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Iraqis vote as Abadi seeks to fend off Iran-backed rivals

Iraqis vote as Abadi seeks to fend off Iran-backed rivals

BAGHDAD/MOSUL, May 12: Iraqis voted on Saturday for the first time since the defeat of Islamic State, with Prime Minister Haider Abadi, an ally of both the United States and Iran, trying to fend off powerful Shi’ite political groups that would pull the country closer to Tehran. Iraqis expressed pride at the prospect of voting […]

 Press Trust of india

India ready to be 'Sherpa' to help Nepal scale mountain of success: Modi

India ready to be 'Sherpa' to help Nepal scale mountain of success: Modi

Kathmandu, May 12 :  India is ready to be the ‘Sherpa’ to help Nepal scale the mountain of success, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, hailing the Himalayan nation’s successful journey from bullets to ballots. Addressing a civic reception programme to honour him here, Modi stressed on the special relation shared by the two neighbours […]

 Press Trust of india

Pompeo says US ready to provide N Korea with assurances if it denuclearizes

Pompeo says US ready to provide N Korea with assurances if it denuclearizes

Washington, May 12 : The United States and its international partners are ready to provide North Korea with assurances if its leader Kim Jong-un is prepared to fully denuclearise the Korean Peninsula, a top American diplomat said today. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who returned from North Korea a day earlier after meeting with Kim, […]

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Defeated Malaysian leader, wife barred from leaving country

Defeated Malaysian leader, wife barred from leaving country

Kuala Lumpur, May 12 (AP) Malaysia’s Immigration Department said today that former scandal-ridden Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife are barred from leaving the country, shortly after he announced plans for a short holiday. A leaked flight manifesto shows Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor were due to leave on a private jet on […]

 A FP

Putin, Merkel reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal: Kremlin

Putin, Merkel reaffirm commitment to Iran nuclear deal: Kremlin

Moscow, May 11 (AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a telephone conversation today reaffirmed their commitment to preserving the Iran nuclear deal after the US pulled out of it, the Kremlin said. “The situation around the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action following the unilateral withdrawal of the US was discussed. […]

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Iran turns to diplomacy amid high regional tensions

Iran turns to diplomacy amid high regional tensions

  Tehran, May 11:  Iran’s foreign minister will embark on a diplomatic tour to try to salvage the nuclear deal amid high tensions following the US withdrawal and global fears over reports of unprecedented clashes with Israel in Syria. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave late tomorrow for visits to Beijing, Moscow and Brussels, […]

 Press Trust of india

Pakistan imposes 'reciprocal' restrictions on movement of US diplomats

Pakistan imposes 'reciprocal' restrictions on movement of US diplomats

Islamabad, May 11 :  Pakistan today imposed “reciprocal” restrictions on the movement of US diplomats after Washington took similar measures, a tit-for-tat move that is likely to further strain ties between the two countries. Earlier, the restriction was to come into effect from May 1, but was deferred as the two sides decided to resolve […]

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Calls for restraint after Israeli raids on 'Iranians' in Syria

Calls for restraint after Israeli raids on 'Iranians' in Syria

Jerusalem, May 11 :  Israel carried out widespread deadly raids against what it said were Iranian targets in Syria after rocket fire towards its forces it blamed on Iran, drawing global calls for restraint. The reported exchange of fire came after weeks of rising tensions and followed US President Donald Trump’s decision Tuesday to withdraw […]

 Press Trust of india

Trump to seek complete irreversible denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula: White House

Trump to seek complete irreversible denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula: White House

Washington, May 11 (PTI) President Donald Trump would seek a “complete, irreversible and verifiable” denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula during his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, the White House has said. Hours after Trump announced the location and date of what is being billed as the historic US-N […]

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India for safe, sustainable return of Rohingyas: Swaraj

India for safe, sustainable return of Rohingyas: Swaraj

Nay Pyi Taw, May 11:  India said today it was ready to help Myanmar for the “safe, speedy and sustainable” return of tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh following a military crackdown, triggering one of the world’s worst refugee crises. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj discussed with Myanmar’s top leadership, […]