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September 5, 2018 2:01 AM US to lead Security Council talks on Iran in late September: Haley

UNITED NATIONS, United States: US President Donald Trump plans to lead a meeting of heads of state of the United Nations Security Council meeting on Iran in late September, his envoy Nikki Haley announced Tuesday. With the United States now holding the presidency of the Security Council, Haley said the aim is to put further pressure on Tehran over its alleged 96

August 30, 2018 3:48 PM Yemen state news journalist killed in shelling

ADEN: Yemeni journalist Ahmed Saleh al-Hamzi, head of the state news agency's Baida bureau, was killed in shelling Thursday, local media announced. Saleh, who headed the state-run Saba news agency's office in the embattled Baida province, was killed covering the fight between pro-government forces and Yemen's Huthi rebels, Saba said. Aref al-Amri, head of the Baida 16

August 29, 2018 12:21 PM Iran's Khamenei says ready to abandon nuclear deal if needed

TEHRAN: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that his government should be ready to "set aside" the 2015 nuclear deal if it is no longer in the country's national interests. "The JCPOA (nuclear deal) is not the objective, it is only a means," he said in a meeting with the cabinet, according to his website. "Naturally, if we reach 34

August 29, 2018 10:26 AM Iran has arrested 'dozens of spies': Intelligence minister

TEHRAN: Iran's intelligence minister said "dozens of spies" had been arrested as part of a crackdown on espionage and dual nationals and alluded to an agent Iran had placed in the Israeli government, Iranian media reported on Wednesday. Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi did not provide details of the "dozens of spies", or over what period they had been arrested 23

August 28, 2018 9:38 AM UN court has no jurisdiction in Iran sanctions case: US

THE HAGUE: The United States told UN judges Tuesday they had no jurisdiction to rule on Tehran's demand for them to order the suspension of debilitating nuclear-related sanctions against Iran. Iran has argued that US President Donald Trump breached a 1955 treaty with his decision to reimpose the sanctions after withdrawing from a multilateral nuclear 7

August 22, 2018 9:45 AM US to act 'very strongly' if Syria uses chemical arms: Bolton

JERUSALEM: US President Donald Trump's national security adviser warned Wednesday that the United States would respond "very strongly" if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons in an offensive to retake Idlib province. "We now see plans for the Syrian regime to resume offensive military activities in Idlib province," John Bolton told a press 21

August 21, 2018 5:52 AM Iran unveils first domestic fighter jet

TEHRAN: Iran unveiled its first domestic fighter jet at a defence show in Tehran on Tuesday. Images on state television showed President Hassan Rouhani sitting in the cockpit of the new "Kowsar" plane at the National Defence Industry exhibition. It is a fourth-generation fighter, with "advanced avionics" and multi-purpose radar, the Tasnim news agency 12

August 19, 2018 11:01 AM Asian Games: Khim Wen lands Malaysia's first medal

JAKARTA: National taekwondo athlete, Yap Khim Wen, has become the first Malaysian to deliver a medal at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games for the country, after bagging a bronze medal in the women's individual poomsae event today. The success also ended a 16-year wait for the national taekwondo camp in the Asian Games after Lee Pei Fen/Lee Wan Yuen won a bronze 19

August 10, 2018 7:20 AM North Korea will preserve know-how despite denuclearization

TEHRAN: North Korea will preserve its nuclear know-how despite its promise of denuclearization to the United States, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said during a visit to Tehran, Iranian media reported on Thursday. Despite the agreement to denuclearize the Korean peninsula struck during a landmark summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US President 19

August 6, 2018 5:06 AM Tajikistan fears for tourism after attack on bike tourists

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan: En route to mountainous Tajikistan's "roof of the world" lies a hastily-erected memorial to four bike tourists killed in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group late last month. Roses and tulips lie scattered at the tribute — featuring a plaque inscribed in English — in the foreground of a scrubby mountain landscape. "We express 24