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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Iran’s Rouhani threatens European troops amid nuclear pressure
LONDON — Iran’s president issued a warning on Wednesday that European forces in the Middle East could be at risk if their nations joined the US pressure campaign against his country and challenged Tehran over breaking the limits of a 2015 nuclear deal. “Today, the American soldier is in... Read more
‘Red herring’: Trump, Barr say killing of Iran’s Soleimani was justified, whether or not threat was imminent
WASHINGTON – After asserting for more than a week that Gen. Qasem Soleimani posed an imminent threat to Americans when he was killed in a drone strike, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr now say that whether the threat was immediate or not, the president had the... Read more
Videos show protesters in Iran were shot with live ammunition

Protesters in Tehran were fired upon while demonstrating against the shootdown of a civilian airliner, resulting in casualties inflicted upon Iranians by their own security forces.

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