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Merkel ‘Optimistic’ in New Bid to End Political Impasse

Merkel ‘Optimistic’ in New Bid to  End Political Impasse

January 08, 2018

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced optimism as she opened talks Sunday with Germany’s second biggest party on renewing their alliance, in a new attempt at shaking Europe’s...

France’s Macron Suggests EU Partnership with Turkey

France’s Macron Suggests EU  Partnership with Turkey

January 07, 2018

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron suggested Friday that the European Union develop a partnership with Turkey after its leader said he was “seriously tired” of waiting for...

U.S.-Korea Trade Talks Pit Pickup Trucks against Nuclear Threat

U.S.-Korea Trade Talks Pit Pickup Trucks against Nuclear Threat

January 07, 2018

WASHINGTON/SEOUL - The United States and South Korea on Friday completed the first round of review talks on a bilateral trade deal with Washington saying there was “much work to...

Koreas Will Meet for Talks Next Week in Small Breakthrough

Koreas Will Meet for Talks  Next Week in Small Breakthrough

January 06, 2018

SEOUL, South Korea - The rival Koreas will sit down for their first formal talks in more than two years next week to find ways to cooperate on the Winter Olympics in the South and to improve their...

UN Security Council to Meet on Iran Protests

UN Security Council to Meet  on Iran Protests

January 06, 2018

UNITED NATIONS - At Washington’s request, the UN Security Council will hold an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the wave of protests in Iran. US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned ahead...

S.Korean, U.S. Top Diplomats Make Phone Call over Korean Peninsula Issue

S.Korean, U.S. Top Diplomats Make Phone Call over Korean Peninsula Issue

January 04, 2018

SEOUL - Top diplomats of South Korea and the United States made a phone call to discuss issues on the Korean Peninsula, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Wednesday. South Korean Foreign...

EU’s Brexit Negotiators Can’t Cherry-Pick: UK Minister

EU’s Brexit Negotiators  Can’t Cherry-Pick: UK Minister

January 04, 2018

LONDON - Brexit minister David Davis said Tuesday negotiators in Brussels cannot cherry pick terms of a new trade deal with Britain.
Looking ahead to developments in 2018, Davis said his...

South Korea Proposes High-Level Talks with North

South Korea Proposes  High-Level Talks with North

January 03, 2018

SEOUL - South Korea Tuesday proposed high-level talks with Pyongyang on January 9, after the North's leader Kim Jong-Un called for better relations and said his country might attend the...

Bulgaria Takes over Rotating EU Presidency

Bulgaria Takes over Rotating  EU Presidency

January 03, 2018

BRUSSELS - Bulgaria took over the six-month rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union(EU) on Monday. It's the first time Sofia held the post since it joined the EU in 2007...

UN’s Guterres Issues Year-End ‘Red Alert’ for a World Divided

UN’s Guterres Issues Year-End ‘Red Alert’ for a World Divided

January 02, 2018

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday issued a year-end "red alert" to a world he said faces the perils of inequality, nationalism, xenophobia and possibly...

Kim Says US Should Know North Korean Nuclear Force a Reality

Kim Says US Should Know  North Korean Nuclear Force a Reality

January 02, 2018

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday that the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck...

Brexit Not Limit of Britain’s Ambitions in 2018: PM

Brexit Not Limit of Britain’s  Ambitions in 2018: PM

January 01, 2018

LONDON - Making a success of Brexit in 2018 is crucial, but it will not be the limit of Britain’s ambitions, Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday in her New Year message. May said in the...

Turkey’s Erdogan to Discuss Syria with Macron in Paris

Turkey’s Erdogan to Discuss Syria  with Macron in Paris

January 01, 2018

PARIS - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Paris on Jan. 5 to meet his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, with the conflict in Syria high on the agenda, a source in the French...

DPRK Vows Never to Change Policy of Bolstering Nuclear, Missile Capabilities

DPRK Vows Never to Change Policy of Bolstering Nuclear, Missile Capabilities

December 31, 2017

PYONGYANG - The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said Saturday that it will never change its policy of developing nuclear and missile capabilities as a means to counter threats...

British PM May’s Key Adviser Quits over Brexit

British PM May’s Key Adviser  Quits over Brexit

December 31, 2017

LONDON - One of Theresa May’s key government advisers announced Friday he is quitting his role, making a stinging attack against the prime minister. Lord Andrew Adonis, one-time secretary...

Russia Calls Worsening Ties with US a Major Disappointment

Russia Calls Worsening Ties  with US a Major Disappointment

December 30, 2017

OSCOW — The spokesman for President Vladimir Putin says the Kremlin views deteriorating relations with the United States as a major disappointment of the year. Ties between Moscow and Washington...

Syria Aspires For Political Solution to Civil War after IS Collapse

Syria Aspires For Political Solution to  Civil War after IS Collapse

December 30, 2017

DAMASCUS - The major achievement for Syria in 2017 was perhaps the defeat of the Islamic State (IS), a development that nourishes hopes and paves the way for a possible political solution to the...

Turkish President Calls Syria’s Assad a ‘Terrorist’

Turkish President Calls Syria’s Assad a ‘Terrorist’

December 28, 2017

TUNIS, Tunisia — Syria's peace efforts cannot include President Bashar Assad, Turkey's leader said Wednesday, calling him a "terrorist." President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke...

Russia Accuses U.S. of Training Former Islamic State Fighters in Syria

Russia Accuses U.S. of Training Former  Islamic State Fighters in Syria

December 28, 2017

MOSCOW - The chief of the Russian General Staff has accused the United States of training former Islamic State fighters in Syria to try to destabilize the country. General Valery Gerasimov's...

Mideast Needs Two-State Solution, Pope Says in Christmas Message

Mideast Needs Two-State Solution,  Pope Says in Christmas Message

December 26, 2017

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked...

North Korea Says New U.N. Sanctions an Act of War

North Korea Says New  U.N. Sanctions an Act of War

December 25, 2017

BEIJING/SEOUL - The latest U.N. sanctions against North Korea are an act of war and tantamount to a complete economic blockade against it, North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Sunday...

For Mideast, 2018 Could be a Pivotal Year in War and Peace

For Mideast, 2018 Could be a Pivotal Year in War and Peace

December 25, 2017

CAIRO — Will 2018 dampen the fires that rage across the Middle East? Although skepticism is understandable, there is a glimmer of change. The fight against the Islamic State group is mostly over...

UN Security Council Imposes New Sanctions on North Korea

UN Security Council Imposes  New Sanctions on North Korea

December 24, 2017

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions against North Korea on Friday in response to its latest launch of a ballistic missile that Pyongyang says is...

Merkel, Macron Say No Alternative to Peaceful Settlement in Eastern Ukraine

Merkel, Macron Say No Alternative to Peaceful Settlement in Eastern Ukraine

December 24, 2017

PARIS - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron urged the parties involved in an increase of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine to implement decisions they...

UN Security Council to Vote on New Sanctions against DPRK

UN Security Council to Vote  on New Sanctions against DPRK

December 23, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations Security Council is expected to vote on a new draft resolution that would tighten sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in...

UK’s Johnson, on Moscow Visit, Tells Moscow to Stop Meddling in Europe

UK’s Johnson, on Moscow Visit, Tells Moscow to Stop Meddling in Europe

December 23, 2017

MOSCOW - British foreign minister Boris Johnson told his Russian counterpart on Friday he wanted to talk about difficult subjects such as Moscow’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea...

EU Wants Brexit Transition to End December 2020

EU Wants Brexit Transition  to End December 2020

December 21, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Commission said Wednesday that it wanted a post-Brexit transition period, during which Britain must continue to obey EU rules, to finish at the end of 2020...

Assad Says West’s Economic Seige Worsens Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

Assad Says West’s Economic Seige Worsens Humanitarian Crisis in Syria

December 21, 2017

DAMASCUS - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday the economic siege imposed on Syria by the West has exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in Syria, amid an outcry by humanitarian...

Trump Says America Will ‘Stand up for Ourselves’

Trump Says America  Will ‘Stand up for Ourselves’

December 20, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says a new era of competition is underway and that the U.S. will follow his  2016 campaign doctrine of “America First...

World Urges Settlement of Jerusalem Issue Through Negotiations as U.S. Vetoes Draft Resolution

World Urges Settlement of Jerusalem Issue Through Negotiations as U.S.  Vetoes Draft Resolution

December 20, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The international community called on involved parties to hold negotiations to determine the status of Jerusalem...

Climate Change “No Longer a Matter of Opinion”: Italy PM

Climate Change “No Longer  a Matter of Opinion”: Italy PM

December 18, 2017

ROME - The dangers of climate change are no longer just a matter of opinion, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told an environmentalist conference in Rome on Saturday. The day-long event...

UN Council Weighs Measure Rejecting US Jerusalem Decision

UN Council Weighs Measure  Rejecting US Jerusalem Decision

December 18, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council is considering a draft resolution affirming that any change to the status of Jerusalem has no legal effect and must be reversed, in response to the US...

UN Chief, Security Council Members Warn Against Military Action on Korean Peninsula

UN Chief, Security Council Members Warn Against Military Action on Korean Peninsula

December 17, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - UN chief Antonio Guterres and several representatives of the UN Security Council on Friday expressed concern about the risk of military confrontation on...

May Wins Brexit Boost, but Bigger Battles Await

May Wins Brexit Boost, but  Bigger Battles Await

December 17, 2017

LONDON - After a turbulent few months when some predicted she could be gone by Christmas, British Prime Minister Theresa May finally has some good news with a deal on Brexit -- but any reprieve...

Putin, Trump Discuss “Urgent” Bilateral Issues, Korean Peninsula

Putin, Trump Discuss “Urgent”  Bilateral Issues, Korean Peninsula

December 16, 2017

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed “urgent issues” in bilateral diplomatic relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula in a...