Iraqi forces battled ISIS militants in their stronghold of Mosul and took control of the last major road leading west from the city, before bomb blasts ripped through a wedding party near Tikrit, killing more than 20 people.
Trump’s initial order caused chaos at airports and was hit with more than two dozen lawsuits, many that claimed it discriminated against Muslims.
Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and Afghanistan are trying to work together to counter the IS’s regional franchise, but they first need to overcome their suspicion of one another.
Nearly 3.3 million people in Yemen – including 2.1 million children – are acutely malnourished, the UN says. They include 460,000 children under age of five with the worst form of malnutrition, who risk dying of pneumonia or diarrhoea.
The US State Department on Monday issued and then deleted a congratulatory message for an Oscar win by a prominent Iranian director who criticised President Donald Trump’s travel ban as “inhumane.”
Sanctions and warnings have failed to stop Pyongyang’s belligerence.
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Iranian foreign minister Mohammed Javad Zarif says that Iran does not respond well to sanctions or threats as tensions rise between Tehran and Washington.
Trump’s original order which he said was meant to head off attacks by Islamist militants, barred people from seven Muslim-majority countries and sparked worldwide protests.
A round of Syria peace talks sponsored by Russia ended on Thursday with no joint communique, and saw opposing Syrian groups exchanging angry tirades at each other and the brokers.
Donald Trump’s executive order triggered chaos at some US and overseas airports, led to international protests, complaints from US businesses and drew more than a dozen legal challenges.
There is limited interest to ‘tear up’ the Iranian nuclear deal in Washington. Even as New Delhi monitors these moves closely, it should consider a coordinated approach with Asian partners who continue to engage with Iran.
Since ISIS presence in Afghanistan is still a secondary threat, Afghanistan should degrade Taliban’s terror structure before shifting the focus of the war.
Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is powerful with control over large stakes in Iran’s economy and also has influence over its political system.
A slew of protests erupted across the country after details about an acrimonious phone call between Trump and Australian PM regarding refugee settlement emerged.
In a country where women’s sport is severely restricted, the Shaolin Wushu club in a part of Kabul that is home to the Hazara community is a rare exception.
The largest slice in the foreign aid pie is still reserved for Bhutan, though it has dropped by one-third compared to the initial allocation for 2016-17.
Members of Iraq’s Yazidi community, who were scheduled to leave for the US, are now stranded in Iraq awaiting more news from the US.
Several countries including long-standing US allies like UK and Germany spoke out against Trump’s order calling the measure discriminatory and divisive.
Trump’s supporters have shrugged off concerns about botched execution, damage to foreign relations and legal challenges across the country.
The bulletin cited nuclear volatility, especially as the US and Russia seek to modernise their atomic arsenals and remain at odds in war-torn countries such as Syria and Ukraine.
On the ground, rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts, which could undermine the deal.
Both Turkey and Russia, backing opposing sides in the conflict, are encouraging peace talks and want to disentangle themselves from the war.
This is the first time the opposition and representatives of President Bashar al-Assad have come together since UN negotiations in Geneva were suspended last year.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said: “Some countries are not attending the talks, and their role was destructive. They were helping the terrorists.”
Donal Trump, who takes office on Friday, has threatened to scrap the agreement if Iran doesn’t comply.
The rising influx of refugees will put pressure on the limited resources of Afghanistan, which has already been ravaged by war for more than a decade.
The fall of Aleppo will only deepen the bloodthirsty sectarianism fuelled by regional powers, who continue to use Syria as a chessboard to further their geopolitical interests.
The CPEC may be a bilateral endeavour, but New Delhi cannot ignore its spillover effects on regional governance and regime creation in South Asia.
Bashar al-Assad, also said his government was ready to negotiate on “everything” at peace talks his Russian allies hope to convene in Kazakhstan.
Rafsanjani, who showed ruthlessness while in power but later pushed for reforms, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack.
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In a statement, the rebel groups also said that any territorial advances by the army and Iran-backed militias that are fighting alongside it would end the fragile ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey.
Syria would be divided into informal zones of influence and Bashar al-Assad would remain president for now, in a deal between the four countries.
With the entry of ISIS into the Afghanistan equation, Indian interests have diverged from those of Russia and Iran, who have said that ISIS is a much more dangerous threat than the Taliban.
The move underlines the growing strength of Moscow’s links with Tehran and Ankara, despite the murder on Monday of Russia’s envoy to Turkey.
Iran had 130.1 tonnes of the material, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a confidential report seen by Reuters.
Hundreds of people have been killed since November 15 in a concerted push by the government and its allies to quash resistance in the rebel-held part of Aleppo to re-establish control over Syria’s biggest pre-war city.
President-elect Trump has called the nuclear pact a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated” and said it could lead to a “nuclear holocaust”.
Gun trucks and humvees streamed north heading to Mosul, flying the banners of Shi’ite militias along with Iraqi flags while blaring religious songs.