• By Hanif Ghaffari

    Trump's political fate is ambiguous

    TEHRAN - As much as we approach Congressional elections in the United States, Donald Trump's concerns are increasing. These concerns are aggravated by the fact that U.S.-based polls do not benefit Democrats. Trump recently warned of Democrats' victory in the mid-term elections in the U.S. Congress.

  • India not to lower guard along border with China

    India not to lower guard along border with China

    TEHRAN - India will not lower its guard along the border with China, while maintaining border peace in sync with the “Wuhan” spirit, Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said, according to reports.

  • 15 policemen killed in clashes in Afghanistan

    15 policemen killed in clashes in Afghanistan

    TEHRAN - The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate with insurgents upping the ante across the country. In latest clashes, at least 15 police officials were killed in northwestern provinces of Baghdis and Farah.

  • Afghan refugees born in Pakistan to get nationality

    Afghan refugees born in Pakistan to get nationality

    TEHRAN - The newly-elected Pakistan government led by Imran Khan has announced that it will grant nationality to all Pakistan-born refugees of Afghan and Bangladeshi origin, ending months of suspense and speculation.

  • Afghan war to be deadlier than Syria this year

    Afghan war to be deadlier than Syria this year

    TEHRAN - The protracted Afghan conflict, which has entered its 17th year now, could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year with surging violence, according to a report in AFP.

  • No India-Afghanistan trade route through Pakistan

    No India-Afghanistan trade route through Pakistan

    TEHRAN - Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has rejected reports that Pakistan has expressed its readiness to discuss the restoration of India-Afghanistan trade route using Pakistan’s land.

  • Despite U.S. pressure, India clears way for $2.2-billion defense deal with Russia

    Despite U.S. pressure, India clears way for $2.2-billion defense deal with Russia

    TEHRAN - Barely two weeks after India signed a historic defense deal with the U.S. called Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (CCSA), now the Narendra Modi government in New Delhi has cleared the way for an ambitious $2.2-billion frigates deal with Russia.

  • Karbala to Kashmir: Brief history of ‘Azadari’

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Karbala to Kashmir: Brief history of ‘Azadari’

    TEHRAN - It’s that time of year again when the campaigners of truth and justice, cutting across ethno-sectarian and ideological lines, rally to pay homage to the ‘master of the martyrs’, a 7th century revolutionary historical figure who redefined the ideas of resistance and resilience on the desert plains of Karbala (Iraq) 1400 years ago.

  • Ban on Muharram procession in Kashmir mockery of religious freedom

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Ban on Muharram procession in Kashmir mockery of religious freedom

    TEHRAN - Muharram is the month of bereavement and remembrance. Every year, around this time, massive processions are taken out across the world to pay glowing tribute to the martyrs of Karbala. Reciting soul-stirring elegies and hymns, mourners wear black dresses and beat their chests in a spirit of devotion. They carry replicas of Imam Husain’s mausoleum in Karbala and parade the streets.

  • Sexual-misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee stirs tension among Democrats

    Sexual-misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee stirs tension among Democrats

    On Thursday, Senate Democrats disclosed that they had referred a complaint regarding President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the F.B.I. for investigation. The complaint came from a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both in high school, more than thirty years ago.