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Russia, pressed to end Syria bombing, proposes March truce| Reuters

Feb 11, 2016 at 04:16 | Source: FirstPost

UNITED NATIONS/DAMASCUS/ONCUPINAR, Turkey World powers pressed Russia on Wednesday to stop bombing around Aleppo in support of a Syrian government offensive to recapture the city and a Western official said Moscow had presented a proposal envisaging ...

Obama plan to ease new U.S. visa limits faces sceptics in Congress | Reuters

Feb 11, 2016 at 03:16 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's plan to loosen some requirements of a visa law spurred by the deadly attacks in Paris met with open resistance from both Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday.The measure, which went into effe...

International Red Cross stepping up aid to displaced in northern Syria| Reuters

Feb 11, 2016 at 02:46 | Source: FirstPost

GENEVA About 50,000 people have fled an upsurge in fighting in northern Syria, requiring urgent deliveries of food and water despite some supply lines being cut, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday.In a statement, th...

Republicans Christie, Fiorina dropping White House bids| Reuters

Feb 11, 2016 at 02:31 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former business executive Carly Fiorina are ending their campaigns for the 2016 Republican nomination, narrowing the field of rivals facing businessman Donald Trump for the right to compete in the Nov...

Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks| Reuters

Feb 10, 2016 at 23:16 | Source: FirstPost

LONDON/ONCUPINAR, Turkey Rebel groups urged U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in Syria as pressure mounted on Washington ahead of a new round of peace talks this week. World powers are meeting in Germany on Thursda...

IMF dubs Ukraine's progress in fighting corruption 'slow', threatens to cut aid

Feb 10, 2016 at 22:42 | Source: FirstPost

Washington: The International Monetary Fund pounded the table in Ukraine on Wednesday, threatening to cut crucial financial aid because of the country's "slow progress" in fighting corruption."Without a substantial new effort to invigo...

As Turkey refuses to open borders, Syria's military campaign leaves 506 dead at Aleppo

Feb 10, 2016 at 20:23 | Source: FirstPost

Beirut: A Russian-backed regime onslaught in northern Syria was reported Wednesday to have killed more than 500 people this month, as Turkey faced mounting pressure to open its border to people fleeing the violence.Tens of thousands of Syrians were s...

Shamli firing incident: 200 people booked for the death of eight-year-old boy

Feb 10, 2016 at 17:54 | Source: FirstPost

Muzaffarnagar:Another person was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the death of an eight-year-old boy in Shamli district during celebratory firing by SP workers even as 200 unidentified persons were booked in the case.The accused, identified a...

Sting politics: Congress video shows AAP minister in bribe net, BJP asks Kejriwal to quit

Feb 10, 2016 at 15:13 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party's Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, following a video clip that showed his minister's involvement in a bribe demand."Kejriwal should re...

Falling metal prices hit Hindalco hard; Q3 net falls 89% to Rs 41 cr

Feb 10, 2016 at 11:17 | Source: FirstPost

Aditya Birla Group firm Hindalco Industries on Tuesday reported an 88.7 percent plunge in standalone net profit to Rs 40.5 crore for the quarter ending 31 December 2015 due to a sharp fall in metal prices.The company had reported a standalone net pro...

Republican senator - Obama administration already has funds for Zika| Reuters

Feb 10, 2016 at 04:31 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON The Obama administration has no immediate need for funding to combat the Zika virus because money remains unspent from fighting the two-year-long Ebola outbreak, a member of the Republican Senate leadership said on Tuesday.Lawmakers are de...

Exclusive - Damascus vows to recapture Aleppo from rebels| Reuters

Feb 10, 2016 at 00:31 | Source: FirstPost

DAMASCUS Damascus aims to secure Syria's border with Turkey and recapture the city of Aleppo with its latest military offensive, a top adviser to President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday.In an interview in her Damascus office, Bouthaina Shaaban hel...

U.N. fears for hundreds of thousands if Syria troops encircle Aleppo| Reuters

Feb 09, 2016 at 23:16 | Source: FirstPost

GENEVA/ONCUPINAR, Turkey Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a massive new exodus of refugees fleeing a Russian...

Arunachal crisis: SC pulls up Governor Rajkhowa, says he interfered with functioning of House

Feb 09, 2016 at 20:53 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: A chief minister's exclusive powers cannot be pre-empted by the governor, whose powers are "limited" under the Constitution and should be exercised in a fair manner to ensure survival of democracy, the Supreme Court said on Tuesd...

Islamic State widow charged over US hostage Kayla Mueller's death

Feb 09, 2016 at 09:41 | Source: FirstPost

Washington: The widow of late Islamic State group financial leader Abu Sayyaf was charged Monday for her alleged role in the death of US aid worker Kayla Mueller in 2015.Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, a 25-year-old known as Umm Sayyaf, was accused of c...

Widow of Islamic State leader charged in death of American - U.S. Justice Dept| Reuters

Feb 09, 2016 at 06:45 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON The wife of a deceased Islamic State leader was charged on Monday in federal court in Virginia with conspiracy in the death of American aid worker Kayla Mueller who was killed a year ago while being held hostage in Syria by the militant gr...

Mass deaths in Syrian jails amount to crime of 'extermination' - U.N.| Reuters

Feb 09, 2016 at 06:30 | Source: FirstPost

GENEVA Detainees held by the Syrian government are being killed on a massive scale amounting to a state policy of "extermination" of the civilian population, a crime against humanity, United Nations investigators said on Monday.The U.N. com...

Wife of Islamic State leader charged in death of American - U.S. Justice Dept| Reuters

Feb 09, 2016 at 05:45 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON The wife of a deceased Islamic State leader was charged on Monday with conspiracy in the death of an American aid worker who was killed a year ago while being held hostage in Syria by the militant group, the U.S. Justice Department said.Ni...

Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge towards Turkey border| Reuters

Feb 09, 2016 at 03:30 | Source: FirstPost

BEIRUT/ONCUPINAR, Turkey The Syrian army advanced towards the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assa...

Israel may bank on Obama's successor for future U.S. aid pact - minister| Reuters

Feb 09, 2016 at 03:16 | Source: FirstPost

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON Israel may be unable to reach a new defence aid agreement with the Obama administration and could wait for the next U.S. president to secure better terms, a senior Israeli official said on Monday in a veiled rebuke signalling a s...

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