Politics

Afghanistan Peace Talks Begin in Pakistan

By Asad Hashim and Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD, Jan 11 – Delegates from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States sat down on Monday for talks to resurrect a stalled Afghan peace process and end nearly 15 years of bloodshed, even as fighting with Taliban insurgents intensifies. Senior officials from the four countries are meeting in

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China Envoy Calls for Calm and Restraint Between Saudi, Iran

BEIJING, Jan 11 – A Chinese envoy who visited Saudi Arabia and Iran over the past week has called for both countries to exercise calm and restraint amid an on-going feud between the two countries, in a rare diplomatic foray into the region by Beijing. Tensions between the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia and

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Iran Complains to U.N. About Saudi “Provocations”

DUBAI, Jan 10 – Iran’s foreign minister has complained to the United Nations about Saudi Arabia’s “provocations” towards Tehran, as a diplomatic crisis between the region’s two major powers entered its second week. In a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon published by Iranian news agencies on Saturday, Mohammad Javad Zarif said “some people”

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U.S. Denies Conducting Helicopter Raids in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Jan 10 – The U.S. ambassador to Iraq has denied reports that the United States has been carrying out helicopter raids against Daesh militants in northern Iraq. “There have recently been reports of U.S. helicopter raids in Hawija and Kirkuk. As Defense Minister Obaidi and numerous other Iraqi officials have stated, reports of these raids

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Saudi Arabia May Take More Measures Against Iran: Foreign Minister

ABU DHABI, Jan 10 – Saudi Arabia may take further measures against Iran after cutting ties with its regional rival this week, the Saudi foreign minister said on Saturday, in a major row over the kingdom’s execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric. Adel Al Jubeir’s comments came in a press conference after an extraordinary meeting

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Iraq Offers to Mediate Between Saudi and Iran

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Jan 6 – Iraq offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran to end their dispute triggered by Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric, saying on Wednesday it could spill over into the rest of the region. Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, speaking in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad

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Je Suis Charlie: One Year On, A Divided France Struggles

By Ingrid Melander PARIS, Jan – One year on, an anxious, fragmented France is paying tribute to the victims of the killings at Charlie Hebdo magazine, with old divisions made worse by what President Francois Hollande has called “a terrible year”. After the Islamist attacks that killed 17 on January 7-9 last year at the

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Yemen War Intensifies Amid Mounting Regional Tension

DUBAI, Jan 5 – Saudi-led air strikes targeting Iranian-allied Houthi forces intensified in Yemen on Tuesday, residents said, an escalation of a nine-month-old war that follows a rise in tensions between the kingdom and arch foe Tehran. After weeks of a relative lull, large air strikes targeted military positions linked to Yemen’s ascendant Houthis in

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Saudi Rift with Iran Likely to Hinder U.S. Peace Effort in Syria

By Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Jan 5 – Beneath this weekend’s rupture in Iranian-Saudi relations lies a deeper fault line between the United States and Saudi Arabia that may hamper U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to end Syria’s civil war, current and former U.S. officials said. The Saudi government’s decision to execute Shiite

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