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Oil falls as dollar strengthens, ample supply weighs| Reuters

May 27, 2015 at 06:45 | Source: FirstPost

NEW YORK Oil prices fell nearly 3 percent on Tuesday as the dollar's rally weighed on dollar-denominated crude oil futures along with concerns that a recent rally might keep U.S. producers active.The U.S. dollar index rallied .DXY as Greece's financi...

U.N. chief confirms delay in Yemen peace talks| Reuters

May 27, 2015 at 04:46 | Source: FirstPost

UNITED NATIONS U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked his special envoy to Yemen to postpone Geneva peace talks planned for May 28, though he hopes to convene negotiations aimed at ending the war as soon as possible, the United Nations said on ...

Iraq Shi'ite militia take lead in campaign to reverse Islamic State gains| Reuters

May 27, 2015 at 04:16 | Source: FirstPost

BAGHDAD Iraq's Shi'ite paramilitaries said on Tuesday they had taken charge of the campaign to drive Islamic State from the western province of Anbar, giving the operation an openly sectarian codename that could infuriate its Sunni Muslim population....

Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30-French envoy| Reuters

May 27, 2015 at 03:46 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON An Iran nuclear deal is not likely by June 30 because technical details will remain to defined and Iran will not get sanctions relief before the end of the year in the best of cases, western ambassadors said on Tuesday.Six major powers are...

Iran begins trial of detained Washington Post reporter behind closed doors

May 26, 2015 at 18:58 | Source: FirstPost

The closed trial of an American-Iranian reporter for the Washington Post detained in Iran for more than 10 months has begun in a court used to hear security cases.Iran's official IRNA news agency says the trial of Jason Rezaian began on Tuesday in a ...

Iraqi forces launch operation to combat Islamic State after Ramadi capture

May 26, 2015 at 18:47 | Source: FirstPost

Baghdad: Iraqi forces closed in on Ramadi on Tuesdayand launched an operation aimed at cutting off the jihadists in Anbar province before a major offensive to retake the city.Ten days after the Islamic State group's shock capture of the capital of Ir...

Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi| Reuters

May 26, 2015 at 04:31 | Source: FirstPost

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official's sharp criticism...

US has 'no will' to stop the Islamic State, says Iran adviser

May 25, 2015 at 12:29 | Source: FirstPost

Tehran, Iran: The chief of an elite unit in Iran's Revolutionary Guard has accused the USof having "no will" to stop the Islamic State group after the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi, an Iranian newspaper reported Monday.The comments by Ge...

US allowed Islamic State's Ramadi seizure, according to an Iran adviser

May 25, 2015 at 12:29 | Source: FirstPost

Tehran, Iran:An Iranian newspaper is quoting the chief of an elite unit in Iran's Revolutionary Guard accusing the US of allowing the Islamic State group to seize the Iraqi city of Ramadi, the latest criticism to follow the fall of the city.The repor...

Iraq regains ground from Islamic State; mass deaths reported in Palmyra| Reuters

May 24, 2015 at 21:30 | Source: FirstPost

BAGHDAD/BEIRUT Iraqi forces recaptured territory from advancing Islamic State militants near the recently-fallen city of Ramadi on Sunday, while in Syria the government said the Islamists had killed hundreds of people since capturing the town of Palm...

Iraqi forces regain ground from Islamic State east of Ramadi| Reuters

May 24, 2015 at 15:45 | Source: FirstPost

BAGHDAD Iraqi forces regained ground from Islamic State militants in western Iraq on Sunday, advancing towards the city of Ramadi one week after it fell to the insurgents. A police major and a pro-government Sunni tribal fighter in the area said th...

'Inspired' much? Like Baby Doll, Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan too has a Balochi version

May 24, 2015 at 14:54 | Source: FirstPost

Though the Ranbir Kapoor starrer Roy did not make a lot of noise at the box office and sank without a trace, it's song 'Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan' topped quite a lot of charts and continues finding a place at every imaginable playlist- from that of a hou...

Saudi clerics urge calm as village hit by Islamic State seethes| Reuters

May 24, 2015 at 02:45 | Source: FirstPost

DUBAI Saudi Arabia's top Sunni cleric on Saturday branded a deadly attack on Shi'ite Muslims a bid to sow chaos, after villagers targeted in the bombing vented their anger at what they saw as the Sunni-dominated government's indifference to their saf...

Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear arms ban at UN| Reuters

May 24, 2015 at 00:30 | Source: FirstPost

UNITED NATIONS Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a major United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday.It was a ra...

Arab air strikes hit military bases in Yemen| Reuters

May 23, 2015 at 23:30 | Source: FirstPost

CAIRO Saudi-led air strikes hit three military bases in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Saturday and the Yemeni government in exile expressed reservations about United Nations-led talks aimed at ending the eight-week war.Residents said the air raids hit ...

Obama signs bill giving US Congress a say in Iran nuclear deal

May 23, 2015 at 12:58 | Source: FirstPost

Washington: Though he once vigorously opposed its involvement, President Barack Obama has signed legislation that gives the US Congress the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.Achieving a deal with Iran is a central elemen...

Dispute over Mideast nuclear arms ban set to torpedo U.N. meeting| Reuters

May 23, 2015 at 05:30 | Source: FirstPost

UNITED NATIONS A month-long review conference on the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty appeared headed for failure on Friday after its members were unable to overcome disagreements on an atomic weapons ban for the Middle East and other issues.Aft...

Obama reaffirms commitment to Israel security to American Jews| Reuters

May 23, 2015 at 02:16 | Source: FirstPost

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama, seeking to shore up support from the Jewish community ahead of a June deadline for reaching a potential deal to limit Iran's nuclear capabilities, on Friday said his commitment to Israel was "unshakeable."...

Iran's Yemen-bound aid ship docks in Djibouti - report| Reuters

May 23, 2015 at 01:31 | Source: FirstPost

ANKARA An Iranian aid ship on Friday docked at Djibouti's port where it will be inspected by the United Nations so its cargo can be shipped to conflict-torn Yemen, Iran's Fars news agency reported."The ship docked a few minutes ago in Djibouti,&...

Suicide bomber kills 21 at Saudi Shi'ite mosque, Islamic State claims attack| Reuters

May 23, 2015 at 00:46 | Source: FirstPost

DUBAI A suicide bomber killed 21 worshippers on Friday in a packed Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia, residents and the health minister said, the first attack in the kingdom to be claimed by Islamic State militants.It was one of the deadliest as...

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