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TEHRAN : Mohammad Reza Rahimi, Iran’s first vice president under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been sentenced to prison and fined, it was reported Monday.Appointed by Ahmadinejad after a controversial election win in 2009, Rahimi would be the most senior official from that era to be convicted.“I cannot reveal the details because the sentence is not final, but it includes a term of imprisonment and a fine,” ...

WASHINGTON : President Barack Obama formally notified the U.S. Congress on Monday that he had authorized air strikes and humanitarian airdrops over the weekend in the Iraqi Shi’ite town of Amerli where Islamic State militants had trapped the civilian population.Iraqi security forces backed by Shi’ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli and entered the northern town after the U.S. military carried out air strikes on ...

Wissam Keyrouz - Advances by militants in Syria and Iraq, and US calls for a coalition against them have made Gulf monarchies set aside disputes over Qatar’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, analysts say.Wary of spectacular gains made by Islamic State militants, the oil-rich monarchies fear the militants could advance towards their own borders, where the extreme ideologies could find support.“The biggest danger (in the Gulf) comes ...

ISTANBUL : Turkish authorities on Monday detained some two dozen ...

BEIJING : Three top Chinese universities have vowed to tighten ...

LONDON : The British government said on Monday it deplored an Israeli ...

PARIS : Saudi Arabia’s crown prince arrived in Paris Monday for ...

ISTANBUL : Turkey on Monday said it had summoned the US charge ...

BEIJING (AFP): A knifeman stabbed three children to death and wounded ...

Helena Malikyar - As Afghanistan approaches the September 2 deadline for the inauguration of its new president - though this could be pushed by a few days - talk of an uprising has resurfaced. It is ...

SULAIMAN BEK, Iraq - Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shia militiamen backed by US air strikes pressed a fightback against militant-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking a weeks-long siege of a ...

LONDON  - Prime Minister David Cameron was to outline tougher measures against militant suspects on Monday after Britain raised its security risk assessment to a level where an attack is thought ...

KIEV - Ukraine’s defence minister warned on Monday that a “great war” had broken out with Russia over his country’s future that could claim tens of thousands of lives.“A ...

TOKYO  - Conservative soulmates Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe will hold formal talks in Tokyo Monday to cement a blossoming relationship between India and Japan, on a visit that began with a bear ...

KABUL  - Talks on a power sharing deal between Afghanistan’s rival presidential candidates, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, have collapsed, a top leader said on Monday, rekindling ...

BENGHAZI, Libya - Libya’s parliament reappointed Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni on Monday as the government lost control of ministries in the capital where armed groups have taken over and a ...

SANAA : Tens of thousands of Shia rebel activists demonstrated in the Yemeni capital Monday heeding a call by their leader to press their campaign to oust the government in defiance of the UN. The ...

MOSCOW- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday raised the stakes in the Ukraine conflict by calling for the first time for statehood to be discussed for the restive east of the former Soviet ...

MANILA : Dozens of Filipino UN peacekeepers performed the “greatest escape” from besieging Syrian rebels, slipping away under the cover of night after rebels rammed their Golan Heights ...

MASERU : Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane accused Deputy Prime Minister Mothetjoa Metsing of helping to plan a coup by the army that forced the prime minister to flee the country.Metsing took ...

SANAA : At least 21 people were killed in weekend clashes between Shiite rebels and pro-government tribesmen in the north of Yemen, tribal sources said Sunday.The fighting comes as the Zaidi Shiite ...

KATRA SHAHADATGANJ, India (AFP): More than 100 new toilets were unveiled Sunday in a poverty-stricken and scandal-hit village in northern India, where fearful and vulnerable women have long been ...

BOBIGNY, France : An eight-year-old child and an octogenarian were killed and dozens injured in an explosion on Sunday that reduced half of a four-storey residential block in a Paris suburb to ...

ISTANBUL : Turkey's army chief has warned that the army will do whatever is necessary if its "red lines" are not respected in peace talks with Kurdish rebels.His comments came amid intensified ...

TRIPOLI : Libyan coastguards on Sunday found 15 bodies of sub-Saharan African migrants floating in the sea near a ripped inflatable boat, east of the capital.Last week in the same area, rescuers ...

KYOTO, Japan : India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi toured the ancient Japanese city of Kyoto on Sunday, the second day of a visit intended to strengthen security and economic relations and ...

Zachary KeckThis month marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1, formerly called the Great War. Not surprisingly, this has brought all sorts of stories and op-eds discussing the ...

BEIRUT- At least 42 children have been killed in government air strikes and shelling across Syria in the last 36 hours, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said Sunday.The ...

HONG KONG - China Sunday announced rules giving it control over who can stand in Hong Kong’s next leadership election, triggering tears and fury in the city where democracy activists vowed to ...

DHAKA : Transport services in Bangladesh ground to a halt on Sunday as Islamists enforced a nationwide strike to protest at the murder of a television star who presented popular shows. Normally ...

BAGHDAD- Iraqi forces broke through to the militant-besieged town of Amerli Sunday, where thousands of people have been trapped for more than two months with dwindling food and water supplies.It is ...

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called enforced disappearance of individuals by States as unacceptable violation of human rights, saying that the time has come for the end to ...

JERUSALEM-Israel announced Sunday it will expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank, angering the Palestinians and alarming Israeli peace campaigners.The move ...

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