Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, September 21st, 2020

The Latest: Pope urges vaccine access to poorest nations

The Latest: Pope urges vaccine access to  poorest nations

September 20,2020

ROME- Pope Francis is urging political leaders make sure coronavirus vaccines are available to the poorest nations...

Russia’s Navalny says he’s now more than ‘technically alive’

Russia’s Navalny says he’s now more than  ‘technically alive’

September 20,2020

MOSCOW- Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he is recovering his verbal and physical abilities at the German hospital where he is being treated for suspected nerve ...

Thai protesters rally to push demands for democratic reforms

Thai protesters rally to push demands for democratic reforms

September 20,2020

BANGKOK - Thousands of demonstrators defied police warnings and occupied a historic field in Thailand’s capital on Saturday to support the demands of a student-led ...

Ethiopia charges prominent opposition figure with terrorism

Ethiopia charges prominent opposition figure with terrorism

September 20,2020

ADDIS ABABA- Ethiopia has charged its most prominent opposition figure, Jawar Mohammed, and 23 other people with terrorism-related offenses, telecom fraud and other criminal activities ...

EU unveils plan to combat racism, increase diversity

EU unveils plan to combat racism,  increase diversity

September 19,2020

BRUSSELS- The European Commission presented a series of measures Friday aimed at tackling structural racism and discrimination, acknowledging a blatant lack of diversity ...

Peru president faces impeachment vote amid pandemic turmoil

Peru president faces impeachment vote amid  pandemic turmoil

September 19,2020

LIMA- Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra’s job is on the line Friday as opposition lawmakers push through an impeachment hearing criticized as a hasty and poorly timed ouster attempt ...

Apprehensive Thais await major political rally in Bangkok

Apprehensive Thais await major political rally in  Bangkok

September 19,2020

BANGKOK- A two-day rally planned this weekend is jangling nerves in Bangkok, with apprehension about how far student demonstrators will go in pushing demands for reform of Thailand’s monarchy ...

Virus clusters at French universities give Europe a lesson

Virus clusters at French universities give  Europe a lesson

September 19,2020

PARIS- Can mandatory masks offer enough protection in lecture halls so packed that late arrivals have to sit on the floor?
That’s what worries many students at the centuries-old Sorbonne ...

Yoshihide Suga picked by Japan’s governing party to succeed Shinzo Abe

Yoshihide Suga picked by Japan’s governing party to succeed Shinzo Abe

September 15,2020

TOKYO – Japan's governing party has elected Yoshihide Suga as its new leader to succeed Shinzo Abe, meaning he is almost certain to become the country's next prime minister...

Trump’s Mideast deals tout ‘peace’ where there was never war

Trump’s Mideast deals tout ‘peace’ where there was never war

September 15,2020

JERUSALEM- For the first time in more than a quarter-century, a U.S. president will host a signing ceremony between Israelis and Arabs at the White House, billing ...

Belarus leader visits Russia to secure support amid protests

Belarus leader visits Russia to secure support amid protests

September 15,2020

MOSCOW- Belarus’ authoritarian president visited Russia Monday in a bid to secure more loans and political support, as demonstrations against the extension of his 26-year rule entered ...

Italy’s initial virus hotspot back to school after 7 months

Italy’s initial virus hotspot back to school after 7 months

September 15,2020

ROME- The morning bell Monday marked the first entrance to the classroom for the children of Codogno since Feb. 21, when panicked parents were sent to pick up their children ...

Russia: Local elections test Kremlin party’s grip on power

Russia: Local elections test Kremlin party’s grip on power

September 14,2020

MOSCOW- Voters across Russia are casting their ballots in dozens of local elections that are seen as a big test for the ruling pro-Kremlin United Russia party ...

Greece: Homeless migrants will be housed ‘in coming days’

Greece: Homeless migrants will be housed  ‘in coming days’

September 14,2020

LESBOS- Greek authorities said Sunday that some 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left without shelter after fires gutted an overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos will be moved ...

Brexit: Blair and Major urge MPs to reject Internal Market Bill

Brexit: Blair and Major urge MPs to reject  Internal Market Bill

September 14,2020

LONDON- Ex-Prime Ministers Tony Blair and Sir John Major have urged MPs to reject the "shameful" attempt to override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. ...

Japan’s Suga says no limit to bonds government can issue

Japan’s Suga says no limit to bonds  government can issue

September 14,2020

TOKYO- Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, who is set to become prime minister this week, said on Sunday there was no limit to the amount of bonds the government ...

Thousands left homeless by Greek refugee camp fire protest

Thousands left homeless by Greek refugee  camp fire protest

September 13,2020

MORIA- Thousands of asylum-seekers have spent a fourth night sleeping in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos, after successive fires destroyed a notoriously overcrowded migrant ...

More than 50 killed at collapsed gold mine in eastern Congo

More than 50 killed at collapsed gold mine  in eastern Congo

September 13,2020

KINSHASA- More than 50 people are dead after landslides caused the collapse of three artisanal gold mines near the city of Kamituga in eastern Congo’s South Kivu province on Friday ...

UN assembly approves pandemic resolution; US, Israel object

UN assembly approves pandemic resolution;  US, Israel object

September 13,2020

UNITED NATIONS- The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a wide-ranging resolution on tackling the coronavirus pandemic Friday over objections from the United States and Israel ...

Italy shaken up by brutal beating death of young Black man

Italy shaken up by brutal beating death of young Black man

September 13,2020

ROME- Hundreds of people in Italy walked in a funeral procession Saturday for a young Black man whose brutal beating death has shaken up the country and drawn condemnation from the highest levels ...

India, China agree to disengage thousands of border troops

India, China agree to disengage thousands of border troops

September 12,2020

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian and Chinese foreign ministers have agreed that their troops should disengage from a tense border standoff, maintain proper distance and ease tensions ...

France tries forcing change on Lebanon’s politicians

France tries forcing change on  Lebanon’s politicians

September 12,2020

BEIRUT (AP) — During his visit this month, French President Emmanuel Macron gave Lebanon’s politicians a road ...

Thousands sleep in open after Greek refugee camp burns down

Thousands sleep in open after Greek refugee camp burns down

September 12,2020

MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — Thousands of refugees and migrants have spent a third night in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos after two consecutive nights of fires in the notoriously...

EU demands UK rewrite new Brexit bill, threatens legal action as tensions escalate

EU demands UK rewrite new Brexit bill, threatens legal action as tensions escalate

September 12,2020

The European Union on Thursday demanded that the United Kingdom immediately rewrite a new Brexit bill that would change parts of a divorce agreement it signed with the E.U. last year ...

Former Mali President Keita Leaves Country Amid Transition Talks

Former Mali President Keita Leaves  Country Amid Transition Talks

September 07,2020

BAMAKO - Mali's overthrown President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has left the country seeking medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates, officials have said, as talks over a transition ...

‘No Sign of Life’ After Days of Search for Beirut Blast Survivors

‘No Sign of Life’ After Days of Search  for Beirut Blast Survivors

September 07,2020

BEIRUT - Rescue workers digging through the rubble of a Beirut building for the third day have said there is no longer hope of finding someone alive more than ...

Typhoon Haishen Brings Strong Winds, Power Outages to Japan

Typhoon Haishen Brings Strong Winds,  Power Outages to Japan

September 07,2020

TOKYO - Typhoon Haishen has drawn closer to Japan's southern mainland, prompting authorities to recommend evacuations and warn of potentially record rainfall....

Hong Kong Police Arrest Dozens at Protests Over Delayed Election

Hong Kong Police Arrest Dozens at  Protests Over Delayed Election

September 07,2020

HONG KONG - More than 30 people have been arrested by Hong Kong police as riot officers swoop in on pro-democracy protesters - opposed to the postponement of the local legislative election - with rounds of pepper balls...

India, China Defence Ministers Meet Amid Rising Border Tensions

India, China Defence Ministers Meet  Amid Rising Border Tensions

September 06,2020

NEW DELHI - Defence ministers of India and China have met in the Russian capital as the two Asian nuclear powers try to resolve rising tensions along their disputed border in the eastern ...

Supertanker Fire Off Sri Lanka Under Control as Navy Tows It Away

Supertanker Fire Off Sri Lanka  Under Control as Navy Tows It Away

September 06,2020

COLOMBO - A fire-stricken oil tanker has been pushed away from Sri Lanka's coast and into deeper waters on Saturday, rescuers said, after successfully containing the blaze during ...

Many Killed in Bangladesh Mosque Gas Pipeline Blast

Many Killed in Bangladesh Mosque  Gas Pipeline Blast

September 06,2020

DHAKA - A gas pipeline explosion near a mosque in Bangladesh has killed 16 people and injured dozens with critical burns as worshippers were about to end their prayers ...

Sudan Declares 3-Month State of Emergency Over Deadly Floods

Sudan Declares 3-Month State of  Emergency Over Deadly Floods

September 05,2020

KHARTOUM - Sudan's Security and Defence Council has declared a national state of emergency for three months because of floods that have killed 99 people this year...

India Army Chief Says Talks Can Resolve Border Row with China

India Army Chief Says Talks Can  Resolve Border Row with China

September 05,2020

NEW DELHI - India's army chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane says he is confident the continuing border standoff with China can be resolved through talks, even as thousands ...

‘Signs of Life’ Under Beirut Rubble One Month After Explosion

‘Signs of Life’ Under Beirut Rubble  One Month After Explosion

September 05,2020

BEIRUT, Lebanon - A Chilean rescue team said it detected signs of life underneath the rubble of a building that collapsed in the massive explosion that tore through Beirut one month ago...

Greek, Turkish Politicians Reignite Clash Over Eastern Med Talks

Greek, Turkish Politicians Reignite  Clash Over Eastern Med Talks

September 05,2020

ANKARA - Tensions between Greece and Turkey over maritime boundaries in the Eastern Mediterranean have been reignited as political leaders of both countries traded insults amid efforts ...