US, China sign initial trade deal

WASHINGTON — The United States and China signed the “phase one” of a trade deal Wednesday that marks a major milestone in the more than two-year trade war between the world’s top two economies. The agreement was signed by US President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He during a White House ceremony attended by … Read More

Plane tragedy enrages Iran protesters

TEHRAN –– Iran’s stunning admission that it “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane with a missile, hours after launching missile attacks on bases housing US troops in Iraq, has drawn anger and outrage across the country. Iranians have staged demonstrations in different parts of the country to denounce what they call “sheer carelessness” that … Read More

Iran arrests suspects in Ukrainian plane crash

TEHRAN — Iranian authorities have arrested a number of suspects in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane last week, the country’s judiciary commission said on Tuesday. The suspects were arrested “for their role in the plane crash,” commission spokesman Ghulam Hussein Ismaili said in statements cited by Press TV. The arrests came after Iranian President … Read More

Koalas could be endangered as result of bushfires

CANBERRA — Australian Minister of Environment Sussan Ley has warned that koalas could be listed as an endangered species as a result of bushfires. Ley and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg on Monday announced USD34.5 million in funding to support species affected by the bushfire crisis. Ley told reporters that koala populations have suffered an “extraordinary hit” from … Read More

Israel warns of ‘resounding blow’ if Iran attacks

JERUSALEM — Israel’s prime minister on Wednesday warned Iran of a “resounding blow” if it attacked Israeli targets in the wake of increasing tensions in the region. “Anyone who attacks us will receive a resounding blow,” Benjamin Netanyahu said in a conference organized by the Kohelet Policy Forum, a Jerusalem-based think-tank. Praising U.S. President Donald Trump … Read More

Ukraine to open criminal case following plane crash

MOSCOW — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday instructed the country’s attorney general to launch an investigation into Wednesday’s deadly crash of a Ukraine International Airlines flight in Tehran, Iran’s capital. An investigative commission will be created with the participation of law enforcement and specialized agencies responsible for civil aviation, Zelensky said in a message posted … Read More

Iraq: No casualties in Iran missile strike

BAGHDAD — Iraqi authorities on Wednesday reported that there had been no casualties following Iran’s missile strike targeting two US military bases in Iraq. Iraq’s state-run Security Media Network said in a written statement that 22 missiles had fallen on Iraqi territory. “Seventeen of these rockets hit Ain Al-Assad airbase […] and five missiles fell on … Read More

Ukrainian aircraft with 180 people aboard crashes in Tehran

KIEV — Passengers and crew of a Ukrainian plane that crashed at Tehran Airport were killed, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. “The passengers and flight crew are deceased,” the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry’s consular service said in a statement on Facebook. Fars news agency reported early on Wednesday that Boeing-737 of the Ukraine International Airlines … Read More

Iraqi parliament decides to expel US troops

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi parliament on Sunday decided to expel American troops from the country. In an extraordinary session, the parliament unanimously decided to send the US and foreign troops out of the country. In a statement, the parliament said the implementation of the decision is within the government’s obligation. The move came after Qassem Soleimani, … Read More