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Iran president invited to visit Paris in November

Jul 29, 2015 at 14:13 | Source: FirstPost

Tehran: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has been invited to visit Paris in November, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in Tehran on Wednesday.The invite came in a letter addressed to Rouhani from French President Francois Hollande which Fab...

Kerry heads for Egypt and the Gulf to discuss Iran deal, ISIS| Reuters

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

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Egypt and the Gulf next week for talks on the recent nuclear deal between major powers and Iran and the fight against Islamic State militants, then he will head to Southeast Asia, where cou...

India to sell high-grade iron pellets to Iran as ties strengthen| Reuters

Jul 28, 2015 at 02:45 | Source: FirstPost

NEW DELHI/MANILA An Indian state company has agreed to sell high-quality iron ore pellets to Iran, its chairman told Reuters, in what could be a $200 million annual deal that signifies expanding business ties between the countries as sanctions again...

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of making threats to neighbours| Reuters

Jul 28, 2015 at 02:16 | Source: FirstPost

DUBAI Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday accused Iran of making threats against Riyadh's ally, Bahrain, which he said showed that the Islamic republic was harbouring hostile designs against its Middle Eastern neighbours.Speaking at a joi...

Iran's top diplomat begins tour of Arab neighbor states

Jul 27, 2015 at 07:32 | Source: FirstPost

Kuwait:Iran's top diplomat began a three-nation regional tour on Sunday aimed at deepening ties with Arab neighbors following the conclusion of the Islamic Republic's historic nuclear deal with world powers.Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-ruled Arab sta...

Syria's Assad: Army focusing on holding most important areas| Reuters

Jul 26, 2015 at 17:30 | Source: FirstPost

BEIRUT Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday the army had been forced to give up areas in order to hold onto more important ones in its fight with insurgents, and the scale of the war meant the military faced a manpower shortage.In a remark...

Bahrain says foils arms smuggling bid, recalls Iran envoy| Reuters

Jul 26, 2015 at 00:46 | Source: FirstPost

ABU DHABU/DUBAI Bahrain said on Saturday it had foiled an arms smuggling plot by two Bahrainis with ties to Iran and announced the recall of the Gulf island kingdom's ambassador to Tehran for consultations after what it said were repeated hostile Ira...

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader says Iran will not abandon support after nuclear deal | Reuters

Jul 25, 2015 at 23:45 | Source: FirstPost

BEIRUT The Lebanese Hezbollah group believes it can still count on Iran's support following Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday.In his first public remarks since the agreement was reached this mont...

Bahrain recalls its ambassador to Iran, citing 'hostile statements'| Reuters

Jul 25, 2015 at 21:16 | Source: FirstPost

ABU DHABI Bahrain said on Saturday it had recalled its ambassador to Tehran for consultations after what it said were repeated hostile statements made by Iranian officials. The statements were a reflection of Iran's unfriendly attitude towards the Gu...

Officials deny report that U.S. preparing to release Israeli spy| Reuters

Jul 25, 2015 at 04:30 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON U.S. officials on Friday denied a Wall Street Journal report that the Obama administration was considering early release for Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel.The Justice Department s...

Kerry says Israeli action against Iran would be 'huge mistake' - NBC| Reuters

Jul 25, 2015 at 02:16 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday it would be a huge mistake if Israel decided to take unilateral military action against Iran over its nuclear program in the future.Kerry was asked in an NBC "Today" show intervie...

Obama departs for Kenya, returning to his father's homeland | Reuters

Jul 24, 2015 at 06:45 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama departed for Kenya on Thursday, his first trip to his father's homeland as U.S. president, kicking off a swing through Africa that will also include a stop in Ethiopia.Obama, the first black U.S. president, is the so...

Yemen's ex-president in rare talks with UAE, U.S., UK| Reuters

Jul 24, 2015 at 00:46 | Source: FirstPost

DUBAI/SANAA Representatives of Yemen's ex-leader Ali Abdullah Saleh have held rare meetings with diplomats from his adversaries the United States, United Arab Emirates and Britain, a member of his party said on Thursday. Diplomats and Yemeni official...

Kerry: critics of Iran deal spinning fantasy, urges approval| Reuters

Jul 24, 2015 at 00:16 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday mounted a furious counterattack against critics of the Iran nuclear deal, telling skeptical lawmakers it would be fantasy to think the United States could simply "bomb away" Tehran's...

U.S., Iran both counter-attack critics of nuclear deal | Reuters

Jul 23, 2015 at 23:31 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON/DUBAI By Patricia Zengerle and Bozorgmehr SharafedinU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani both counter-attacked on Thursday against conservatives at home who are trying to block last week's nuclear deal.In...

Rs 1 lakh cr gain from lower oil, higher tax mop-up; govt readying for a splurge

Jul 23, 2015 at 14:35 | Source: FirstPost

The Opposition may try and block every planned reforms of the NDA government, but there is one thing that they can do nothing about - luck, in the form of lower crude oil prices.Last year, if it was a fight for market dominance between the Opec and t...

Pentagon chief tells Saudi Arabia: Iran threat is shared concern | Reuters

Jul 23, 2015 at 02:31 | Source: FirstPost

JEDDAH U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said after talks in Saudi Arabia that Iran's "potential for aggression" was a shared concern as he moved to bolster defence ties with Riyadh following a nuclear agreement with its arch-foe.The conser...

U.S. Fed raps China Construction Bank over money laundering| Reuters

Jul 23, 2015 at 02:30 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve on Tuesday told China Construction Bank Corp (601939.SS) to ramp up its anti-money laundering framework, the first enforcement action by the U.S. central bank against one of China's four largest state-owned banks.Within...

OPEC sees oil drop as short-term, expects stronger demand - delegates| Reuters

Jul 22, 2015 at 23:45 | Source: FirstPost

LONDON/DUBAI A drop in oil prices this month is likely to be short-term and will not deflect OPEC from its policy of keeping output high to defend market share, delegates from Gulf OPEC members and other nations said.Falling Chinese stock markets and...

Iran pushes nuclear deal as U.S. lawmaker aims to stop it| Reuters

Jul 22, 2015 at 23:16 | Source: FirstPost

DUBAI/WASHINGTON By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin and Richard Cowan Iran's pragmatist government tried on Wednesday to sell its nuclear agreement with world powers to hardliners at home, just as a U.S. Congressional leader promised to do "everything...

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