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Pakistan government failed to curb militancy: Court

Pakistan lawyers hold a demonstration to condemn a bombing in Quetta that killed dozens of people and wounded many more, in Lahore, Aug. 8, 2016. (Photo by AP)Pakistan's top court has ruled that the government has failed to curb militancy a...

Poland’s PKN joins EU clients of Iranian oil

Poland’s state-run refiner PKN Orlen says it has purchased 1 million barrels of Light crude oil from Iran.Poland’s biggest refiner PKN Orlen has announced a major purchase of crude oil from Iran thus becoming the latest company to join the alread...

Bond between Israel and US runs deep: Donald Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Giant Center on December 15, 2016 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. (Photo by AFP)US President-elect Donald Trump has reiterated his incoming administration’s support for Israel,...

Iraqi Air Force kills 20 Takfiri Daesh terrorist group commanders near Mosul

This file photo shows an F-16 fighter jet operated by the Iraqi Air Force.Nearly two dozen high-ranking figures of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group have been killed when Iraqi Air Force fighter jets carried out an airstrike near Mosul as government...

White House backs claim Russian President Vladimir Putin directed US election hack

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, on December 15, 2016. (Photo by AP)The White House has suggested President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in a covert Russian miss...

No country can be exception to One China principle: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Photos by AFP)Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has lambasted US President-elect Donald Trump’s recent remarks concerning Washington’s possible backtrack on the so-called One China policy, stating that the pr...

Over 200 school shootings in US since Sandy Hook massacre

More than 80 family members and friends of people who were killed by gun violence gather for a news conference with Congressional Democrats to call for action on gun violence prevention at the US Capitol December 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by...

Chinese battle group conducts live-fire drills

A Chinese naval battle group, involving a homemade aircraft carrier, has conducted a live-fire drill in northeastern waters in a show of force amid an escalating war of words with the United States.The Chinese Defense Ministry announced on Thursday t...

Greek parliament approves bonuses despite EU objections

A file photo of the Greek parliament building in Athens (by AFP)The Greek parliament has approved a piece of legislation to pay pensioners one-off bonuses over the objections of Greece’s eurozone creditors.A total of 196 lawmakers out of the 257 pr...

Donald Trump nominates hardline Zionist David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel

David Friedman, left, with US President-elect Donald Trump in 2010. (Photo by Bloomberg)US President-elect Donald Trump has nominated David Friedman, a hardline Zionist, as US ambassador to Israel, likely paving the way toward a controversial decisio...

Foreign support for militants must end: Iran to UK

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom Hamid BaeidinejadAfter being summoned to the UK Foreign Office over the Syria crisis, Iran’s ambassador to London says the plight of Syrians would only end if all foreign parties channeling arms and money t...

Russia seeks nationwide ceasefire in Syria after Aleppo victory: President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Photo by AFP)Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country would now make efforts to pave the way for a “nationwide” ceasefire in Syria after the liberation of Aleppo from Takfiri militants.Speaking at a news...

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei pardons, commutes sentences of convicts

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (Photo by leader.ir)Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has agreed with either exception or commutation of the sentences of more than 1,200 convicts deemed fit...

Russia-Japan peace deal remains elusive

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a joint press conference in Tokyo, December 16, 2016. (Photo by AFP)The leaders of Russia and Japan have failed to reach a peace deal to formally end World War II host...

Syria's evacuation of civilians in Aleppo suspended as militants breach ceasefire

Evacuations of civilians and militants from eastern Aleppo have been suspended after terrorists opened fire on a convoy at one of the crossing points, Syrian state television says. The report on Friday also said the militants tried to take...

Philippines not worried after US deferred aid package: Minister

President Rodrigo Duterte (R) delivers a speech before local and foreign businessmen at Malacanang Palace in Manila on December 12, 2016. (Photo by AFP)The Philippines says it could live with even less aid from the United States after Washington said...

NATO, Russia schedule security talks

Russia and NATO are set to hold talks on issues of high mutual interest, the Western military alliance has announced, amid increased hostilities between the two sides.Envoys from NATO will hold a formal meeting with the Russian envoy to the alliance...

Iran’s Aseman Airlines to get Airbus planes

Hossein Alaei, the head of Iran’s Aseman Airlines.Iran’s Aseman Airlines says it is working on a plan to renovate its fleet by procuring a series of planes from the world’s largest aerospace corporation Boeing, European aviation giant Airbus an...

Sukhoi signs basic plane sales deal with Iran

Russia’s media say Sukhoi - the country’s aviation giant – has signed a basic deal with an unnamed Iranian company over sales of its Superjet 100 planes.Russia’s media say the country’s aviation giant Sukhoi has signed a basic agreement wit...

Austrian government to expropriate Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s birth house

This file image, taken on April 17, 2015, shows the house where notorious Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was born, in Braunau Am Inn, Austria. (By AFP)The Austrian parliament has voted in favor of expropriating the house where Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was...


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