UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura has held "substantive" talks with officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey over the planned formation of Syria's constitutional committee and how it would function. "During the meeting, constructive exchanges and substantive discussions took place...
Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Dr. Fayssal Mikdad stressed that Syria will get out of the crisis stronger than ever thanks to the strength of its youths and their efficiency. Mikdad’s remarks came during a meeting with young cadres on...
Russian President’s Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev affirmed his country’s determination to combat terrorism in Syria. “Large numbers of terrorists, including members from Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIL, are still there in the de-escalation zones and in Idleb too,” Lavrentiev...
Despite the start of the implementation of the “roadmap” for the Syrian city of Manbij—endorsed in a June 4 meeting between US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu—Turkish forces will not enter Manbij itself. Col....
Saudi Arabia is struggling to reach a unified position with fellow Gulf crude producers on the need to raise oil output, sources familiar with the talks said on Wednesday, adding to complications ahead of an OPEC meeting this week. The...
European companies complain they still face a difficult business climate in China despite Beijing's pledges of openness, with about half saying it has become tougher in the past year, according to a survey released Wednesday. The study comes as President...
Hackers stole more than $30 million worth of cryptocurrencies from South Korea's top bitcoin exchange, sending the unit's price falling around the world on Wednesday. The virtual currency was priced at $6,442 dollars late afternoon in Seoul, down about 4.4...
Telstra Corp., Australia's largest telecommunications company, announced on Wednesday that it will ax 8,000 jobs — one in four employees — over three years in a bid to save 1 billion Australian dollars ($740 million). Telstra shares fell more than...
Australian stores of US chain Toys 'R' Us will shut down after administrators said Wednesday they were unable to find a buyer, the latest victim of the growth of online retail. Toys 'R' Us Australia was put into administration last...
Asian equities rose Wednesday on bargain-buying after the previous day's battering, but investors remain anxious as the threat of a China-US trade war hangs over markets. Shanghai and Hong Kong bore the brunt of the sell-off Tuesday after Beijing warned...
Europe's main stock markets rose in early trade on Wednesday, with London's FTSE 100 index jumping almost 0.9 percent to 7,669.93 points. In the eurozone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 won 0.3 percent to 12,713.39 points compared with the closing level on...
Emirati-backed Yemeni government forces seized Hodeida airport from Huthi rebels on Wednesday, the coalition said, in a major step towards retaking the key Red Sea port city. "The airport was completely cleared, Thank God, and is under control," the coalition...
 Israeli warplanes struck Hamas positions in Gaza after Palestinian militants there fired dozens of rockets and mortars at southern communities early Wednesday, the military said. The Palestinian fire came hours after the Israeli military said it struck Hamas infrastructure in...
The number of Turks voting abroad in this month's presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey rose to a record level of 1.49 million, the head of the High Election Board, Sadi Guven, said on Wednesday. The elections are taking place...
Saudi Arabia has arrested two more women's rights activists, in an "unrelenting crackdown" just days before the kingdom ends a decades-long ban on female motorists, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. The New York-based watchdog said activists Nouf Abdelaziz and Mayaa...
 Russian airline Red Wings on Wednesday made its maiden flight to Iraq as commercial services between Moscow and Baghdad resume following the 2003 Iraqi War. The Airbus 320 took off at 1.30am Moscow time from the Russian capital's Domodedovo airport. Russian...
Air defense forces of Saudi Arabia destroyed in the country’s southwest on Tuesday a ballistic missile fired by Houthi rebels from Yemen, the al-Ekhbariya TV broadcaster reported. The Houthis targeted the Southwestern Saudi city of Khamis Mushait, according to the al-Ekhbariya TV. The...
South Sudan's warring leaders are set to meet face-to-face for the first time in almost two years on Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war. Opposition leader Riek Machar has arrived in the capital of neighboring Ethiopia, which...
The United States is leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It's the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday...
 Kim Jong Un declared North Korea's unstinting "friendship, unity and cooperation" with Beijing during his third visit to China this year, in a show of loyalty to his main ally following a landmark summit with US President Donald Trump. The...
The American military command in South Korea is preparing for the North Koreans to turn over the remains of an unknown number of U.S. or allied service members who have been missing since the Korean War, U.S. officials said...
Eritrean diplomats say the reclusive nation's president is sending a rare delegation to neighboring Ethiopia for peace talks days after Ethiopia's new prime minister took a major step toward calming deadly tensions with its decades-long rival. Longtime President Isaias Afwerki...
British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown with her pro-EU MPs on Wednesday over parliament's role in the final Brexit deal, which could influence her entire negotiation strategy. MPs will vote on amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill setting...
Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The three-day Taliban ceasefire ended...