‘No cease-fire without withdrawal of eastern-based army’

Tripoli, Dec 6 (IANS) Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez Serraj stressed that there will be no cease-fire in Libya without withdrawal of the rival eastern-based army from western Libya. Serraj made his... Read more »

Sudan hails US decision to appoint envoy after 23-year

Khartoum, Dec 6 (IANS) Sudan hailed a decision by the United States to appoint an ambassador to Khartoum for the first time in 23 years. The move to restore diplomatic relations came... Read more »

UK polls: Conservatives have 10-point lead over Labour

London, Dec 6 (IANS) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his ruling Conservative Party have a 10-point lead over opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party ahead of the December 12... Read more »

US accuses Iran of over 1,000 deaths during protests

Washington, Dec 6 (IANS) The US has held Iran responsible for the death of more than 1,000 people in the recent anti-government protests. “It appears the regime could have murdered over 1,000... Read more »

Imran to represent Pak at refugee forum in Geneva

Islamabad, Dec 6 (IANS) Prime Minister Imran Khan will represent Pakistan as a co-convener at the first-ever Global Refugee Forum, which will be held in Geneva from December 17-18. The UN High... Read more »

France readies for 2nd day of biggest national strike

Paris, Dec 6 (IANS) Widespread travel disruption was expected to continue in France for a second day on Friday as the largest nationwide strike, called to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms,... Read more »

Yemeni forces confirm seizing Iranian ship carrying weapons

Aden, Dec 5 (IANS) Yemen’s pro-government forces on Thursday confirmed that they have seized an Iranian ship carrying missile components in the Arabian Sea near the country’s coasts. An official of Yemen’s... Read more »

Aussie PM announces biggest public service changes in 32 yrs

Canberra, Dec 5 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday announced the biggest overhaul of the nation’s public service in 32 years. Morrison told reporters here that his decision to reduce... Read more »

US denies considering adding 14,000 troops to Middle East

Washington, Dec 5 (IANS) The US Department of Defense has rejected a report alleging that Washington was considering adding 14,000 troops to the Middle East to confront Iran. “The reporting is wrong.... Read more »

France braces for biggest national strike in years

Paris, Dec 5 (IANS) France is bracing for severe disruption as millions of workers were scheduled to go on strike, deemed the country’s biggest in years, on Thursday in protest at being... Read more »

Numbers dwindle at lunchtime Hong Kong rallies

Hong Kong, Dec 5 (IANS) Owing to the cold weather and rain, an increasingly small number of Hong Kong demonstrators continued their daily lunchtime rallies on Thursday, but protesters have vowed to... Read more »

Iran hasn’t shut door on negotiations

Tehran, Dec 5 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that his country was still open to negotiations amidst ongoing tensions, a media report said. “We have no choice other than resistance... Read more »

Khalilzad will rejoin talks with Taliban

Washington/Kabul, Dec 5 (IANS) The US State Department has said that Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad “will rejoin the talks with the Taliban in Doha to discuss steps that could... Read more »

Political solution needed in Afghanistan

London/Kabul, Dec 5 (IANS) NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said he believed that a “political negotiated solution” was needed in Afghanistan, while reaffirming the bloc’s support for Afghan security forces with training,... Read more »

Sailor kills 2 at Pearl Harbor, commits suicide

Honolulu, Dec 5 (IANS) A sailor fatally shot two civilian employees at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and injured a third, before committing suicide, authorities said. The two victims who died, both... Read more »

23 dead in explosion at ceramic factory in Sudan

Khartoum, Dec 4 (IANS) At least 23 people died and 130 others were injured in an explosion and fire at a ceramic factory in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, authorities said on Tuesday.... Read more »

Iran says ready to normalize ties with Saudi Arabia

Tehran, Dec 4 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran is ready to normalize ties with Saudi Arabia, official IRNA news agency reported. “From Iran’s points of view, there is no... Read more »

Pak blames price hike on trade ban with India

Islamabad, Dec 4 (IANS) The economic advisory team of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the suspension of trade ties with India was one among the reasons responsible for the prevailing... Read more »

Saudi king invites Qatari emir to attend GCC summit in Riyadh

Doha, Dec 4 (IANS) The Qatari emir received an invitation from the Saudi king to attend the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council summit, reported the Qatar News Agency (QNA). Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim... Read more »

Germany comes up with first national youth strategy

Berlin, Dec 4 (IANS) The German government presented its youth strategy, which is to give young citizens more influence, improve their education, living and working conditions as well as healthcare. “It is... Read more »