Category: International News

Blast heard in eastern Syrian province, reports say

Blast heard in eastern Syrian province, reports say

                                  Damaged cars at the scene of two bomb blasts in Damascus (file photo) A loud explosion has been heard in Syria’s eastern province of Deir al-Zour, media report says. The blast rocked Mayadeen city late on Friday, and there was news about injuries, Xinhua cited Syrian media as reporting. Other reports said the explosion [&hellip

Yemen’s Houthis protest US, Israeli policies

Yemen’s Houthis protest US, Israeli policies

Thousands of Houthi protesters have taken to the streets of the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, to condemn the US and Israeli policies toward the Arab country. The protesters, who held the rally after Friday prayers, denounced the United States and Israel for what they called meddling in Yemeni affairs. The protesters also expressed their opposition to [&hellip

UN vote urges destruction of Syrian chemical arms

UN vote urges destruction of Syrian chemical arms

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution condemning the use of chemical weapons in Syria and calling for their destruction. The resolution adopted by the 15-member council on Friday envisages a plan to eradicate Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons. However, it does not call for automatic punitive action against Syrian President Bashar [&hellip

Rouhani, Obama hold telephone conversation

Rouhani, Obama hold telephone conversation

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his American counterpart Barack Obama have held a telephone conversation as the Iranian president was wrapping up his visit to New York for the 68th annual session of the UN General Assembly. Rouhani received the call from Obama on Friday as he was in a car heading to the John [&hellip

6.8-magnitude quake hits off Peru Pacific coast

6.8-magnitude quake hits off Peru Pacific coast

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake has struck off the Pacific coast of southern Peru, with no immediate report of casualties. The Wednesday quake shook much of Peru as its epicenter was 72 kilometers (45 miles) south of the town of Lomas at a depth of 30 kilometers (18 miles), according to the US Geological Survey. The quake [&hellip

Four Egyptian soldiers injured in Sinai bomb explosion: security sources

Four Egyptian soldiers injured in Sinai bomb explosion: security sources

Egyptians gather near the wreckage of a car, in which a planted bomb detonated before reaching the intended target, killing three passengers in El-Arish in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, July 24, 2013. At least four Egyptian soldiers have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, security sources say. According to the sources, [&hellip

UN sources say Security Council may vote on Syria

UN sources say Security Council may vote on Syria

                                                             A UN Security Council panel (file photo) The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is expected to vote on a draft resolution proposed by Russia and the United States aimed at eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons. According to US and European diplomats, the vote could come as early as Friday if the Hague-based Organization for the [&hellip

Israel-PA talks have no future: PA chief Mahmoud Abbas

Israel-PA talks have no future: PA chief Mahmoud Abbas

Acting Palestinian Authority (PA) chief Mahmoud Abbas says the prospects of a peace deal between the PA and Israel have never been such bleak as they are now. Abbas made the remarks in his speech to the 68th United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. “Time is running out, and the window of peace is narrowing [&hellip

Kerry says Iran FM puts some ‘possibilities’ on table

Kerry says Iran FM puts some ‘possibilities’ on table

US Secretary of State John Kerry has called talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif “constructive,” saying the Iranian side put some “possibilities” on the table over Iran’s nuclear energy program. Following a crucial meeting between Iran and the six major world powers in New York on Thursday, Kerry also praised Iran’s “very different [&hellip

Russia, US reach accord on UNSC resolution on Syria

Russia, US reach accord on UNSC resolution on Syria

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow has reached an accord with the US on a draft UN Security Council resolution on Syria. On Thursday, after a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry, Lavrov said that the resolution will not allow any military intervention to force Damascus to comply with a US-Russian plan [&hellip