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Situation on Armenian-Azerbaijani Border Remains Relatively Calm - Armenian Defense Ministry

Situation on Armenian-Azerbaijani Border Remains Relatively Calm - Armenian Defense Ministry

July 21,2020

YEREVAN - The situation on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan remains relatively quiet, Armenian Defense Ministry spokesperson Shushan Stepanyan said on Monday morning...

Heavy Rains Damage 200-Year-Old Mosque in Indian Capital

Heavy Rains Damage 200-Year-Old  Mosque in Indian Capital

July 21,2020

NEW DELHI - The central dome of a 200-year-old mosque in the Indian Capital New Delhi has come crashing down due to the heavy monsoon rains in the city...

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Admitted to Hospital for Checks

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Admitted  to Hospital for Checks

July 21,2020

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz has been admitted to hospital, suffering from inflammation of the gall bladder, according to state media...

UK Signs Up for 90m Coronavirus Vaccine Doses: Live Updates

UK Signs Up for 90m Coronavirus  Vaccine Doses: Live Updates

July 21,2020

LONDON - British officials say they have signed a deal to buy 90 million doses of experimental coronavirus vaccines being developed by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and others...

Germany’s Merkel Warns of Summit Failure on EU Recovery Fund

Germany’s Merkel Warns of Summit  Failure on EU Recovery Fund

July 20,2020

BRUSSELS - European Union leaders toiled in search of a coronavirus stimulus deal for a third day on Sunday but German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the mounting acrimony ...

Libya: GNA Fighters Head for Front as Battle for Sirte Looms

Libya: GNA Fighters Head for Front as  Battle for Sirte Looms

July 20,2020

TRIPOLI - Libya's internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) on Saturday moved fighters closer to Sirte, a gateway to Libya's main oil terminals that the GNA says ...

Israel: Netanyahu Corruption Trial Resumes Amid Anti-Gov’t Anger

Israel: Netanyahu Corruption Trial  Resumes Amid Anti-Gov’t Anger

July 20,2020

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial has resumed as the long-serving leader faces mounting discontent over his handling of the coronavirus crisis...

Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Undergoes ‘Successful’ Surgery: State Media

Kuwait’s Sheikh Sabah Undergoes  ‘Successful’ Surgery: State Media

July 20,2020

KUWAIT CITY - Kuwait said its 91-year-old ruler has undergone successful surgery, without elaborating on what ails him, according to a report published on the state-run KUNA ...

UN to Launch Postage Stamp Initiative to Raise Coronavirus Funds

UN to Launch Postage Stamp Initiative to  Raise Coronavirus Funds

July 18,2020

The United Nations is set to launch a postage stamp initiative Friday that will help raise funds for the World Health Organization’s (WHO) effort to assist countries ...

India: Pakistan Broke Agreement on ‘Unimpeded’ Access to ‘Spy’

India: Pakistan Broke Agreement on  ‘Unimpeded’ Access to ‘Spy’

July 18,2020

NEW DELHI - India said its diplomats protested and left a meeting arranged by Pakistan in Islamabad with an Indian man sentenced to death on charges of spying, saying an agreement to allow ...

Putin Orders Huge Snap Military Drills in Russia’s Southwest

Putin Orders Huge Snap Military Drills  in Russia’s Southwest

July 18,2020

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin has ordered snap military drills involving 150,000 personnel and hundreds of aircraft and naval vessels to ensure "security in Russia's southwest", according to the defence ministry ...

Analysis: Trump’s Push to Reopen The US Economy Backfires

Analysis: Trump’s Push to Reopen  The US Economy Backfires

July 18,2020

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's gamble on reopening the United States economy in the face of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation has backfired, leaving the president in a losing political ...

Captured Syrian Militants Tell Media They Are US-Trained, Sent to Spy on Russian, Iranian & Syrian Facilities

Captured Syrian Militants Tell Media They  Are US-Trained, Sent to Spy on Russian,  Iranian & Syrian Facilities

July 15,2020

AMASCUS - Three gunmen caught by the Syrian Army have told Russian media they were part of a US-backed militant group and had been sent on a spying mission in the Raqqa governorate...

French President Macron Makes Masks Obligatory in Public Starting August 1

French President Macron Makes Masks Obligatory in Public Starting August 1

July 15,2020

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that the wearing of masks in public will now be compulsory, with the new measures taking effect from August 1...

Beijing Says US Seeks to ‘Disrupt Peace’ in South China Sea After Washington Formally Rejects China’s Territorial Claims

Beijing Says US Seeks to ‘Disrupt Peace’ in South China Sea After Washington Formally Rejects China’s Territorial Claims

July 15,2020

BEIJING - China has accused the US of trying to inflame tensions among powers that have stakes in the South China Sea. The rebuke comes after Washington formally rejected ...

Almaty to Introduce Restrictions on Visits to National Parks Amid Worsening COVID-19 Situation

Almaty to Introduce Restrictions on  Visits to National Parks Amid  Worsening COVID-19 Situation

July 15,2020

ALMATY - Entry into the national parks, except for restricted access on foot or by bike, is to be banned in Almaty city starting July 14, Trend reports citing Kazinform...

Zindzi Mandela, Daughter of Nelson Mandela, Dies at 59

Zindzi Mandela, Daughter of Nelson Mandela, Dies at 59

July 14,2020

Zindzi Mandela, daughter of South African liberation hero Nelson Mandela and anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has died, according to officials...

Moscow Urges Baku, Yerevan to Show Restraint in Conflict Zone

Moscow Urges Baku, Yerevan to Show  Restraint in Conflict Zone

July 14,2020

MOSCOW - The Russian Foreign Ministry is concerned about the escalated tensions on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border and has urged the conflicting sides to show restraint and to honor ...

Tit for Tat: China Blacklists US Senators Rubio, Cruz & Other Officials in Response to Sanctions Over Xinjiang

Tit for Tat: China Blacklists US Senators  Rubio, Cruz & Other Officials in Response  to Sanctions Over Xinjiang

July 14,2020

BEIJING - Beijing has placed sanctions on several US officials, including hawkish Republican Party Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. China said the move was made in response ...

Police in Germany Hunt for Armed Homeless Man in Black Forest

Police in Germany Hunt for Armed  Homeless Man in Black Forest

July 14,2020

BERLIN - Police in Germany's Black Forest are hunting for a homeless man in combat gear and armed with a bow and arrow and other weapons...

‘US Military Supply Convoy’ Attacked & Torched in Iraq

‘US Military Supply Convoy’ Attacked  & Torched in Iraq

July 13,2020

BAGHDAD - Militants on pickup trucks attacked a logistics supply convoy heading to a US military base in Iraq, forcing it to stop and getting local contractors out of the vehicles ...

Erdogan Rejects Global Criticism Over Hagia Sophia Decision

Erdogan Rejects Global Criticism  Over Hagia Sophia Decision

July 13,2020

ANKARA - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected international condemnation over the decision to change the status of Istanbul's landmark Hagia Sophia from ...

Mali Opposition Rejects President’s Concessions Amid Stalemate

Mali Opposition Rejects President’s  Concessions Amid Stalemate

July 13,2020

BAMAKO - Mali's opposition on Sunday rejected concessions by President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita aimed at resolving an escalating political crisis that has sparked deadly ...

Hong Kong: 500,000 Cast ‘Protest’ Vote Against New Security Law

Hong Kong: 500,000 Cast ‘Protest’  Vote Against New Security Law

July 13,2020

HONG KONG - Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong citizens have queued to cast ballots over the weekend in what the Chinese-ruled city's opposition camp says is a symbolic protest ...

China to Hit Back Against US Sanctions Over Uighur Rights

China to Hit Back Against US Sanctions  Over Uighur Rights

July 11,2020

BEIJING - China has said it will impose reciprocal measures in response to US sanctions on Chinese officials over alleged human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim ...

Russia’s Lavrov: U.S. Domestic Issues Behind Speculation of Moscow’s Ties with Taliban

Russia’s Lavrov: U.S. Domestic Issues Behind Speculation of Moscow’s Ties with Taliban

July 11,2020

KINSHASA - At least three people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as protests in several cities against the nomination of an election commission ...

DRC: 3 Killed in Protests Against Election Chief Nomination

DRC: 3 Killed in Protests Against  Election Chief Nomination

July 11,2020

KINSHASA - At least three people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as protests in several cities against the nomination of an election ...

Nepal Bans Private Indian Channels for Airing ‘False Propaganda’

Nepal Bans Private Indian Channels for Airing ‘False Propaganda’

July 11,2020

KATHMANDU - Nepal's cable and satellite television providers have stopped airing Indian news channels, with one operator saying on Friday that the move was in response ...

EU Foresees “Deeper Recession” in 2020 Than Previously Expected

EU Foresees “Deeper Recession” in 2020  Than Previously Expected

July 08,2020

BRUSSELS - The European economy will face a "deeper recession" than previously predicted due to the prolonged containment measures against COVID-19 ...

Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan Warn Israel on Annexation

Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan Warn  Israel on Annexation

July 08,2020

BERLIN - Egypt, France, Germany and Jordan warned Israel on Tuesday against annexing parts of the Palestinian territories, saying that doing so could have consequences for bilateral ...

Kremlin Promises Reciprocal Steps Over UK Sanctions Against Russians

Kremlin Promises Reciprocal Steps Over UK Sanctions Against Russians

July 08,2020

MOSCOW - Russia will respond with reciprocal measures to British sanctions against 25 Russians, including the country’s top state investigator, the Kremlin said on Tuesday...

Turkey Says It Detains 276 Migrants in Smuggling Operation

Turkey Says It Detains 276 Migrants  in Smuggling Operation

July 08,2020

ISTANBUL - Turkish police detained 276 migrants on a cargo ship docked on the Aegean coast on Tuesday and also captured eight people trying to smuggle them out of the country ...

Pope Praises UN Efforts for Worldwide Cease-Fire

Pope Praises UN Efforts for  Worldwide Cease-Fire

July 06,2020

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is praising U.N. Security Council efforts for worldwide cease-fires to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic...

US Aircraft Carriers Conduct Military Drills in South China Sea

US Aircraft Carriers Conduct Military  Drills in South China Sea

July 06,2020

WASHINGTON - Two US aircraft carriers conducted exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday with China also carrying out manoeuvres that have been criticised ...

Italy Says It May Take Migrants Rescued in The Mediterranean

Italy Says It May Take Migrants Rescued  in The Mediterranean

July 06,2020

ROME - Italy is carrying out tests on 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean with a view to transferring them to a quarantine vessel in Sicily, an interior ministry source said on ...