EU and US try to resolve trade differences

European Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan said his meetings with senior US officials marked a good start to restore trade ties with Washington, but there is still a lot of work to be done.

Turkey restores access to Wikipedia

Turkey has restored access to online encyclopedia Wikipedia after the official publication of a Constitutional Court ruling that the more than two-year block was a violation of freedom of expression.

Russian PM announces government's resignation

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced the government's resignation.

Iranian Defense Minister says situation’s de-escalation is possible only after US leaves region

De-escalation of the situation is possible only after the US leaves the region, said Iranian Minister of Defense Amir Hatami during a phone talk with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono.

EU says Israel's plans to create new settlements are illegal

The EU said Israel’s plans to create new settlements in the Palestinian territories do not correspond to international law, European External Action Spokesperson said Thursday.

Pope Francis urges US and Iran to avoid escalation, pursue dialogue

Pope Francis expressed his concerns over the ongoing situation in the Middle East.

Turkish FM holds phone talks with Iranian counterpart

Turkey’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu held phone talks with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif following Iran’s bombardment of US military bases in Iraq.

Iran will suffer ‘crushing blow’ if it attacks Israel, Netanyahu warns

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday warned Iran against attacking Israel in response to the American killing last week of senior military commander Qassem Soleimani.

Putin and Erdogan meeting kicks off in Istanbul

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan began a one-on-one meeting in Istanbul in the presence of translators. The meeting was closed for media representatives, Interfax reported.

Chinese MFA calls on US and Iran to exercise restraint and resolve conflicts peacefully

Beijing calls on Washington and Tehran to exercise restraint, move to dialogue and resolve conflicts peacefully.

'All is well,' Trump tweets after Iran targets US forces in Iraq missile attack

“All is well!” and "so far, so good," US President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday night after Iran launched ballistic missiles at US and coalition forces in Iraq.

Iran's attack on US base was "proportionate measure", says FM Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif described Iran's missile attack to the US base in Iraq as a "proportionate measure" which came "in self-defense", IRNA reports.

Ukrainian plane crashes near Tehran

Ukrainian plane with 180 passengers on board crashed near the airport of Tehran, Ukrainian media reported.

Foreign ambassadors to Tehran attend Soleimani's funeral

A group of foreign ambassadors to Tehran attended the funeral of commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), general Qasem Soleimani along with Iran’s high-ranking representatives, reports Mehr.

Armenia, China lift visas starting 20 January

Armenian citizens will not need visas to travel to China from January 20 as an agreement on mutually lifting visas between China and Armenia will take effect, Chinese media reported.