Bashar al-Assad

Putin thanks Trump for help in foiling attack plot

Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked US counterpart Donald Trump Sunday for the CIA’s help in thwarting a planned attack in Saint Petersburg, the …

Russia

As Russia redraws the map in Syria, Putin and Iran are left with one major disagreement

With the map of Syria's conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar al-Assad's favor, his Russian allies, Iran included, want to convert military …

Syria

War against IS in Syria will be won by February: France's Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday predicted the Islamic State group would be crushed in Syria by February, pushing for the Syrian government …

Syria

Macron Appeals to French Exceptionalism as 40th Birthday Looms

President Emmanuel Macron sought to appeal to the French idea of their country as exceptional and iconoclastic in his second major television …

Business

US defence secretary Jim Mattis says no need to step-up military operations against Iran

<b>Washington:</b> US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said Friday he does not see the need for a stepped-up military posture against Iran, the day after a top …

Jim Mattis

Pope Francis Tells The Media To Stop Pushing 'Fake News'

Pope Francis has warned journalists not to push sensationalized news stories that are incomplete, biased, or untruthful for the sake of quickness or …

Nicolás Maduro

A War Trump Won

There is nothing more characteristic of the Trump era, with its fire hose of misinformation, scandal and hyperbole, than that America and its allies recently managed to win a war that just two years ago consumed headlines and dominated political debate and helped Donald Trump himself get elected …

Opinion

Obama administration undermined anti-Hezbollah task force to help secure Iran nuke deal, report says

The Obama administration gave a free pass to Hezbollah’s drug-trafficking and money-laundering operations — some of which were unfolding inside the U.S. — to help ensure the Iran nuclear deal would stay on track, according to a bombshell exposé in Politico Sunday.<p>An elaborate campaign led by the …

U.S. Politics

War in 2018: What Will Happen With North Korea, Syria and Ukraine?

As 2017 comes to a close, bloody conflicts rage on in many parts of the world and new wars are seemingly on the horizon.<p>To get a clearer picture of …

North Korea

Space photography puts 2017’s biggest news events in perspective

Thanks to the massive scale of 2017’s various disasters and crises, satellites and astronauts captured more than a few major news events while orbiting Earth this year.<p>The resulting images offer a sharp “before and after” contrasts, crystallizing and simplifying complex events with arresting …

Hurricane Harvey

The Observer view on the effectiveness of international law

World justice is failing the innocent when tyrants kill with impunity<p>The recent conviction of Ratko Mladić, the former Bosnian Serb commander, on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the 1990s may come to be viewed as a high-point for global justice. Mladić’s …

Law (UK)

Post-War Syria: The Next Big Crisis Between Russia and America?

<b>By Nikolas K. Gvosdev</b><p>Two years before the final defeat of Adolf Hitler—at a time when German armies still occupied a significant portion of the …

Syria

Mattis Places Responsibility for Middle East Turmoil Directly on Iran

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis held an impromptu news conference about Iran with Pentagon correspondents.<p>According to the …

Middle East

Blippar's celebrity face-mashing app is filled with pictures of killers, terrorists, and dictators

A new app from augmented reality startup Blippar lets you superimpose your face onto celebrities like Mariah Carey and Mark Wahlberg — but also inadvertently suggests serial killers, terrorists, and even the artwork of Adolf Hitler.<p>FaceJam is marketed as a lighthearted way to put your face on a …

Technology

Syrian troops march into rebel-held Idlib

Syrian government forces have entered small parts of the northwestern rebel-held province of Idlib in one of their deepest incursions into the area …

Syria

Backed by Putin, Russian Military Pushes Into Foreign Policy

<b>Moscow:</b> From Damascus to Doha, Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military‘s growing …

Russia

World Digest: Dec. 16, 2017

AUSTRALIA<p>Sydney man charged in illicit N. Korea sales<p>A Sydney man has been charged with acting as an agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales for Pyongyang, including components that could be used in ballistic missiles.<p>The Australian Federal Police said the …

North Korea

Mohammed bin Salman's ill-advised ventures have weakened Saudi Arabia’s position in the world

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) of Saudi Arabia is the undoubted Middle East man of the year, but his great impact stems more from his …

Middle East

Saudi Arabia’s dangerous gamble

For its entire modern existence — nearly 90 years — the kingdom of Saudi Arabia has wielded outsize influence over the rest of the world because of …

Middle East

The problem with Trump’s Middle East policy: He doesn’t have one

Eleven months into the Trump presidency, our Middle East policy amounts to a series of stunts — an isolated retaliatory attack on Syria for use of chemical weapons, “decertifying” the Iran deal (to the consternation of those egging on the administration, hoping that the European Union and Congress …

Opinion

What Vladimir Putin Really Wants in the Middle East

On Nov. 20, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad issued a joint statement from the Black Sea resort town of …

Russia

UN blames Damascus for ‘golden opportunity missed’ at Syria peace talks

The UN envoy for Syria acknowledged on Dec. 14 that the latest round of peace talks for the war-ravaged country had failed, and blamed Damascus for …

Syria

Here’s Trump’s Next Move for Assad, Syria, and Iran

President Donald Trump appears to be pivoting U.S. strategy in Syria to countering the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Wall Street Journal reports.U.S. …

Conservative View

A Week Around the World With The Atlantic

Russia, the United States, and the unpredictability of Trump<p>What We’re Writing<p><b>The United States and Russia:</b> In her new magazine cover story, Julia Ioffe posited a simple thesis about Vladimir Putin: that he is not the manipulative mastermind America thinks he is. In a video, Julia explains how …

Foreign Policy

A record number of journalists worldwide are behind bars for doing their jobs

This last year has been a dangerous one for journalists around the globe — a record 262 men and women are imprisoned because of the nature of the …

Rakhine State

Where Russian and Iranian Aircraft Carriers Clash

Last week, the Tehran daily Kayhan, believed to reflect the views of "Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei offered its readers a front-page treat. It claimed …

Middle East

Trump’s Foreign Policy: Year One

Timeline<p>2017<p>President Trump’s first year signaled a profound departure of U.S. leadership in areas like trade and climate policy, and an …

Michelle Obama

U.S. Military and Russia Clash Over Donald Trump's Boast of Victory Over ISIS

Russia’s Defense Ministry has criticized the U.S. over what it claims are mixed messages about its fight against the Islamic State militant group …

Russia

ISIL weapons traced to US and Saudi Arabia

Arms used by ISIL in battle were supplied by the US and Saudi Arabia to Syrian opposition fighters, new report finds.<p>Weapons supplied by the United States and Saudi Arabia to opposition fighters often fell into the hands of ISIL, significantly enhancing the "quantity and quality" of the group's …

Middle East

Putin is Preparing for World War III-Is Trump?

World Russia Vladimir Putin World War III Donald Trump Syria Assad Iran<p>Russia, surrounded by enemies, is readying to fight an epic war for survival. …

Russia