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Syria, Iran discuss formation of Syrian constitutional committee

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Sunday met with a visiting Iranian official over the formation of the Syrian constitutional committee, said the presidential media office, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

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Ukraine creates Orthodox church independent from Russia

A historic council of Orthodox bishops in Kiev has created a new Ukrainian church independent from Russia, President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.

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Trump’s revolving door: Zinke is latest senior White House departure

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be leaving by the end of the year, US President Donald Trump announced Saturday.

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Putin says rap should be controlled in Russia, not banned

Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music.

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Nicaragua journalists attacked by police

At least seven journalists were beaten by police in Nicaragua on Saturday as authorities ramped up a campaign of media suppression. Independent journalism has been suffering under a months-long crackdown due to escalating protests against President Daniel Ortega.

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Trump Says ‘People Would Revolt’ if He Were to Be Impeached

The US President said in an interview that he was not concerned he could be impeached and that the payments his former personal attorney Michael Cohen made to two women ahead of 2016 elections didn’t violate campaign finance laws.

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All eyes on Macron after fresh ‘yellow vest’ protests hit Paris

A huge clean-up operation was under way in Paris on Sunday after French “yellow vest” demonstrators clashed with riot police in the latest round of protests against President Emmanuel Macron, but a heavy security deployment averted a repeat of last week’s destruction.

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Iran’s Hassan Rouhani: United States sanctions are ‘economic terrorism’

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said US sanctions were “economic terrorism”, as he sought to foster a united front from visiting regional officials on Saturday.

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Trump’s UN pick likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume

President Donald Trump’s pick to be America’s ambassador at the United Nations is likely to face questions about her thin diplomatic resume during an upcoming Senate confirmation hearing that will shine fresh attention on the president’s “America first” approach to foreign policy.

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If Iran can’t export oil, no oil will be exported from Gulf: President Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made an apparent threat on Tuesday to disrupt other countries’ oil shipments through the Gulf if Washington presses ahead with efforts to halt Iranian oil exports.

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Ron Paul: Trump Foreign Policy, Doing the Same Thing And Expecting A Different Result – OpEd

After a week of insisting that a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Argentina was going to happen, President Trump at the last minute sent out a Tweet explaining that due to a Russia/Ukraine dispute in the Sea of Azov he would no longer be willing to meet his Russian counterpart.

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Trump wants Kim to know he likes him and will fulfil his wishes, South Korean leader says

Donald Trump wants North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to know that he likes him and will fulfil his wishes, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday, a day after meeting the U.S. president at an economic summit in Argentina.

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Macron: Global experts needed for Khashoggi probes

French President Emmanuel Macron told Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Friday that international experts need to be involved in the investigations into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to French media reports.

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Trump reaffirms plan for second North Korea summit plan

U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed Friday in a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he wants a second summit with North Korea’s leader, the White House said.

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China, Japan to accelerate negotiations for regional free trade deals

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here on the sidelines of the G20 summit and they agreed to step up negotiations for two regional free trade deals.

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White House’s Kudlow floats possible ‘breakthrough’ in China trade talks

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Tuesday dangled the possibility of a “breakthrough” between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart on trade at their upcoming Argentina meeting — but again said China has to blink first.

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