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Obama Doubles US Troops in Iraq in Expanding War on IS
November 09, 2014
WASHINGOTN- President Barack Obama unveiled Friday plans to send 1,500 additional troops to Iraq to help Baghdad government forces strike back at Islamic State jihadists, roughly doubling ...
Obama Writes Iran’s Supreme Leader about Militants
November 07, 2014
WASHINGTON - In a rare outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common ...
‘No Mercy’ for Those Behind Murder of Christian Couple: Nawaz
November 06, 2014
ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned on Wednesday the brutal murder of a Christian couple in Kot Radha Kishan and termed it "an unacceptable ...
‘China Supports Improvement in Pakistan-India Relations
November 05, 2014
BEIJING - Assistant Foreign Minister of China, Liu Jianchao said Monday that China strongly supports improvement in Pakistan-India relations, and that is ready to help resolve ...
Xi Stresses Rule of Law for “Safe China”
November 04, 2014
WUHAN – Chinese President Xi Jinping has underlined that the rule of law was a key guarantee for building a "safe China," urging political and legal organs to collectively ...
Kurdish Peshmerga Arrive with Weapons in Syria's Kobani
November 02, 2014
MURSITPINAR Turkey/BEIRUT - Iraqi Kurdish forces arrived in the Syrian town of Kobani with heavy weapons to help Syrian Kurds fend off attempts by Islamic State insurgents to seize the ...
Oil Prices Rally, OPEC Chief Plays Down Recent Slide
October 30, 2014
LONDON - World oil prices rallied on Wednesday, while OPEC secretary-general Abdullah El-Badri said that market conditions did not justify sharp falls for crude futures and signalled that ...
EU on Track So Far with Green Energy Goals, 2030 A Challenge
October 28, 2014
BRUSSELS - EU nations have work to do to meet new green energy goals agreed last week, as increased fossil fuel burning last year drove up pollution in some countries, although the bloc ...
Terrorism, Extremism More Dangerous Than Ebola: Iranian President
October 28, 2014
TEHRAN - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who had last year warned against the imminent threat of the spread of radicalism and violence in the world, stressed that terrorism and extremism ...
China, Russia Urge Scientific, Technological Cooperation
October 27, 2014
BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday extended congratulations on the opening of the 2014 Pujiang Innovation Forum, voicing hope for ...
Putin Accuses United States of Damaging World Order
October 25, 2014
LAURA, Russia - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the ...
WB Warns of Risks to “Disappointing” Global Economy
October 23, 2014
BEIJING - A senior World Bank (WB) official on Wednesday sounded a warning note for a "disappointing" global economy in 2014, pointing to commodity prices, Ebola and ...
Iran President Pledges to Back Iraq Amid Attacks
October 22, 2014
TEHRAN, Iran - Shiite powerhouse Iran has pledged enduring support for the Shiite-led government of Iraq in its battle against an ascendant Sunni insurgency spearheaded by the Islamic ...
Iraq PM Rules Out Foreign Boots on The Ground
October 21, 2014
NAJAF, Iraq - Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Monday ruled out any foreign ground intervention to assist government forces in retaking territory lost to jihadists and urged Sunnis ...
U.S.-Led Coalition Jets Strike Kobani after Islamic State Shelling
October, 19, 2014
MURSITPINAR Turkey - U.S.-led coalition jets struck suspected Islamic State targets at least twice in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday after fierce shelling by the insurgents hit ...
Russia-U.S. Reset Impossible Amid Sanctions: Medvedev
October 16, 2014
MOSCOW - A reset of Russia-U.S. relations is impossible if sanctions against Moscow remain, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said ...
Obama to Meet with Partners on Militant Fight
October 15, 2014
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and his military commanders will meet Tuesday with defense chiefs from more than 20 nations participating in the fight against the Islamic State ...
Putin Orders Russian Troop Withdrawal from Ukrainian Border
October 13, 2014
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops to withdraw to their permanent bases after military exercises in Rostov region near the border with Ukraine, the ...
Kurds Battle for Heart of Kobane as UN Fears for Civilians
October 12, 2014
MURSITPINAR, Turkey - Kurdish fighters halted a thrust by Islamic State group jihadists towards the heart of the battleground Syrian town of Kobane Saturday, after the UN warned ...
Malala, Satyarthi Win Nobel Peace Prize
October 11, 2014
OSLO, Norway — Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for risking their lives to fight for children's rights. The decision ...
Clashes for Syria’s Kobane Kill 400 in Three Weeks: Monitor
October 09, 2014
BEIRUT - More than 400 people have been killed in three weeks of fighting between Islamic State group jihadists and Kurdish forces for the Syrian town of Kobane, a monitor said ...
EU Keeps Russia Sanctions in Place, Sees ‘Encouraging’ Signs
October 01, 2014
BRUSSELS - The European Union decided on Tuesday to keep in place a package of economic sanctions against Russia over its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine despite what it ...
U.S. Intelligence Underestimated the Rise of IS: Obama
September 30, 2014
BEIRUT/MURSITPINAR Turkey - President Barack Obama has acknowledged that U.S. intelligence underestimated the rise of Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, where the head of an ...
Air Strikes Hit IS Militants in East Syria: Monitors
September 28, 2014
BEIRUT - Air strikes hit Islamic State and other Islamist groups in eastern Syria early on Saturday, a monitoring group said, as a U.S.-led coalition seeks to turn the tide against the ...
Cameron Urges Parliament to Back ‘Years’ of Iraq Action
September 27, 2014
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron warned that British military action against Islamic State militants could last for "years" as he urged MPs on Friday to vote in favour of ...
UN Meets Facing Multiple Crises; Obama to Speak
September 25, 2014
UNITED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on global leaders Wednesday to find "seeds of hope" in the turmoil and despair of a world that may seem like it's ...
Set ‘New Course’ on Climate Change: UN to Leaders
UNITED NATIONS - Challenged by the United Nations chief to set a new course for a warming globe and reverse the rise of heat-trapping gases, world leader after world leader Tuesday ...
Obama Faces Questions on Prospect of Expanded War
September 21, 2014
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's military campaign against Islamic State group extremists has already crept beyond the narrow parameters he first outlined three ...
UN Nuclear Watchdog Head Ups Pressure on Iran
September 16, 2014
VIENNA - The head of the UN atomic watchdog hit out Monday at Iran's lack of cooperation in a probe into its nuclear programme, three weeks after Tehran missed a deadline to provide ...
Some Nations Offer Ground Troops to Fight Islamic State: Kerry
September 15, 2014
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he was "extremely encouraged" by pledges of military assistance against Islamic State militants by countries inside ...
Kerry in Cairo for Talks to Build Up Anti-IS Coalition
September 14, 2014
CAIRO - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Saturday for a visit in a bid to build up a coalition to counter and defeat the Islamic State ...
Ukraine Crisis Provoked By West to Resuscitate NATO: Putin
September 11, 2014
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed Western countries for provoking the Ukraine crisis, which is used to resuscitate ...
CO2 Pollution Levels At Annual Record High: UN
September 10, 2014
GENEVA - Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said ...
Fighting ISIL Needs International Cooperation: Zarif
September 08, 2014
TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined that combating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group requires international cooperation, but not through occupation and military means.
"An international movement is needed to fight the ISIL and all countries should join hands to resolve the problem of terrorism; yet there is no need to occupation and military hardware to fight the ISIL," Zarif told reporters in a joint press conference with his Danish counterpart Martin Lidegaard in Mashhad, Northeastern Iran, on Sunday.
The Iranian foreign minister said extremism and radicalism are major world and regional issues today, as the ISIL and other terrorist groups intend to crush democracy and security in the region.
Zarif referred to his discussions with his Danish counterpart, and said that he and Lidegaard hold different viewpoints over Syria.
He underlined the rule of democracy in Iran, reminding that "73 percent of the Iranian people took part in (last year's) presidential election".
The Iranian foreign minister also pointed to Iran's nuclear program, and said, "We are trying to resolve the nuclear issue through dialogue and achieving this goal depends on the political will of the other side."
Zarif noted that the entire world is witnessing today that Iran is doing its best to resolve the nuclear issue, and said, "We are still looking for achieving a comprehensive solution through holding dialogue."
He reiterated that Iran is ready for any explicit and open dialogue with the other side, and said, "We hope that the other side will also show the same respect for us as this is a reciprocal issue."
Also speaking in the same press conference, the Danish foreign minister said that his country pursues the EU policy on Iran's nuclear issue, "but we are optimistic about the (nuclear) talks as these negotiations can be useful for the economy of entire Europe".
Meantime, Lidegaard pointed to the ISIL's crimes in Iraq and Syria, and stressed that the terrorists in Iraq should be confronted through an international coalition.
The top Danish diplomat arrived in Tehran on Sunday to discuss regional developments and expansion of ties with senior Iranian officials.
Lidegaard is the first Danish foreign minister who has traveled to Iran since 2005.
Several European countries have sought seriously to expand ties with Iran after Tehran and the six major world powers cut an interim deal over the country's nuclear program in Geneva on November 24, 2013.
Earlier today, Iraqi President Fuad Masum said Iraq needs qualified international aid, not the presence of foreign military to combat the ISIL terrorists.
"Iraq does not require the presence of international anti-terrorist forces, Iraq needs international assistance: experience, knowledge, weapons," Alsumaria TV quoted the Iraqi leader as saying.
However, Masum stressed that Iraq "is aware that it should not simply expel extremists from its territory, but to completely destroy them, so as not to export terrorism to the neighboring countries in the region". (FNA)...
Iran Denies Cooperation with US on Iraq
September 07, 2014
TEHRAN - The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Friday strongly rejected a BBC report alleging that the country's senior commanders have been meeting their US counterparts to coordinate ...