Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, July 20th, 2018

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...

EU Launches Next Phase of Brexit

EU Launches Next Phase of Brexit

December 16, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Union agreed on Friday to move talks forward with London on Britain’s exit from the bloc as leaders warmed to the British premier, but there was little clarity on trade...

U.S. Embassy Unlikely to Move to Jerusalem before 2020: Tillerson

U.S. Embassy Unlikely to Move  to Jerusalem before 2020: Tillerson

December 14, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the U.S. embassy in Israel was unlikely to be moved to Jerusalem before 2020, national media outlets reported...

Syrian Gov’t, Opposition Delegations Continue Indirect Peace Talks in Geneva

Syrian Gov’t, Opposition Delegations Continue Indirect Peace Talks in Geneva

December 14, 2017

GENEVA - Syrian peace talks continued here Tuesday, with United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura meeting and holding separate bilateral talks with both the Syrian...

14 Security Council Member Criticize US Action on Jerusalem

14 Security Council Member  Criticize US Action on Jerusalem

December 10, 2017

UNITED NATIONS — One by one, 14 members of the U.N. Security Council spoke out against President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel at an emergency meeting...

Britons can Change Terms of Brexit to Diverge from EU: Pro-Brexit Minister Gove

Britons can Change Terms of Brexit to  Diverge from EU: Pro-Brexit Minister Gove

December 10, 2017

LONDON - British voters will be able to change the terms of the country's relationship with the European Union after leaving the bloc if they don't like the final Brexit deal, senior cabinet...

Erdogan, Putin Say Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Harms Regional Peace, Stability

Erdogan, Putin Say Trump’s Jerusalem  Decision Harms Regional Peace, Stability

December 09, 2017

ANKARA - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed on Thursday the latest developments in Jerusalem over the phone, state-run Anadolu...

Macron Calls for Non-Interference in Lebanon to Avoid Escalation

Macron Calls for Non-Interference in Lebanon to Avoid Escalation

December 09, 2017

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron called on foreign powers on Friday to stop interfering in Lebanon’s politics to preserve the country’s stability and peace in the region...

NATO FMs Agree to Step up Cooperation with EU

NATO FMs Agree to Step up  Cooperation with EU

December 07, 2017

BRUSSELS - NATO foreign ministers agreed to step up cooperation with the European Union, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Tuesday at a press conference following the ministerial...

Trump’s Jerusalem Move Expected to Inflame Middle East, End Two-State Solution

Trump’s Jerusalem Move Expected to  Inflame Middle East, End Two-State Solution

December 07, 2017

AMMAN - U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is expected to further inflame the Middle East and end hopes for a two-state...

EU Warns US against Undermining Mideast Peace

EU Warns US against  Undermining Mideast Peace

December 06, 2017

JERUSALEM — The European Union’s foreign policy chief is subtly warning the United States against moves that would undermine Mideast peace. Federica Mogherini is meeting with U.S...

Germans See Trump as Bigger Problem than North Korea or Russia

Germans See Trump as Bigger  Problem than North Korea or Russia

December 06, 2017

BERLIN - Germans see U.S. President Donald Trump as a bigger challenge for German foreign policy than authoritarian leaders in North Korea, Russia or Turkey, according to a survey by the...

UN Urges Businesses to Help Combat Pollution

UN Urges Businesses to Help Combat Pollution

December 05, 2017

NAIROBI - The United Nations on Sunday urged the global business community to play a bigger role in reducing pollution. UN Environment Chief Scientist Liu Jian told a business conference in...

EU Member States Adopt New Anti-Dumping Rules

EU Member States Adopt New  Anti-Dumping Rules

December 05, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Union (EU) member states on Monday adopted its new anti-dumping rules with “market distortion approach” at its core. The new legal framework removes the former...

McMaster Says Potential for War with DPRK “Increasing”

McMaster Says Potential for War with DPRK “Increasing”

December 04, 2017

WASHINGTON - U.S. White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that the potential for war with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is increasing every day” after...

As Brexit Deal Takes Shape, Juncker to Meet MEPs

As Brexit Deal Takes Shape,  Juncker to Meet MEPs

December 04, 2017

BRUSSELS - The European Commission added to mounting confidence in Brussels that it is set for a Brexit deal with London when it scheduled talks with EU lawmakers ahead of a crunch meeting on...

Martin Schulz Denies Green Light to Grand Coalition Talks with Merkel

Martin Schulz Denies Green Light to Grand Coalition Talks with Merkel

December 02, 2017

BERLIN - Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz on Friday denied an earlier report that his party was ready to start grand coalition talks with German Chancellor...

Trump Visit to Britain Dropped in Row with PM over Social Media Posts

Trump Visit to Britain Dropped in Row with PM over Social Media Posts

December 02, 2017

LONDON - A planned visit to Britain by U.S. President Donald Trump has been dropped by U.S. diplomats, British newspaper The Telegraph reported Friday. Trump was set to travel to Britain...

UNSC Urges all Syrian Parties to Attend Geneva Peace Talks

UNSC Urges all Syrian Parties to Attend Geneva Peace Talks

November 29, 2017

UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council on Monday urged all Syrian parties to actively participate in the Geneva political process without preconditions and to support efforts to ensure...

Not Worried about EU’s Moves on Defense Pact: Russian Official

Not Worried about EU’s Moves on  Defense Pact: Russian Official

November 29, 2017

BERLIN - A senior Russia’s foreign ministry official on Tuesday said he was not worried by the European Union’s move to integrate European defenses, saying the initiative was...

Islamic Counterterrorism Alliance Meeting Focuses on Role of Media

Islamic Counterterrorism Alliance Meeting Focuses on Role of Media

November 28, 2017

RIYADH - Defense ministers of around 41 Arab and Islamic countries met in Saudi Arabia to discuss fighting terrorism and extremism, with a focus on the role of media, Al Arabiya local news reported...

Merkel Vows ‘Serious’ Coalition Talks with SPD

Merkel Vows ‘Serious’ Coalition  Talks with SPD

November 28, 2017

BERLIN - Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday her party was ready to hold serious talks with the Social Democrats to form a government, warning that time is pressing as Europe faces a slew of...