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  • Donald Trump says US has moved forward at an unimaginable pace Feb 05, 2020 09:20 AM IST

    Donald Trump says US has moved forward at an unimaginable pace

    Making a strong pitch for his re-election and confident of his acquittal from impeachment, Trump, in his joint address to the US Congress told Congressmen that the American dream is back - bigger, better, and stronger than ever before.

  • Iraqi protesters reject PM-designate picked by ruling elites Feb 03, 2020 10:10 AM IST

    Iraqi protesters reject PM-designate picked by ruling elites

    Selection of former Communications Minister Mohammed Allawi to replace outgoing PM Adel Abdul-Mahdi was the product of months of back-room talks between rival parties, ending a political stalemate

  • Iraqi president names new PM, dividing protesters Feb 02, 2020 08:49 AM IST

    Iraqi president names new PM, dividing protesters

    Baghdad and the mainly Shiite south have been gripped by four months of anti-government rallies demanding snap elections, a politically independent prime minister and accountability for corruption and protest-related violence.

  • Politics | Trump’s peace plan is dead on arrival Jan 31, 2020 03:56 PM IST

    Politics | Trump’s peace plan is dead on arrival

    The consequences of America’s poor understanding of West Asia are there to see in Iraq and Libya, among other states in the region. Trump’s ‘Middle East’ plan is an extension of that myopia.

  • Rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad Jan 27, 2020 07:51 AM IST

    Rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad

    There was no immediate word on casualties

  • 'No, No America': Thousands of Iraqis rally against US military presence Jan 24, 2020 02:40 PM IST

    'No, No America': Thousands of Iraqis rally against US military presence

    The march called by Moqtada al-Sadr aims to pressure Washington to pull out its troops, but many anti-government protesters fear it could overshadow their separate, months-long demonstrations that have challenged Iran-backed Shi'ite groups' grip on power.

  • Three rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad Jan 21, 2020 07:31 AM IST

    Three rockets hit near US embassy in Baghdad

    There were no immediate reports of casualties

  • US resumes joint military operations in Iraq: Report Jan 16, 2020 09:54 AM IST

    US resumes joint military operations in Iraq: Report

    Two US military officials quoted by the paper said the Pentagon wanted to resume these operations in order to pick up the fight against the Islamic State group.

  • Iran nuclear deal in serious danger, needs diplomatic solution: France Jan 16, 2020 08:15 AM IST

    Iran nuclear deal in serious danger, needs diplomatic solution: France

    "Iran has been progressively emptying the accord of its substance. It is in danger and Iran must respect its commitments as we have done," Jean-Yves Le Drian told a parliamentary hearing after the three European powers launched a process to formally rebuke Iran's violations of the 2015 accord on Tuesday.

  • Raisina Dialogue: World leaders discuss US-Iran tensions, climate change Jan 15, 2020 09:20 AM IST

    Raisina Dialogue: World leaders discuss US-Iran tensions, climate change

    During the inaugural session, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Danish PM and ex-NATO Secretary General Anders Rasmussen said he would like to see a global alliance of democracies to stand up to oppressive rulers and regimes and India could play an important role in such a coalition.

  • Ukraine plane struck by two missiles: Report Jan 15, 2020 09:00 AM IST

    Ukraine plane struck by two missiles: Report

    The missiles were fired 30 seconds apart and help explain a mystery as to why the plane's transponder was not working -- it was disabled by the first strike, before being hit by a second, the Times said.

  • Japan's Shinzo Abe warns conflict with Iran impacts entire world Jan 13, 2020 10:15 AM IST

    Japan's Shinzo Abe warns conflict with Iran impacts entire world

    His comments came at the start of a five-day Gulf tour that had been thrown into doubt after Tehran responded to the attack on Qasem Soleimani by launching a barrage of missiles at bases hosting American troops in Iraq, prompting fears of all-out war.

  • US to continue pressure on Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapon: America's NSA Jan 13, 2020 08:55 AM IST

    US to continue pressure on Iran to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapon: America's NSA

    "The best thing we can do for the Iranian people and for the world is to continue our maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Iranian regime never obtains a nuclear weapon, stops their terrorist activities in the region and cuts back on their ballistic missile program,” National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien said.

  • Iran agrees de-escalation 'only solution' to solve crisis with US Jan 13, 2020 08:52 AM IST

    Iran agrees de-escalation 'only solution' to solve crisis with US

    Security was stepped up in Iran's capital after a vigil the previous night for those killed in the air disaster turned into an angry protest and police temporarily arrested the British ambassador for being there.

  • US condemns latest missile attack on Iraqi base: Mike Pompeo Jan 13, 2020 08:40 AM IST

    US condemns latest missile attack on Iraqi base: Mike Pompeo

    "Outraged by reports of another rocket attack on an Iraqi airbase," Pompeo tweeted. "These continued violations of Iraq's sovereignty by groups not loyal to the Iraqi government must end."

  • 'Our enemy is here': Iran protesters demand that leaders quit after plane downed Jan 13, 2020 08:12 AM IST

    'Our enemy is here': Iran protesters demand that leaders quit after plane downed

    "They are lying that our enemy is America, our enemy is right here," one group of protesters chanted outside a university in Tehran, according to video posted on Twitter.

  • Rockets hit Iraq airbase hosting US troops Jan 13, 2020 07:49 AM IST

    Rockets hit Iraq airbase hosting US troops

    Al-Balad is the main airbase for Iraq's F-16s, which it bought from the US to upgrade its air capacities

  • Internet blackouts | India loses $1.3 billion in 2019 Jan 10, 2020 04:35 PM IST

    Internet blackouts | India loses $1.3 billion in 2019

    India was also the country which imposed internet restrictions more often than any other country, with over 100 shutdowns documented in 2019, clocking 4,196 hours

  • Tehran asks Canada to share its intel that Iran downed Ukraine jet: Official Jan 10, 2020 08:26 AM IST

    Tehran asks Canada to share its intel that Iran downed Ukraine jet: Official

    The Iranian government, in a statement, urged Canada to share its information after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said "multiple" intelligence sources indicate that Iran shot down the Boeing airliner after it took off from Tehran on Wednesday, killing all 176 on board, including 63 Canadians.

  • Oil prices fall further as threat of Middle East war recedes Jan 10, 2020 08:06 AM IST

    Oil prices fall further as threat of Middle East war recedes

    Brent crude was down 14 cents, or 0.2%, at $65.23 at 0119 GMT, after falling more than 4% over the last two days. WTI was also down 14 cents, or 0.2%, at $59.42, after dropping slightly on Thursday and plunging around 5% on Wednesday.

  • US House passes resolution to limit Donald Trump's ability to wage war on Iran Jan 10, 2020 07:54 AM IST

    US House passes resolution to limit Donald Trump's ability to wage war on Iran

    The Democratic-controlled House voted 224-194, mostly along party lines, sending the war powers resolution to the Senate. The partisan vote reflected the deep divide in Congress over Trump's Iran policy and how much of a say lawmakers should have over the use of the military.

  • Fearing war, nuclear proliferation, Europe scrambles to calm Iran tensions Jan 10, 2020 07:53 AM IST

    Fearing war, nuclear proliferation, Europe scrambles to calm Iran tensions

    EU foreign ministers, in a rare emergency meeting, may avoid any tough diplomatic response for now. Washington and Tehran backed off from intensified conflict following the U.S. killing of an Iranian general, and Tehran's retaliatory missile strikes avoided military casualties.

  • US believes Iran brought down Ukraine airliner with anti-aircraft missiles: Officials Jan 10, 2020 07:52 AM IST

    US believes Iran brought down Ukraine airliner with anti-aircraft missiles: Officials

    Citing an extensive review of satellite data, one official said the U.S. government had concluded with a high degree of certainty that Iranian anti-aircraft missiles brought down the plane.

  • Iran investigation says Ukrainian jet was on fire before crash Jan 09, 2020 11:40 AM IST

    Iran investigation says Ukrainian jet was on fire before crash

    The Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800, flying to Kiev and carrying mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians, crashed shortly after taking off on Wednesday from Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport.

  • Australian PM Scott Morrison says troops will remain in Iraq Jan 09, 2020 09:22 AM IST

    Australian PM Scott Morrison says troops will remain in Iraq

    Speaking to reporters, Morrison added that an Australian naval vessel would travel as planned toward the Strait of Hormuz this week, to help protect shipping in the area.

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