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Obama Doubles US Troops in Iraq in Expanding War on IS

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

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

‘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

‘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”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Set ‘New Course’ on Climate Change: UN to Leaders

September 24,2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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Iran Denies Cooperation with US on Iraq

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 ...