Though Washington has claimed American troops’ presence is necessary in Iraq to fight terror, experts tell Sputnik that argument is null and may result in backlash from Baghdad if the US continues to dismiss the sovereignty of the Iraqi government.
Voters in Taiwan will head to the polls Saturday for presidential and parliamentary elections, which will have a great impact on relations with mainland China for the next four years, Bob Schlehuber, the producer of Radio Sputnik’s By Any Means Necessary, and Walter Smolarek, the producer of Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear, told Sputnik.
Boris Johnson’s Brexit withdrawal bill was passed in the House of Commons yesterday evening, and the Conservative Party have vowed that they are willing to walk away from the EU without a deal by the end of the year should a viable agreement not be reached. But are businesses adequately prepared for a potential reversion to WTO rules?
The French government is seeking a way out of repeated waves of protests and strikes across the country, triggered by Emmanuel Macron's domestic reforms. Karel Vereycken, vice-president of France's Solidarity and Progress Party, has explained what's behind the recent wave of strikes and what could hypothetically calm the unions down.
On Sunday, Iran announced it would scrap its remaining obligations under the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The decision comes amid growing tensions between the United States and Iran in the wake of a top Iranian commander's assassination by US forces.
Ukrainian Flight PS752 crashed over Iran within minutes after take-off killing 167 passengers and nine crew members on board. While speculations emerged that the Ukrainian jet could have been shot down by an Iranian missile, defence analyst Giovanni de Briganti believes it is too early to leap to conclusions.
The World Bank thinks the US-China trade deal is not going to do much for the situation in the world economy. Meanwhile, the IMF provided a more positive outlook in October as stock markets are growing on expectations of a trade deal.
Following Donald Trump's address to the nation, international observers weighed up Iran's retaliation strike and the US' apparent decision to de-escalate, while at the same time offering to adopt a "wait-and-see" approach to the simmering Middle Eastern crisis.
Egypt backed China's initiative to enhance cooperation and take the comprehensive strategic partnership to a higher level, expressing hope to be Beijing’s key partner in promoting the Belt and Road initiative as Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the North African country for Sino-Egyptian talks, making it his first foreign trip in 2020.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - NATO member states are unlikely to welcome President Donald Trump's proposal to include the Middle East under the alliance’s umbrella, former European Union (EU) consultant Paolo von Schirach said.
Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president, Juan Guaido, instituted a “parallel” parliament in Caracas Tuesday, a move that would have landed anyone in a Western democracy in jail, Lucas Koerner, an activist and writer for VenezuelAnalysis.com, told Sputnik.
Did the White House have any information about the time that Iran would launch a missile attack on US military facilities in Erbil and the Ayn al-Asad Air Base in Iraq, where US troops are housed, in response to the assassination by Washington of Iran's elite Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani?
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit withdrawal bill has been put before the House of Commons today, before potentially being passed through the House of Lords, where it could face tougher scrutiny from influential pro-remain peers.
US-Iran relations recently hit a new low following the killing of top Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani by the US and Tehran's subsequent missile strike targeting American forces stationed at military bases in Iraq.
On 8 January, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched the TurkStream natural gas pipeline in Istanbul that is poised to deliver Russian gas through Turkey to customers in Southern and Southeast Europe via the Black Sea.
For Israel’s Russian-speaking community, which makes up some 20 percent of the country’s total population, the upcoming elections are an opportunity to raise their voice against the religious coercion and security threats challenging the country's stability.
Bolivia's highest electoral body has set the date for the country's general vote. Although Evo Morales' Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) was eventually allowed to participate, the chances of the de facto government committing fraud to upend a MAS victory are high, says Alberto Echazu, a journalist from the media platform La Resistencia Bolivia.
Qasem Soleimani's death became the trigger for the further escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran, say international observers. According to them, although neither side wants to go to war, the risk of miscalculation and falling into the trap of an all-out armed conflict is high.
New Delhi (Sputnik): The US decision to assassinate top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani last week has flared up the security situation in the Gulf region. As Tehran attacked two US military facilities in Iraq with more than a dozen ballistic missiles, India’s role as a major power in Asia becomes relevant in the escalating conflict.
In his address to the nation after the attack on the US military in Iraq by Iranian forces, President Trump did not announce any retaliatory military action against Tehran, but instead suggested reaching a new nuclear deal with the nation that would make "the world a safer and more peaceful place".