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Iraqi Sunni politicians reject visit by Iran's Soleimani to Falluja| Reuters

May 28, 2016 at 22:45 | Source: FirstPost

BAGHDAD Sunni politicians in Iraq condemned on Saturday a visit by Iranian General Qassem Soleimani to Shi'ite paramilitary forces fighting alongside the Iraqi army to drive Islamic State militants out of the Sunni city of Falluja.Three lawmakers fro...

Lebanese Hezbollah ministers, MPs could be hit by U.S. law - U.S. official| Reuters

May 28, 2016 at 07:30 | Source: FirstPost

BEIRUT Ministers and members of parliament belonging to Lebanon's Hezbollah could be sanctioned under a new U.S. law targeting the group's finances, a U.S. Treasury official said on Friday. The U.S. Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act (...

Putin says Romania, Poland may now be in Russia's cross-hairs| Reuters

May 28, 2016 at 02:45 | Source: FirstPost

ATHENS Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.Putin is...

Putin warns Romania, Poland: you may now be in Russia's cross-hairs| Reuters

May 28, 2016 at 02:30 | Source: FirstPost

ATHENS Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security.Putin is...

Whiplash: Partying in Iran? Receive 99 lashes

May 27, 2016 at 19:29 | Source: FirstPost

Tehran: More than 30 students who partied at a graduation ceremony in northern Iran have each received 99 lashes for violating the Islamic republic's morality code, media reported."Following a report about a large number of young boys and girls ...

Iran says Chabahar pact not over; Pakistan, China are welcome to join

May 27, 2016 at 17:45 | Source: FirstPost

Islamabad: The Chabahar port agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan is "not finished" and "not limited to these three countries", Mehdi Honerdoost, Iranian ambassador to Pakistan, said on Friday amid tensions over the agree...

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa seeks Modi's intervention in release of 5 fishermen

May 27, 2016 at 16:33 | Source: FirstPost

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Friday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's intervention in securing the release of five fishermen from the state jailed in Iran.In a letter to Modi, the text of which was released to the media he...

India abstains from voting on US press freedom group's plea in United Nations

May 27, 2016 at 13:55 | Source: FirstPost

United Nations: India has abstained from voting, while China and Pakistan voted against a bid by a US advocacy group for press freedom, seeking accreditation as an NGO at the United Nations.The non-governmental organisation (NGO) Committee of the Uni...

Ahead of Modi visit, US Congress hearing turns into a critique of India

May 27, 2016 at 12:25 | Source: FirstPost

Washington:It was supposed to be a welcome mat, a warm-up exercise for the triumphant return of the only man on the planet once barred entry to the US by a law to address the very chamber that had passed it.But the hearing on the Capitol Hill just tw...

Pakistani council recommends allowing husbands to 'lightly' beat wives

May 27, 2016 at 11:36 | Source: FirstPost

Islamabad: Pakistani husbands can 'lightly' beat their wives if they disobey, according to a controversial recommendation made by a state-affiliated Islamic body in its new women protection bill.The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) enjoys constituti...

Here's how the Modi government is bridging the gulf with West Asia

May 27, 2016 at 08:44 | Source: FirstPost

Prime Minister Narendra Modis diplomatic offensives in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, plus Indias western neighbours Pakistan and Afghanistan are unusual exercises to set new terms and conditions for Indias engagement with the Persian Gulf. Modi has visite...

CORRECTED - Oil dips after hitting $50/bbl as glut worries resurface| Reuters

May 27, 2016 at 03:15 | Source: FirstPost

NEW YORK (This version of the story corrects Brent settlement to $49.59, not $49.74, in paragraph 6)Oil prices hit $50 a barrel on Thursday for the first time in seven months, then bounced below that level and settled lower on the day as investors wo...

U.N. panel rejects press freedom watchdog accreditation request| Reuters

May 27, 2016 at 02:31 | Source: FirstPost

UNITED NATIONS The Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom watchdog group, was denied consultative status at the United Nations on Thursday, with South Africa, Russia and China among the countries that opposed it. The United States quickly ...

U.N. envoy tells Security Council no Syria talks for two-three weeks| Reuters

May 27, 2016 at 02:15 | Source: FirstPost

GENEVA/UNITED NATIONS There will be no new round of Syria talks for at least two or three weeks, the office of U.N. special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said in a statement on Thursday, after he consulted the U.N. Security Council for about two...

No Syria talks for two-three weeks, U.N. says| Reuters

May 27, 2016 at 00:45 | Source: FirstPost

GENEVA There will be no new round of Syria talks for at least two or three weeks, the office of U.N. special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura said in a statement on Thursday, after he consulted the U.N. Security Council for about two and a half hou...

Yemen's warring sides agree prisoner swap before Ramadan| Reuters

May 27, 2016 at 00:30 | Source: FirstPost

KUWAIT Yemen's warring parties have agreed to a prisoner exchange before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in early June, sources from both delegations told Reuters on Thursday.The decision was a show of goodwill between the Iran-allied Houthis and Ye...

Modi at Two: How the PM and his government have performed in five key areas

May 27, 2016 at 00:10 | Source: FirstPost

Brand Modi remains as strong as ever and he is still unequivocally the best man to lead India. But as he completes two years as Prime Minister, multiple surveys point to a difference in public opinion between his personal approval ratings and that of...

Al Qaeda still reaping oil profits in Yemen despite battlefield reverses| Reuters

May 26, 2016 at 23:50 | Source: FirstPost

DUBAI/LONDON/CAIRO Al Qaeda may have been pushed out of the enclave it carved out in Yemen as the country descended into civil war, but the militants are still entrenched in other parts of the country's south, reaping profits from smuggled fuel.Score...

Modi at Two: Five key areas where the PM made (or failed to make) a huge difference

May 26, 2016 at 18:48 | Source: FirstPost

Brand Modi remains as strong as ever and he is still unequivocally the best man to lead India. But as he completes two years as Prime Minister, multiple surveys point to a difference in public opinion between his personal approval ratings and that of...

Brent crude surpasses USD 50 a barrel for first time this year

May 26, 2016 at 15:24 | Source: FirstPost

Singapore:Brent crude passed$50 a barrelfor the first time in 2016 on Thursdayafter data showed a fall inUS crude inventories, adding to expectations of a tighteningglobal market.At around 0900 IST, Brent North Sea crude for Julydelivery was up 33 ce...

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