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April 24, 2018 10:52 AM Iran says Europe must not pay Trump 'ransom' over nuclear deal

TEHRAN: A top Iranian official on Tuesday welcomed European powers' efforts to salvage a historic nuclear deal, but warned they should not simply hand over "a ransom" to US President Donald Trump. Trump has threatened not to renew the 2015 accord, which curbed Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. His threats have prompted pressure 5

April 23, 2018 3:12 AM Axes, sunglasses and now a summit at Korea's DMZ

PANMUNJOM, South Korea: In the Demilitarized Zone that has divided the two Koreas for decades, the two sides come face to face — along with the contradictory narratives that will underlie a summit at the site this week. South Korean guards chosen for their height and looks, and sporting aviator sunglasses stand stern and unmoving outside the blue huts of the Joint 3

April 21, 2018 12:38 PM China carries out aircraft carrier drills in Pacific as Taiwan tensions rise

BEIJING: China has carried out aircraft carrier drills in the Pacific, its navy said Saturday, ramping up tensions with Taiwan over its military exercises in the sensitive region. Beijing's sole aircraft carrier and two destroyer ships carried out "offensive and defensive drills to test their combat muscle" on Friday, China's navy said on its official 7

April 21, 2018 12:38 PM Russia 'welcomes' North Korea's nuclear declaration

MOSCOW: Moscow "welcomes" North Korea's Kim Jong Un's declaration on halting nuclear tests and calls on the US and Pyongyang to work together to reduce tensions, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday. "We welcome the declaration of the Working Party's Chairman Kim Jong Un on the halt of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's 7

April 21, 2018 3:25 AM Vietnam War refugees deported under Trump struggle to settle

HO CHI MINH CITY: Nguyen was nine when he boarded a boat alone to escape the communist regime in Vietnam for the United States. Some 40 years later, he returned in shackles, deported from the only country he really knows to one he can scarcely remember. With conspiracy and fraud convictions under his belt, he was expelled in line with a Trump administration 8

April 19, 2018 10:50 PM North Korea seeks ‘complete denuclearisation,’ South’s Moon says

South Korean President Moon Jae-in at Vietnam's National Assembly in Hanoi March 23, 2018. — Reuters picSEOUL, April 20 — North Korea has expressed its commitment to “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula and has not attached conditions, South Korea's president said yesterday, but Washington remains wary and has vowed to maintain “maximum 10

April 18, 2018 3:11 AM Trump Tweets support for American pastor on trial in Turkey

Andrew Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina, US who has been in jail in Turkey since December 2016, is seen in this undated picture taken in Izmir, Turkey. — Reuters picWEST PALM BEACH, April 18 — US President Donald Trump voiced his support yesterday for Pastor Andrew Brunson, who is on trial in Turkey on charges he was linked to a group 7

April 18, 2018 12:18 AM Trump's Supreme Court pick gives surprise vote in immigration case

WASHINGTON: Conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch cast a surprise vote in a decision released Tuesday favoring an immigrant fighting deportation, siding with the US Supreme Court's left-leaning wing. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's only appointee to the top US court, joined in a 5-4 ruling stating that the legal definition of a crime of violence — which 10

April 17, 2018 11:28 PM US ambassador Haley hits back over Russian sanctions ‘confusion’ (VIDEO)

US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, arrives for a UN Security Council meeting, at United Nations Headquarters in New York, on April 14, 2018. — AFP picNEW YORK, April 18 — US Ambassador Nikki Haley yesterday shot back at a White House aide who suggested that “confusion” had led her to mistakenly announce fresh sanctions on Russia. “With all due respect 7

April 15, 2018 2:56 PM Trump defends use of ‘mission accomplished’ phrase for Syria strike

Donald Trump said he considered the phrase a 'military' term. — Reuters picWASHINGTON, April 15 — US President Donald Trump today defended his use of the phrase “mission accomplished” over the US-led missile strikes on Syrian targets after it was seized on by the media. The phrase is associated with President George W. Bush, who used it in 2003 during 12