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Iran and Russia reaffirm alliance in Syria war

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
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Israel's Navy Sub Scandal Widens; Iranian Ties And Deal-Making Questioned

Israel's Navy Sub Scandal Widens; Iranian Ties And Deal-Making Questioned...
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Japan Vows Retaliation Over Russia’s Missile Deployment In Disputed Islands

Japan has vowed to retaliate after Russia’s deployment of anti-ship missiles to disputed islands in the Pacific Ocean. ...
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Formation of Islamic World’s Basij Feasible: Iran’s Top Officer

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Baqeri described as doable the idea of establishing the Muslim world’s Basij, like the Iranian Basij (voluntary forces). ...
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US defence secretary candidate: Israel may become an apartheid state

Retired Marine Corps General tipped by President-elect Donald Trump to become the defence secretary has warned Israel could become an apartheid state....
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NATO HQ to open in Kuwait

NATO is to open its first office in Kuwait, the country’s ambassador to Belgium revealed yesterday....
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Ivanka isn’t the only reason these photos of Trump meeting Abe are problematic

Donald Trump met with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe on Nov. 17, for his first meeting with a foreign head of state as US president-elect. ...
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China sees THAAD deployment as 'weather vane' under Trump

BEIJING (Reuters) - Whether President-elect Donald Trump goes through with a deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system in South Korea will be a key indicator to how political ties unfold with China, sources with ties to the leadership in Beijing said....
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US aid to Israel totals $234 billion since 1948

American taxpayers have paid the equivalent of $234 billion at today’s values in aid to Israel since 1948. ...
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Obama admits his strategy in Syria 'has not worked'

...In some ways, politics prohibit Obama from striking Assad the way he struck Gaddafi. Obama, as one expert on Iran and Yemen put it, has proved "phobic" of confronting Iran, a key backer of the Assad regime, because of the US pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran. ......
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Turkey appoints PM advisor as ambassador to Israel: Erdogan

Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey has appointed a foreign policy advisor to the prime minister as ambassador to Israel, sealing the normalisation of diplomatic relations after a six-year partial rupture, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday....
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Russia, Iran plan $10bn arms supply to Tehran

Russia and Iran have been negotiating the supply of $10 billion worth of weapons and hardware to Tehran following the successful delivery of Russia’s S-300 air defense missile systems to the country in October. ...
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EU Ministers to Huddle Over Donald Trump Policy on Iran, Russia

Emergency meeting on Sunday called to discuss agreements set during Obama administration; Trump has suggested he could upend them...
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China’s Defense Minister Makes Visit to Iran

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chinese Minister of National Defense General Chang Wanquan arrived in Tehran on Sunday for an official visit. ...
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Trump adviser: He might rethink Israel, Iran plans

President-elect Donald Trump might not move too quickly to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and rip up the Iran nuclear agreement — two actions he promised during his campaign, a top adviser said....
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Trump or Clinton? Israelis fret, but either is a likely ally

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Most of the world follows U.S. presidential elections closely, but Israel can seem particularly obsessive, endlessly assessing which candidate will better protect its interests and breaking down their every comment for policy clues....
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U.S. acts to block North Korea access to financial system

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday formally prohibited U.S. financial institutions from opening or maintaining accounts created on behalf of North Korean banks, extending sanctions imposed on the isolated Asian country over its nuclear and missile programs....
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Assad: US Waging Proxy War in Syria against Iran, Russia

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Despite claiming humanitarian motives, US actions in Syria are meant to undermine the power of Iran and Russia, with Washington trying to achieve this goal by directly supporting terrorists, Syrian President Bashar Assad said. ...
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Gen. Flynn: Iran Will Be the 'Big Winners' Once Mosul Falls

Iran will be the real winner when the Iraqi city of Mosul is taken back from the Islamic State, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn warned Monday, but he believes Donald Trump, if elected president, will be better able to handle the escalating situation in the Middle East....
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US orders families of consulate workers in Istanbul to leave

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is ordering family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to leave because of security concerns....
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