Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, January 21st, 2021

After early success, S. Korea sleepwalks into virus crisis

After early success, S. Korea sleepwalks into virus crisis

December 27,2020

SEOUL- South Korea had seemed to be winning the fight against the coronavirus: Quickly ramping up its testing, contact-tracing and quarantine efforts paid off when it weathered ...

UN welcomes prisoner swap between Libyan parties

UN welcomes prisoner swap between  Libyan  parties

December 27,2020

TRIPOLI- The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on Saturday welcomed the exchange of prisoners between rival parties.
"UNSMIL welcomes the remarkable success ...

A Sudan in transition presents first-ever film for Oscars

A Sudan in transition presents  first-ever film for Oscars

December 27,2020

CAIRO- Nearly two years after the overthrow of autocrat Omar al-Bashir, Sudan is taking steps to rejoin the international community from which it was long shunned...

Pope urges coronavirus vaccine access for all

Pope urges coronavirus vaccine access for all

December 26,2020

VATICAN CITY- Pope Francis has called on world leaders to ensure unfettered access to coronavirus vaccines for everyone.
In a Christmas Day address delivered ...

Turkish official says CoronaVac vaccine 91.25% effective

Turkish official says CoronaVac vaccine 91.25% effective

December 26,2020

ISTANBUL- An experimental COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac is 91.25% effective, a Turkish health official said on Thursday. . .

Modi makes outreach effort to placate angry Indian farmers

Modi makes outreach  effort to  placate  angry Indian farmers

December 26,2020

NEW DELHI- Prime Minister Narendra Modi held virtual talks with Indian farmers Friday and asked them to explain how the government’s agricultural policies ...

Relative of Blackwater victim in Iraq says pardons ‘unfair’

Relative of Blackwater victim in Iraq says pardons ‘unfair’

December 26,2020

BAGHDAD- Faris Fadel had just one word to describe the recent pardoning by the Trump administration of four private security contractors convicted of killing Iraqi civilians ...

Isolation of UK eases but backlog could take days to clear

Isolation of UK eases but backlog could take days to clear

December 24,2020

CALAIS- Goods and passengers from Britain began arriving on French shores Wednesday following a two-day blockade imposed because of a new variant of the coronavirus that had isolated ...

Fire breaks out at squalid migrant camp in Bosnia

Fire breaks out at squalid migrant camp  in Bosnia

December 24,2020

BIHAC- A huge fire broke out Wednesday at a temporary migrant camp in northwestern Bosnia that has been strongly criticized by rights groups as unsuitable due to its lack of resources...

Canadian Police Declare Dissident Pakistan Activist’s Death ‘Non-Criminal’ Matter

Canadian Police Declare Dissident Pakistan  Activist’s Death ‘Non-Criminal’ Matter

December 24,2020

SLAMABAD- Police in Canada have declared the death of a dissident Pakistani human rights activist a “non-criminal” incident...

Australian opposition leader calls for faster coronavirus vaccine rollout

Australian opposition leader calls for faster coronavirus vaccine rollout

December 24,2020

CANBERRA- The leader of Australia's opposition Labor Party has called for the country's coronavirus vaccine rollout to be accelerated...

U.S. ready to mediate discussions between Israel and Lebanon –Pompeo

U.S. ready to mediate discussions between  Israel and Lebanon –Pompeo

December 23,2020

WASHINGTON- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said the United States is ready to keep working with Israel and Lebanon on negotiations for a maritime boundary ...

BioNTech CEO confident vaccine will work on UK variant

BioNTech CEO confident vaccine will work on UK variant

December 23,2020

BERLIN- German pharmaceutical company BioNTech is confident that its coronavirus vaccine works against the new UK variant, but further studies are needed to be completely sure ...

Putin signs law letting ex-presidents become senators for life

Putin signs law letting ex-presidents become  senators for life

December 23,2020

MOSCOW- President Vladimir Putin signed legislation on Tuesday that allows former presidents to become lawmakers for life in Russia’s upper house of parliament once they leave the Kremlin ...

Russia hits more EU officials with entry bans over Navalny

Russia hits more EU officials with entry bans over Navalny

December 23,2020

MOSCOW- Moscow is expanding the list of European officials barred from entering Russia in response to the European Union’s sanctions over the poisoning of Russian opposition ...

World closes borders to Britain as new coronavirus strain breeds panic

World closes borders to Britain as new  coronavirus strain breeds panic

December 22,2020

DOVER- More countries closed their borders to Britain on Monday over fears of a highly infectious new coronavirus strain, heightening global panic, causing travel chaos and raising the prospect ...

Indian farmers vow to carry on protests despite cold, deaths

Indian farmers vow to carry on protests  despite cold, deaths

December 22,2020

NEW DELHI- Tens of thousands of Indian farmers, protesting over agricultural laws that they say threaten their livelihoods, have vowed to carry on their around-the-clock sit-ins despite ...

Chinese FM emphasizes dialogue, cooperation with EU

Chinese FM emphasizes dialogue, cooperation  with EU

December 22,2020

BEIJING- No matter how the international situation changes, China and the European Union (EU) should stay on the right track of dialogue and cooperation for mutual benefit, and properly ...

Pope promises Vatican workers no one will lose jobs because of pandemic

Pope promises Vatican workers no one will lose jobs  because of pandemic

December 22,2020

VATICAN CITY- Pope Francis promised Vatican employees on Monday that none of them will lose their jobs because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has severely damaged Vatican finances...

Iran urged not to squander chance to salvage nuclear deal

Iran urged not to squander chance to salvage nuclear deal

December 22,2020

BERLIN- Countries trying to keep alive the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program agreed Monday to “positively address” the possibility of a U.S. return to the accord under the Biden ...

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 75 million

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 75 million

December 21,2020

Global coronavirus infections surpassed the 75 million mark on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, as several nations around the world begin vaccinating against the virus. ...

WHO in ‘close contact’ with UK over new virus variant

WHO in  ‘close contact’ with UK over new virus  variant

December 21,2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is in "close contact" with UK officials over the emergence of a new variant of coronavirus. ...

Modi surprises with Sikh temple visit amid farm protests

Modi surprises with Sikh temple visit amid  farm protests

December 21,2020

MUMBAI- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled visit to a Sikh temple in New Delhi on Sunday, kneeling down in respect and freely clicking pictures with visitors at a time ...

Armenia honors Nagorno-Karabakh dead; some demand PM resign

Armenia honors Nagorno-Karabakh dead; some demand PM resign

December 21,2020

YEREVAN- Both opponents and supporters of Armenia’s prime minister rallied Saturday as the nation paid tribute to the thousands who died in fighting with Azerbaijan over the region ...

UK nixes Christmas gatherings, shuts London shops over virus

UK nixes Christmas gatherings, shuts London shops over virus

December 21,2020

LONDON- Millions of people must cancel their Christmas get-togethers and most shops have to close in London and much of southern England, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday ...

India’s virus cases cross 10 million as new infections dip

India’s virus cases cross 10  million as new infections dip

December 20,2020

NEW DELHI- India’s confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed 10 million with new infections dipping to their lowest levels in three months, as the country prepares for a massive COVID-19 ...

Qatar to receive first batch of COVID-19 vaccine on Monday

Qatar to receive first batch of  COVID-19 vaccine on Monday

December 20,2020

Qatar will receive its first batch of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, Prime Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani has announced on Twitter...

Iran, despite sanctions, has routes to vaccines

Iran, despite sanctions, has routes to vaccines

December 20,2020

DUBAI- Although Iran faces crushing U.S. sanctions, there are still ways for Tehran to obtain coronavirus vaccines as the country suffers the Mideast’s worst outbreak of the pandemic...

Switzerland OKs Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

Switzerland OKs  Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine

December 20,2020

BERLIN- Switzerland has approved the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and German pharmaceutical company BioNTech.
The country’s health agency Swissmedic said ...

EU Parliament calls for action over Egypt’s human rights abuses

EU Parliament calls for action over Egypt’s human rights abuses

December 20,2020

The European Parliament has passed a resolution urging member states to consider imposing targeted restrictions against Egypt for its crackdown on human rights activists...

Rising Violence to Impede Headway in Talks: UN

Rising Violence to Impede Headway in Talks: UN

December 19,2020

KABUL - Future progress in intra-Afghan peace talks is jeopardised by a relentless surge in violence, warns the top UN diplomat in the country. ...

China holds key economic meeting to plan for 2021

China holds key economic  meeting to plan for 2021

December 19,2020

BEIJING- The annual Central Economic Work Conference was held in Beijing from Wednesday to Friday, as Chinese leaders charted course for the economy in 2021...

US cyber-attack: US energy department confirms it was hit by Sunburst hack

US cyber-attack: US energy department  confirms it was hit by Sunburst hack

December 19,2020

The US energy department is the latest agency to confirm it has been breached in what is being described as the worst-ever hack on the US government. ...

Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid US tensions

Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid US tensions

December 19,2020

DUBAI- Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo amid tensions with the U.S. over its atomic program, satellite photos obtained Friday by The Associated ...

With Trump silent, reprisals for hacks may fall to Biden

With Trump silent, reprisals for hacks may fall to Biden

December 19,2020

WASHINGTON- All fingers are pointing to Russia as the source of the worst-ever hack of U.S. government agencies. But President Donald Trump, long wary of blaming Moscow for cyberattacks ...