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Trump "disappointed" at refugee deal with Australia: White House
The White House said Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump is "unbelievably disappointed" at the refugee deal that the Obama administration signed with Australia.
U.S. eases sanctions on Russian intelligence agency
The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday issued a notice easing sanctions on a Russian intelligence agency that former President Barack Obama sanctioned over Moscow's alleged hacking activities in last year's U.S. presidential election.
Joint task force on Syria to meet in Astana
The first meeting of a joint task force on Syria involving experts from Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United Nations will be held on Monday in Astana, Kazakhstan, the Russian Defense Ministry said Thursday.
Iran says U.S. missile allegations "baseless"
Iranian Foreign Minister on Thursday dismissed a U.S. security official's remarks about Iran's recent missile test as "baseless," official IRNA news agency reported. Iran's DM says recent missile test "successful"
Majority of French voters want scandal-hit Fillon to step down: survey
Seven out of ten French voters want conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon to drop out of the election race after allegations over his wife's fake job threw his campaign off course and severely damaged his bid, a survey released on Thursday showed.
Firefighters contain blaze in Dhaka's overcrowded Gulistan street market
A massive blaze that razed a multistoried wholesale market in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka's overcrowded Gulistan street has been contained.
One hostage dead in U.S. prison standoff
One hostage was found dead and another rescued as police stormed into a Delaware state prison Thursday morning, ending a day-long standoff, said the Department of Corrections.
EU chief vows to close down migratory route from Libya to Italy
European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday vowed to close down the central Mediterranean migration route, which links Libya to Italy, to stem the inflow of illegal migrants.
Brexit must be seen as opportunity and not challenge: Chinese Ambassador
Ambassador Liu Xiaoming said that some people say Britain has undergone a political earthquake, and its future is full of uncertainties. ˇ°However in the face of uncertainties the UK once again demonstrates to the world the strong reliance of the British people.ˇ±
Chinese cultural troupe's New Year performance premieres in Yangon
A Chinese cultural troupe's performance under the title of "Culture of China Festival of Spring" premiered at Yangon's National Theatre on Wednesday, sending New Year greetings to the Chinese community in Myanmar.
U.S. prison on lockdown after guards taken hostage by inmates
A prison housing some 2,500 in Delaware, eastern United States, has been on lockdown after some guards were taken hostage on Wednesday.
U.S. Senate confirms Tillerson as Secretary of State
U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State. U.S. Senate Republicans halt panel rules to advance Trump's nominees without Dem. present; Trump urges Senate Republicans to crash Dem. resistance for his Supreme Court pick
British MPs vote in favor of triggering Brexit
Politicians in House of Commons gave overwhelming backing on Wednesday night to a parliamentary bill, paving the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger the Article 50 mechanism for Britain to leave the European Union.
U.S. puts Iran "on notice" over "destabilizing" actions
The United States on Wednesday officially put Iran "on notice" over Tehran's recent missile launch and an attack against a Saudi vessel by Iran-supported Houthi militants. Iran says missile test "inalienable right" for deterrent purposes
Trump urges Senate Republicans to crash Dem. resistance for his Supreme Court pick
U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged Senate Republicans to take the so-called "nuclear option" to prevent Democrats from using a filibuster to block his Supreme Court pick. Trump picks Neil Gorsuch as nominee for U.S. Supreme Court
Abbas instructs diplomatic campaign against Israeli settlement: official
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made instructions to senior Palestinian diplomats, including his foreign affairs minister and the ambassador to the United Nations, to start lobbying against the Israeli settlement in the Palestinian territories, a senior official said on Wednesday. UN concerned over Israeli announcements to advance settlement units in occupied West Bank
4 killed, 30 trapped as building collapses in northern India
At least four people were killed and 17 others injured Wednesday after an under-construction building collapsed in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said.
U.S. Senate Republicans halt panel rules to advance Trump's nominees without Dem. present
U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday morning suspended standard committee rules so as to advance two key cabinet nominees picked by President Donald Trump with no Democrat present.
Moscow, Tokyo to discuss economic cooperation on disputed islands
Russia and Japan have agreed to hold the first round of bilateral consultations on joint economic activities on a series of disputed islands in Tokyo in March, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
U.S. travel ban "not way to best protect" America, other countries: UN chief
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday that the U.S. travel ban imposed on refugees and immigrants from seven countries "is not the way to best protect the U.S. or any other country," voicing his hope that "this measure should be removed sooner, rather than later."
UN concerned over Israeli announcements to advance settlement units in occupied West Bank
The United Nations on Wednesday expressed its concern over recent announcements by the Israeli Government to advance over 5,000 settlement units in the occupied West Bank.
Mogherini blasts U.S travel ban, EU dual nationals not affected
The United States has clarified that EU citizens will not be affected by the U.S. travel ban even if they hold dual citizenship with a country listed in executive order. However, the move unnerved top EU leadership.
EU, Mexico agree to accelerate trade talks
The European Union (EU) and Mexico will hold two additional negotiating rounds before summer as part of an accelerated schedule for a new, reformed Free Trade Agreement, European Commission said on Wednesday.
Violence erupts during evacuation of Jewish outpost in West Bank
Violent confrontation erupted between Israeli far-right activists and police officers carrying out evacuation of an unauthorized outpost in the West Bank on Wednesday.
Malaysia expands search area for those missing in boat accident
Malaysian officials said on Wednesday that the search area has expanded for the missing people in a boat accident off Sabah state.
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