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Russia’s Draft-Constitution for Syria Receives Fare Criticism

Russia’s Draft-Constitution for Syria Receives Fare Criticism

January 30, 2017

DAMASCUS - The Syrian draft constitution put forward by Russia is seen by many analysts as a reminder of the Paul Bremer constitution for Iraq following the 2003 invasion by the United...

Trump Says “Very Early” to Consider Lifting Sanctions on Russia

Trump Says “Very Early” to  Consider Lifting Sanctions on Russia

January 29, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said Friday that it is "very early" to talk about lifting sanctions on Russia in relation to the Ukraine crisis. I hear a call was set up...

Brexit and Trump Top Southern EU Nations Summit

Brexit and Trump Top Southern EU Nations Summit

January 29, 2017

LISBON - Leaders of seven southern European Union nations met in Lisbon on Saturday, seeking a united front against Brexit and the new protectionist administration of US President Donald...

Geneva Talks on Syria Postponed, UN Cannot Confirm: Russia

Geneva Talks on Syria Postponed, UN Cannot Confirm: Russia

January 28, 2017

MOSCOW - A UN-backed intra-Syrian meeting in Geneva has been postponed to the end of February, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday, but the UN said it cannot confirm...

Trump Signs Two Executive Orders to Boost Border Security

Trump Signs Two Executive Orders to Boost Border Security

January 28, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to boost border security before his scheduled speech at the Department of Homeland Security. The first order is the...

UN Calls for New Approach to Sustain Development, Peace

UN Calls for New Approach to Sustain Development, Peace

January 26, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations on Tuesday called for a holistic approach to promote development, prevent conflict by addressing the root causes and sustain peace...

Russia Prepares Draft Constitution for Syrian Opposition

Russia Prepares Draft Constitution for Syrian Opposition

January 26, 2017

ASTANA - Representatives of Russian delegation who took part in peace talks on Syria on Tuesday presented a draft Constitution to the representatives of the armed opposition of Syria...

Trump Signs Three Memorandums

Trump Signs Three Memorandums

January 25, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed three memorandums, ordering the withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a freeze on federal hiring and a...

British SC Rules Gov't Consult Parliament to Start Brexit

British SC Rules Gov't Consult Parliament to Start Brexit

January 25, 2017

LONDON - The British Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May must consult Parliament before triggering formal negotiations on Britain leaving the...

France’s Fillon Says Russia Sanctions Pointless, Dialogue Needed

France’s Fillon Says Russia  Sanctions Pointless, Dialogue Needed

January 24, 2017

BERLIN - European Union sanctions on Russia are pointless, the frontrunner in France's presidential election Francois Fillon said on Monday during a visit to Berlin, warning of a risk...

Syria Rebels Vow to Keep Fighting if Talks Fail

Syria Rebels Vow to Keep  Fighting if Talks Fail

January 24, 2017

ATANA - Syrian rebels vowed Monday to keep fighting if the peace talks fail with the war-torn country's government in Kazakhstan, as the two sides opened indirect negotiations...

Over one Million People Stage Massive Anti-Trump Protests Across U.S.

Over one Million People Stage Massive Anti-Trump Protests Across U.S.

January 23, 2017

NEW YORK - Over one million people Saturday took to the streets and staged rallies across the United States to protest against President Donald Trump's first full day as the 45th...

Syria Serious about Imminent Syrian Talks in Astana: PM

Syria Serious about Imminent  Syrian Talks in Astana: PM

January 23, 2017

DAMASCUS - Syria's Prime Minister Imad Khamis said Sunday that his government is serious about the imminent Syrian talks in Astana, noting that Damascus welcomes any initiative to...

Putin, Trump to Soon Talk by Phone: Russia

Putin, Trump to Soon Talk  by Phone: Russia

January 22, 2017

>MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to speak to U.S. President Donald Trump by phone in the coming days, the Kremlin said Saturday. Putin will congratulate Trump...

Turkish Parliament Approves Constitutional Changes

Turkish Parliament Approves  Constitutional Changes

January 22, 2017

ANKARA - Turkish lawmakers approved the bill on 18-article constitutional changes in a final vote early Saturday, Anadolu Agency reported. A total of 339 legislators voted...

Barack Obama Leaves Oval Office for Last Time

Barack Obama Leaves Oval  Office for Last Time

January 21, 2017

WASHINGTON - Outgoing US President Barack Obama on Friday left the Oval Office for the last time, before welcoming his successor Donald Trump to the White House. Obama walked...

World Leaders Discuss Fresh Approaches to Connecting Next Billion

World Leaders Discuss Fresh  Approaches to Connecting Next Billion

January 21, 2017

DAVOS, Switzerland - Global leaders must urgently accelerate progress toward universal and affordable access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) if the world is to...

UN Predicts Modest Global Economic Growth over Next two Years

UN Predicts Modest Global Economic Growth over Next two Years

January 19, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The world economy is projected to grow by 2.7 percent in 2017 and 2.9 percent in 2018, said a UN report launched here on Tuesday, pointing out that the global economy...

Merkel Welcomes May’s Brexit ‘Clarity’, Vows European Unity

Merkel Welcomes May’s Brexit ‘Clarity’, Vows European Unity

January 19, 2017

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed the "clarity" provided by British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech laying out her plans for Brexit...

French President Says EU Needs No Outside Advice

French President Says EU Needs No Outside Advice

January 18, 2017

PARIS - The European Union (EU) "does not need external advice to tell it what it has to do," French President Francois Hollande said Monday. Hollande made the remarks...

Merkel Refutes Trump’s Criticism Towards her Refugee Policy

Merkel Refutes Trump’s Criticism Towards her Refugee Policy

January 18, 2017

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday refuted U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's criticism towards her refugee policy. He(Trump) has recently reiterated his...

Trump Hails Brexit as “Great Thing”, Vows Swift Trade Deal with Britain

Trump Hails Brexit as “Great Thing”, Vows Swift Trade Deal with Britain

January 17, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview published Sunday that Britain's exit from the European Union will turn out to be "a great thing" and...

Moscow Agrees with Trump that NATO is Obsolete: Kremlin

Moscow Agrees with Trump that NATO is Obsolete: Kremlin

January 17, 2017

MOSCOW - The Russian government agrees with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that NATO is obsolete, the Kremlin said Monday. NATO is truly a relic of the past. We agree with this...

Trump Warned off Unilateral Mideast Moves at Paris Peace Talks

Trump Warned off Unilateral  Mideast Moves at Paris Peace Talks

January 16, 2017

PARIS - France warned Sunday of "serious consequences" if Donald Trump moves to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital as representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try...

Middle East Peace Conference Held in Paris

Middle East Peace Conference  Held in Paris

January 16, 2017

PARIS - The Middle East Peace Conference, an international meeting aiming to revive the stranded Middle East peace talks, was held in Paris on Sunday. About 70 countries, including the UN...

US House of Representatives Moves to Begin Repealing Obamacare

US House of Representatives Moves to Begin Repealing Obamacare

January 15, 2017

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to take initial steps toward repealing Obamacare, following Thursday's Senate vote on the issue. House representatives...

May Must Spell out Britain’s Position on EU Single Market by Mid-February:Committee

May Must Spell out Britain’s Position on EU Single Market by Mid-February:Committee

January 15, 2017

LONDON - Theresa May's government should set out its position on Britain's post-Brexit membership of the European single market by mid-February, a parliamentary committee said in a...

Different Experiences of Trump’s Cabinet Nominees at Senate Hearings

Different Experiences of Trump’s  Cabinet Nominees at Senate Hearings

January 14, 2017

WASHINGTON - In Thursday's confirmation hearings, President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet nominees had very different treatments, from James Mattis' easy sailing to Ben Carson's tough...

Major Syrian Opposition Groups Likely to Attend Talks in Kazakhstan: Report

Major Syrian Opposition Groups Likely to Attend Talks in Kazakhstan: Report

January 14, 2017

MOSCOW - Major Syrian opposition groups, including the largest one, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), are likely to attend the upcoming talks on the Syrian settlement in Astana...

No Serious Opposition to Trump’s Cabinet Picks on Day One of Hearings

No Serious Opposition to Trump’s Cabinet Picks on Day One of Hearings

January 12, 2017

WASHINGTON - The U.S. congress on Tuesday held a hearing to examine the nominations of Jeff Sessions to be attorney general and John Kelly to be secretary of homeland security...

Turkish Parliament Begins Debating Constitutional Change

Turkish Parliament Begins Debating Constitutional Change

January 12, 2017

ANKARA - The Turkish Grand National Assembly began debating constitutional change which would grant wide-ranging powers to the president, state-run Anadolu Agency reported. As many...

Trump Lifts Son-in-Law to Senior White House Position

Trump Lifts Son-in-Law to Senior White House Position

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday named his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as senior advisor to the president. Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor...

Obama to Trump: Trends Toward Clean Energy “Irreversible”

Obama to Trump: Trends Toward Clean Energy “Irreversible”

January 11, 2017

WASHINGTON - Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday warned President-elect Donald Trump against walking away from a global climate deal, saying that trends toward clean energy...

Trump Agrees Russia Responsible for Election Hacking: Transition Team

Trump Agrees Russia Responsible for Election Hacking: Transition Team

January 10, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has accepted U.S. intelligence community's findings that Russia was behind the cyber attacks targeting the 2016 U.S. presidential election...

British PM Close to Spelling out Her Plans for Brexit

British PM Close to  Spelling out Her Plans for Brexit

January 10, 2017

LONDON - British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she will set out her plans for Britain's exit strategy from the European Union over the coming weeks. May has faced continuous...