Türkiye says Norway banned Quran-burning protest after warning

In this Feb 1, 2023 photo, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a joint news conference with Estonia's Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu during their meeting in Tallinn, Estonia. Norway reversed its permission for a protest involving Quran burning after a warning from Türkiye, Cavusoglu said on Feb 2, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) ANKARA – […]

Two foreign skiers killed in avalanche in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Kashmiri laborers walk through dense fog on a snow covered mountain near Gulmarg, northwest of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Jan10, 2023. (PHOTO / AP) SRINAGAR – Two foreign skiers were killed and nearly 20 others rescued in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday after an avalanche swept through the popular ski resort of Gulmarg, police said. The skiers […]

UN aid chief raises women’s rights concerns with Taliban

Afghan female students walk near Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec 21, 2022. (ALI KHARA / REUTERS) KABUL- The United Nations' aid chief visited Kabul on Monday and raised concerns over women's education and work with the Taliban administration's acting minister of foreign affairs, an Afghan ministry statement said. The Taliban-run administration last month ordered […]

Taliban seeks economic self-sufficiency, foreign funds for Afghanistan

Taliban flags fly at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept 9, 2021. (BERNAT ARMANGUE / FILE / AP) KABUL – The Taliban administration will encourage self-sufficiency and wants international trade and investment, the acting commerce minister said, as Afghanistan faces isolation and suspension of some humanitarian operations over restrictions on women. "We will start […]

Cyprus, India sign MoU to tighten defense cooperation

Cyprus' foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides (right) and his Indian counterpart Subrahmanyam Jaishankar meet at the foreign house in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Dec 29, 2022. (PETROS KARADJIAS / AP) NICOSIA – Cyprus and India on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on defense and military cooperation and stressed their close ties for over 60 years, […]

Iran: Europe’s unilateral action, interference ‘unacceptable’

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a press conference with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy at the foreign ministry headquarters in Iran's capital Tehran, June 25, 2022. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) TEHRAN– The Iranian foreign minister said on Thursday that Europe's unilateral approach toward Iran's issues […]

Iran condemns Australia’s sanctions as meddling in internal affairs

In this photo released on Aug 11, 2022 by the Iranian foreign ministry, ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani speaks in Tehran, Iran. (IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY VIA AP) TEHRAN – Iran on Saturday condemned Australia's sanctions on Iranian individuals and institutions, saying they represent the country's interference in Iran's internal affairs. The Australian government "has for years […]

Iran says not to cooperate with UN fact-finding mission

In this photo released on Aug 11, 2022 by the Iranian foreign ministry, ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani speaks in Tehran, Iran. (IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY VIA AP) TEHRAN — The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday that Tehran will not cooperate with the "political" fact-finding mission proposed by a recent United Nations Human Rights Council […]

Nournews: Iran summons Australian ambassador

This file photo dated July 13, 2022, shows Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani holding a press conference in Tehran. (ATTA KENARE / AFP) DUBAI —  Australia's ambassador was summoned by Tehran over comments made by the Australian prime minister regarding Iran's internal developments, Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday according to the semi-official […]

Iran condemns latest EU, UK sanctions as ‘baseless, illegal’

In this photo released on Aug 11, 2022 by the Iranian foreign ministry, ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani speaks in Tehran, Iran. (IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY VIA AP) TEHRAN / BRUSSELS – The Iranian foreign ministry on Tuesday strongly condemned the latest EU and British sanctions against Iranian individuals and organizations. Nasser Kanaani, the ministry spokesman, said […]

Palestine hails UN resolution against Israeli settlements

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki speaks during a press conference at the United Nations headquarters on May 20, 2021 in New York City. (ANGELA WEISS / AFP) RAMALLAH – Palestine has welcomed the UN General Assembly's adoption of four resolutions in favor of Palestine, including one deeming the Israeli settlements in the Palestinian territories illegal. […]

Iran warns Germany against ‘provocative’ stances on Tehran

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a joint presser with his Syrian counterpart, in the Syrian capital Damascus on July 2, 2022. (LOUAI BESHARA / AFP) TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Thursday called on Berlin to refrain from adopting "provocative, meddlesome and undiplomatic" stances toward Tehran. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian […]