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Saudi: Govt says security forces have killed four militants in Shi'ite village

Dec 21, 2014 at 10:30 | Source: FirstPost

Doha: Security forces killed four militants in eastern Saudi Arabia on Saturday in a raid on a hideout used by gunmen who killed a policeman in the area last week, the Interior Ministry said.The shootout was the deadliest incident in recent years in ...

Bomb blast in Bahraini Shi'ite village wounds 3 policemen

Dec 21, 2014 at 01:15 | Source: FirstPost

MANAMA (Reuters) - A bomb blast in a Shi'ite Muslim village in Bahrain late on Friday injured three policemen, the interior ministry said, in a further sign of anti-government sentiment since the opposition boycotted elections last month.A 2011 upris...

Saudi forces kill four militants in Awamiya - interior ministry

Dec 20, 2014 at 22:15 | Source: FirstPost

DOHA (Reuters) - Saudi security forces killed four militants in a clash in Awamiya region on Saturday, the Interior Ministry said.The troops raided a militant hideout in Awamiya town and killed the four in an exchange of fire.The dead were behind the...

U.S. reaches out to China, others, for help on Sony hack

Dec 20, 2014 at 06:30 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has sought help from China, Japan, South Korea and Russia in combating cyber attacks such as the one Washington on Friday accused North Korea of carrying out against Sony Pictures, U.S. officials said.The outr...

Iran honours nuclear deal with powers, IAEA report shows

Dec 20, 2014 at 02:15 | Source: FirstPost

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has continued to meet commitments under an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a confidential U.N. agency report showed, though Tehran temporarily halted conversion work that makes higher-grade uranium less suitab...

Exclusive - Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

Dec 20, 2014 at 00:45 | Source: FirstPost

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally. Syrian President B...

Iran dismisses UN resolution as 'political'

Dec 20, 2014 at 00:15 | Source: FirstPost

Tehran, Dec 19 (IANS) Iran has criticised the UN General Assembly's "political" resolution on alleged human rights violations in the country.Iranian deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani Thursday dismissed the resolution as &qu...

Despite billions in aid, U.S. unable to get Pakistan to confront militants

Dec 19, 2014 at 23:32 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since 2001 the United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan's army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are wi...

At UN debate, India warns of foreign-backed terrorist threats to Afghanistan

Dec 19, 2014 at 11:23 | Source: FirstPost

United Nations: As the UN-mandated international combat mission in Afghanistan enters its final days after a democratic transfer of power, a Security Council debate put the spotlight on the terrorist threats to the fragile nation with India warning o...

Analysis: Despite billions in aid, U.S. unable to get Pakistan to confront militants

Dec 19, 2014 at 05:30 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Since 2001 the United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan's army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are wi...

U.S. considers 'proportional' response to Sony hacking attack

Dec 19, 2014 at 03:15 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response, although the White House stopped short of blaming N...

UN General Assembly seeks North Korea ICC charges

Dec 19, 2014 at 01:16 | Source: BBC

The UN General Assembly has voted in favour of referring North Korea to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity. The resolution was passed by 116 votes to 20, with more than 50 abstentions. The UN Security Council ...

India urges Pakistan to speed up Mumbai attacks trial

Dec 18, 2014 at 20:02 | Source: BBC

India has told Pakistan that a speedy trial of people held in Pakistan in connection with the 2008 Mumbai attacks would help improve relations. The move came in talks between Indian PM Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at a Non-...

US, Cuba restore ties after 50 years: What it means for farmers, casinos and fast food joints

Dec 18, 2014 at 12:56 | Source: FirstPost

Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.The United States' commercial t...

US, Cuba restore ties after 50 years: What it means for farmers, fast food joints and casinos

Dec 18, 2014 at 11:07 | Source: FirstPost

Freighters once carried Cuban nickel and limestone to the port of New Orleans and North Dakota beans to Havana. Cuban families ate bowls of American rice, while U.S. tourists flocked to casinos and nightclubs in Havana.The United States' commercial t...

Global population living six years longer than in 1990 - study

Dec 18, 2014 at 06:45 | Source: FirstPost

LONDON (Reuters) - Global life expectancy has risen by more than six years since 1990 thanks to falling death rates from cancer and heart disease in rich countries and better survival in poor countries from diarrhoea, tuberculosis and malaria.In an a...

Iran calls nuclear talks "very useful"; next meeting in Jan

Dec 18, 2014 at 02:30 | Source: FirstPost

GENEVA (Reuters) - Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said on Wednesday that he had had "very intense" and "very useful and helpful" nuclear negotiations with major powers in Geneva.Araqchi, speaking to reporters at the ...

After first big step, U.S. faces long path to forge ties to Cuba

Dec 18, 2014 at 00:30 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The renewal of full diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba could be the start of a long thaw in decades of animosity but the path is full of obstacles, not least the U.S. sanctions on the Communist-run island.T...

Terror incidents call for world to come together: Sushma Swaraj

Dec 17, 2014 at 23:45 | Source: FirstPost

New Delhi, Dec 17 (IANS) The Sydney cafe hostage crisis and the Peshawar school horror are a call to the world to stand up and counter terror together, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Wednesday said.Making a statement in the Lok Sabha over bo...

Sydney siege: Watch list questions over Monis

Dec 17, 2014 at 21:37 | Source: BBC

It took less than 24 hours for the finger pointing to begin. A 16-hour siege in a cafe in the heart of Sydney had ended in the early hours of Tuesday with the death of a lone gunman and two of his hostages. Tabloid newspapers and politicians immediat...

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