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Trump Picks Former Senator Coats as National Intelligence Director

Trump Picks Former Senator Coats as National Intelligence Director

January 09, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Saturday that he will nominate former Senator Dan Coats for U.S. director of national intelligence. I'm very confident that...

Deep Freeze Grips Europe, Threatens Homeless, Migrants

Deep Freeze Grips Europe,  Threatens Homeless, Migrants

January 09, 2017

BELGRADE, Serbia - Blizzards and dangerously low temperatures persisted in parts of Europe on Sunday, prompting Pope Francis to draw attention to the homeless suffering in freezing...

Trump Not to Immediately Reject Iran Nuclear Deal: Corker

Trump Not to Immediately Reject Iran Nuclear Deal: Corker

January 08, 2017

WASHINGTON - A top Republican Senator said Friday that he didn't expect U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to abruptly "tear up" the Iran nuclear deal after taking office...

Syrian Solution Meeting in Astana to Complement Geneva Talks: Lavrov

Syrian Solution Meeting in Astana to Complement Geneva Talks: Lavrov

January 08, 2017

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday the upcoming meeting on Syrian settlement in Astana, Kazakhstan, should serve as a complement, not a substitute, to the...

Obama Says What He Leaves Behind is Better than What He Inherited

Obama Says What He Leaves Behind is Better than What He Inherited

January 07, 2017

WASHINGTON - In a letter to the American people, US President Barack Obama said on Thursday that at the end of his two four-year terms, he was confident what he was leaving behind was...

UN to Attend, Contribute to Syria Talks in Kazakhstan: UN Official

UN to Attend, Contribute to Syria Talks in Kazakhstan: UN Official

January 07, 2017

GENEVA - The UN Special Envoy for Syria said Thursday that preparations were being made to attend Russian and Turkish-backed peace talks scheduled to take place in the Kazakh...

New UN Chief Calls for Reform, Collective Efforts to Achieve UN Goals

New UN Chief Calls for Reform,  Collective Efforts to Achieve UN Goals

January 05, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told UN staff members here on Tuesday that the UN needs their collective engagement to make changes to achieve the goals of the...

U.S. House Republicans Drop Proposal to Rein in Ethics Watchdog

U.S. House Republicans Drop Proposal to Rein in Ethics Watchdog

January 05, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. House Republicans on Tuesday dropped a proposal they passed overnight to shift the Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent non-partisan agency that polices...

Syrian Rebels Suspend Talks over Alleged Truce Violations

Syrian Rebels Suspend Talks over Alleged Truce Violations

January 04, 2017

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces pressed ahead with their offensive in the water-rich Barada Valley northwest of Damascus on Tuesday as 10 rebel groups said they were suspending...

UK Ambassador to EU Resigns Months before Brexit Negotiations

UK Ambassador to EU Resigns Months before Brexit Negotiations

January 04, 2017

LONDON - Ivan Rogers, Britain's ambassador to the European Union, has resigned just months before Brexit negotiations are due to begin, the Press Association reported Tuesday...

Hollande in Iraq for Meetings with Iraqi Leaders, French Forces

Hollande in Iraq for Meetings with Iraqi Leaders, French Forces

January 03, 2017

BAGHDAD - French President Francois Hollande arrived in Baghdad on Monday to meet with French forces in Iraq and to hold talks with Iraqi leaders over the fight against the Islamic...

Germany’s Merkel to Skip Davos on Eve of Trump Presidency

Germany’s Merkel to Skip  Davos on Eve of Trump Presidency

January 03, 2017

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is steering clear of the World Economic Forum in Davos, a meeting expected to be dominated by debate over the looming presidency of Donald...

Erdogan Pledges Continued Fighting Against Terrorism

Erdogan Pledges Continued Fighting Against Terrorism

January 02, 2017

ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Sunday to fight against terrorism "to the end," hours after a shooting attack on a night club in Istanbul left 39 dead...

Islamic State Emirs Killed By Turkish Warplanes in Syria

Islamic State Emirs Killed  By Turkish Warplanes in Syria

January 02, 2017

ANKARA - Turkish airstrikes in Syria killed two Islamic State group emirs this week amid ongoing international negotiations over how to end the five-year-old Syrian civil war and halt...

Merkel Says Islamist Terrorism is Biggest Test for Germany

Merkel Says Islamist Terrorism is Biggest Test for Germany

January 01, 2017

BERLIN - Islamist terrorism is the biggest test facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday in a New Year's address to the nation, and vowed to introduce laws...

Trump Praises Putin as “Very Smart” after Moscow Holds Off Retaliatory Actions

Trump Praises Putin as “Very Smart” after Moscow Holds Off Retaliatory Actions

January 01, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as "very smart" for holding off on retaliatory actions after Obama...

Turkey, Russia Agree on Nationwide Ceasefire Plan in Syria

Turkey, Russia Agree on Nationwide Ceasefire Plan in Syria

December 29, 2016

ANKARA - Turkey and Russia on Wednesday agreed on the framework of a nationwide ceasefire plan in Syria, Anadolu Agency reported. The two sides have reached agreement on a draft plan for...

Russia FM Voices Concerns over U.S. Attempt to Arm Syrian Rebels

Russia FM Voices Concerns over U.S. Attempt to Arm Syrian Rebels

December 29, 2016

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov voiced his concerns over possible U.S. arms deliveries to Syrian rebels in a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John...

US, Russian Military Talks Quietly Proving Useful: Officials

US, Russian Military Talks Quietly Proving Useful: Officials

December 28, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S.-Russian talks on their separate fights against the Islamic State group are improving and becoming more frequent, American officials said, with each side trading...

Iraqi PM Says three Months Needed to Eliminate Islamic State

Iraqi PM Says three Months Needed to Eliminate Islamic State

December 28, 2016

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday it would take three months to eliminate Islamic State, as U.S.-backed forces battle to dislodge the militants from their...

Israel Hits Back after UN Settlements Resolution

Israel Hits Back after  UN Settlements Resolution

December 27, 2016

JERUSALEM - Israel on Sunday summoned the envoys of countries that supported a UN resolution demanding an end to the settlements, while suspending some international diplomatic ties and...

Balkan Countries Illegally Push Back Migrants: UNHCR

Balkan Countries Illegally Push Back Migrants: UNHCR

December 27, 2016

BELGRADE - Illegal deportations of migrants seeking to reach western Europe along the so-called Balkans route have been on the rise, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) warned Monday...

Trump to Dissolve his Foundation to Avoid Possible Conflict of Interest

Trump to Dissolve his Foundation to Avoid Possible Conflict of Interest

December 26, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Saturday he plans to dissolve the charitable foundation bearing his name in attempts to avoid a possible conflict of interest...

Indian PM Pitches for Digital Economy to Root out Corruption

Indian PM Pitches for Digital  Economy to Root out Corruption

December 26, 2016

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday pitched for a digital economy to curb corruption and announced two new schemes to boost e-payments in the country...

Trump Receives Letter from Putin

Trump Receives Letter from Putin

December 25, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Friday he has received a Christmas letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin and his thoughts on promoting bilateral ties were...

Merkel Says Germany Wants to Deport More Failed Asylum Seekers

Merkel Says Germany Wants to Deport More Failed Asylum Seekers

December 25, 2016

BERLIN - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Germany wanted to increase deportation of failed asylum seekers to ensure better safety in the country. The chancellor made the...

Trump Calls for Greatly Strengthening U.S. Nuclear Capabilities

Trump Calls for Greatly Strengthening U.S. Nuclear Capabilities

December 24, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday called for the United States to "strengthen and expand" its nuclear capabilities. The United States must greatly...

EU Inks 270-Mln-Euro Deal to Boost Educational Infrastructure for Refugees in Turkey

EU Inks 270-Mln-Euro Deal to Boost Educational Infrastructure for Refugees in Turkey

December 24, 2016

BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) will invest 270 million euros (283 million U.S. dollars) to build and equip schools for Syrian refugee children in Turkey...

Germany’s Refugee Policy under Scrutiny after Berlin Attack

Germany’s Refugee Policy under Scrutiny after Berlin Attack

December 22, 2016

BERLIN - Tensions over Germany’s large migrant community reignited after authorities detained an asylum-seeker from Pakistan in connection with the deadly truck attack...

IS in Mosul Targets Civilians as it Retreats: Rights Group

IS in Mosul Targets Civilians as  it Retreats: Rights Group

December 22, 2016

BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants in Mosul are deliberately targeting civilians who refuse to join them as they retreat ahead of advancing Iraqi forces involved in a large-scale...

Trump Officially Wins 270 Electoral Votes Needed for White House: U.S Media

Trump Officially Wins 270 Electoral  Votes Needed for White House: U.S Media

December 21, 2016

WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday officially won the 270 electoral votes needed for White House in the on-going 538-member U.S. Electoral College voting...

Polish PM Calls for European Unity in Fight Against Terrorism

Polish PM Calls for European Unity in Fight Against Terrorism

December 21, 2016

WARSAW - Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo on Tuesday urged Europe to stay united in the fight against terrorism, following a deadly attack at a Christmas market in Berlin on Monday...

NATO Seeks to Allay Concerns at Meeting with Russia

NATO Seeks to Allay Concerns at Meeting with Russia

December 20, 2016

BRUSSELS - NATO will seek to reassure Russia on Monday that its troop deployments to the Baltics and Poland next year are purely defensive, in a rare meeting of the alliance's envoys...

May Urged to Unilaterally Agree EU Citizens’ Stay in Britain after Brexit

May Urged to Unilaterally Agree EU Citizens’ Stay in Britain after Brexit

December 20, 2016

LONDON - The leaders of Britain's biggest trade union and business organisation sent a joint letter on Sunday to British Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for a unilateral move to...

Moon Calls for Safe, Orderly Migration on Int’l Day

Moon Calls for Safe, Orderly  Migration on Int’l Day

December 19, 2016

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Saturday called on the international community to act on global compact to ensure safe, regular and orderly migration. In his message on...