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June 21, 2018 2:40 PM Opec confident of deal ahead of crucial talks with partners

VIENNA: Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) energy ministers expressed optimism today they were nearing a compromise on oil output policy, with Saudi Arabia acknowledging that a big production increase would be "politically unacceptable" to arch foe Iran. Opec and non-Opec partner countries are due to hold crunch talks here today 4

June 13, 2018 5:03 AM Iraq's Sadr announces alliance with pro-Iranian Ameri

BAGHDAD: Nationalist cleric Moqtada Sadr announced on Tuesday a surprise political alliance with pro-Iranian Hadi al-Ameri in a bid to lead Iraq over the next four years. The two blocs won first and second place in the war-scarred country's May 12 parliamentary election. The move by Sadr, who is staunchly opposed to Iranian involvement in the country 4

June 2, 2018 9:37 AM US-led coalition raids kill 12 civilians in Syria's Hasakeh

BEIRUT: At least 12 civilians – members of the same family – have been killed in US-led coalition raids on the Islamic State group in northeastern Syria, a monitor said Saturday. "The air strikes and artillery fire (Friday night) by the international coalition on the village of Hidaj, held by IS in the southern sector of Hasakeh province, killed at least 5

May 26, 2018 6:22 AM Colombia to become first Latin American Nato 'global partner'

BOGOTA: Colombia will next week formally become Nato's first Latin American "global partner," President Juan Manuel Santos announced Friday. Santos, who won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a half-century of armed conflict with the former rebel movement FARC, said the move would improve Colombia's image on the world stage. "We will formalize 11

May 24, 2018 2:37 PM Pentagon denies reports US-led strike hit Syrian regime

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon denied reports Thursday that the US-led coalition had killed at least 12 pro-regime fighters in Syria. "These reports are false, the coalition did not strike any Syrian army positions in eastern Syria," Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said in a statement. "The coalition's mission is to defeat ISIS in designated 13

May 20, 2018 12:59 PM Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will hold a meeting of the Church's top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan. In the event of a conclave of cardinals to name a new pope, 11 of the new 14 being under 80 years of age would be eligible to take part. "I am happy to announce 11

May 9, 2018 2:40 PM Iraq to close airspace, borders for election day

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities said Wednesday they will close the country's borders and airspace for 24 hours over an upcoming parliamentary election as they seek to impose a security lockdown. The measures running throughout Saturday are similar to ones applied during previous nationwide polls in the conflict-wracked nation. Some 24.5 million Iraqi voters 13

May 7, 2018 11:24 AM IS claims assassination of Iraq election candidate

BAGHDAD: Gunmen shot dead a parliamentary candidate at his home in northern Iraq on Monday, a local official told AFP, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The candidate was "shot dead" by armed men at dawn "after they forced their way into his home," said Salah al-Juburi, a local official in Qayyarah, 70km south of Mosul city. The official 11

April 30, 2018 8:10 AM Tehran dismisses Pompeo's 'unfounded' accusations

TEHRAN: Iran on Monday dismissed "unfounded" accusations by new US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over its "ambition to dominate the Middle East". Pompeo lashed out at Tehran on Sunday during a rapid tour of Middle East allies ahead of a crucial White House decision on whether to quit a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. Speaking during a visit to Iran's 18

April 19, 2018 2:59 PM Iran, Iraq, Syria, Russia hold ‘anti-terrorism’ meet

The coalition is set to talk about future cooperation. ― Reuters picTEHRAN, April 19 — Iran, Iraq, Syria and Russia held a meeting in Baghdad today of military and security officials to coordinate “anti-terrorism” efforts, the Iranian defence ministry said. “Cooperation in intelligence between the four countries for common aims and anti-terrorism missions 13