Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, December 4th, 2020

Trump asked for options for attacking Iran last week, but held off

Trump asked for options for attacking Iran last week, but held off

November 18,2020

WASHINGTON- President Donald Trump, with two months left in office, last week asked for options on attacking Iran’s main nuclear site, but ultimately decided against taking ...

Biden may review plans for troop withdrawal from Germany - German minister

Biden may review plans for troop withdrawal from  Germany - German minister

November 18,2020

BERLIN- U.S. President-elect Joe Biden may revise plans for a major troop drawdown from Germany announced by the administration of President Donald Trump over the summer, German Defence Minister ...

Asia-Pacific countries including China sign world’s biggest trade pact

Asia-Pacific countries  including China sign world’s biggest trade pact

November 16,2020

China and 14 other countries agreed Sunday to set up the world’s largest trading bloc, encompassing nearly a third of all economic activity, in a deal many in Asia ...

Azerbaijan vows to protect Christian churches as many flee

Azerbaijan vows to protect Christian churches as many flee

November 16,2020

MOSCOW- The president of Azerbaijan is promising that Christian churches will be protected when the strongly Muslim country takes possession of areas formerly controlled ...

Attacks spur EU to weigh tough border, anti-extremism steps

Attacks spur EU to weigh tough border, anti-extremism steps

November 14,2020

BRUSSELS- European Union interior ministers on Friday weighed new measures to counter extremist attacks following a series of killings in Austria and France in recent weeks ...

Gates Foundation pours another $70mn into pushing Covid-19 vaccines on 3rd world countries

Gates Foundation pours another $70mn into pushing Covid-19 vaccines on 3rd world countries

November 14,2020

WASHINGTON- Billionaire vaccine evangelists Bill and Melinda Gates have topped off the global effort to roll out a shot against the novel coronavirus as some question the vague...

WHO to set up center on traditional medicine in India

WHO to set up center on traditional medicine  in India

November 14,2020

NEW DELHI-  The World Health Organization (WHO)'s  Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday said during a video message on the Ayurveda Day in India that the global health body will set up a global center on traditional medicine in India...

US election security officials reject Trump’s fraud claims

US election security officials reject Trump’s fraud claims

November 14,2020

WASHINGTON- US election officials have said the 2020 White House vote was the "most secure in American history", rejecting President Donald Trump's fraud claims...

Sudan braces for up to 200,000 fleeing Ethiopia fighting

Sudan braces for up to 200,000 fleeing Ethiopia fighting

November 12,2020

NAIROBI- Up to 200,000 refugees could pour into Sudan while fleeing the deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, officials said Wednesday ...

Thousands in Armenia protest Nagorno-Karabakh truce terms

Thousands in Armenia protest Nagorno-Karabakh truce terms

November 12,2020

YEREVAN- Thousands of people gathered in the capital of Armenia on Wednesday to protest the country’s agreement with Azerbaijan to halt weeks of fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh...

Syria’s Assad says U.S. pressure, sanctions obstructing return of refugees

Syria’s Assad says U.S. pressure, sanctions  obstructing return of refugees

November 12,2020

AMMAN- Syrian President Bashar al Assad on Wednesday blamed U.S. sanctions and pressure on the United Nations and Syria’s neighbours for the reticence ...

Modi’s party, allies win vote in India’s key Bihar state

Modi’s party, allies win vote in  India’s key Bihar state

November 12,2020

PATNA- India’s ruling party and its allies have won a key state election seen as a barometer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn...

Russian peacekeepers go to Nagorno-Karabakh to bolster truce

Russian peacekeepers go to Nagorno-Karabakh to bolster truce

November 11,2020

MOSCOW- More than a dozen planes carrying Russian peacekeepers headed for Nagorno-Karabakh on Tuesday, hours after Armenia and Azerbaijan agreed to halt fighting over the separatist ...

Barr tells US prosecutors to probe claims of vote irregularities

Barr tells US prosecutors to probe claims of vote irregularities

November 11,2020

William Barr, the attorney general of the United States, has authorised federal prosecutors to look into any possible “substantial” allegations of voting ...

Donald Trump fires US Defense Secretary Mark Esper

Donald Trump fires US Defense Secretary  Mark Esper

November 11,2020

United States President Donald Trump said on Monday that he had “terminated” Defense Secretary Mark Esper, appearing to use his final months in office after his November ...

Palestinian negotiator Erekat dies after contracting COVID-19

Palestinian negotiator Erekat dies after contracting COVID-19

November 11,2020

JERUSALEM- West Bank (Reuters) - Saeb Erekat, one of the most experienced and high-profile advocates for the Palestinian cause over decades of dispute with Israel ...

Joe Biden vows to ‘unify’ country in victory speech

Joe Biden vows to ‘unify’ country in victory speech

November 09,2020

WASHINGTON- Joe Biden has said it is "time to heal" the US in his first speech as president-elect, vowing "not to divide but to unify" the country...

Saudi Arabia holds its breath after Biden win

Saudi Arabia holds its breath after Biden win

November 09,2020

RIYADH- Saudi Arabia, which may have more to lose from Joe Biden’s U.S. election victory than other Arab states, has taken its time to comment after the defeat of Donald ...

Iran’s Rouhani says next U.S. administration should make up for Trump’s mistakes

Iran’s Rouhani says next U.S. administration should make up for Trump’s mistakes

November 09,2020

DUBAI- Iran’s president said on Sunday the next U.S. administration should use the opportunity to compensate for President Donald Trump’s mistakes, Iranian state TV reported ...

Palestinians welcome Trump exit, but are cautious about Biden

Palestinians welcome Trump exit, but are cautious about Biden

November 09,2020

JERUSALEM- The Palestinians have been holding out for a change of U.S. president for three years, hoping for a chance to hit the reset button on relations with Washington...

Attack in Vienna targeted nightlife; suspect had IS ties

Attack in Vienna targeted nightlife; suspect had IS ties

November 04,2020

VIENNA- At least one Islamic extremist — a 20-year-old armed with an automatic rifle and a fake explosive vest — rampaged through a crowded Vienna nightlife district hours ahead of ...

Merkel says fight against ‘Islamist terrorism’ is common struggle

Merkel says fight against ‘Islamist terrorism’ is common struggle

November 04,2020

BERLIN- German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her shock at the attacks across central Vienna and said Germany stood in solidarity with neighbouring Austria in the fight against ...

European police in coordinated raids against online hate speech

European police in coordinated raids against online hate speech

November 04,2020

BERLIN- European police launched coordinated raids in seven countries on Tuesday as part of a clampdown on online hatred and incitement to violence, the European Union ...

Turkish rescuers pull girl from rubble 4 days after quake

Turkish rescuers pull girl from rubble 4 days after quake

November 04,2020

IZMIR- Even as hopes of reaching survivors began to fade, rescuers in the Turkish city of Izmir pulled a young girl out alive from the rubble of a collapsed apartment building on Tuesday ...

Uzbekistan, Israel discuss implementation of joint cultural, humanitarian and educational projects

Uzbekistan, Israel discuss implementation of joint cultural, humanitarian and educational projects

November 03,2020

JERSALEM- Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Israel Feruza Makhmudova has met with the CEO of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and Department Head at Tel Aviv University, Haim Ben-Yakov...

Iran reports record high COVID death toll as travel bans go into force

Iran reports record high COVID death toll as travel bans go into force

November 03,2020

DUBAI- Iran on Monday reported a record 440 COVID deaths in the past 24 hours, pushing the death toll in the Middle East’s worst-hit country to 35,738 as a ban on travel in and out of major ...

WHO chief Tedros to quarantine after contact gets COVID-19

WHO chief Tedros to quarantine after contact gets COVID-19

November 03,2020

GENEVA- The head of the World Health Organization says he will self-quarantine after being identified as a contact of a person who tested positive for COVID-19...

Poland protests leader: abortion court ruling must be waived

Poland protests leader: abortion court ruling must be waived

November 03,2020

WARSAW- A leader of Poland’s massive protests triggered by the tightening of the country’s strict abortion law said Monday the court ruling must be withdrawn...

US Election 2020: Biden and Trump in last weekend dash round swing states

US Election 2020: Biden and Trump in last weekend dash round swing states

November 02,2020

WASHINGTON- US Democratic candidate Joe Biden is in Michigan and President Donald Trump is in Pennsylvania, states that could be key to winning the White House as the last weekend ...

UN chief supports call for humanitarian ceasefire between Armenia, Azerbaijan

UN chief supports call for  humanitarian ceasefire between  Armenia, Azerbaijan

November 02,2020

UNITED NATIONS- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday expressed his support for the call made by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group ...

Australia reports no new local cases

Australia reports no new local cases

November 02,2020

CANBERRA- Australia has recorded no new locally transmitted coronavirus infection for the first time in five months.
In Melbourne, the capital of Victoria state ...

Super typhoon weakens after slamming Philippines; 7 dead

Super typhoon weakens after slamming Philippines; 7 dead

November 02,2020

MANILA- A powerful super typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines with ferocious winds Sunday, killing at least seven people and causing volcanic mudflows to bury houses ...

US Election 2020: Biden and Trump in tug-of-war over Midwestern US

US Election 2020: Biden and Trump in  tug-of-war over Midwestern US

November 01,2020

WASHINGTON- In a final burst of campaigning, US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden have criss-crossed Midwestern states that may hold the keys ...

Bomb at seminary in Pakistan kills 8 students, wounds 136

Bomb at seminary in Pakistan kills 8 students, wounds 136

October 28,2020

PESHAWAR- A powerful bomb blast ripped through an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday morning, killing at least eight students and wounding...

French doctor warns his country has ‘lost control’ of virus

French doctor warns his country has ‘lost control’ of virus

October 28,2020

PARIS- A French doctor warned Monday that his country has “lost control of the epidemic,” a day after health authorities reported more than 52,000 new coronavirus ...