Taiwan has blocked nearly 200 flights by China’s airlines over the strait that separates the two rivals due to the carriers' use of controversial new travel routes introduced by China.
Taiwan blocks China flights after route row
Germany said it won't approve arms exports to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, a move that could affect sales of military hardware to Saudi Arabia.
Germany halts further arms exports to parties in Yemen war
Turkey's defense minister said Friday there is no turning back from his country's decision to launch a ground assault on a Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria, saying the offensive had "de facto" started with the Turkish military shelling of the area.
Turkey says no turning back from offensive in Syria
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Europe next week, stopping in London and Paris for talks on Iran and Syria before heading on to Davos, Switzerland.
US secretary of state to visit Europe next week for talks on Iran, Syria - State Department
The UN Security Council meeting was supposed to be about confidence-building in an age of widening nuclear proliferation. However, the session featured once again a big power showdown between Russia and the United States, CNN reported.
Russia, US spar on Iran, North Korea, Syria
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that any issues not directly related to the Iran nuclear deal “should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement,” his spokesman said amid US concerns with Tehran.
UN chief says don't harm Iran nuclear deal over unrelated issues
The Prime Minister of the Palestinian movement Hamas said he strongly believes in the Iranian Leader's role for steering the forces towards foiling the plots against Quds.
Haniyeh stresses Iran Leader's role in backing Quds
Human Rights Watch praises France under Macron for tackling xenophobia, but blasts Austria and the Netherlands for pandering to populists.
‘Standing up to hate-inciting populists does work’: Human Rights Watch report
A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday.
Bus fire kills 52 Uzbeks travelling in Kazakhstan: Kazakh government
Iran's envoy to Armenia and a senior Armenian lawmaker urged the need to boost the parliamentary ties between the two countries.
Iran, Armenia call for boosting Parliamentary ties

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