Japan posts largest trade deficit in 5 years

Japan logged its biggest trade deficit in nearly five years in January, as trade tensions and a global economic slowdown weighed on exports and threatened the country’s main engine of growth. The value of Japan’s January exports fell by a faster than-expected 8.4% from a year ago to 5.574 trillion yen, a two-year-low, according to […]

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for president

Ten hours after announcing he would run in the 2020 US presidential election, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont raised more than $4 million from nearly 150,000 individual donors, the campaign said in an email on Tuesday. Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager, could not confirm the exact dollar figure on Tuesday afternoon but said in an […]

‘I think it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset, says McCabe, ex FBI chief

Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe said Tuesday it is possible President Donald Trump is a Russian asset. “Do you still believe the President could be a Russian asset?” asked CNN’s Anderson Cooper during an interview with McCabe on “Anderson Cooper 360.” “I think it’s possible. I think that’s why we started our investigation, and […]

Pakistani PM warns India against attack, urges talks on Kashmir blast

ISLAMABAD/SRINAGAR, India  – Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Tuesday Pakistan would retaliate if India attacked in response to a bombing in the disputed Kashmir region, which India blamed on Pakistan. Khan added that he wanted to cooperate in investigating the suicide bombing on Thursday, when 40 Indian paramilitary police were killed in an attack […]

Brazil to send aid to Venezuela together with U.S., but Maduro shuts borders

Brazil will deliver humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border by Feb. 23 together with the United States at the request of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó, presidential spokesman General Otavio Rego Barros said on Tuesday. The distribution of the food and medicine from the northern Brazilian city of Boa Vista across the border will be […]

Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld dies at 85

Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away on Tuesday at a hospital outside Paris, enjoyed the stature of a god among mortals in the world of fashion, where he stayed on top for well over half of a century and right up to his death. The German designer was best known for his association with France’s Chanel, […]

Civil Marriage in Lebanon: Jumblatt supports it, Berri and Dar al-Fatwa reject it

The Progressive Socialist Party on Monday declared  its support for legalizing civil marriage in Lebanon. “The Progressive Youth Organization regrets that so far there is no national consensus on devising a clear mechanism and measures for holding and registering civil marriages in Lebanon,” the PYO — the PSP’s youth organization — said in a statement. The […]

PA accuses Israel of ‘waging a war on Islam’ after Palestinians arrested on Temple Mount

Five Palestinians were arrested following a clash with Israeli police on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Monday. Israeli police say the worshippers were trying to break into a closed area called the Gate of Mercy, or Golden Gate. “In Jerusalem on the Temple Mount, five people were arrested for attempting to enter a closed area based on […]