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  • Fresh jet bombing kills 50 militants in N Waziristan

    June 15, 2014 7:07 AM 10

    PESHAWAR: Fighter jets struck nearly eight militant hideouts in North Waziristan tribal region early on Sunday, killing at least 50 suspected foreign militants, according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) sources. ISPR sources added that the suspected mastermind of Karachi airport attack had been killed during then operation and a huge cache

  • Iran's Zarif Asks Sextet to Act Realistically for Reaching Final N. Deal

    June 15, 2014 6:38 AM 13

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed the confidence that Tehran and six world powers could reach a comprehensive agreement by next month’s deadline, but at the same time noted that achieving such a deal needs a realistic approach by the West. Zarif, who is also Iran's top nuclear negotiator, raised the issue in his article

  • Ukraine vows to punish separatists who shot down military plane

    June 15, 2014 6:04 AM 15

    June 14, 2014: Ukrainian protesters destroy cars near the Russian Embassy during a rally in Kiev. About a hundred protesters hurled eggs and paint at the embassy and overturned several parked cars with diplomatic plates. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov) NOVOHANNIVKA, Ukraine – Ukraine's new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish

  • China adding school to outpost in disputed waters

    June 15, 2014 5:41 AM 9

    BEIJING — China is building a school on a remote island in the South China Sea to serve the children of military personnel and others, expanding the rugged outpost it created two years ago to strengthen claims to disputed waters and islands. China established the settlement of Sansha — which Beijing designates a "city" and has a permanent population

  • Aircraft carrier moves into Persian Gulf as US lays out ways for Iraq to unify its citizens

    June 15, 2014 5:32 AM 11

    WASHINGTON - A U.S. aircraft carrier was ordered to move into the Persian Gulf on Saturday as the United State laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is forging the national unity necessary to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the USS George H.W. Bush from the northern Arabian Sea as President

  • Ukraine vows firm response after rebels shoot down military plane

    June 15, 2014 5:11 AM 6

    KIEV/NOVOHANNIVKA Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine's president promised a tough response on Saturday to pro-Russian separatists who shot down an army transport plane, killing 49 servicemen and dealing a blow to a military campaign to crush their uprising. Newly installed Petro Poroshenko summoned security chiefs for consultations after the plane was hit by an anti-aircraft

  • Strong blast in Syrian town near Iraq kills 8

    June 15, 2014 4:35 AM 13

    BEIRUT: A strong explosion struck a weapons market in an eastern Syrian town near the border with Iraq Saturday, killing at least eight people and wounding many others, state media and activists said. Syrian state TV said the blast in the town of Mayadeen killed 30 people and wounded many others, while the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights

  • Jewish debate over Hillary Clinton taking form

    June 15, 2014 4:16 AM 32

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — While Hillary Rodham Clinton jets around the country promoting her newly released memoir Hard Choices, a group of prominent Jewish Democrats has placed bets on the former secretary of state in advance of her possible run for the presidency. Others, however, are using parts of the memoir to question her record on Israel. Jewish Americans

  • Iraq conflict: 'We are stronger than ISIS'

    June 15, 2014 1:41 AM 3

    Divisions between the groups fighting to topple Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are emerging. Much of the attention from the current insurgency has focused on ISIS - the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, but it is only one of a number of militia groups fighting. Former General Muzhir al Qaisi is a spokesman for the General Military Council

  • Ballot Shortages Show Lessons Not Learned

    June 15, 2014 1:41 AM 4

    KABUL -- One of the biggest criticisms of Afghanistan’s otherwise much-lauded first-round election was a chronic shortage of ballot papers. Tens of thousands of people, some waiting in line for hours, were turned away. It appears tragedy has struck twice, because during the June 14 runoff between Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, ballot shortages were reported