Saudi blockade of Yemen still in place, amounts to collective punishment: Aid agency

A major aid agency says Saudi Arabia’s crippling blockade of Yemen is an “illegal collective punishment” of the Yemeni nation, some seven million of whom are on the brink of an appalling famine. ... Continue reading

US military presence in Syria resembles occupation: Russia

Russia says the US military presence in Syria looks like an occupation as it runs afoul of international law and lacks authorization from the Damascus government.... Continue reading

Syria opposition should disarm, engage in dialog: Assad aide

The political and media adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has called on opposition groups to disarm in order for a proposed National Dialogue Congress involving warring sides to be fruitful.... Continue reading

Russia to reduce forces in Syria by year-end: Military chief

Russia is set to reduce its troops in Syria by the end of the year after finishing up the remaining “few” missions there, says Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov.... Continue reading

Netanyahu hails ‘secret’ but ‘fruitful’ ties with Arab governments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the regime has “secret” but “fruitful” ties with Arab governments, noting that peace between one-time adversaries would “happen in the end.”... Continue reading

Iranian teenage musicians to perform in Denmark

A group of Iranian teenage musicians will perform at a music festival in Denmark later this month.... Continue reading

US opioid crisis cost $500 billion in 2015, higher than previously estimated

The US opioid epidemic ravaging American communities cost over $500 billion in 2015, more expensive than previously thought, according to a new analysis by the US government.... Continue reading

Russia summons French envoy over arrest of billionaire lawmaker

Russia has protested the arrest of a billionaire Russian lawmaker in France as the authorities summoned a French diplomat over the case.... Continue reading

US says attacks on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is 'ethnic cleansing'

The United States has described the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as "ethnic cleansing", accusing the country's forces of perpetrating "horrendous atrocities" against Rohingyas.... Continue reading

Kushner’s Mideast gambles worry US political pros

Jared Kushner, who is US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and who entered the White House largely because of that relation, has been causing unease among professionals in US politics with his reckless forays into Middle Eastern politics.... Continue reading

Turkey, Russia ink deal for two S-400 air missile defense systems

Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli says Turkey and Russia have signed an agreement for the purchase of two S-400 missile defense systems, stressing that the first delivery of the anti-aircraft weapon system to the Turkish military is expected in 2019.... Continue reading

White House soldiers removed over improper contact with foreign women

Three military personnel have been removed from their White House jobs over allegations they had "improper contact" with foreign women in Vietnam where President Donald Trump was spending part of his Asia tour.... Continue reading

Bahrain sentences rights campaigner to 2 years in jail

A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain has been sentenced to two years in prison for complaining about the human rights situation in the country.... Continue reading

UN urges Iraq’s Kurdistan to respect court ruling on secession vote

The United Nations has called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to abide by a top court ruling that declared the recent secession referendum in northern Iraq unconstitutional.... Continue reading

‘Butcher of Bosnia’ gets life in war crimes case

The UN tribunal on war crimes in the former Yugoslavia has convicted ex-Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic to life in prison for ordering the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995.... Continue reading

Russian president talks to Trump, regional leaders on Syria

Ahead of a trilateral summit with Iranian and Turkish presidents in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed the Syria crisis with his US counterpart and the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt.... Continue reading

Trump’s blacklisting of N Korea justifies need for nukes: Pyongyang

North Korea has denounced US President Donald Trump’s decision to re-designate it as a so-called state sponsor of terror, saying the move amounts to a “serious provocation" that justifies Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons.... Continue reading

Attempts to change geographical borders in region will fail: Iran’s Rouhani

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says any attempt to change geographical borders in the region will fail, vowing the Islamic Republic’s resolve to continue its fight against terrorists until their eradication.... Continue reading

Lebanon PM tells supporters he is standing with them

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he will stand with his supporters after suspending his shock resignation, which he announced in Saudi Arabia earlier this month.... Continue reading

‘Daesh one of numerous US-Zionist plots foiled by Iran’

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran has managed to thwart several plots hatched by the US, Israel and the reactionary regimes in the Middle East, citing the elimination of the Daesh terror group as an example.... Continue reading

Iran, EU hold high-level talks amid Trump's threats

Iran and the EU have started their third round of high-level talks following the 2016 implementation of a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world countries.... Continue reading

Iraq court rules Kurdistan secession vote unconstitutional

Iraq's Supreme Federal Court has ruled Kurdistan’s controversial secession referendum as unconstitutional, saying the results of the vote are void.... Continue reading

Lebanon, Palestinian groups rap Arab League for labeling Hezbollah

The Lebanese government and Palestinian resistance forces have strongly condemned a decision by the Arab League to designate the Hezbollah resistance movement as a terrorist organization.... Continue reading

Iraqi police forces seize major Daesh chemical depot in Anbar

Iraqi security forces have uncovered a major chemical depot belonging to Daesh Takfiri terrorists in the country’s western province of Anbar, as government forces, backed by fighters from the Popular Mobilization Units, are purging the territory of the last remnants of the terror group.... Continue reading

Riyadh cancels official’s visit to Berlin over criticism

Saudi Arabia has canceled a visit by one of its senior officials to Berlin, a day after recalling its ambassador to the country in protest at the German foreign minister’s criticism of Riyadh.... Continue reading

Vatican investigating alleged abuser who became priest

The Vatican says it has opened an investigation into reports that a former altar boy, who allegedly raped his dormitory mate repeatedly, was allowed to become a priest.... Continue reading

World’s largest fund to divest from oil stocks

Norway's Sovereign Wealth Fund, the largest investment portfolio on the planet, says it is considering a plan to dump investments for oil and gas companies – a move which is widely believed to help an emerging global campaign to move away from fossil fuels toward renewable energies.... Continue reading

Erdogan snubs NATO apology over 'impudence' during drill

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected a NATO apology over what he referred to as “impudence” during one of the Western military alliance’s drills in Norway.... Continue reading

News of Libya ‘slave market’ stirs controversy

News of black men being put on sale at a Libyan “slave market” has drawn outrage from the African Union (AU) and triggered violent protests in Paris.... Continue reading

US nuclear commander: I'd resist Trump’s ‘illegal’ nuke strike order

A top nuclear commander in the United States says he would resist an “illegal” nuclear attack order from President Donald Trump.... Continue reading

US warship collides with boat in Japanese waters

A US warship has collided with a boat in Japanese waters, in the latest of a series of questionable naval incidents involving American military vessels.... Continue reading

PM Hariri says will clarify stance on Lebanon after returning home

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has said he will announce his position with regard to the ongoing crisis in the country after he returns to Lebanon in the coming days.... Continue reading

Palestine to freeze ties with US if Trump admin closes mission in Washington

Palestinian officials have threatened to cut all communications with the US, if the Trump administration continues with plans to shut down their diplomatic mission in Washington.... Continue reading

Israel calls on Arab states to befriend Israel, team up against Iran

Israeli minister of military affairs has extended the hand of friendship to Arab countries, calling on them to form an alliance against Iran.... Continue reading

Zarif in Turkey to exchange view with Lavrov, Cavusoglu on Syria

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has traveled to Turkey to hold a trilateral meeting with his Russian and Turkish counterparts over the conflict in Syria.... Continue reading

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump's new war strategy for the country.... Continue reading

Russia begins deliveries of advanced T-90 battle tanks to Iraqi army

Russia’s main battle tank manufacturer, Uralvagonzavod, has started delivering advanced T-90 battle tanks to the Iraqi army under a major deal struck between Moscow and Baghdad earlier this year.... Continue reading

Israel ready to share intel on Iran with Saudi Arabia: Military chief

Chief of Staff of Israeli military, Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot, says Tel Aviv is ready to share intelligence with Saudi Arabia in their joint efforts to confront Iran.... Continue reading

Russia vetoes US-drafted resolution on chemical attacks in Syria

Russia has used its veto power in the United Nations Security Council to block a US-drafted resolution that sought to renew a "flawed" international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.... Continue reading

UN chief says Saudi war on Yemen ‘stupid,’ calls for lifting of blockade

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has described Saudi Arabia’s long-running war on Yemen as “stupid,” saying the blockade on the impoverished country must come to an end.... Continue reading

Legendary Iranian wrestler’s birthday named ‘National Day of Wrestling’

The birthday of late legendary Iranian freestyle wrestler Gholam Reza Takhti, who was born roughly a century ago, has been named Iran’s ‘National Day of Wrestling.’... Continue reading

Myanmar forces burning Rohingya Muslims alive: Report

A human rights group says Myanmar’s army has been slitting the throats of Rohingya Muslims and burning them alive. ... Continue reading

Republican senate hopeful’s sex scandal widens as more victims come forward

Four more women have leveled sexual assault accusations against Republican Senate hopeful Roy Moore, in a damaging sex scandal that has cost the Alabamian dearly in the heat of the campaign.... Continue reading

Macron invites Lebanese Premier Hariri, his family to France

France says President Emmanuel Macron has “invited” Saad Hariri, along with his family, to Paris, days after the Lebanese premier announced his surprise resignation in Saudi Arabia, where he is said to be kept in detention.... Continue reading

Human rights violators, terrorism sponsors behind UN rights report: Iran

Iran has reacted to a recent rights resolution adopted by the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly censuring Tehran for alleged “human rights abuses,” noting that some backers of the resolution were themselves among major and “discredited” violators of human rights and supporters of terrorism.... Continue reading

Zimbabwe in ‘bloodless transition’ away from Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s ruling party, ZANU-PF, says the series of military activities underway in the country mark a “bloodless transition” of power from long-time President Robert Mugabe.... Continue reading

Rights groups slam Australia for joint drill with Saudi Arabia

Rights groups have voiced outrage over Australia’s participation in a training naval drill with Saudi Arabia, which has been leading a war and a crippling blockade on Yemen.... Continue reading

Ayatollah Khamenei urges practical help for quake-hit victims

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has urged Iranian officials to continue their practical and serious efforts to help alleviate the suffering of those affected by a strong earthquake in the west of the country.... Continue reading

Leaked: Saudis have ‘plans for official ties with Israel’

A Lebanese newspaper has published a secret undated letter from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that puts forward a plan to normalize ties with Israel despite “risks” of a public backlash.... Continue reading

Wahhabis’ defeat in Syria caused ‘hysteria’ in Saudi dictatorship: UN envoy

Syria’s ambassador to the UN has slammed an anti-Damascus draft resolution recently proposed by Saudi Arabia and its allies, saying it reveals Saudi “hysteria” caused by the failure of its Wahhabi terror plot in the war-torn country.... Continue reading