Iran’s top priority to protect nuclear deal from US: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday the top foreign policy priority for his new government was to protect the nuclear deal from being torn up by the United States. “The most important job...

Iraqi forces begin operation to recapture Tel Afar, says PM

BAGHDAD: The operation to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from the militant Islamic State (IS) group began on Sunday morning, Iraq's prime minister said. Tal Afar and the surrounding area is...

India train crash in Uttar Pradesh leaves 23 dead

MUZAFFARNAGAR: At least 23 people were killed and more than 60 injured when a train derailed in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Police said that at least eight carriages jumped the tracks near...

Death toll in Sierra Leone flood disaster reaches 441

FREETOWN: The death toll from a mudslide and flooding that struck Sierra Leone´s capital Freetown has reached 441, the government said on Saturday. "Four hundred and forty-one corpses (were) buried as at yesterday," the deputy...

Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree: police

TURKU: Two people were killed and six were injured in a stabbing spree in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said, after officers shot one suspect and warned several others could be...

Spain hunts driver who killed 13 in Barcelona, says foils bomb plot

BARCELONA: Spain mounted a sweeping anti-terror operation on Friday after a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people before fleeing, in what police suspect was one of multiple...

Saudi king orders reopening of Qatar border to pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj pilgrimage, state media said Thursday, in the first signs of a thaw after the...

Iran military chief, Turkish president discuss defense ties

ANKARA: Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri has met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara. Baqeri told reports on Wednesday that bilateral defense ties, regional developments and...

US names Hizbul Mujahideen as ‘terrorist’ group

WASHINGTON: The United States has designated Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest armed group in Indian-administered Kashmir, as a "foreign terrorist" organisation, imposing sanctions on it including the freezing of assets it may hold in the...

US sanctions Kashmiri group Hizbul Mujahideen

WASHINGTON: The United States on Wednesday said it had sanctioned Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest of the anti-Indian Kashmiri groups engaged in conflict in the divided Himalayan territory. In a statement on its website, the US...

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