Asia Pacific Jan 18, 2020

U.S.-Iran tensions may hit China's economy

by Mina Kotani

China's economy, which this past week reported its lowest annual economic growth in nearly 30 years amid a prolonged trade dispute with the United States, is faced with a new troubling source of U.S.-related instability: rising tensions in the Middle East. The U.S. airstrike that ...

Iran's Khamenei stands by Guard after unrest over downed plane

World Jan 18, 2020

Iran's Khamenei stands by Guard after unrest over downed plane

Iran's supreme leader threw his support behind the elite Revolutionary Guard in a rare sermon on Friday after their belated admission that they had accidentally downed an airliner triggered days of street protests. In his first Friday sermon in eight years, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also ...

World Jan 16, 2020

U.S. and Iraq resume joint military ops after Soleimani killiing

The United States on Wednesday resumed joint military operations with Iraq that had been put on pause after the U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad, The New York Times reported. Two U.S. military officials quoted by the paper said the ...

First Gaza rockets fired against Israel since Qassem Soleimani killing

World Jan 16, 2020

First Gaza rockets fired against Israel since Qassem Soleimani killing

The Israeli military said four rockets were fired Wednesday from Hamas-controlled Gaza, the first since Israel's ally the U.S. killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. "Four rockets were just fired from Gaza at Israel. Two rockets were intercepted mid-air by the Iron Dome aerial defence ...

Man United scraps planned training camp in Middle East

Soccer Jan 15, 2020

Man United scraps planned training camp in Middle East

Manchester United has scrapped a planned midseason training camp in the Middle East amid high tensions in the region, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Tuesday. "If there's one thing that worries me, it's not on the football pitch," Solskjaer said. "It's other things that worry ...