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Turkish lira takes a beating

News Analysis | The Turkish currency, the lira, took a hammering on Monday as it plunged almost eight percent igniting fears that the economic crisis...

Trump tells attorney general to end Russia probe

AFP | Donald Trump on Wednesday told his attorney general to end the high-profile investigation into Russian election meddling that has ensnared key members of...

Trump’s friends turned foes

AFP | The Fixer On paper, Michael Cohen's job seemed straightforward: "personal attorney to President Donald Trump. "But over the course of 20 years, the former...

Houthi rebels target Saudi oil tanker in Red Sea

News Analysis | According to the Saudi news agency an oil tanker came under attack near the Yemeni coast suffering mild damage. “The Saudi oil...

Iran threatens US with counter measure if oil exports are blocked

News Analysis | Iran foreign ministry spokesperson Baharam Qassemi has said that Iran will retaliate with reactionary measures if the country’s oil exports are embargoed...

Trump, Iran drama escalates — via Twitter

AFP | Tensions are mounting between Donald Trump and Iran -- the US president's raw tweet threatening Tehran was met Monday with a similarly bilious...

North Korea begins dismantling rocket test site

AFP | North Korea has started dismantling some facilities at its main satellite launch station, seen as the testing ground for its intercontinental ballistic missiles,...

Moscow suggests cooperation with US on return of Syrian refugees

AFP | Moscow has put forward plans to Washington to cooperate on the safe return of refugees to Syria, the Russian ministry of defense said...

Russia hails ‘partner’ Trump ahead of summit: Kremlin

News Desk | The Kremlin hailed US President Donald Trump as a "partner" on Friday ahead of his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "We...

Trump’s breakthrough with Putin: Summit announced

News Desk | Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to a summit with Donald Trump in a third country at talks Wednesday with the US leader's...

Symbolic Trump-Kim summit: a step in the right direction?

News Analysis | Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un finally met on Tuesday amid a media frenzy in an unprecedented development between the two hostile nations after nasty...

N. Korea media herald Kim’s Singapore stroll

AFP | North Korea's state media lauded Singapore Tuesday as they highlighted Kim Jong Un's visit to some of its top tourist attractions. A few hours...

Trump calls Trudeau “weak and dishonest” after refusing to sign G7...

News Analysis | When the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, was talking to media about the success of the G7 summit which Canada hosted...

Trump hosts first iftar dinner at White House

AFP | Donald Trump hosted his first iftar dinner as president Wednesday, marking the traditional Ramadan fast-breaking meal with Muslim invitees at the White House. Trump,...

Trump hosts Japan PM, five days before summit with Kim

AFP | With less than a week to go before meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, US President Donald Trump plays host Thursday to...

China’s gateway to N. Korea pins hopes on Kim-Trump summit

AFP | After a sanctions-driven hiatus, dozens of North Korean women are again cutting cloth, pedalling sewing machines and manning production lines at a garment...

China hosts summit with Russia and Iran as nuclear deal wobbles

AFP | Iran, China and Russia may seek ways to salvage the nuclear deal ditched by Donald Trump when their leaders meet this weekend at...

Trump asserts ‘absolute right’ to pardon himself

AFP | US President Donald Trump hardened his defence against the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Monday, branding the probe "unconstitutional" and declaring that he...

First Trump-Kim meeting scheduled for June 12

AFP | The White House said on Monday that the first meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take...

Trump ‘could pardon himself over Russia but won’t’, says Giuliani

News Desk | Donald Trump probably has the power to pardon himself in the Russia collusion affair but does not intend to do so, his...

Placid Singapore braces for Trump-Kim storm

AFP | Singapore hotel rooms are being snapped up, police are preparing to lock down the city and thousands of journalists are set to jet...

The other Kim summit: Trump keeps up Kardashian at White House...

AFP | Days away from a historic summit with North Korea's mercurial leader, US President Donald Trump held a White House meeting Wednesday with another...

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov in Pyongyang: KCNA

AFP | Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov arrived in Pyongyang Thursday, North Korea's state media said, ahead of a landmark summit between Donald Trump and...

Pompeo warns Russia: stay out of US ‘domestic matters’

AFP | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke by telephone to Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for the first time on Wednesday and warned...

Japan weighs minister-level talks with North Korea: reports

AFP | Japan is weighing high-level, direct talks with North Korea, potentially an August meeting between the two countries' foreign ministers, local media said Wednesday. The...

Papua New Guinea mulls ‘temporary’ ban on Facebook

AFP | Papua New Guinea said Wednesday it was mulling a temporary shutdown of Facebook to uncover false accounts and block fake news in the...

Trump, Abe say ‘imperative’ to dismantle N. Korean weapons

AFP | President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed Monday that it is "imperative" to completely dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons and...

Korean War hero doubtful of Trump-Kim peace prospects

AFP | As a decorated war hero who once took out three machine gun nests with nothing but grenades, Choi Deuk-soo knows first hand what...

China to host Iran leader amid nuclear deal upheaval

AFP | Iran's president will attend a summit with his Chinese and Russian counterparts next month, officials in Beijing said Monday, as they try to...

Trump and Kim raise summit hopes after days of brinkmanship

AFP | Plans for a landmark summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un are moving "very nicely", US President Donald Trump said Sunday, as the...

Kim and Moon’s surprise meet up breathes air into dying Singapore...

News Analysis | Without any prior announcement or planning, leaders of both Koreas Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in, met in the demilitarized zone to...

Taiwan diplomacy harder than ever in US-China tug of war

AFP | Diplomacy has never been easy for Taiwan and is becoming ever more complex as it is caught between the United States under an...

Iran expects measures to save nuclear deal by end of May

AFP | European countries have until the end of May to propose ways to mitigate the effects of the US withdrawal from a landmark nuclear...

White House has deal to lift sanctions on China’s ZTE

AFP | US President Donald Trump said Friday he had reached a deal to keep Chinese telecoms giant ZTE running, rolling back some penalties in...

South Korea welcomes prospect of ‘reignited’ US-North Korea talks

AFP | South Korea on Saturday welcomed the renewed prospect of a summit between the United States and North Korea after President Trump cancelled talks...

North Korea summit could still happen: Trump

AFP | One day after abruptly pulling the plug on a high-stakes summit with North Korea, US President Donald Trump said Friday the meeting with...

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