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It is a dated but ordinary piece of office equipment of the kind that might normally only attract the attention of retro-conscious hipsters.But the rotary dial Bakelite telephone that went under the hammer at a Maryland auction house this weekend...
Iraq has launched an operation to regain control of western Mosul from ISIS militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Sunday.The operation comes weeks after Iraqi forces recaptured eastern Mosul across the Tigris River. On the first day of the...

Widening Gulf

“We always take criticism from our friends.  If we are wrong, we need to hear that we are wrong.  But if we are not wrong, we need to hear support from our friends.  What I request is that the...
There was less unfriendly rhetoric regarding Russia at this year's Munich Security Conference, which wrapped up on February 19, RIA Novosti reported.In a break with previous years, Russia and the so-called "Russian threat" weren't high on the agenda of the Munich Security...
Benjamin Netanyahu turned down regional peace initiative last year brokered by John Kerry, former US officials confirm.Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then- US Secretary of State John Kerry, former...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned North Korea's ambassador, Kang Chol, on Monday (Feb 20) to seek an explanation on accusations he made against Malaysia's government in his press conference on Feb 17, following the alleged killing of Kim...
BEIJING — China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea until the end of the year, the Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, in a surprise move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for Pyongyang and significantly...
Tensions with China may be racheting up with the deployment of a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group in the South China Sea despite warnings from China’s Foreign Ministry against challenging Beijing’s sovereignty in the region.Rear Adm. James Kilby said...
What would Steven I Wilkinson say today?Civil-military relations in Pakistan have remained a prickly issue because for half of its existence, it was under military rule.  Even when civilian rule has prevailed, the Army has been accused of meddling...
President appeared to refer to a non-existent terror attack in the country during a rally on Saturday in Florida, prompting questions from Swedish officialsThe White House has said Donald Trump was speaking about general “rising crime” when he seemed to describe...
A LOST continent that sank 100 million years ago has been discovered underneath New Zealand.The Sun reports the sunken world has been dubbed Zealandia as is mostly submerged beneath the South Pacific.Zealandia stretched 1.9 million square miles and was 94...
US President Donald Trump's choice for national security adviser has turned down the job offer.Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward was widely tipped for the post after Mr Trump fired Michael Flynn on Monday.A White House official said Mr Harward cited...
Russian fighter jets 'buzz' US warship in Black Sea, photos showThe US military has released several photos of what it says were Russian fighter jets "buzzing" the deck of a US warship in the Black Sea last week.The images...
Two border crossings with Afghanistan closed and at least 39 "terrorists" killed after attack at Sehwan shrine kills 80.Islamabad, Pakistan - Pakistan has closed two of its border crossings with Afghanistan and demanded Kabul takes action against 76 "terrorists" it...