Friday 28 November 2014

Bangladesh arrests 9 in clamp on militants

Bangladesh has arrested four members of an outlawed militant group, including the chief of its women's wing, as well as five suspects in a southern city, police said on Sunday, as authorities stiffen a crackdown on militants. The arrest follows Indian security officials'


Iran, powers to extend nuclear talks if final push fails

Iran and six world powers looked set to miss Monday's deadline for resolving a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and are already looking at a possible extension of the negotiations. The talks in Vienna aim for a deal that could transform the Middle East, o


Nuclear deal 'impossible' by deadline says Iran

Iran says it will not be possible by a November 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive deal with world powers aimed at resolving the stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the Iranian Students News Agency Isna reported on Sunday. "Considering the short time left until


Russia seeks new energy partners

Moscow will seek new partners in countries that have not imposed sanctions on it if Western oil and gas companies pull out of projects with Russia, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said. The sanctions over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis have targeted the delivery of oil t


US briefs GCC on Iran talks, still sees 'big gaps'

US Secretary of State John Kerry held telephone discussions with Gulf states and other allies on Saturday, US officials said, as efforts intensified to reach a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme by Monday's deadline. Diplomatic sources said on Friday that Kerry and Irani


Over 900 killed in US air strikes in Syria

Air strikes by US-led forces in Syria have killed 910 people, including 52 civilians, since the start of the campaign against Islamic State and other fighters two months ago, a group monitoring the conflict said on Saturday. The majority of the deaths, 785, were Islamic State fig


Gunmen kill 28 in northeast Kenya bus attack

Attackers ambushed a bus and killed 28 people early on Saturday in northeast Kenya, police and the Ministry of Interior said. It was not immediately clear who the attackers were. "Bandits ambushed a bus from Mandera that was heading to Nairobi at dawn and kill


Obama signs order expanding Afghanistan role

US President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorising a broader military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The decision ensures a direct role for American troops in fighting in Afghanistan for at least anoth


Citi dropped from ECB forex contact group

The European Central Bank (ECB) has dropped Citigroup from its experts' working group on foreign exchange, days after the US bank was fined by US and UK regulators for failing to stop traders from trying to manipulate the currency market. Citi, the world's biggest foreign


Unemployment rates fall in 34 US states

Unemployment rates fell in 34 US states in October, a sign that steady hiring this year has been broadly dispersed through most of the country. The Labour Department said yesterday that unemployment rates rose in just five states, the fewest since April. Rates were unchanged in 1

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