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Qatar rejects normalising ties with ‘criminal’ Assad

AFP| Qatar's foreign minister ruled out on Monday the possibility of re-opening an embassy in Damascus, in line with some other Gulf countries, calling Syrian...

Iran to launch two satellites in ‘coming days’

AFP| Iran's president said Monday the Islamic republic plans to launch two domestically made satellites into orbit in the "coming days" to gather information on...

Israeli ex-minister pleads guilty to spying for Iran

News Desk | An Israeli former cabinet minister admitting to spying for Iran on Wednesday in a plea deal in exchange for an 11-year prison...

Chabahar Port: The end of Gwadar?

Dr. Zafar Jaspal | India, Iran, and Afghanistan have been laboring to establish a new transit route. The new transit route would link Afghanistan and...

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Qureshi meets Afghan President Ghani

News Desk | Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mahmood Qureshi Monday called on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul, where he arrived on the first...

Syria air defense fire was a false alarm, reports

AFP| Syrian state media said Sunday that air defences had opened fire near Damascus airport, before withdrawing the report after what appeared to be a...

Iran Guard warns Netanyahu will be ‘forced into the sea’

AFP| The deputy commander of Iran's revolutionary guards warned Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to "practice swimming in the Mediterranean" because he would...

We filers are idiots? – Ikram Sehgal

Ikram Sehgal | A marked deterioration in the economy, a treasury on the verge of bankruptcy and huge levels of debt made fresh fiscal measures...

ICJ’s ruling on US sanctions against Iran coming this week

AFP | The International Court of Justice will hand down an eagerly awaited decision this week on Iran's demand for the suspension of debilitating nuclear-related...

Iran rejects French call for wider talks

AFP | Iran rejected France's call for talks on issues beyond the nuclear dossier on Friday, saying it was impossible so long as Western powers...

China denies opening a military base in Afghanistan but the idea...

News Analysis | A Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post reported that China is planning to establish a military base in the Wakhan corridor,...

The deep state’s long enmity toward Iranians

Jacob G. Hornberger | The U.S. deep state’s hatred of the Iranian people goes back a long way, at least as far back as 1953....

Putin Invites Trump to Moscow as White House postponed the summit...

News Analysis | Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited US president Donald Trump to visit Moscow for the one-to-one summit after Trump administration decided to...

Iran replaces central bank chief as economy faces crisis

AFP | Iran replaced its central bank chief on Wednesday, local media reported, amid the fallout over banking scandals and the crisis facing the country's...

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...

Xinjiang: Pan-Turkism fuels China’s hearts-and-minds campaign

Dr. James M. Dorsey | Chinese efforts to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community highlight the People’s Republic’s effort to avert criticism from the Muslim...

Iran says Trump ‘destabilising’ oil market

AFP | Iran on Saturday accused US President Donald Trump of destabilising the oil market with his flurry of tweets taking aim at the OPEC...

Syria says Israeli strikes target air base

AFP | Syria on Sunday accused Israel of targeting an air base in the central Homs province, saying its defences hit a jet involved in...

World powers back Iran oil exports despite US sanctions threat

AFP | Iran's remaining partners in the 2015 nuclear deal vowed Friday to keep the energy exporter plugged into the global economy despite the US...

Iran talks aim to save nuclear deal after US pullout

AFP | The top diplomats of Iran and five world powers meet Friday as Tehran seeks assurances it will benefit economically from the nuclear deal...

Israel ex-minister goes on trial on charges of spying for Iran

AFP | A former Israeli government minister went on trial on Thursday on charges of spying for arch-foe Iran in a case which has been...

Arrests in Europe over plot to attack Iran opposition rally

AFP | Belgium, France and Germany have detained six people, including an Iranian diplomat, over an alleged plot to bomb a weekend rally by an...

US sticks to goal of cutting Iran oil exports to zero

AFP | The United States remains determined to force Iran to change its behavior by cutting its oil exports to zero, the State Department said...

Hassan Rouhani in Europe to support for nuclear deal

AFP | Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Switzerland on Monday at the start of European trip billed as of "prime importance" after the US...

Global petrol price hike reflected in Pakistan; creates difficulties for citizens

News Analysis | The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)’s President Ghazanfar Bilour has termed the most recent surge in petroleum prices...

OPCW- Can identify culprits of chemical weapons abuse; Implications for Syrian...

News Analysis | Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the international body with a mandate to investigate the use of prohibited chemicals as...

Amid U.S. sanctions against Iran, India aims to salvage Chabahar port

News Analysis | India will soon begin talks with Iran on a trade accord just as the US has turned hostile toward the Persian Gulf...

Iran defiant as it holds day of anti-Israel protests

AFP | Iran held its annual day of protest against Israel on Friday, determined to show defiance at a time of mounting pressure from the...

China’s ZTE vows to clean up its act following US deal

AFP | China's ZTE has pledged to dish out internal punishments and address flaws in its corporate culture after Washington and Beijing reached a deal...

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...

Iran opens enrichment facility at Natanz, 2015 nuclear deal in jeopardy?

News Analysis | Iran has announced on Tuesday that a new enrichment facility has been built in Natanz nuclear site which will enhance its ability...

A year of blockade: Qatar stands firm

News Analysis | A year ago, Gulf quartet Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt decided to impose an air, land and sea blockade...

Iran’s supreme leader warns Europe of nuclear ‘dream’

AFP | Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday warned European leaders against their "dream" of Tehran continuing to curb its nuclear programme while...

King Salman seeks support from Macron to intervene in Qatar’s procurement...

News Analysis | According to the report of a French daily newspaper, Le Monde, King Salman has written a letter to the French President Emmanuel...

Al Qaeda threatens Prince Salman for his “sinful reforms”

News Analysis | Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is a wing of the banned militant outfits which were, in the past, spearheaded by...

Netanyahu heads to Europe seeking about-face on Iran

AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarks Monday on a three-day European tour in Germany set to be dominated by strategic differences on Iran,...

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