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Turkey, Russia Pledge to Boost Relations, but Syrian Crisis Remains Hurdle

Turkey, Russia Pledge to Boost Relations, but Syrian Crisis Remains Hurdle

March 15, 2017

ANKARA - Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a one-day visit on Friday in Moscow where he met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Both leaders announced that they were ready...

Debate on Future of Europe Gets Momentum

Debate on Future of Europe  Gets Momentum

March 14, 2017

BRUSSELS - When the European Union (EU) is preparing for the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, from which the whole integration process stemmed, the future of Europe aroused hot discussions...

Syrian War Monitor Says 465,000 Killed in Six Years of Fighting

Syrian War Monitor Says 465,000 Killed in Six Years of Fighting

March 14, 2017

BEIRUT - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said on Monday there are so far about 465,000 people killed and missing in Syria's civil war. The war began six...

France Urges Turkey and EU States to Ease Tensions

France Urges Turkey and EU States to Ease Tensions

March 13, 2017

PARIS - France urged Turkey and several EU member states to calm tensions and said there had been no reason to prohibit a meeting on its soil on Sunday between Ankara's foreign minister and...

Merkel Meets Unpredictable Trump Amid Tense Ties

Merkel Meets Unpredictable  Trump Amid Tense Ties

March 13, 2017

BERLIN - Europe's most powerful leader, Angela Merkel, meets for the first time next week America's flamboyant President Donald Trump whose arrival in the White House has sent shockwaves...

UNSC Hopes to See Early Resumption of Syrian Peace Talks

UNSC Hopes to See Early  Resumption of Syrian Peace Talks

March 12, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council on Friday welcomed the mediation efforts by the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, to bring all warring Syrian parties to a negotiation...

China-U.S. Trade War Brings Nothing but Harm: Commerce Minister

China-U.S. Trade War Brings Nothing but Harm: Commerce Minister

March 12, 2017

BEIJING - A trade war between China and the United States is not in line with the interests of the two countries and will bring nothing but harm, China's Commerce Minister Zhong Shan said...

US to Host Coalition Meeting on Countering IS

US to Host Coalition Meeting  on Countering IS

March 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will host a multinational meeting in Washington later this month on fighting against the extremist group Islamic State (IS), the State...

EU Summit Fails to Reach Consensus on Conclusions

EU Summit Fails to  Reach Consensus on Conclusions

March 11, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Council on Friday conceded that its member states have failed to reach consensus on summit conclusions for "reasons unrelated to its substance."...

OPEC, Non-OPEC Oil Producers Reaffirm Commitment to Production Cut

OPEC, Non-OPEC Oil Producers  Reaffirm Commitment to Production Cut

March 09, 2017

HOUSTON - The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some non-OPEC oil producers reaffirmed their commitment to oil production cut reached last year. To deal with the...

Head of UN Refugee Agency Voices Concern about New U.S. Rules

Head of UN Refugee Agency Voices Concern about New U.S. Rules

March 09, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The UN high commissioner for refugees, Filippo Grandi, on Tuesday voiced his concern about the new U.S. rules, known as the Executive Order signed on Monday by U.S...

Turkish, US, Russian Military Chiefs Discuss Syria Tensions

Turkish, US, Russian Military Chiefs Discuss Syria Tensions

March 08, 2017

BEIRUT - The top generals from Turkey, the United States and Russia met Tuesday to discuss tensions in northern Syria, where mutually suspicious forces allied with the three countries...

Trump Signs New Travel Ban, Downsizes Targeted Countries to Six

Trump Signs New Travel Ban,  Downsizes Targeted Countries to Six

March 08, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order banning nationals of six Muslim countries to enter the United States, excluding Iraq from the list of a...

DPRK Fires Multiple Ballistic Missiles into East Waters

DPRK Fires Multiple Ballistic  Missiles into East Waters

March 07, 2017

SEOUL - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has fired multiple ballistic missiles into east waters as combined forces of South Korea and the United States launched their...

EU Approves New Military HQ

EU Approves New Military HQ

March 07, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Union on Monday approved plans for a military headquarters to coordinate overseas security operations, foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said. Mogherini, who...

Obama Spokesman Says Trump’s Wire-Tapping Claims “Simply False”

Obama Spokesman Says Trump’s Wire-Tapping Claims “Simply False”

March 06, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump's accusation that his predecessor Barack Obama had his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower before Election Day is "simply false," Obama...

UK Needs Financial Reserves in the Tank for Brexit: Hammond

UK Needs Financial Reserves in the Tank for Brexit: Hammond

March 06, 2017

LONDON - Britain's finance minister Philip Hammond said he would keep "reserves in the tank" to see the economy through its looming Brexit challenge, signaling little room...

Syria Peace Talks Yield Progress as Negotiations End: UN Envoy

Syria Peace Talks Yield Progress as Negotiations End: UN Envoy

March 05, 2017

GENEVA - The UN Special Envoy for Syria said Friday that progress has been made in the latest round of Syria peace talks, with warring delegations set to reconvene in the Swiss city...

Integration of Serbia, Balkans, Remains EU’s Key Strategic Priority: Mogherini

Integration of Serbia, Balkans, Remains EU’s Key Strategic Priority: Mogherini

March 05, 2017

BELGRADE - Visiting European Union (EU) foreign policy chief said the EU is committed to receiving new member countries and will work together with Serbia to maintain regional stability...

Trump Backs Attorney General over Russia Phone Talks Controversy

Trump Backs Attorney General over Russia Phone Talks Controversy

March 04, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he has "total" confidence in Attorney General Jeff Sessions after media reports revealed Sessions had spoken with...

UN Nuclear Watchdog Chief to Discuss Iran Deal with Trump Official

UN Nuclear Watchdog Chief to  Discuss Iran Deal with Trump Official

March 04, 2017

TEHRAN - The chief of the UN atomic watchdog will hold talks on Iran's nuclear deal on Thursday for the first time with senior officials from the administration of US President Donald...

Trump Rolls out “America First” Agenda, Saying His Job “Not to Represent the World”

Trump Rolls out “America First” Agenda, Saying His Job “Not to Represent the World”

March 02, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump rolled out his "America First" agenda in his first speech since inauguration at a joint session of Congress on Tuesday...

New Syrian Peace Talks Planned for March 14 in Kazakhstan: Agencies

New Syrian Peace Talks Planned for March 14 in Kazakhstan: Agencies

March 02, 2017

MOSCOW - Syrian peace talks involving the armed opposition and Russia, Iran and Turkey are scheduled to take place in Kazakhstan on March 14, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday...

Trump to Raise Defense Spending by 54 Billion Dollars: WH

Trump to Raise Defense Spending by 54 Billion Dollars: WH

March 01, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to increase U.S. defense spending by 10 percent, or 54 billion U.S. dollars, White House (WH) revealed Monday. The money to boost...

Putin Says New Syria Sanctions Would Hamper Peace Talks

Putin Says New Syria Sanctions Would Hamper Peace Talks

March 01, 2017

BISHKEK - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday said Moscow opposed any new sanctions against the Syrian leadership as they would undermine peace efforts to end the country's...

UN’s Zeid Reaffirms Importance of Human Rights Amid Global Challenges

UN’s Zeid Reaffirms Importance of  Human Rights Amid Global Challenges

February 28, 2017

GENEVA - The United Nation's (UN) human rights chief warned Monday that the world had "much to lose" if states failed to uphold, protect and support basic human rights set...

UN Chief Deplores Rights Violations in Conflicts, Condemns Extremism

UN Chief Deplores Rights Violations in Conflicts, Condemns Extremism

February 28, 2017

GENEVA - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday that growing human rights violations across the world are akin to a spreading disease which needs to be cured...

Syrian Gov’t Delegation Calls for Taking Anti-Terrorism as Top Priority in Geneva Talks

Syrian Gov’t Delegation Calls for Taking  Anti-Terrorism as Top Priority in Geneva Talks

February 27, 2017

GENEVA - A top diplomat from Syrian government delegation Saturday called for taking combating terrorism as a top priority in the ongoing intra-Syrian negotiations. The words came after...

Turkey Completes Half Construction of Turkey-Syria Border Wall

Turkey Completes Half Construction of Turkey-Syria Border Wall

February 27, 2017

ANKARA - More than half of construction of a concrete wall along the Turkish-Syrian border was completed, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday. According to Ergun Turan, the...

White House Defends Contacts with FBI over Russia Reports

White House Defends Contacts with FBI over Russia Reports

February 26, 2017

WASHINGTON - The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly...

Hollande Fires Back at Trump over Paris Comments

Hollande Fires Back at Trump over Paris Comments

February 26, 2017

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande fired back at Donald Trump on Saturday after the U.S. president remarked in a speech that a friend thought "Paris is no longer Paris...

Intra-Syrian Negotiations Discuss Talk Format in Geneva

Intra-Syrian Negotiations Discuss Talk Format in Geneva

February 25, 2017

GENEVA - The UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan De Mistura on Friday held separate meetings with Syrian government and opposition delegations to set up the format of talks, as UN...

Trump Adviser Asked FBI to Dispute Russia Reports

Trump Adviser Asked FBI to Dispute Russia Reports

February 25, 2017

WASHINGTON - White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that President Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with...

Int’l Community Should Not Take European Peace for Granted: Guterres

Int’l Community Should Not Take  European Peace for Granted: Guterres

February 23, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The international community should not take peace and prosperity in Europe for granted, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said here Tuesday, warning that recent crises...

Trump Lays out Tougher Approach to Illegal Immigration

Trump Lays out Tougher Approach to Illegal Immigration

February 23, 2017

WASHINGTON - Donald Trump the presidential candidate made no secret of his desire to crack down on illegal immigration, but once elected, he repeatedly offered varying interpretations...