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US started listening to Turkey

With Turkey’s help, Russia is conducting direct negotiations with Syrian rebels, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. The FT wrote that one opposition figure, when asked why he thought Russia would seek a deal with the rebels just as Assad appeared to be winning, said Moscow was “essentially saying: ‘Screw you, …

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Relationship with Pakistan “not smooth” but “important”: US

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary on Thursday spoke about ‘not-so-friendly’ relationship with Pakistan, particularly over the last eight years but stressed the ally was important for the United States. “The US relationship with Pakistan is one that’s quite complicated, particularly when you consider our overlapping national …

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All US Senators Vote on Renewal of Iran Sanctions Act

WASHITON: (Web Desk) The US House of Representatives voted 419 to 1 last month to reauthorize ISA, which was first introduced in 1996 to punish investments in Iran’s energy industry based on accusations that Tehran was pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. The Obama administration has expressed reservations …

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CIA chief warns Trump that scrapping Iran deal would be ‘disastrous’

NEW YORK: (Web Desk) The director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has warned US president-elect Donald Trump against revoking the nuclear deal with Iran, saying that it would be “disastrous” and “the height of folly”. In a interview with BBC broadcast on Wednesday, John Brenan advised the new president …

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US admits ‘unintentional errors’ led to deadly airstrike in Syria

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The US Defense Department says mid-September airstrikes that killed dozens of Syrian soldiers in the country’s eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr were an “unintentional error” and did not violate international law. The Pentagon made the claims in a statement on Tuesday, saying that the US-led coalition had …

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Trump’s rise likely to facilitate Iran’s Eurasia integration

While the US-Iran nuke deal had initially seen some positive progress in terms of re-establishing Iran’s economic relations with the West, particularly the EU, the progress now seems to be degenerating into a stalemate. What was, and continues to be, a story of various disagreements between the US and Iran …

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Will Trump’s Middle East Policy Change the Region?

The further aggravation of the situation in Syria, the United States’ policy with respect to its allies and the deal on Iran’s nuclear program all remain highly topical issues on the Middle East agenda. Donald Trump’s election as the 45th President of the United States came as a complete surprise …

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US, China agree on tougher sanctions against North Korea: Diplomat

The United States and China have agreed on a fresh round of tough sanctions to be enforced by the United Nations Security Council against North Korea in response to Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, a senior UN diplomat says. The top Security Council diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters …

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