Iranians skeptical about strategic deal with China

On March 27, Iran and China signed a 25-year strategic cooperation agreement, as part of China’s “Belt and Road” initiative.

At least 570 killed in Myanmar since coup: Rights group

At least 570 people in Myanmar have been killed since the country’s military seized control on Feb. 1, a Myanmar-based civil rights group said.

Ukraine refuses to send a representative to Minsk to hold negotiations on Donbass

Kiev will not send members of the delegation of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas to Minsk, said Oleksii Reznikov Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of Ukraine, Baku Tribune reports citing RIA Novosti.

France, EU reach refinancing deal for Air France-KLM

France and the European Commission have agreed on the outline of a state-backed refinancing package for the French arm of Franco-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire announced Sunday.

Nguyen Xuan Phuc elected as Vietnam's new president

he National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam on Monday elected Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the state president, according to Xinhua.

NGO: Myanmar security forces kill 564 people since coup

Security forces in Myanmar have killed 564 people since February’s military coup, a civil society organization working to secure the release of political prisoners confirmed on Monday.

Iran receives first batch of COVAX vaccines: official

The first consignment of vaccines allocated to Iran under the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) program has arrived in the country's capital, the country's Food and Drug Administration said on Monday.

Global trade frictions severe in 2020: report

Global trade frictions were severe last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and also the consequent economic decline, said a report from China's trade promotion body.

EU voices support for Jordan’s king after arrests

The European Union expressed its “full support for King Abdullah II” of Jordan on Sunday amid a spate of arrests in the kingdom due to "security reasons.”

Ineffective Armenian lobbyism through German MPs

Separatism, as a political practice – especially if it’s a proxy movement – heavily relies on external support for attainment of some sort of legitimacy.

Iran nuclear deal: US takes first steps to rejoining accord with talks next week

The US and Iran have said they will begin negotations through intermediaries to try to get both countries back into an accord limiting Iran's nuclear programme.

Belgium police break up fake festival started as April Fools' joke

Police in Belgium have used tear gas and water cannon to break up a crowd of people who had gathered for a fake concert that was announced on social media as an April Fools' Day joke.

Taiwan: At least 34 killed after train derails inside tunnel

At least 34 people have died and 72 remain trapped after a train carrying around 350 passengers derailed inside a tunnel in Taiwan.

Slovakia PM offers to swap roles with finance minister

On Sunday, Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovic offered to resign from his post and swap places with Finance Minister Eduard Heger, according to DW.