Staffan de Mistura urges Putin to press for Syria elections

:: The United Nations peace envoy for Syria called Wednesday on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “have the courage” to convince his ally in Damascus to hold new elections in the war-ravaged More »

US envoy Nikki Haley to present ‘irrefutable evidence’ on Iran

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in More »

Saudi Arabia pledges 100 million Euros to fight extremism in Africa

:: Saudi Arabia announced support in the amount of 100 million Euros for the launch of a new joint force to combat terrorism in the Sahel countries. Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign More »

King Salman orders $19 billion stimulus for Saudi Arabia’s private sector

:: King Salman on Thursday issued a decree allocating 72 billion Saudi riyals of stimulus funds to support the Saudi private sector. The package aims to boost the role of the private More »

Mahmoud Abbas: Trump’s ‘crime’ over Jerusalem prevents US peace role

:: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told Muslim leaders on Wednesday that a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was a crime, which showed that Washington should no longer play a More »

 

Category Archives: World

US military to send cyber soldiers to the battlefield

:: The US Army will soon send teams of cyber warriors to the battlefield, officials said Wednesday, as the military increasingly looks to take the offensive against enemy computer networks. While the Army’s mission is generally to “attack and destroy,”

US envoy Nikki Haley to present ‘irrefutable evidence’ on Iran

:: US Ambassador Nikki Haley will present “irrefutable evidence” that Iran has tried to cover up violations of international obligations, the US mission said Wednesday. Haley will hold a press conference in Washington on Thursday on Iran’s “ongoing destabilizing activities

US sanctions expected against Iran for its destructive role in Yemen

:: The US Congress is considering a bill to impose new sanctions on Iran for its destructive role in Yemen and its policies to destabilize the country by supporting Houthi militias and supplying them with weapons. According to The Hill

Suu Kyi award revoked in protest against her handling of violence against Rohingya

:: Dublin councilors on Wednesday voted to revoke an award given to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to protest her handling of violence against Rohingya Muslims in her country, Irish media reported. The vast majority of councilors backed the

US wants $250 million cut to UN budget

:: The United States is seeking a $250 million cut to the core budget of the United Nations for 2018-2019, on top of $200 million in savings already proposed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, diplomats said Tuesday. The budget is

FBI officials said Clinton ‘has to win’ race to White House: Report

Hillary Clinton

:: Senior FBI officials who helped probe Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign told a colleague that Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had to win the race to the White House, the New York Times reported on Tuesday. Peter Strzok, a

US air strike destroys vehicle bomb outside Mogadishu

:: US forces in Somalia conducted an air strike Tuesday against a bomb-laden vehicle outside Mogadishu that was deemed an “imminent threat” to the capital, officials said. The strike occurred about 65 kilometers southwest of Mogadishu and comes after as

Russia evacuates embassy employees, citizens in Sana’a

:: Russia on Tuesday evacuated its embassy employees and citizens in Sana’a via the Sana’a International Airport, an official source at the coalition forces command said. The source disclosed that the evacuation and humanitarian operation cell, an affiliate of the

Putin and Erdogan warn of rising tension after Trump’s decision on Jerusalem

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned against the repercussions of Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel asserting it would be the cause of heightened tension in the Middle East and

Egypt to sign contracts for nuclear power plant during Putin’s visit

:: Egypt will sign contracts with Moscow during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Cairo on Monday for the country’s first nuclear power plant, three senior sources told Reuters on Sunday. The construction of the 4,800 megawatt (MW) capacity plant,

British foreign secretary raises detainee’s case in Iran talks

:: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson raised the case of a detained dual national on Sunday when he met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a “worthwhile” two-day trip to Tehran. The British Foreign Office says Johnson raised the case

Obama invokes Nazi Germany in plea to avoid complacency

:: Former US president Barack Obama has urged American voters to remain engaged, using the example of Nazi Germany as a cautionary tale about the dangers of complacency. “We get complacent and assume that things continue as they have been,

Pakistan says over 300 Baloch separatist militants surrender

:: More than 300 Baloch separatist militants have surrendered over the past few months, Pakistani government officials said, after a ceremony to mark the downing of guns and militants’ return to civilian life. The surrenders are part of government efforts

Palestinian rage over holy city fuels fears of bigger conflict

:: Palestinians on Wednesday warned that a bloody third “intifada” could follow a decision by US President Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, branded Trump’s policy shift as

How the demolition of Babri Mosque changed India

:: India’s Supreme Court announced on Tuesday that the hearing for the contentious Babri Mosque demolition case will begin on Feb. 8. The court rejected a request from the Sunni Waqf Board to postpone the hearing until after the 2019

In break with decades of US policy, Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

:: President Donald Trump will announce on Wednesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and will move its embassy there, breaking with longtime US policy and potentially stirring unrest. Despite warnings from Western and Arab allies,

Russian President Putin announces re-election bid

:: Russian President Vladimir Putin declared his intention Wednesday to seek re-election next year, a vote he appears certain to win and that would set him up to become the nation’s longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin chose

Future status of Jerusalem must be negotiated: UN envoy

:: The UN envoy for the Middle East peace process said Wednesday that Jerusalem’s future status must be negotiated between Israelis and Palestinians and warned of the repercussions of any action over the disputed city. “The (UN) secretary general has

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