Koreas discussing possible non-aggression pledge

SEOUL – North and South Korea are discussing a possible non-aggression pledge by the United States to the North and a start of peace treaty talks to address Pyongyang‘s security concerns before a North Korea-US summit, a senior South Korean official said on Sunday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a surprise second […]

Israel strikes Hamas target in Gaza, army confirms

Three Palestinians were killed when the Israeli military struck an observation post in the southern Gaza Strip after an explosive device was placed on the security fence with Israel. According to the IDF, the observation post attacked by artillery fire east of the city of Rafah was overlooking the area where the explosive device, which was hidden in the handles […]

China says it hopes Trump-Kim summit can happen as planned

BEIJING – China‘s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it hoped a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, originally set for Singapore next month, could happen as planned and be successful. Direct dialog between the leaders of the United States and North Korea is crucial to resolving the nuclear issue, the ministry said in […]

Four Russian military personnel killed in Syria‘s Deir al-Zor

MOSCOW – Four Russian military personnel were killed in fighting in eastern Syria‘s Deir al-Zor province, Interfax news agency reported on Sunday, citing the Russian Defense Ministry. The ministry said that 43 rebels had been killed in the same fighting, Interfax said.

Iran security forces to confront unrest that serves U.S.

DUBAI – Iranian security forces will "resolutely confront" unrest that could be exploited by the United States and other enemies, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday, after a wave of protests over mostly economic issues across Iran. "Judicial and security bodies … will resolutely confront any group or individual that wants to compromise the country‘s security," said Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, […]

‘Fire kite‘ from Gaza sets Negev forest ablaze for second time in two days

Two teams of KKL-JNF firefighters are in the process extinguishing a forest fire in the Kissufim forest in the Negev. The blaze was started by an incendiary kite flown over the Gaza border on Saturday. As of 4:00 p.m. on Saturday the fire was raging in five different areas of the forest. An additional fire in the same region broke […]

Report: Syrian army discharges conscripts after eight years of war

The Syrian army has ordered the military discharge of soldiers called up for army service in 2010, Syria‘s pro-government Al-Watan newspaper reported. Due to Syria‘s ongoing civil war, the soldiers, whose mandatory enlistment was meant to last only 18 months, served for eight years. "I feel like I just won a huge battle," Mohammad, 27, who has been in the […]