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US president not seeking war with Iran: Pompeo

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reiterated that President Donald Trump does not seek war with Iran but Washington will continue to maintain its pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic. Pompeo told reporters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida on Tuesday that the American head of state …

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Johnson gets boost in race to become UK PM

  LONDON: Boris Johnson got a boost in his campaign to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday when one of his former rivals and EU supporter Matt Hancock backed him saying he was almost certain to win the contest. Johnson, a former London mayor and foreign minister, is …

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France: Iran nuclear deal can still be saved

PARIS: France says there is a window of opportunity between now and July 8 — when Iran has warned it could be forced to suspend more of its nuclear obligations — to save the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world countries. “We will do all we can with …

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At least 11 dead, 75 hurt in China quake

SICHUAN:  strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck China’s southwestern Sichuan province on Monday, leaving at least 11 people dead and 75 others hurt, officials and state media said. Rescuers were rushing to affected areas in heavy rain near the epicenter, which was located outside the city of Yibin, the Xinhua news agency …

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Oil rises on tensions after Middle East tanker attacks

TOKYO: Oil prices rose on Monday after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington will take all actions necessary to guarantee safe navigation in the Middle East, as tensions mounted following attacks on tankers last week. Brent futures rose 27 cents, 0.4% to $62.28 a barrel by 0040 GMT. …

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China praises frequent Xi-Imran meetings

BEIJING: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday pointed out that his three meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan over the past eight months fully reflected the high level of China-Pakistan all-weather strategic partnership and said that both countries should carry out closer coordination and cooperation under the changing regional and …

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US must invade Venezuela to scare Iran and North Korea: Senator Graham

WASHINGTON: A hawkish Republican senator has suggested that the United States should take military action against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro so countries opposing the US are intimidated and surrender to Washington’s demands. To handle foreign conflicts “we need points on the board,” Senator Lindsey Graham, who is a close ally …

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US warns Israel against deepening business ties with China

WASHINGTON: The United States has warned Israel, a staunch ally in the Middle East, against deepening business ties with China, citing “security implications.” In its latest military budget bill, the Senate warned Israel not to allow China to run the port of Haifa, a long-time docking point for the US …

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US video not enough to blame Iran for tanker attacks: Germany

BERLIN: Video footage released by the US military to blame Iran for the recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman has been disputed even by Washington’s allies and Western analysts. Less than a day after the US Central Command (CENTCOM) released the video late Thursday purportedly …

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