some major highways in Lebanon reopened on Wednesday, after the army urged protesters to lift roadblocks so that activities could return to normal following 13 days ...

Putin to Skip APEC Summit in Chile, Kremlin Says

Putin to Skip APEC Summit  in Chile, Kremlin Says

October 31,2019

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has no plans to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Chile next month, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, adding ...

Diplomat: Bolton Cautioned Him About Giuliani and Ukraine

Diplomat: Bolton Cautioned Him  About Giuliani and Ukraine

October 31,2019

WASHINGTON — A State Department foreign service officer will tell House impeachment investigators Wednesday former national security adviser John Bolton cautioned him ...

Brexit Election Nears as UK Opposition Backs Early Poll

Brexit Election Nears as UK Opposition  Backs Early Poll

October 30,2019

LONDON - Britain was heading toward a December election on Tuesday after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bet on breaking the Brexit deadlock with an early vote gained support ...

Turkey Says Kurdish YPG Still in Syria Border Area as Deadline Looms

Turkey Says Kurdish YPG Still in Syria Border Area as Deadline Looms

October 30,2019

ISTANBUL - Kurdish YPG forces have still not fully withdrawn from a strip of land in northeast Syria from which Ankara says they must leave, Turkey’s defense minister ...

U.S. Wants to Bolster Fight Against Islamic State After Its Leader’s Death

U.S. Wants to Bolster Fight Against  Islamic State After Its Leader’s Death

October 30,2019

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW - The United States wants to bolster a coalition fighting Islamic State in northeastern Syria, a senior State Department official said on Monday, after the leader ...

Pro-Hezbollah, Amal Mob Destroy Beirut Protest Camp, Hariri Looks Set to Quit

Pro-Hezbollah, Amal Mob Destroy  Beirut Protest Camp, Hariri  Looks Set to Quit

October 30,2019

BEIRUT - A mob loyal to Shi’ite groups Hezbollah and Amal attacked and destroyed a camp set up by anti-government demonstrators in central Beirut ...

EU Nations Agree Brexit Delay Until January 31 As PM Johnson Seeks Election

EU Nations Agree Brexit Delay Until January  31 As PM Johnson Seeks Election

October 29,2019

BRUSSELS/LONDON - The European Union on Monday agreed a 3-month flexible delay to Britain’s departure from the bloc as Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushes for ...

Kremlin Says Islamic State Leader’s Death a Boost for Trump If True

Kremlin Says Islamic State Leader’s Death a Boost for Trump If True

October 29,2019

MOSCOW - The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump will have made a major contribution to the fight against international terrorism if a U.S. assertion that Islamic ...

Syrian Kurdish Forces Say Leaving Turkish Border Area, Damascus Welcomes Move

Syrian Kurdish Forces Say Leaving  Turkish Border Area, Damascus  Welcomes Move

October 29,2019

BEIRUT - The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Sunday it had agreed to withdraw more than 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border, an announcement welcomed ...

India Allows EU Lawmakers into Kashmir in First Foreign Visit Since Clampdown

India Allows EU Lawmakers into  Kashmir in First Foreign Visit Since Clampdown

October 29,2019

NEW DELHI - A group of European Union lawmakers will visit Indian Kashmir on Tuesday, the first foreign delegation since the special status of the Muslim-majority territory was revoked, Indian ...

US Troops Demolished ISIS Leader’s Suspected Building to Prevent It from Becoming a Shrine

US Troops Demolished ISIS Leader’s Suspected Building to Prevent It from Becoming a Shrine

October 28,2019

WASHINGTON - US special operations forces who are believed to have killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued an airstrike on his compound to prevent the location from becoming ...

Anti-Government Protests Rage in Iraq, 7 Killed

Anti-Government Protests Rage  in Iraq, 7 Killed

October 28,2019

BAGHDAD — At least seven more Iraqi protesters were killed Saturday in clashes with security forces in Baghdad and the southern town of Nasiriyah, as thousands took ...

Vietnam Police Take DNA from Relatives of Suspected Truck Victims

Vietnam Police Take DNA from Relatives of Suspected Truck Victims

October 28,2019

CAN LOC, Vietnam - Police in Vietnam took hair and blood samples on Sunday to get DNA from relatives of people feared to be among the 39 who died in the back of a truck ...

One Turkish Soldier Killed, Five Wounded in Northeast Syria: Ministry

One Turkish Soldier Killed, Five  Wounded in Northeast Syria: Ministry

October 28,2019

ISTANBUL - One Turkish military personnel was killed and five were wounded in Syria’s Ras Al-Ayn region after a rocket and mortar attack by Kurdish YPG militia, Turkey’s Defence ...