*Baghdad demands independence vote be cancelled. BAGHDAD/ ERBIL, Iraq, Sept 27- Baghdad heaped pressure on Iraq's Kurds on Wednesday, demanding they cancel their overwhelming vote for independence while parliament urged the Iraqi central government to send troops to take control of vital oil fields held by Kurdish forces. Stepping up efforts to isolate...
A conventional war with North Korea could result in about 20,000 deaths per day in the South, according to U.S. estimates.
The nightmare scenario of North Korea selling its nuclear technology to the highest bidder is a distinct possibility, Daniel Salisbury writes in The Conversation.
The Trump administration issued an updated travel ban with fresh restrictions on who can enter the U.S., targeting eight countries.
For a new generation of nationalists, investor George Soros has become the perfect villain, Financial Times reports.
If South Korea is going to protect itself from North Korean missiles, it may want to talk to a country with experience.
BEIRUT, Sept 16- U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they came under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor province, a flashpoint in an increasingly complex battlefield. There was no immediate comment from Moscow or Damascus. Washington and Moscow support separate offensives in the Syrian conflict, with both...
PRO- DAMASCUS MILITARY ALLIANCE DECLARES OFFENSIVE IN EAST SYRIA TO DRIVE ISLAMIC STATE FROM PARTS OF BORDER REGION WITH IRAQ.
An oil-rich, Kurdish province in Iraq plans a referendum on independence this month, prompting fears of another Middle East conflict.
The Starwood Capital chief blames geopolitics and wranglings in Washington over tax reform for the uncertainty.
The issue of Muslim marginalization in Myanmar has sparked fears the country could become fertile ground for transnational terror groups.
Russia's assertion that the army had won back 85 percent of Syria was dismissed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said the government held 48 percent of Syria. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, whose group has sent thousands of fighters to Syria, dismissed the fighting left to be done in Syria as "scattered battles".
*Iran and Syria signed new deals, worth millions of euros. LONDON/ BEIRUT, Sept 12- Iran signed deals with Damascus on Tuesday to repair Syria's power grid, state media said, a potentially lucrative move for Tehran that points to a deepening economic role after years of fighting in the Syrian conflict. On Tuesday, Iran and Syria signed a memorandum of understanding...
Trump is weighing a more aggressive U.S. strategy to counter Iran's forces, its Shi'ite Muslim proxies, and its support for militant groups.
Hamas' new leader in the Gaza Strip said Monday his group has repaired relations with Iran after a five-year rift and is using its newfound financial and military aid to gear up for new hostilities with Israel.
Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian agency overseeing a chemical weapons program were intercepted in six months, said the U.N.
Any joint operation between the Lebanese army, Hezbollah and the Syrian army could jeopardize U.S. military aid Lebanon receives.
DAMASCUS, Aug 17- Syria has more than six months' worth of strategic wheat reserves, Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister Abdullah al-Gharbi said on Thursday. While President Bashar al-Assad has scored vital military gains against rebels seeking to oust him in a six-year-old civil war he is under pressure to ensure supplies of strategic...
The U.S. and NATO alliance are getting mixed signals from Turkey at a time when Russia is increasingly warming to Ankara.
French police arrested a man Wednesday in the search for a driver who slammed his BMW into soldiers in a Paris suburb Wednesday.