Bahrain revokes nationality of 72 on security grounds
Jan 31, 2015 at 21:15 | Source:
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:
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:
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:
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...
Deutsche Bank posts surprise profit in fourth quarter
Jan 30, 2015 at 02:15 | Source:
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...
Sydney siege inquest: Police gunfire killed hostage Katrina Dawson
Jan 29, 2015 at 12:27 | Source:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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...
Ex-CIA officer convicted in New York Times leak case
Jan 27, 2015 at 03:51 | Source:
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:
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:
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...