Syrian forces recapture military base from rebels

Syrian forces recapture military base from rebels

  Damascus, Jan 8: The Syrian army has reclaimed a military site on the outskirts of the country’s capital, Damascus, from rebel forces, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Government troops “managed to open a road” to the Military Vehicles administration base in the city of Harasta, in the Eastern Ghouta district, […]

Steve Bannon apologises for anti-Trump comments

Steve Bannon apologises for anti-Trump comments

  Washington, Jan 8: Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, apologised for comments which were quoted in a new controversial book calling US President Donald Trump`s eldest son’s 2016 meeting with Russians “treasonous and “unpatriotic”. “Donald Trump, Jr. is both a patriot and a good man. He has been relentless in his advocacy for […]

China’s new ‘Silk Road’ cannot be one-way, says French President

China’s new ‘Silk Road’ cannot be one-way, says French President

  Xian, Jan 8: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday that China and Europe should work together on Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative. Macron said a project aiming to build a modern-day “Silk Road” could not be “one-way”. Macron began his first state visit to China with a stop in Xian, an eastern departure […]

Cold wave claims 7 more lives in Nepal; toll reaches 24

  Kathmandu, Jan 8: Intense cold weather in Nepal has claimed seven more lives, taking to 24 the death toll due to severe winter conditions over the past week in southern part of the country, according to a media report. More than half of the them, 14, were reported from Saptari district while five each […]

Rouhani says Iran protests were not only economic

  London, Jan 8: Protests that shook Iran were not just aimed at the economy, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, remarks suggesting the real targets were powerful conservatives opposed to his plans to expand individual freedoms at home and promote detente abroad. The pragmatic cleric, who defeated anti-Western hardliners to win re-election last year, […]

Trump says willing to talk with North Korean leader

Trump says willing to talk with North Korean leader

  Maryland, Jan 7: US President Donald Trump said he would be willing to speak directly with Kim Jong-Un, voicing hope that rare talks between North and South Korea could help de-escalate the crisis over Pyongyang`s nuclear drive. Trump’s remarks were a further pivot from his often-bellicose rhetoric on North Korea and Kim, with whom […]

Malaysia approves new search for missing airliner

Malaysia approves new search for missing airliner

  Kuala Lumpur, Jan 7: The Malaysian government has approved a new attempt to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in the Indian Ocean, the transport minister said. A US-based company early this week dispatched the search vessel Seabed Constructor to look for debris in the southern Indian Ocean, 3 years after the […]

More than 1000 students arrested in ongoing Iran protests

More than 1000 students arrested in ongoing Iran protests

  Tehran, Jan 7: More than 1,000 students, most of whom attend Tehran University, are among those who have been detained since protesters erupted across several cities in Iran. A report by the Iranian Students’ News Agency quoted Mahmoud Sadeghi, a reformist member of parliament, as saying that “many of them were not involved in […]

Iranian oil tanker collides with vessel off China coast

Iranian oil tanker collides with vessel off China coast

  Beijing, Jan 7: Thirty-two crew members, including 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, have gone missing after an oil tanker collided with a cargo ship off the coast of east China. The Panama-registered oil tanker, carrying 136,000 tonnes of oil condensate, caught fire after it collided with a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter at around 8 […]

Macron pursues ambitious agenda on first official China visit

  Paris, Jan 7: In Mandarin, Emmanuel Macron’s name is rendered “Makelong”, or “the horse vanquishes the dragon” — an encouraging image for the French president as he heads to China on Sunday hoping to forge closer ties with President Xi Jinping. During the three-day trip which begins Monday, Macron plans to seek a “strategic […]