Watchdog: Trump administration lacks strategy to fight Afghanistan’s dangerous heroin trade
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration says it’s on the brink of inking a deal with the Taliban that could pave the way for an end to America’s longest war. But despite the zeal to reach a political settlement with the militant Afghan group, the White House has neglected to... Read more
Raids across Turkey as prosecutors issue 695 warrants for coup links
Istanbul (dpa) – Turkish prosecutors issued warrants for 695 people, including serving soldiers, for their alleged links to a suspected 2016 coup mastermind, state news agency Anadolu reported on Tuesday. The suspects being sought in raids across the country include Justice Ministry workers, former and current soldiers, and former... Read more
Trump calls on Russia to stop supporting ‘atrocities’ in Syria
WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Russia to stop its support for what he called the Syrian government’s “atrocities” in the country’s conflict. In a statement released by the White House on Sunday, Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said that Trump, in a phone call with... Read more
Philippines notifies the US it is terminating the defense pact after 21 years
Manila (dpa) – The Philippines on Tuesday officially informed the United States it was terminating a 21-year-old defence agreement, despite warnings it could undermine the country’s security. The notice of termination of the 1999 Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) was received by the US Embassy in Manila, said Philippine Foreign... Read more
Russia blames Israel for Syrian state forces almost downing airliner
  Moscow (dpa) – An Israeli airstrike onto Syrian territory jeopardized a civilian airliner en route to Damascus as Syrian state forces in their response nearly shot down the plane, the Russian military said on Friday. The Airbus-320, carrying more than 170 passengers from Tehran, was successfully diverted to... Read more
Trump plan draws praise from Israel, criticism from Palestinians for Middle East plan
Washington (dpa) – US President Donald Trump unveiled his much-anticipated plan for the Middle East on Tuesday, drawing approval from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but opposition from the Palestinians. While Trump did call for the creation of a Palestinian state, it would have limited territory, authority and sovereignty,... Read more
Iraqi premier slams US embassy shelling, warns of repercussions
Baghdad — Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi on Sunday condemned as “unlawful” the shelling of the US embassy in Baghdad and warned of its repercussions on the country. Earlier Sunday, five rockets landed in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies, a military... Read more
Cambodian politician denies being involved in US plot to overthrow government
Photo: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits across from Kem Sokha, Acting President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party and the country’s opposition leader, at the Raffles Hotel in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on January 26, 2016, at the outset of a meeting following a series of conversations with national... Read more
In similar move to Japan, South Korea to deploy anti-piracy unit to Middle East amid U.S. pressure
South Korea’s military will send an independent contingent to the Middle East to help guard oil tankers amid rising regional tensions rather than participating in a U.S.-led coalition, the Defense Ministry in Seoul announced Tuesday, taking a page out of the Self-Defense Forces’ playbook. The decision by U.S. ally... Read more
Iran’s supreme leader calls Trump, Pompeo ‘clowns’ during Friday sermon

Tehran (dpa) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called US President Donald Trump a “clown” as he delivered a rare sermon during Friday prayers in Tehran.

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