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JUST IN: Iran-U.S. tension continues to escalate ahead of Biden’s inauguration

Iran on Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards...

How will Arab-Israeli normalization deals impact Middle East?

The latter half of 2020 has seen four Arab states agreeing to normalize ties with Israel, some analysts say the normalization deals reflect shifting...
Central African Republic

CAR elections to test nation’s peacebuilding achievements

Voters of the Central African Republic (CAR) are going to the polls on Sunday to elect a president and members of the National Assembly...
An U.S. army soldier sits on top of an armored vehicle during the annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States in Pocheon, northeast of Seoul, March 25, 2015. (Xinhua/Seongbin Kang)

What’s behind Washington’s frequent troop withdrawal orders?

The Pentagon said Friday that U.S. President Donald Trump had ordered the majority of American military forces out of Somalia by early 2021. The decision...
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie

Arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader may lead to group collapse – experts

The outlawed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood group is heading towards full disintegration after the recent arrest of its Acting Supreme Guide Mahmoud Ezzat and the...
Japans Exports

Egypt’s annual exports likely to increase to US$100 billion in 3 years – analysts

By Marwa Yahya Egypt is likely to succeed in its very ambitious plan to increase its exports to 100 billion U.S. dollars...
Workers wearing face masks work at a restaurant in Baghdad, Iraq on Aug. 19, 2020. Night life has been resuming in Baghdad since Aug. 16, when the Iraqi Higher Committee for Health and National Safety cancelled the weekly three-day full curfew to replace them with partial curfew every week and reduced the partial curfew hours to be from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (Xinhua)

Easing of anti-COVID-19 restrictions in Iraq prompts concerns as total nationwide infections exceed 200,000

Concerns are rising over the recent decisions of Iraqi health authorities to ease some anti-COVID-19 restrictions and the public's non-compliance to health instructions as...

Bundesliga rookie coach Hoeness next in line at Hoffenheim

By Oliver Trust The Bundesliga's TSG Hoffenheim has continued its adventurous policy of appointing young newcomers as their head coach. ...

Tensions high in Israel as government stability in question

by Keren Setton Israeli police are on high alert Thursday, hours before major protests are scheduled to begin in Jerusalem. ...
Israeli Pm

Israel faces major hurdles to economic recovery amid COVID-19 pandemic

by Keren Setton Israel is facing obstacles to economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of a lack of a clear and...
Israeli-occupied Palestinian

Fatah, Hamas need more steps to strengthen Palestine’s internal unity

by Saud Abu Ramadan, Emad Drimly Islamic Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party need more steps to strengthen Palestine's internal unity, Palestinian...

Experts warn of rising Lebanon-Israel tensions as Lebanese economy worsens under U.S. pressure

Lebanese experts have warned of the risk of rising tensions, or even a conflict, between Israel and Lebanon as the U.S. continues its economic...

Coronavirus uptick may hurt Trump as U.S. elections 4 months ahead

U.S. media in recent days have reported a surge in COVID-19 cases in some southern U.S. states, development that could bode ill for U.S....

Why Africa achieves better-than-expected anti-epidemic results

Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases surpassed the 250,000-mark to reach 251,866 with 6,769 deaths as of Tuesday afternoon, maintaining a mortality rate far below the...
A Palestinian man sits in front of Israeli soldiers during clashes at Tayasir checkpoint near the West Bank city of Tubas, on Feb. 25, 2020. Dozens of Palestinian demonstrators clashed on Tuesday with Israeli soldiers at an Israeli army roadblock on a road leading to the Jordan Valley in the West Bank, medical and security sources said. (Photo by Nidal Eshtayeh/Xinhua)

Israel, U.S. agree on Israeli annexation of West Bank despite differing on timing, size

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday in Jerusalem, discussing the COVID-19 pandemic as well as...
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk on a street in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2020. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late Monday that the whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown from Tuesday until April 3. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

Italy’s “prudent” second-phase quarantine rules balance economy, health

Nearly 50 days after he announced Europe's first peacetime national lockdown to confront the coronavirus, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte revealed the first major...

Greece’s management of COVID-19 sets example

by Maria Spiliopoulou, Valentini Anagnostopoulou Greece has won praise internationally this spring from scientists and the media for its management of the COVID-19...
People walk near the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, March 8, 2020. A total of 6,387 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Italy since the epidemic first broke out here over two weeks ago, the Civil Protection Department said Sunday. In addition, 366 people have died and 622 recovered, Civil Protection Department Chief Angelo Borrelli told reporters at a televised press conference. (Photo by Alberto Lingria/Xinhua)

Italy forms task force to prepare for economy reopening

The expert task force appointed to help shepherd Italy through the gradual re-opening of the country's economy has to maintain a delicate balance between...
Photo taken on Feb. 28, 2020 shows the exterior of London Stock Exchange Group in London, Britain. British stocks decreased on Friday, with the benchmark FTSE 100 Index down by 3.18 percent, or 215.79 points, to close at 6,580.61 points. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

UK faces hard choice between continuing lockdown and protecting economy

As Britain enters the fourth week of lockdown, the British government is caught between a rock and a hard place over whether to continue...
Pedestrians wearing face masks walk on a street in Rome, Italy, March 10, 2020. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced late Monday that the whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown from Tuesday until April 3. (Xinhua/Cheng Tingting)

Europe’s coronavirus aid plan gets mixed reviews in Italy, need for reform paramount

The Italian government has given a mixed response to the 540-billion-euro (588-billion-U.S. dollar) package agreed to by European financial ministers last Thursday, which aimed...
A view of Jerusalem's Old City | Photo: Reuters/Ronen Zvulun

Israeli strict anti-coronavirus policies serve to contain epidemic as cases top 10,000

by Keren Setton The death toll of COVID-19 in Israel surpassed 100 over the weekend as the infection cases have topped 10,000....
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (R) and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz attend a ceremony at the President's residence in Jerusalem, on Oct. 23, 2019. Benny Gantz, Israel's former military chief, was given on Wednesday the mandate to form a new government after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to do so amid a political deadlock. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua)

Israel knee-deep in political crisis as unity talks falter

by Keren Setton Israeli President Reuven Rivlin turned down a request on Sunday by the Blue and White party leader to extend...
Fiat Chrysler

Fiat-Chrysler signs deal to begin producing cars as soon as coronavirus lockdown ends

Fiat-Chrysler, the Italian-American carmaker that halted all domestic production last month amid the country's national coronavirus quarantine, has reached an agreement with trade unions...

Lebanon’s economists hopeful about bank circular to allow free cash withdrawals by small depositors

by Dana Halawi Experts say that the Lebanese Central Bank's circular allowing small depositors to withdraw their money from banks raised a...

Why coronavirus hits Spain hardest in Europe

by Paul Giblin There is still no verifiable scientific explanation for why two Mediterranean countries -- Italy and Spain -- have become...
Israeli-occupied Palestinian

COVID-19 brings rare calm to Gaza Strip

by Sanaa Kamal For weeks, the blockaded Gaza Strip has witnessed a rare calm between the Palestinian armed factions and Israel, amid...

Turkey’s refugee move exposes EU’s common policy failure

Turkey's sudden decision to open the gates to Europe for refugees exposes Ankara's frustration over the lack of support and the failure of a...
European Union (EU)

EU poised for stimulus amid COVID-19 risks

The announcement of rate cut from several major central banks in the world has pushed policymakers in the European Union (EU) one step further...
economy growing,

Italy’s economy expected to take hit despite encouraging growth in 2019

Italy's economy emerged from 2019 healthier than expected, based on data released Monday by the country's National Institute of Statistics (Istat), but economists said...
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during their meeting in Sochi, Russia, on Oct. 22, 2019. Russia and Turkey have adopted a joint memorandum on the situation in Syria after the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi. According to the memorandum, Moscow and Ankara have agreed to deploy Russian and Syrian forces in zone of the Turkish operation in Syria starting from Wednesday. (Sputnik via Xinhua)

Erdogan-Putin meeting expected to ease spiking tensions in Syria’s Idlib

by Burak Akinci After suffering its worst casualties in years, Turkey has launched a new major offensive against the Russia-backed Syrian forces...