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John Kerry Flies to Saudi Arabia to Discuss Iran Nuclear Talks, Yemen instability

RIYADH (Saudi Arabia) – After wrapping up the latest round of Iran nuclear negotiations in Switzerland, US  Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Saudi Arabia to take on the challenge of explaining a potential deal over Iran’s nuclear program to the American-allied conservative monarchies of the gulf. Mr. Kerry’s visit include meetings with new Saudi King Salman as well as the ... Read More »

Turkey signals readiness to fight ISIL after relocating tomb

After abandoning the territory formerly containing the tomb of Süleyman Şah — the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire — in northern Syria and unilaterally selecting a relatively safer location for a new tomb inside the warn-torn country last weekend, Turkey appears to be ready to take a firmer stand against the terrorist group the Islamic State in ... Read More »

Colombo rethinks Chinese project issue, FM Mangala

BEIJING: Sri Lanka will not make any decision on Chinese projects it is reviewing until it consults China, Sri Lanka’s foreign minister said on Friday, pledging that his new government would welcome Chinese investors. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has unnerved China with his re-examination of certain projects that China has invested in, including a $1.5 billion “port city” project ... Read More »

Egypt prosecutors refer 271 Muslim Brotherhood members to military court

Egypt’s prosecutors have referred at least 271 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to a military court over alleged charges of attacking government buildings in central Egypt two years ago. Prosecutors told Egyptian media outlets on Friday that the defendants were charged with torching and ransacking a court building, as well as a prosecution office in the city of Malawi in ... Read More »

Ukraine preparing for possible war with Russia

By Begum Tunakan — After the fall of the strategic town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine, a Ukrainian deputy foreign minister claimed while speaking to a Canadian radio station that the Ukrainian government is preparing for a full-scale war with Russia. In response to Russia’s heavy military presence in Ukraine, Ukraine has asked the United States and Canada to provide ... Read More »

PM Davutoglu pledges to get domestic security package approved

ANKARA — The Turkish parliament will approve the new domestic security bill under any circumstances, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on February 23, “The new security bill will be approved by the Turkish Parliament to protect freedom and provide security,” Davutoğlu said at the ruling Justice and Development or the AK Party’s provincial delegation meeting. The security bill was devised ... Read More »

German FM seeking ‘anchors of stability’ in Africa

Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier is seeking to intensify ties between Germany and Africa. Berlin is particularly interested in countries that foster regional stability. German Foreign Minister Steinmeir with kenyan President Steinmeier’s four-day trip took him to three countries – the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Kenya – and its purpose is to forge new partnerships for Germany. ... Read More »

Kashmir region on lockdown for Modi visitbe made part of the case record

SRINAGAR: Separatists called for a strike on Monday across the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to lead a campaign rally for local elections. The mountain region, where anti-India sentiment runs deep among the mostly Muslim population, was on high alert with snipers on rooftops, road barricades and sniffer dogs near campaign rally ... Read More »

Afghan students find inspiration in Islamic State’s success

KABUL: A quiet student at Kabul University, 25-year-old Abdul Rahim has a dream: to join Islamic State in Syria and fight for the establishment of a global caliphate – a new, alarming form of radicalism in war-weary Afghanistan. “When hundreds of foreigners, both men and women, leave their comfortable lives and embrace Daish, then why not us?” he asked, using ... Read More »

US hands over senior Taliban leader

ISLAMABAD: The United States handed over a senior Tehrrek-e-Taliban Pakistan leader, Latifullah Mehsud to Pakistan, US officials said on Sunday, hours after Pakistani official sources confirmed the hand over of the key Taliban commander. Latifullah had served as the deputy of the TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsood until his arrest last year. Hakimullah, who was killed in a US drone strike ... Read More »

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