WORLD >> Mid-East

Iran's Rouhani, Japan PM meet amid tensions with US

President Hassan Rouhani became the first Iranian head of state to visit Japan in two decades on Friday, as Tokyo seeks to mediate between Tehran and Washington amid spiraling nuclear tensions.
Source: AFP | 2019/12/20 20:48:40

UNSC hears regrets over US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on Thursday heard regrets over the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, with calls for Iran to return to full implementation of the deal.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/20 18:12:02

Conference on China-Arab relations kicks off in Rabat

China's Special Envoy for Middle East Affairs, Zhai Jun, hails the development of Sino-Arab relations that become a model to follow in strengthening cultural dialogue.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/18 9:14:39

UN voices concern over civilian safety in NW Syria

In the last few weeks alone, up to 60,000 people have been displaced due to hostilities, adding to the more than 400,000 people who had been displaced earlier this year.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/18 9:06:33

Trump hopes for end of dispute between Qatar, Gulf partners: White House

US President Donald Trump has expressed the hope that an outstanding dispute would be resolved by Qatar and its Gulf partners, said the White House.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/17 14:24:53

Wheelchair dancers in Damascus challenge stereotype of disability

It does not matter if it is Salsa, Rumba, or Cha Cha, people on wheelchairs in Damascus have proved their ability of dancing with confidence by which they beat the stereotypes about disabled people.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/17 9:28:43

Lebanon expects new Guinness World Record for biggest plastic bottles Christmas tree

Lebanon's municipality of Chekka lightened a Christmas tree on Monday which is expected to win the Guinness World Record for being the largest model made from plastic bottles.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/17 9:17:02

NATO says seeks to increase cooperation with Gulf countries

The NATO secretary general said on Monday that NATO seeks to increase cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/17 9:11:06

Palestinian leading university inaugurates 1st Confucius Institute

First-ever Confucius Institute in Palestine is inaugurated to meet Palestinians' growing desire for better understanding of Chinese culture and language.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/17 8:20:32

Over 1,400 recruits join Afghan army after military training

A total of 1,410 youth after completion of six-month military course and receiving certificates in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif have been commissioned to the army, said an army statement released here Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/16 11:17:00

Kuwait launches beach cleaning campaign

Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) launched on Saturday a campaign to clean the country's beach.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/15 8:49:34

Palestine welcomes mandate renewal of UN Palestine relief agency

UN General Assembly voted Friday night to renew mandate of UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees until June 30, 2023, with 196 votes in favor and 9 abstentions. Only U.S. and Israel voted "No."
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/15 8:13:34

Iran rules out talks on restoration of diplomatic ties with US after prisoner swap

The spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) on Saturday played down the likelihood of restoration of diplomatic ties with United States through prisoner swap.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/15 7:55:21

Former Turkish PM forms new party

Turkey's former Prime Minister and Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Ahmet Davutoglu announced the establishment of his Future Party on Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/14 15:23:14

Ramat Gan Safari zoo in Israel

Ramat Gan Safari zoo in Israel
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/13 14:21:31

Israel to hold third vote in less than a year

Israel will hold an election on March 2, its third in less than a year, parliament decided Thursday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main rival failed to parlay the previous two ballots into a new coalition government.
Source: Reuters | 2019/12/12 20:58:42

Taliban claims responsibility for attack on US base in Afghanistan

The Taliban outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack on the main US military base in Bagram 50 km north of Kabul on Wednesday that left eight dead including six attackers, two civilians and over 70 civilians injured.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/12 14:33:30

Iran, Russia, Turkey adopt joint statement on Syria

Iran, Russia and Turkey on Wednesday adopted a joint statement on Syria at the 14th round of Astana talks held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/12/12 9:18:06