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Oil futures fall after latest stockpile build| Reuters

Mar 23, 2016 at 07:30 | Source: FirstPost

TOKYO Oil prices fell in early Asian trading on Wednesday after figures from an industry group showed U.S. stockpiles had risen more than expected.The front-month contract in U.S. crude futures CLc1 was down 36 cents at $41.09 a barrel by 0047 GMT. I...

U.N. envoy turns to U.S., Russia to give impetus to Syria talks| Reuters

Mar 23, 2016 at 02:46 | Source: FirstPost

GENEVA The U.N. special envoy on Syria said he hoped a meeting between the U.S. and Russian foreign ministers on Wednesday would give impetus to peace talks where the divisive issue of a political transition is stalling progress. Syria's government d...

Iranians exasperated as U.S. sanctions frustrate deal making| Reuters

Mar 23, 2016 at 00:15 | Source: FirstPost

DUBAI/LONDON More than two months after international nuclear sanctions on Iran were supposed to have ended, frustration is deepening that few trade deals are going through as foreign banks shy away from processing transactions with the country.Irani...

India denied use of football stadium for training ahead of World Cup qualifier in Iran

Mar 22, 2016 at 15:17 | Source: FirstPost

Tehran: The Indian football squad which will play Iran in a 2018 World Cup qualifier at the majestic Azadi Stadium on Thursday has been denied the match venue for training purposes.India will have two practice sessions here before the match. But nati...

We can overcome threats to peace and security if we respect other cultures: Indian Ambassador to the UN

Mar 22, 2016 at 13:37 | Source: FirstPost

United Nations: Fostering respect for other cultures and beliefs will help the international community face the growing challenges of rise of extremism and threats to peace and security, India said on the occasion of Nowruz, the Persian New Year that...

My number one priority is to dismantle the deal with Iran, it is catastrophic: Trump

Mar 22, 2016 at 08:21 | Source: FirstPost

Washington: US presidential hopeful Donald Trump declared Monday that his first foreign policy priority would be to dismantle the Iran nuclear deal and what he said was Tehran's global terror network."My number one priority is to dismantle the d...

Oil Minister Pradhan to visit Iran on 6-7 April, days after PM Modi's Saudi visit

Mar 21, 2016 at 17:22 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi: In a fine balancing act, India will be sending Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan to Iran early next month, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Middle East nation's rival Saudi Arabia.Pradhan is likely to visit Tehran on 6-...

Israel rescues 19 Jews from war-torn Yemen in covert operation

Mar 21, 2016 at 14:21 | Source: FirstPost

Jerusalem:Israel has brought 19 Jews from Yemen to the Jewish state in a "complex, covert operation," officials said on Monday, noting they were among the last remaining in the war-torn country.The Jewish Agency, responsible for Jewish immi...

US is watching Iran 'like a hawk' on nuclear deal: Joe Biden

Mar 21, 2016 at 13:30 | Source: FirstPost

Washington: Vice President Joe Biden warned Sunday that the United States is watching Iran "like a hawk" to ensure compliance with the landmark nuclear deal.Tehran and six world powers, including the United States, agreed to the deal in Jul...

Obama heads for historic visit as Cuba rolls out red carpet| Reuters

Mar 21, 2016 at 00:30 | Source: FirstPost

HAVANA President Barack Obama embarked on Sunday on a historic trip to Cuba where a Communist government that vilified the United States for decades prepared a red-carpet welcome. Lifting off from Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, Obama h...

As Iraqi civilian rule weakens, Shiite clerics call the shots| Reuters

Mar 20, 2016 at 23:45 | Source: FirstPost

BAGHDAD With Iraq's politicians tainted by corruption and the army's standing hurt by battlefield defeats, two Shi'ite clerics have re-emerged as leaders in matters of state. In their different ways, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and Hojatoleslam Mo...

Sufism is the voice of peace, co-existence and equality, says PM Modi at World Sufi Forum

Mar 18, 2016 at 16:11 | Source: FirstPost

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wasgreeted by loud chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai by a large Muslim audience, said that Sufism is the celebration of diversity. Modi was speaking at the World Sufi Forum, afour-day event, which isan initiative by the A...

Sufism is the voice of peace, co-existence and equality, says Modi at World Sufi Forum

Mar 18, 2016 at 15:11 | Source: FirstPost

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wasgreeted by loud chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai by a large Muslim audience, said that Sufism is the celebration of diversity. Modi was speaking at the World Sufi Forum, afour-day event, which isan initiative by the A...

Iran seen escaping U.N. sanctions over missiles due to ambiguous resolution| Reuters

Mar 18, 2016 at 04:30 | Source: FirstPost

UNITED NATIONS Iran will likely escape new United Nations sanctions, though the U.N. Security Council could issue a public reprimand for recent launches of what Western officials described as ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, ...

Iran seen escaping UN sanctions over missiles due to ambiguous resolution| Reuters

Mar 18, 2016 at 03:31 | Source: FirstPost

UNITED NATIONS Iran will likely escape new United Nations sanctions, though the U.N. Security Council could issue a public reprimand for recent launches of what Western officials described as ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, ...

At #WorldSufiForum, PM Narendra Modi hails Sufism, says it's celebration of diversity and pluralism

Mar 17, 2016 at 22:13 | Source: FirstPost

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wasgreeted by loud chants of Bharat Mata Ki Jai by a large Muslim audience, said that Sufism is the celebration of diversity. Modi was speaking at the World Sufi Forum, afour-day event, which isan initiative by the A...

Israeli spymaster Meir Dagan, who worked to thwart Iran nuke, dies at 71

Mar 17, 2016 at 17:12 | Source: FirstPost

Jerusalem: Meir Dagan, a former head of Israeli spy agency Mossad who worked to thwart Iran's nuclearprogramme while also opposing a military strike against it, died on Thursdayat 71, the government said.Dagan, who battled liver cancer and had underg...

With or without Iran, oil producers to meet in April on output deal| Reuters

Mar 17, 2016 at 03:30 | Source: FirstPost

Oil producers including Gulf OPEC members support holding talks next month on a deal to freeze output even if Iran declines to participate, OPEC sources said, increasing the likelihood of the first global supply deal in 15 years.That a meeting could ...

Kurdish moves on federalism cloud Syria peace drive| Reuters

Mar 17, 2016 at 01:46 | Source: FirstPost

RMEILAN, Syria/GENEVA Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Syria are expected to declare a federal system on Thursday, a move likely to further complicate peace talks in Geneva on ending more than five years of war.Russia pulled more warplanes out of...

Euro rallies, stocks rise after dovish Fed statement| Reuters

Mar 17, 2016 at 01:30 | Source: FirstPost

NEW YORK Stocks in major markets rose on Wednesday, led by Wall Street, and the U.S. dollar weakened after the Federal Reserve held interest rates steady while lowering expectations for the number of rate hikes this year.The U.S. central bank noted t...

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