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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 19

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 11

August 19, 2018 11:47 AM A history lesson on Malaysia-China relations for Mahathir

Today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia and China have had relations for 2,000 years. That would more or less have been during the height of the Roman Empire and around the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. Actually, Malays first went to China to trade around 300 BC, which means 200 years before the rise of the Roman Empire. China first started 19

August 6, 2018 7:32 AM Palestinian wounded in Gaza border protests dies

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian shot by Israeli forces on the Gaza border four months ago has died, the health ministry in the coastal enclave has said. Ahmed al-Ayeda, 17, was shot on March 30 — the first day of months of protests and clashes along the border — the ministry said in a statement late Sunday. He had been in critical condition 18

August 4, 2018 8:50 AM Palestinian teen dies of wounds from border clash

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian teen died of his wounds Saturday a day after he was shot by Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza border, the territory's Hamas-run health ministry said. Muadh al-Suri, 15, was shot in the stomach on Friday in central Gaza, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said, raising the number of Palestinians 16

July 29, 2018 7:09 AM Israel arrests Italians who painted mural of Palestinian teen

JERUSALEM: Israeli forces have arrested two Italians for drawing a giant mural of a Palestinian teenager seen as a symbol of resistance on the separation wall in the occupied West Bank, police said. The roughly four-metre image near Bethlehem in the West Bank depicts Ahed Tamimi, 17, who was released from prison Sunday after an eight-month sentence for slapping 20

July 23, 2018 6:07 AM Malaysia condemns the adoption of 'Jewish nation-state' law

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has condemned in the strongest terms the adoption of the 'Jewish nation-state' law by the Israeli Parliament on July, 19. The Foreign Ministry (Wisma Putra) in a statement today said Malaysia urged the international community to take immediate action to call upon Israel to repeal the racist and oppressive law and policy 9

July 19, 2018 8:49 AM Syria rebels agree to surrender zone bordering Golan

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels have agreed with government backer Russia to the negotiated surrender of a sensitive southwestern zone bordering the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights, a monitor said Thursday. Quneitra is a thin, crescent-shaped province that lies along the buffer zone with the Israel-occupied Golan to the west. Rebels have held most of the province 24

June 30, 2018 2:18 AM UN calls for armed groups to leave Golan 'area of separation'

UNITED NATIONS, United States: The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously renewed for six months its mission to observe the ceasefire in the Golan Heights, calling for armed groups to leave the area separating Syrian and Israeli forces. UNDOF, which comprises nearly a thousand personnel, was created in 1974 after an agreement on the departure of Israeli 9

June 26, 2018 6:26 AM Israeli missiles strike near Damascus airport: Syrian state media

DAMASCUS: Two Israeli missiles struck targets near Damascus airport early Tuesday, Syrian state media said, while a monitoring group said they hit arms depots for Hezbollah. In a report in the early hours of Tuesday, Syria's state news agency Sana said "two Israeli missiles came down near Damascus international airport". The head of monitoring group 15