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Saudi king appoints new ministers of labor and culture

Saudi king appoints new ministers of labor and culture

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia‘s King Salman has named Ahmed bin Suleiman al-Rajhi as new minister of labor and social development and appointed a minister to a newly created culture ministry, according to royal decrees published on Saturday. Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud was named culture […]

by August 22, 2018
Japan: North Korea must not be rewarded for only agreeing to talk

Japan: North Korea must not be rewarded for only agreeing to talk

SINGAPORE – Japan‘s Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said on Saturday it was important not to reward North Korea for only agreeing to dialogue and it must take concrete action to dismantle all of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Speaking at the Shangri-la Dialogue security forum in Singapore, Onodera said […]

by August 22, 2018
EU Commission President: ‘Euro zone not facing new debt crisis.‘

EU Commission President: ‘Euro zone not facing new debt crisis.‘

BERLIN – There is no threat of a new sovereign debt crisis in the euro zone despite an anti-establishment coalition government taking power in Italy, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said in remarks published on Saturday. Asked by the RND network of German newspapers if the single currency bloc faced […]

by August 22, 2018
Russia, UAE sign partnership deal, aim for stability in oil markets

Russia, UAE sign partnership deal, aim for stability in oil markets

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates signed a declaration on a strategic partnership on Friday which included an agreement to continue cooperation in the oil and gas sphere. This cooperation is aimed at providing balance and […]

by August 22, 2018
Former Shin Bet head: Netanyahu never asked to tap security chiefs‘ phones

Former Shin Bet head: Netanyahu never asked to tap security chiefs‘ phones

Former Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen on Friday responded to that asserted the prime minister had ordered Cohen to tap the phones of then-Mossad chief Tamir Pardo and IDF chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz in 2011, saying they were "incorrect." "I do not usually speak about the professional discourse […]

by August 22, 2018
Aid groups: Saudi-led coalition assault on Yemen port would be disaster

Aid groups: Saudi-led coalition assault on Yemen port would be disaster

GENEVA – As forces of the Saudi-led military coalition close in on the main Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, aid agencies fear a major battle that will also shut down a vital lifeline for millions of hungry civilians. Senior aid officials urged Western powers providing arms and intelligence to the […]

by August 22, 2018
Trump will meet with North Korean envoy, White House says

Trump will meet with North Korean envoy, White House says

WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump will meet with a senior North Korean envoy on Friday, the White House said, as efforts continued to get a US-North Korean summit initially planned for this month back on track. Kim Yong Chol, who was previously blacklisted by the United States because of […]

by August 22, 2018
France‘s National Front renamed “National Rally”

France‘s National Front renamed “National Rally”

LYON – Members of France‘s far-right National Front party voted to change its name to the "National Rally" on Friday, in a bid to shed a brand associated by many voters with racism and anti-Semitism and facilitate alliances with other parties. Speaking at a party meeting in Lyon, leader Marine […]

by August 22, 2018
UN Resolution calling for protection of Palestinians fails

UN Resolution calling for protection of Palestinians fails

WASHINGTON — When the Trump administration demanded a UN Security Council vote on Friday meant to counteract a Kuwaiti resolution condemning Israel, the Israelis saw the birth of a new diplomatic strategy that it hopes becomes the norm. Under the plan, Israel would no longer face hostile votes at the […]

by August 21, 2018
S.Korean official says North suggests joint celebration of 2000 summit

S.Korean official says North suggests joint celebration of 2000 summit

SEOUL – North Korea suggested during high-level talks on Friday that the two Koreas hold a joint celebration of the anniversary of a historic 2000 inter-Korean summit this month in the South, an official in Seoul said. Officials, politicians and private sector members from both sides should take part in […]

by August 21, 2018