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UN mission in Somalia mending ties with gov't after expulsion of mission head

The UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) is mending relations with Somalia's federal government after the latter expelled the head of the UN mission, said the deputy head of the mission on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/23 12:07:49

Saudi Arabia to provide oil products facility on deferred payment to Pakistan from July 1

Pakistan said Saudi Arabia will activate the deferred payment for petroleum products facility of 275 million US dollars per month from July 1 amounting to 3.2 billion US dollars per year for three years.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/23 12:00:39

Pentagon to present Mideast troops deployment plan to White House amid Iran standoff: US media

The Pentagon is expected to submit plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, US media reported on Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/23 11:56:00

Lebanon, Belarus sign industrial cooperation agreement

Lebanon and Belarus signed an agreement on Wednesday to boost industrial cooperation between the two countries, the National News Agency reported.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/23 10:23:59

Israel's ambassador to Singapore reveals the country's recipe for success

For Singapore to produce its Nobel laureate in the scientific field, there needs to be "a safe space for bright students to explore what they find interesting" and the freedom to make mistakes, said Israel's Ambassador to Singapore Simona Halperin here Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/23 9:35:38

Iran FM to visit Pakistan to discuss bilateral ties

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will visit Pakistan on Thursday for talks on diverse topics of mutual interest, Tehran Times daily reported Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/23 9:32:11

Iran asserts full control on north of Strait of Hormuz

A senior commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Wednesday that Iran has full control on the northern part of the Strait of Hormuz.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/23 9:31:57

Chinese envoy calls for adherence to two-state solution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict

A Chinese envoy on Wednesday asked for the adherence to the two-state solution in addressing the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/23 9:00:48

Turkey sends military personnel to Russia for S-400 training: minister

The Turkish defense minister said Turkey had sent military personnel to Russia for training on the S-400 air defense system, state-run Anadolu Agency reported Wednesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/23 8:55:33

Chinese envoy urges political solution to Libyan crisis, proper handling of sanctions

China's permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) on Tuesday called for adherence to a political settlement of the Libyan crisis and proper handling of sanctions against the country.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/22 12:36:09

US not seeking war with Iran, says top defense official

US Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that America's actions so far had been deterring Iran rather than seeking a war.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/22 12:02:31

UN lowers economic growth forecasts amid high trade tensions, policy uncertainty

The United Nations (UN) on Tuesday cut its predictions for global economic growth in 2019 and 2020 due to unresolved trade tensions, high international policy uncertainty and softening business confidence.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/22 11:56:26

National reconciliation vital in avoiding future challenges in Iraq: South African UN envoy

While calling for an inclusive government in Iraq, a South African UN envoy said Tuesday that national reconciliation and unity is vital in avoiding future challenges in Iraq stemming from the fracturing of government policies and actions.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/22 9:52:07

Egypt, France hold joint naval drill in Mediterranean

Egyptian and French naval forces carried out on Tuesday a maritime training exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, the Egyptian Armed Forces said in a statement.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/22 9:38:37

Kuwait calls for restoring calm in region

Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Tuesday called for restoring calm in the Middle East region, amid rising tensions between Iran and the United States.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/22 9:37:30

UN envoy calls for int'l support to ensure Iraq leaves violent past behind

The United Nations' top envoy for Iraq on Tuesday highlighted the importance of continued and wide-based international support to ensure that Iraq leaves its violent past behind.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/22 9:34:13

UN chief calls for more cohesive, integrated UN development system

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said that the world body needs a more cohesive and integrated development system so as to help countries accelerate action in achieving the 2030 Agenda goals.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/22 9:16:58

Trade tensions, policy uncertainty continue to hinder economic growth: UN report

The global economy is experiencing a broad-based growth slowdown amid unresolved trade tensions, high international policy uncertainty, and softening business confidence, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) mid-2019 report, released Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/5/22 9:14:47