Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, November 17th, 2019

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 ...

Iraqi Forces Fire Tear Gas After 42 Died in Day of Violence

Iraqi Forces Fire Tear Gas After 42 Died in  Day of Violence

October 27,2019

BAGHDAD — Iraqi security forces fired tear gas on Saturday to push back protesters who tried to remove blast walls erected on a bridge in central Baghdad to prevent anti-government ...

More Vietnamese Fear Relatives Are Among 39 Dead in Truck

More Vietnamese Fear Relatives Are Among 39 Dead in Truck

October 27,2019

LONDON — More Vietnamese families came forward Saturday with information that their relatives may be among the 39 people found dead in the back of a container truck in southeastern England. . .

Russian Agent Butina Returns to Moscow After US Deportation

Russian Agent Butina Returns to Moscow After US Deportation

October 27,2019

MOSCOW — The woman convicted of being a covert Russian agent returned to her homeland on Saturday, deported by the United States after serving a prison sentence...

Lebanese Police Drag Protestors, Remove Roadblocks in Beirut

Lebanese Police Drag Protestors, Remove Roadblocks in Beirut

October 27,2019

BEIRUT - Lebanese security forces pushed and dragged away protesters who refused to move from roadblocks in central Beirut on Saturday, to reopen roads closed during a campaign of civil disobedience ...

China Urges Joint Fight on Smuggling After Deaths in Britain

China Urges Joint Fight on Smuggling  After Deaths in Britain

October 26,2019

BEIJING — China called Friday for joint efforts to counter human smuggling after the discovery in Britain of 39 dead people believed to be Chinese who stowed away in a shipping ...

EU Agrees to Brexit Extension but Defers Decision on Delay Length

EU Agrees to Brexit Extension but Defers Decision on Delay Length

October 26,2019

European Union ambassadors have agreed in principle to a UK request to extend the Halloween Brexit deadline, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for a snap election ...

Iraqi Police Fire Live Shots, Tear Gas at Baghdad Protesters

Iraqi Police Fire Live Shots, Tear Gas  at Baghdad Protesters

October 26,2019

BAGHDAD — Iraqi police fired live shots into the air as well as rubber bullets and dozens of tear gas canisters on Friday to disperse thousands of protesters on the streets ...

Syria Says Turkish-Led Forces Attacked Its Troops

Syria Says Turkish-Led Forces  Attacked Its Troops

October 26,2019

BEIRUT — Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria on Thursday, killing some of them, and they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters ...

Canada’s Trudeau Wins 2nd Term but Loses Majority

Canada’s Trudeau Wins 2nd Term  but Loses Majority

October 23,2019

TORONTO — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in Canada’s national elections Monday, losing the majority but delivering unexpectedly strong results despite ...

Japanese Emperor Naruhito Ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

Japanese Emperor Naruhito Ascends Chrysanthemum Throne

October 23,2019

TOKYO — Three booming cheers of “Banzai!” rang out Tuesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo as Naruhito formally declared his ascension to the Chrysanthemum ...

Erdogan Warns Kurdish Fighters to Pull Out of Syrian Region

Erdogan Warns Kurdish Fighters to Pull  Out of Syrian Region

October 23,2019

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday up to 1,300 Syrian Kurdish fighters have yet to vacate a northeastern Syrian area invaded by Ankara ...

South Sudan’s Former Child Soldiers Struggle to Move on

South Sudan’s Former Child Soldiers Struggle to Move on

October 23,2019

YAMBIO, South Sudan — When he escaped the armed group that had abducted him at the age of 15, the child soldier swore he’d never go back. But the South Sudanese teen still thinks ...