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June 16, 2018 11:08 PM Palestinians say US peace efforts 'doomed to fail'

RAMALLAH: US efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are "doomed to fail", the Palestinian Authority, which has frozen contacts with Washington because of its perceived bias, said Saturday. PA spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told reporters that a regional tour next week by White House adviser Jared Kushner and US President Donald Trump's special 4

June 15, 2018 12:58 PM National level Asean dengue day to be held on July 7

KUALA LUMPUR: The national level Asean Dengue Day to be held on July 7, aims to create an advocacy initiative to combat dengue fever in an integrated manner. Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad in a statement here today said he would inaugurate the event at the Sekolah Rendah Agama Sungai Kayu Ara, Damansara Utama. This year, Malaysia has been appointed 8

June 14, 2018 3:42 AM N. Korea's Kim knows denuclearisation must be 'quick': Pompeo

SEOUL: North Korea's Kim Jong Un understands that denuclearisation must happen "quickly", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday, warning there will be no sanctions relief for Pyongyang until the process is complete. Pompeo said Washington remained committed to the "complete, verifiable and irreversible" denuclearisation of North Korea, after 8

June 14, 2018 3:22 AM Trump downplays abuses by Kim Jong Un's regime

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump downplayed abuses by Kim Jong Un's regime in an interview following his summit with the North Korean leader, saying that other countries had also done "bad things." "A lot of other people (have) done some really bad things. I mean, I could go through a lot of nations where a lotta bad things were done," Trump said in an interview 9

June 12, 2018 11:24 PM US mistakenly lists Singapore as part of Malaysia, drawing social media scorn

SINGAPORE: The US State Department mistakenly made Singapore part of Malaysia in a note issued in connection with Tuesday's North Korea-US summit and published on its website, sparking snide comments on social media. US President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday for the first ever summit between leaders of the old foes, at a hotel 4

June 12, 2018 4:36 AM Huh? China stumped by Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb'

BEIJING: Chinese social media users are scratching their heads over a "Chinese proverb" US President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka posted to Twitter as her father prepared for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. "'Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.' -Chinese Proverb," Ivanka posted on Monday, the night 14

June 11, 2018 4:48 AM China's Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

BEIJING: Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be "earnestly" implemented as he met the country's president following the US withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday. Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao 3

June 10, 2018 2:50 PM Kurd-Arab council ready for 'unconditional talks' with Syria regime

QAMISHLI: The political arm of a powerful alliance of Syrian Kurd and Arab fighters announced Sunday it was ready for unconditional peace talks with the central government in Damascus. The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is linked to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a US-backed militia that holds much of the country's north and east. Those areas are outside 5

June 9, 2018 5:03 AM Dialogue with Trump could be 'constructive': Putin

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that dialogue with Donald Trump could be "constructive", in comments released after his US counterpart called for Russia to be re-admitted to the exclusive Group of Seven club of nations. Trump is "a serious-minded person who knows how to listen to people and respond to their arguments," Putin said in a Russian 5

June 7, 2018 9:40 AM S. Korea seeks 'early' agreement on ending Korean War

SEOUL: Seoul is in three-way talks with Pyongyang and Washington for an early agreement on formally ending the decades-old Korean War, it said Thursday ahead of a summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump in Singapore next week. The 1950-53 conflict ceased with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically at war, and US President 7