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Thai PM vows to dissolve parliament, hold elections ‘as soon as possible

Thai PM vows to dissolve parliament, hold elections ‘as soon as possible

Thailand’s prime minister has announced parliament will be dissolved and early elections demanded by the opposition will be held as “soon as possible” after opposition MPs backed protesters in their bid to oust the government. “At this stage, when there are many people opposed to the government from many groups, the best way is to […]

South Korea expands air defense zone in territory row with China

South Korea expands air defense zone in territory row with China

South Korea has announced it will expand its air defense zone in a move that could raise regional tensions with China. The new zone encroaches on air space that Beijing had previously claimed, sparking outrage from its Asian neighbors. The South Korean government said that the new zone will come into effect December 15, AFP […]

Afghanistan agrees on regional security pact with Iran

Afghanistan agrees on regional security pact with Iran

Concerned about the presence of foreign forces in the region, Iran and Afghanistan have decided to sign a joint cooperation agreement to boost “regional security” amid American efforts to force the Afghan president to seal a security pact with Washington. “Afghanistan agreed on a long-term friendship and cooperation pact with Iran,” President’s Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi […]

Obama admin ‘cherry-picked intelligence’ to justify Syria strike

Obama admin ‘cherry-picked intelligence’ to justify Syria strike

Washington knew Syrian rebels could produce sarin gas but “cherry-picked” intel to blame President Assad for the Aug. 21 attack on Ghouta, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh has revealed, citing senior US security sources. The report was published in the London Review of Books after two of Hersh’s regular publishers, The New Yorker and The Washington […]

Thai protesters besiege 4 more ministerial buildings

Thai protesters besiege 4 more ministerial buildings

Thai opposition protesters have targeted several more government ministries on Tuesday in a continuation of their effort to depose Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s government. It comes a day after they took over two ministries. “We have to leave because [the protesters] will cut the utilities,” Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Pureesrisak told AFP. He added the […]

Israel needs new friends since link with US ‘weakened’ – FM

Israel needs new friends since link with US ‘weakened’ – FM

Avigdor Lieberman, head of the far-right Yisrael Beitenu party.(AFP Photo / Menahem Kahana) Tel Aviv urgently needs new allies in the global political arena besides Washington, Israeli Foreign Minister said while the country’s PM Netanyahu was visiting Russia to lobby against a nuclear deal with Iran, currently being discussed in Geneva. “The link between Israel […]

Israel needs new friends since link with US ‘weakened’ – FM

Israel needs new friends since link with US ‘weakened’ – FM

Tel Aviv urgently needs new allies in the global political arena besides Washington, Israeli Foreign Minister said while the country’s PM Netanyahu was visiting Russia to lobby against a nuclear deal with Iran, currently being discussed in Geneva. “The link between Israel and its main strategic partner the United States has weakened,” Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor […]

Israel working with Saudi Arabia on Iran’s nuclear contingency plan

Israel working with Saudi Arabia on Iran’s nuclear contingency plan

Israel’s Mossad, along with Saudi officials, is working on contingency plans that could include an attack on Iran if its nuclear program is not curbed enough during the negotiations in Geneva this week, a new report has revealed. Both powers have expressed concern that restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program will not be enough. According to […]

4 Syrian generals among 31 dead in rebel bomb attack

4 Syrian generals among 31 dead in rebel bomb attack

A rebel bomb attack killed 31 Syrian military troops on an army base near Damascus on Sunday. Four generals were among those killed. The attack came amid a major regime offensive against rebel positions around Damascus and Aleppo, AFP reported. “Three generals and a brigadier-general were among 31 troops killed in a bomb attack that […]

50 dead as passenger jet crashes in central Russia

50 dead as passenger jet crashes in central Russia

Fifty people died after a Boeing passenger plane crashed on landing in the city of Kazan in central Russia on Sunday, according to the Emergencies Ministry. A doctor working at the scene said that only ashes and rubble were left from the plane. The Boeing 737-500 passenger aircraft operated by Tatarstan Airlines exploded after crash-landing […]

Putin calls Assad on Geneva-2, chemical weapons, persecution of Christians

Putin calls Assad on Geneva-2, chemical weapons, persecution of Christians

For the first time since 2011, the Russian and Syrian presidents spoke on the phone to discuss developments in the Syria crisis. Vladimir Putin called Bashar Assad about the Geneva-2 peace talks and the destruction of Syria’s chemical stockpile. President Putin called President Assad to talk about the preparations for the Syria peace talks, and […]

Israelis, Saudis seeking new plans for Iran nuclear talks

Israelis, Saudis seeking new plans for Iran nuclear talks

Israel and Saudi Arabia are considering new plans in order to ratchet up pressure on the United States not to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, a Middle East expert says. “The Zionist lobby and the Saudis are considering another approach,” former Middle East Chief Correspondent for Independent Television News Alan Hart told Press TV […]

Kerry: World powers agree to nuclear deal, but Iran ‘walked away’

Kerry: World powers agree to nuclear deal, but Iran ‘walked away’

US Secretary of State John Kerry countered claims France had torpedoed nuclear talks with Iran, saying the six world powers “signed off” on a deal, but Iran wasn’t ready to accept it. Tehran and the UN nuclear watchdog agreed on a roadmap for cooperation. Kerry delivered his comments in Abu Dhabi on Monday following rampant […]

West to turn down Syria’s chemical weapons transport equipment request – report

West to turn down Syria’s chemical weapons transport equipment request – report

Syria’s request for military transport equipment to move chemical weapons materials out of the country will be reportedly turned down by the West as the desired hardware could potentially be used against the rebels, according to a media report. Syria’s President Bashar Assad’s administration submitted a list of transport equipment it believes it will need […]

Death, hunger, looting: Typhoon-ravaged Philippines’ state of national calamity

Death, hunger, looting: Typhoon-ravaged Philippines’ state of national calamity

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, which left thousands dead, many more displaced and survivors battling for survival amid devastation and chaos, the Philippines has declared a state of national calamity to help restore order to the reeling nation. In a primetime television speech delivered Monday, President Benigno Aquino said: “We declare a state of […]

Army makes new gains against Takfiri militants across Syria

Army makes new gains against Takfiri militants across Syria

The Syrian army has reportedly managed to make new gains in its fight against foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists in two strategic areas in the crisis-hit country. On Monday, the Syrian troops carried out a military operation against the Takfiri militants in the key neighborhood of Barzeh, located north of the capital, Damascus, Syria’s official news agency, […]

Why US doesn’t want an end to wars

Why US doesn’t want an end to wars

Neil Clark is a journalist, writer and broadcaster. His award winning blog can be found at http://www.neilclark66.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter The only surprising thing about the news that the US is sabotaging peace moves in Afghanistan and Pakistan is that anyone should find the news surprising. As reported on RT, Pakistan has accused the […]

Hamas claims shooting down Israeli drone in Gaza, IDF says ‘technical reasons’ behind crash

Hamas claims shooting down Israeli drone in Gaza, IDF says ‘technical reasons’ behind crash

Hamas’ military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, says the organization shot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and managed to find it. However, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) says the drone crashed because of a technical malfunction. The al-Qassam Brigades claimed on Twitter that it shot down what it called a “mini-drone” over the Gaza […]

Cash for international Syria chemical watchdog may run out by end-November

Cash for international Syria chemical watchdog may run out by end-November

The international watchdog responsible for the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons may soon run out of cash, as its current funding is only enough to see the time-consuming mission through to the end of November. So far the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has raised about 10 million euros ($13.5 million) to […]

Syria army conducts successful ops. across country

Syria army conducts successful ops. across country

The Syrian army has conducted successful cleanup operations across the country, inflicting heavy losses on foreign-sponsored militants fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. On Tuesday, the army continued its mop-up operations on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, killing scores of militants. The army also launched attacks on the militants in Yabroud, killing […]

Torch & go! Olympic spacecraft preparing for launch

Torch & go! Olympic spacecraft preparing for launch

Space engineers have set up the rocket which will carry the Olympic flame to the International Space Station from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The launch of Soyuz TMA-11M is scheduled for Thursday. The Soyuz spacecraft will be boosted by a Soyuz-FG rocket from the first launch pad of the Cosmodrome, the so-called Gagarin’s Start. It will […]