When Mahbud, 26, arrived in Vienna from Iran two years ago, he hadn’t planned to stay here very long: he dreamt of moving to the United States and becoming an engineer. But along with more than 100 other Iranian refugees, he says his hopes have been dashed and he has been left stranded in Austria by US restrictions on refugees and immigrants. Mahbud belongs to a...

The 4th International Conference for World Balance kicked off on Wednesday in the Cuban capital of Havana with the participation of Syria. Syrian Ambassador in Cuba Dr. Idris Mayya, in a lecture delivered at the conference’s first work session under title “Syria’s Steadfastness and Victory in its War against Terrorism”, affirmed that Syria’s...

Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Vassily Nebenzya affirmed that the only means for restoring stability to Syria is to bring all the areas under authority of the Syrian state , calling for lifting the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed on the Syrian people. During a session of the Security Council on Wednesday on the situation in Syria, Nebenzya...

Russia and Iraq could hold an intergovernmental commission meeting in March, Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said. “We favor your proposal to hold the next, eighth, session of the commission in Baghdad in the second half of March,” Borisov said at a meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Alhakim on Wednesday. Russia and Iraq share much common ground...

Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has arrived in Abu Dhabi where he will discuss issues concerning security cooperation between Russia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “The Security Council secretary will hold meetings on cooperation between the Security Councils of Russia and the United Arab Emirates,” the press service of the Russian...

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto on Thursday supported Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno’s proposal to exempt big-ticket infrastructure projects from the election spending ban. In a statement, Recto said most infrastructure projects are already behind schedule and can be further “aggravated” by suspending work on the account of the campaign season...

A 39-year-old Filipino household service worker was executed for murder in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Thursday. The agency explained that the Philippine government was not able to save the Filipino service worker from death after the Saudi Supreme Judicial Council classified her case “as one in which blood money does...

The Chinese Embassy in Manila is donating 5 million renminbi (about PHP38.9 million) to the victims of the recent terror attack in Jolo, Sulu, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. revealed Thursday. In a tweet on his official account, Locsin thanked Ambassador Zhao Jianhua for the assistance, noting that “a friend in our grief is a friend indeed.” Chinese...

The Philippine military launched an airstrike against a local terrorist group suspected to be behind the deadly attack on a Catholic Church in the southern island of Mindanao on Sunday. Authorities have intensified operations against a splinter group from the Abu Sayyaf in the southern province of Sulu, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Wednesday, including...

Nike Inc. is facing pressure to recall one of its leading brands of sneakers after a customer launched an online petition alleging the design on its sole resembles the Arabic word for “Allah.” The petition said it was “appalling” to allow the name of god on Nike Air Max 270 shoes, which “will surely be trampled, kicked and become soiled with...