UN officials barred from using WhatsApp since June 2019

United Nations officials do not use WhatsApp to communicate because “it’s not supported as a secure mechanism,” a UN spokesman said on Thursday, after UN experts accused Saudi Arabia of using the online communications platform to hack the phone of Amazon chief executive and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos.

Trump to unveil long-stalled Middle East peace plan ahead of Israeli leaders' visit

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will release details of his long-delayed peace plan for the Middle East before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his election rival Benny Gantz visit the White House next week, Reuters reports.

Death toll in China’s new coronavirus outbreak reaches 26

The death toll in the outbreak of the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV in China has reached 26, and 849 people have been infected, China's National Health Commission said, reports TASS.

Zarif: Iran Is Open for Dialogue with Neighbors

Tehran is open for dialogue with neighboring states for the sake of restoring security and stability in the region.

They're still robbing us': Angry Lebanese reject new government

Violent demonstrations were witnessed on the streets of central Beirut as protesters gathered in the heart of the capital near the main entrance to parliament, which has been heavily fortified with barbed wire, steel gates and metal plates.

Number of novel coronavirus cases in China reaches 570

The number of people diagnosed with novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV in China has topped 570, the National Health Commission said on Thursday, TASS reported.

Trudeau, Erdogan agree on need to de-escalate Middle East tensions

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed recent developments in the Middle East, including the need to de-escalate tensions in the region, reports, citing a readout of the conversation.

Parliamentary system in Russia is possible in theory, but ‘inadvisable,’ says Putin

Any experiments with the system of government in Russia and the switch from presidential to parliamentary republic are inadvisable, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting with members of the public in the Lipetsk Region on January 22, reports TASS.

Greece elects first woman president

Greece's parliament on Wednesday elected the first woman president in the country's history, a senior judge with an expertise in environmental and constitutional law, France 24 reports.

Storm Gloria kills 4, disrupts travel in Spain

Four people have died as strong winds and heavy snowfall battered parts of Spain on Sunday and Monday, DW reported, citing officials.

Trump's Impeachment Debate to Kick off Wednesday

The Senate is expected to kick off the impeachment trial into President Donald Trump in an open session Tuesday and will move quickly into debating the organizing resolution drafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, according to a senior administration official involved in talks over the structure of the trial, CNN reports.

Trump speaks at World Economic Forum in Davos 'amid tension at home and abroad'

As the US Senate launches only the third impeachment trial of a president in history, President Donald Trump is said to be half a world away in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum.

World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos

The World Economic Forum kicks off in Davos on Tuesday. The 50th anniversary meeting will last from January 21 to 24.

Oxfam: World's 22 richest men wealthier than all women in Africa

Economic inequality is widening across the world and women in particular are feeling its effects as care work remains undervalued, according to a new report by anti-poverty charity Oxfam.

UNESCO: Almost 90% of crimes against journalists go unpunished

The UNESCO reported almost 90% of crimes committed in the world against journalists go unpunished, reported.

Chinese authorities confirm human-to-human transmission of new coronavirus

China's National Health Commission has confirmed Monday that a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) can be transmitted people-to-people, Tass reported.

Three rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad

Three rockets fell near the US embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, local time, New York Post said, citing reports.

Pompeo hopes oil ports in Libya will open after Berlin conference

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed the hope that the oil ports in Libya will reopen thanks to an international conference in Berlin, TASS reported.

Trump legal team calls impeachment 'brazen' attempt to overturn election

Donald Trump’s legal team has delivered a fiery response to impeachment summons from the Senate, calling the two articles passed by the House “a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president”, The Guardian reports.

Iran blasts Macron for ‘Arab-Persian Gulf’ falsification

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has criticized French President Emmanuel Macron for misnaming the Persian Gulf and for France’s military presence in the region.