Putin says Romania, Poland may now be in Russia's cross-hairs| Reuters
May 28, 2016 at 02:45 | Source:
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:
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:
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...
Ahead of Modi visit, US Congress hearing turns into a critique of India
May 27, 2016 at 12:25 | Source:
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:
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:
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...
U.N. panel rejects press freedom watchdog accreditation request| Reuters
May 27, 2016 at 02:31 | Source:
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 ...
No Syria talks for two-three weeks, U.N. says| Reuters
May 27, 2016 at 00:45 | Source:
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:
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...
Brent crude surpasses USD 50 a barrel for first time this year
May 26, 2016 at 15:24 | Source:
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...