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Switzerland: Iran talks stretch on, entering ‘final meters’
2nd Apr 2015

Switzerland: Iran talks stretch on, entering ‘final meters’

  [Photo: The press corps, working to the April 1 deadline, is beginning to show the strain, too. ISNA]   World leaders’ talks with Iran seeking a nuclear deal continue to drag on a day after a self-imposed deadline. But … Continued

Yemen: UN envoy alarmed by rising number of child casualties
1st Apr 2015

Yemen: UN envoy alarmed by rising number of child casualties

  UNITED NATIONS, (Xinhua): A UN envoy in charge of protecting children in armed conflict on Tuesday said that she was alarmed by the rising number of child casualties in Yemen, calling on all warring sides to “avoid creating new … Continued

Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne continue past deadline
1st Apr 2015

Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne continue past deadline

  Talks between the six major powers and Iran over its nuclear program have passed the midnight deadline and are continuing. It is still unclear if Iran will accept a political agreement. The midnight deadline for an outline accord on … Continued

Switzerland: Final day of Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne
31st Mar 2015

Switzerland: Final day of Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne

  The foreign ministers of Iran, the US, Britain, China, France and Germany are hoping to reach a framework nuclear deal with Tehran. The deadline ends at midnight on March 31. Representatives of Iran and permanent members of the Security … Continued

Yemen: Saudi airstrikes kills 40 civilians in refugee camp
31st Mar 2015

Yemen: Saudi airstrikes kills 40 civilians in refugee camp

  An airstrike in the northwest of Yemen has killed at least 40 civilians in a camp for displaced people, and injuring many more. A Saudi-led coalition has been pounding Shi’a Muslim Houthi rebels positions for days. The UN said the … Continued

Pakistan rejects rumours of sending troops to Yemen
29th Mar 2015

Pakistan rejects rumours of sending troops to Yemen

  ISLAMABAD, (The News): Pakistan’s Foreign Office has rejected rumours of sending Pakistani troops to join a Saudi-backed coalition forces fighting Houthi rebels in war-stricken Yemen.   “These are several reports in the media which are completely baseless,” Foreign Secretary … Continued

Syria: Idlib capital falls to al Qa’ida terrorists
29th Mar 2015

Syria: Idlib capital falls to al Qa’ida terrorists

  The Syrian affiliate of al Qaeda has assumed control of Idlib, the second provincial capital lost by the government, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. This followed days of heavy fighting. “Al-Nusra Front and its allies have … Continued

Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes kill 34 civilians, incl children
28th Mar 2015

Yemen: Saudi-led airstrikes kill 34 civilians, incl children

  [Photo: Yemenis in the Bani Hewat district of the capital Sana’a search for survivors under the rubble after Saudi Arabian planes bombed the area on March 26. Almigdad Mogali/IRIN]   Beirut, (HRW): The Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab countries that conducted … Continued

Yemen: Saudi Arabia airstrikes civilians
27th Mar 2015

Yemen: Saudi Arabia airstrikes civilians

RT/IRIN: Saudi Arabian forces, joined by nine other countries, have launched a military operation in Yemen against Shiite Houthi rebels, the Saudi ambassador to the US said. The offensive, which started with airstrikes, will also involve “other military assets.” According … Continued

Obama backs Ghani’s leadership, agrees to slower withdrawal from Afghanistan
25th Mar 2015

Obama backs Ghani’s leadership, agrees to slower withdrawal from Afghanistan

  US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have demonstrated a renewed commitment to bilateral security cooperation. At Ghani’s request, Obama has agreed to slow the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani secured an agreement … Continued

US-Israeli relations hit another low
25th Mar 2015

US-Israeli relations hit another low

  Revelations that Israel may have leaked sensitive information to Republicans about the American negotiations with Iran have further damaged what some already perceived as the worst ever relations between the two allies. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that … Continued

Afghanistan: US drone strike near Khyber border kills nine
24th Mar 2015

Afghanistan: US drone strike near Khyber border kills nine

  By Akbar Ali   PESHAWAR, (Dawn): At least nine suspected militants, including the driver of Lashkar-i-Islam (LI) chief Mangal Bagh, were killed in a US drone strike in Nazyan district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, near the Pak-Afghan border in … Continued

Afghanistan: Gunmen kill 13 in Wardak province
24th Mar 2015

Afghanistan: Gunmen kill 13 in Wardak province

  MAIDAN SHAR, (Xinhua): Some 13 passengers were killed and two others wounded after gunmen shot at three vehicles in the eastern Afghan province of Wardak early Tuesday morning, an official source said. “Gunmen shot at three vehicles, including a … Continued

Yemen: Arab neighbors called to intervene against Houthis
24th Mar 2015

Yemen: Arab neighbors called to intervene against Houthis

  [Houthi supporters]   Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi on Monday asked the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone from the airports seized by rebels, as well as urging Gulf Arab countries to intervene militarily against Houthi fighters. … Continued

UK: West, Iran cite progress in nuclear talks
22nd Mar 2015

UK: West, Iran cite progress in nuclear talks

    [Photo:The foreign ministers of Germany, the US, UK, and France met in London to discuss the situation with Iran]     In London, Western officials have announced “substantial progress” in talks with Iran, while also pledging that any … Continued

Yemen: UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting
22nd Mar 2015

Yemen: UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting

  [Archive Photo: pro-Houthi protests]   The UN Security Council is to convene in an emergency session on Yemen, where a separatist movement and terrorism threaten to set off a civil war. US troops aiding anti-al Qaeda efforts have already … Continued

Syria: Twin blasts target Kurdish New Year’s Eve festivities
21st Mar 2015

Syria: Twin blasts target Kurdish New Year’s Eve festivities

  Twin bombings have targeted Syria’s Kurdish minority as it prepares to ring in the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. Observers believe “IS” was the culprit given its recent losses to Kurdish fighters. In the early hours … Continued

Yemen: 140 Shia Muslims killed in mosque bombings
21st Mar 2015

Yemen: 140 Shia Muslims killed in mosque bombings

  There are reports of up to 142 people having been killed in twin suicide bombings at mosques in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Friday. An unverified claim of responsibility has been made by extremist group Islamic State. Authorities say at … Continued

Obama urges Iran to take advantage of ‘best opportunity in decades’
20th Mar 2015

Obama urges Iran to take advantage of ‘best opportunity in decades’

  US President Barack Obama has told Iran that nuclear talks present “the best opportunity in decades” for the two countries to pursue a better relationship. He warned, however, that there was still much work to do. In his annual … Continued

Syria says it shot down a US drone
18th Mar 2015

Syria says it shot down a US drone

  Syrian state media says government forces have downed a US surveillance drone over the coastal province of Latakia. Damascus has mostly refrained from attacking coalition aircraft since the anti-IS strikes began. The United States lost contact with an unarmed … Continued

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