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Defiant, Lebanon’s Hariri Says Deal with Aoun Is ‘History’

Defiant, Lebanon’s Hariri Says Deal  with Aoun Is ‘History’

February 16,2020

BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanon's former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said he is charting a new political path from within his party after a 2016 deal with President Michel Aoun that brought him ...

Sanders Wins in New Hampshire, Narrowly Beating Buttigieg

Sanders Wins in New Hampshire,  Narrowly Beating Buttigieg

February 13,2020

WINCHESTER - Concord, New Hampshire - United States Senator Bernie Sanders declared victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday night after he narrowly beat Pete Buttigieg in the state's Democratic ...

Egypt’s Booming Population Hits 100 Million

Egypt’s Booming Population  Hits 100 Million

February 13,2020

CAIRO - Egypt's fast-growing population has hit 100 million, its statistics agency said on Tuesday, presenting a pressing problem for an already overburdened country with limited ...

Italy Senate Votes on Migrant Trial for Far-Right Leader Salvini

Italy Senate Votes on Migrant Trial for  Far-Right Leader Salvini

February 13,2020

ROME - Italian senators will decide on Wednesday whether far-right leader Matteo Salvini should face trial on charges of illegally detaining migrants at sea last year ...

Mumbai Raid Suspect That Left 150+ People Killed Sentenced to 5 Years in Pakistan for Financing Terrorism

Mumbai Raid Suspect That Left 150+ People Killed Sentenced to 5 Years in Pakistan for Financing Terrorism

February 13,2020

MUMBAI - A Pakistani court in has sentenced notorious militant commander Hafiz Saeed to prison terms in two cases of terrorism funding. The man is considered to be the mastermind ...

Coronavirus May Be Over Soon in China, Expert Says, As WHO Warns of Global Threat

Coronavirus May Be Over Soon in China, Expert Says, As WHO Warns of Global Threat

February 12,2020

GUANGZHOU, China/GENEVA - Coronavirus infections in China may be over by April, its senior medical adviser said on Tuesday, but the death toll passed 1,000 and the World Health ...

Elections in U.S. Not to Affect Washington-Kyiv Relations - Zelensky

Elections in U.S. Not to Affect Washington-Kyiv Relations - Zelensky

February 12,2020

NAIROBI - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has chosen Kenya to become the first United States-funded Joint Terrorism Task Force to be located outside America, officials said on Tuesday...

Kenya, U.S. Partner to Set 1st Anti-Terrorism Task Force Outside U.S.

Kenya, U.S. Partner to Set 1st Anti-Terrorism  Task Force Outside U.S.

February 12,2020

NAIROBI - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has chosen Kenya to become the first United States-funded Joint Terrorism Task Force to be located outside America, officials said on Tuesday...

Palestinians Demonstrate Against U.S. Mideast Peace Plan

Palestinians Demonstrate Against U.S. Mideast Peace Plan

February 12,2020

GAZA/RAMALLAH - Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated on Tuesday in the West Bank and Gaza against the U.S. Mideast peace plan, known as the "Deal of ...

Gaza Fires Rocket at Southern Israel: Israeli Army

Gaza Fires Rocket at Southern  Israel: Israeli Army

February 11,2020

JERUSALEM - A rocket fired by militants in the Gaza Strip hit southern Israel on Sunday night amidst rising tensions in the region over Washington's Mideast peace plan...

Azerbaijan Governing Party Wins Vote, Opposition Cries Foul

Azerbaijan Governing Party Wins Vote,  Opposition Cries Foul

February 11,2020

BAKU - Azerbaijan's governing party was leading on Monday in a snap parliamentary election called by President Ilham Aliyev to consolidate power and speed up economic reforms ...

Indian Politician Calls for Burqa Ban Claiming ‘Terrorists’ Use Them to Hide from Police

Indian Politician Calls for Burqa Ban Claiming  ‘Terrorists’ Use Them to Hide from Police

February 11,2020

NEW DELHI - The state of Uttar Pradesh’s labor minister Raghuraj Singh has called for an outright ban on women wearing burqas, suggesting that terrorists have been using them to elude ...

Post-Brexit UK to Announce 10 New Free Ports

Post-Brexit UK to Announce 10  New Free Ports

February 11,2020

LONDON - With Brexit done, the United Kingdom plans to announce the location of up to 10 new free ports - scheduled to begin operating in 2021 - by the end of this year, the government said...

Counting Begins in Ireland Election After Exit Poll Predicts Tie

Counting Begins in Ireland Election After  Exit Poll Predicts Tie

February 10,2020

DUBLIN - Ireland has begun counting votes in a national election that an exit poll indicated might show an historic breakthrough for left-wing nationalists Sinn Fein but leave a fractured ...

Thailand Shooting Spree Leaves 26 Dead, 57 Wounded, Officials Say; Suspect Is Fatally Shot

Thailand Shooting Spree Leaves 26 Dead, 57 Wounded, Officials Say; Suspect Is Fatally Shot

February 10,2020

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand — A soldier with a grudge gunned down 26 people and wounded 57 in Thailand's worst shooting spree before he was fatally shot inside a mall in the country ...

Swiss Voters Back Anti-Homophobia Law, Projection Shows

Swiss Voters Back Anti-Homophobia  Law, Projection Shows

February 10,2020

VIENNA - A Swiss referendum on Sunday cleared the way for the country to close a loophole in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights by extending anti-racism laws ...

Impact of Brexit on Spain Depends on Trade Deal, Says Expert

Impact of Brexit on Spain Depends on  Trade Deal, Says Expert

February 09,2020

BARCELONA, Spain - The impact of Brexit on Spain is still very uncertain, and very much depends on the trade deal to be negotiated during the transition period, an expert said on Friday ...

New York State to Sue Federal Gov’t Over Being Banned from “Trusted Traveler Programs”

New York State to Sue Federal Gov’t Over Being Banned from “Trusted Traveler Programs”

February 09,2020

NEW YORK - The U.S. state of New York will file a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s plan to block New Yorkers from participating in certain "trusted traveler ...

Philippines’ Duterte Moves to Terminate Defence Pact with US

Philippines’ Duterte Moves to Terminate  Defence Pact with US

February 09,2020

MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to order the termination of the country's visiting forces agreement with the United States, his spokesman said Friday...

Eight Die, Dozens Wounded in Southern Kazakhstan Clashes

Eight Die, Dozens Wounded in Southern Kazakhstan Clashes

February 09,2020

NUR SULTAN - A brawl and a series of clashes in several villages in Kazakhstan's southern Zhambyl province have left eight people dead, officials said...

Passenger Plane Narrowly Escaped Israeli Attack on Syria: Russia

Passenger Plane Narrowly Escaped  Israeli Attack on Syria: Russia

February 08,2020

DAMASCUS - An Airbus A320 with 172 passengers on board made an emergency landing in Russia-controlled Khmeimim Air Base after Syria's air defence nearly hit it because of Israel's air ...

Iraq Protesters Look to Al-Sistani Ahead of Friday Sermon

Iraq Protesters Look to Al-Sistani  Ahead of Friday Sermon

February 08,2020

BASGDAD - Iraqi activists are looking for support from highly revered Shia religious leader Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani after followers of a populist Shia leader, who had once backed anti-government...

Yemen Al-Qaeda Leader Al-Rimi Killed in US Operation, Says Trump

Yemen Al-Qaeda Leader Al-Rimi Killed in US  Operation, Says Trump

February 08,2020

SANA'A - President Donald Trump said on Thursday that US forces have killed Qassim al-Rimi, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), in an operation inside Yemen...

What Is the Gaza Strip?

What Is the Gaza Strip?

February 08,2020

GAZA - The Gaza Strip is a 140-square-mile piece of land occupied by Palestinians bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Egypt and Israel. The area has been a focal point of the Israeli-Palestinian ...

China Races to Build More Hospitals as Coronavirus Outbreak Grows

China Races to Build More Hospitals  as Coronavirus Outbreak Grows

February 06,2020

BEIGIN - Authorities in China have glorified the rush to build two infectious disease hospitals in a matter of days at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak that has now claimed at least 490 lives on the mainland, with live streams showing the construction ...

Russian S-400 Missile Delivery to India by End of 2021

Russian S-400 Missile Delivery to  India by End of 2021

February 06,2020

MOSCOW - Russia will begin delivering S-400 surface-to-air missile systems to India by the end of 2021, state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted a Russian official as saying on Wednesday...

Trump Set for Senate Acquittal in Boost to Reelection Campaign

Trump Set for Senate Acquittal in Boost  to Reelection Campaign

February 06,2020

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump was set to win acquittal from impeachment in the Senate on Wednesday, hours after his partisan State of the Union speech triggered unprecedented ...

Withdraw Behind Observation Points, or Turkey Will Do What Is Necessary – Erdogan to Syrian Troops

Withdraw Behind Observation  Points, or Turkey Will Do What Is  Necessary – Erdogan to Syrian Troops

February 06,2020

ANKARA - Damascus must withdraw its troops from Turkey’s positions in Idlib or face retaliation, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, following a deadly clash ...

Democrats, White House Wrap Up Case at Trump Senate Trial

Democrats, White House Wrap Up  Case at Trump Senate Trial

February 05,2020

WASHINGTON - Democratic prosecutors declaring "no one is above the law" went head to head with White House lawyers as closing arguments wrapped up at President Donald Trump's Senate ...

French Police Clear Last Refugee Camp in Paris

French Police Clear Last Refugee  Camp in Paris

February 05,2020

PARIS - French police have cleared the last refugee tent camp in northeastern Paris, moving 427 people to shelters as part of a plan to take migrants off the streets...

Kenya’s Former President Daniel Arap Moi Has Died, Aged 95

Kenya’s Former President Daniel Arap  Moi Has Died, Aged 95

February 05,2020

NAIROBI - Former Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi, the country's longest serving leader, has died aged 95.
The death of Moi, who ruled Kenya from 1978 to 2002 ...

Netanyahu Says Israel and Sudan to Normalise Ties Soon

Netanyahu Says Israel and Sudan  to Normalise Ties Soon

February 05,2020

JERUSALEM - Israel and Sudan have agreed to move towards forging normal relations for the first time, Israeli officials said on Monday, after the leaders of the two countries met ...

Top EU Diplomat Heading to Iran Amid Nuclear Tensions

Top EU Diplomat Heading to Iran  Amid Nuclear Tensions

February 04,2020

EUROPEAN UNION - The European Union's foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell is on his way to Iran, his first trip since taking office in December, aimed at reducing tensions ...

Trump Impeachment Trial to Resume for Final Arguments

Trump Impeachment Trial to Resume  for Final Arguments

February 04,2020

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's impeachment trial resumes for final arguments Monday before an expected acquittal later in the week that Democrats have said will be invalid because ...

Democrats Make Final Pitch in Iowa Hours Before First US Vote

Democrats Make Final Pitch in Iowa  Hours Before First US Vote

February 04,2020

WASHINGTON - Democratic candidates made their frantic, final campaign pitches Sunday in Iowa, on a mission to persuade undecided voters one day before the state's nominating ...