US, Russia Agree On Ceasefire In Southwest Syria

The U.S. and Russia have agreed on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, a U.S. official said Friday. The deal comes as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump meet for the first time in Germany.

EU Parliament Suspends Turkey Accession Talks

In the latest diplomatic escalation between the EU and Turkey, on Thursday the European Parliament voted to suspend Turkey's EU accession talks, which as a reminder have been dragging on for decades, if Ankara proceeds with its tplanned constitutional reform which grants sweeping powers to President Recep Erdogan.

5 Maps That Explain The Modern Middle East

Nation-states are the defining feature of the modern political era. They give people a collective identity and a pride of place… even when their borders are artificially drawn, as they were in the Middle East. However, constantly in conflict with the notion of nationalism, especially in such a volatile region, are transnational issues.

Qatar Begins Turning Its Back On The US Dollar

Over the past two years, Qatar has conducted over $86 billion worth of transactions in Chinese Yuan and has signed other agreements with China that encourage further economic cooperation.