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Bahrain revokes nationality of 72 on security grounds

Jan 31, 2015 at 21:15 | Source: FirstPost

MANAMA (Reuters) - The Bahraini government has revoked the nationality of 72 citizens for damaging national security, the state news agency BNA reported on Saturday.A list published on the agency's website included names of well-known Sunni and Shi'i...

Bomb blast kills almost 50 at a Shia mosque in Pakistan

Jan 30, 2015 at 20:44 | Source: FirstPost

Karachi:A powerful blast killed nearly 50 people, including children, during Friday prayers at a packed minority Shia mosque in Pakistan's Sindh province, the deadliest sectarian attack to hit the country in recent times.The explosion, carried out by...

Sydney cafe siege: Inquest to examine police response

Jan 30, 2015 at 13:32 | Source: BBC

Official inquiries into the Sydney cafe siege are to cast a spotlight on the police response to the crisis, and on Australian authorities' prior dealings with the gunman, Man Haron Monis. An inquest, which began on Thursday, will ask how the sie...

Salman Rushdie's first novel in seven years out in September

Jan 30, 2015 at 09:40 | Source: FirstPost

London: British author Salman Rushdie's first novel in seven years will be released in September, his publishers said today.The title, "Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights", is a reference to the collection of folk tales known as...

Iran says nuclear talks with Europeans "promising" but no progress

Jan 30, 2015 at 04:15 | Source: FirstPost

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran said talks with France, Germany and Britain on Thursday on its nuclear programme were "promising" but more work was needed to settle the 12-year standoff, the official IRNA news agency reported.Political directors fr...

Deutsche Bank posts surprise profit in fourth quarter

Jan 30, 2015 at 02:15 | Source: FirstPost

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank posted a surprise pre-tax profit of 253 million euros ($285 million) in the last quarter of 2014, helped by an unexpected drop in litigation costs and an upswing in trading revenues at its investment bank.Germany's...

Indian ambassador in France Arun Kumar Singh likely to succeed Jaishankar in US

Jan 29, 2015 at 21:24 | Source: FirstPost

It does not happen very often when a serving career diplomat gets two consecutive ambassadorial postings in P 5 countries. S Jaishankar did this in his last two postings as he went from Beijing to Washington as Indias ambassador.Jaishankars possible ...

Indian envoy in France Arun Kumar Singh likely successor of Jaishankar in the US

Jan 29, 2015 at 20:43 | Source: FirstPost

It does not happen very often when a serving career diplomat gets two consecutive ambassadorial postings in P 5 countries. S Jaishankar did this in his last two postings as he went from Beijing to Washington as Indias ambassador.Jaishankars possible ...

Sydney siege inquest: Police gunfire killed hostage Katrina Dawson

Jan 29, 2015 at 12:27 | Source: BBC

The start of an inquest into the Sydney cafe siege has heard that hostage Katrina Dawson was killed by fragments from a police bullet or bullets. The inquest heard that another hostage, Tori Johnson, was killed by a bullet to the head from gunman Man...

Two Israeli soldiers, UN peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

Jan 29, 2015 at 08:45 | Source: FirstPost

Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war.The soldiers were killed when Hezbollah fired five mis...

Exclusive: New Iran UN envoy appointee expected to get U.S. visa -sources

Jan 29, 2015 at 07:31 | Source: FirstPost

UNITED NATIONS/ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's newly appointed U.N. ambassador is set to receive a U.S. visa so he can take up that key post, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday, likely removing a major strain on Tehran's tense relations with Washington.W...

Israeli jets strike back after Syria's Golan attack -Israeli army

Jan 29, 2015 at 00:36 | Source: FirstPost

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli airforce jets struck Syrian army artillery positions near the Israel-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday, the military said, in retaliation for rockets launched in the area the previous day.Tensions have escalated in the...

Australia asylum: Sea detention of Sri Lankans legal, court rules

Jan 28, 2015 at 12:32 | Source: BBC

Australia's month-long detention of 157 asylum seekers at sea last year was legal, the High Court has found. The court ruled the Sri Lankan group were not entitled to claim damages for false imprisonment. An Australian customs ship intercepted t...

Obama tackles fight against Islamic State, Iran with new Saudi king

Jan 28, 2015 at 08:38 | Source: FirstPost

Riyadh: US President Barack Obama led a heavyweight delegation to Saudi Arabia to meet new King Salman and discussed the two countries' ongoing fight against the Islamic State group.The leaders also tackled the issue of Iran's nuclear programme and h...

Erdogan settles in as Turkey's strongman, constitutional change or not

Jan 28, 2015 at 02:46 | Source: FirstPost

ANKARA (Reuters) - A grand new palace, toothless opposition and fawning ruling party have helped Tayyip Erdogan craft a powerful role as Turkey's head of state; but elections may yet deny him his goal of a full executive presidency and sow political ...

Airlines suspend Baghdad flights after airplane shooting

Jan 28, 2015 at 02:19 | Source: FirstPost

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Six airlines from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Lebanon suspended flights to Baghdad on Tuesday after bullets hit an airplane operated by budget carrier Dubai Aviation Corp, known as flydubai, as it was landing at Baghdad a...

U.S. democratic senators set resolution countering push for tougher Iran sanctions

Jan 27, 2015 at 05:15 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. senators introduced a resolution on Monday opposing more sanctions on Iran unless nuclear talks fail or Tehran breaks an agreement, countering a push for tougher sanctions backed by Republicans that President Ba...

Ex-CIA officer convicted in New York Times leak case

Jan 27, 2015 at 03:51 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former CIA officer was convicted in federal court in Virginia on Monday in a case about whether he leaked classified information to a New York Times reporter about a failed U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons prog...

Sunni officials in Iraq say Shi'ite militias executed 70 civilians

Jan 27, 2015 at 02:46 | Source: FirstPost

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi governor, parliamentarian and two tribal chiefs on Monday accused Shi'ite militias of executing more than 70 unarmed civilians who had fled fighting with Islamic State militants.Interior ministry spokesman Brigadier Gener...

Modi-Obama summit: The optics of Nuclear deal outweigh the substance

Jan 26, 2015 at 17:38 | Source: FirstPost

As diplomatic breakthroughs go, the second coming of Barack Obama to India during his presidency, this time at the personal initiative of Narendra Modi, is hardly in the same league as Richard Nixons path-breaking trip to Communist China in 1972.Howe...

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