Iran, US agree final nuclear deal may be unreachable

2014-02-18 09:55:05

The United States and Iran agree on at least one thing ahead of Tuesday's negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal - reaching an agreement will be very difficult.

Syria in crossroads as Geneva talks deadlocked

2014-02-16 20:55:29

As the second round of talks in Geneva between the Syrian government and the exiled opposition has scored no progress, hopes for an immediate political breakthrough to Syria's three-year-old conflict have dimmed.

Iraq's Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr quits politics

2014-02-16 16:37:57

Iraq's firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Sunday announced that he is leaving political life and closed his offices in order to stop the "evil acts" by some people under the name of his Sadr family.

No much progress in Syria peace talks

2014-02-15 21:06:10

The second round negotiations of the Geneva II international conference on Syria concluded on Saturday noon without achieving tangible results, said UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

Syria talks to go into third round

2014-02-14 21:19:13

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi plans to take Syrian peace talks into a third round.

West aims to minimise nuclear bomb risk

2014-02-14 20:40:20

When world powers start talks with Iran next week on a final agreement on their nuclear dispute, the main question for the West will be how to ensure Tehran gives up enough atomic activity to ensure it cannot build a bomb any time soon.

Attack on prison in Yemeni capital kills 11

2014-02-14 13:10:24

Eleven people were killed when attackers mounted a bomb, grenade and gun assault on the main prison in Yemen's capital on Thursday to try to free inmates, security sources and witnesses said.

US, Russia pledge to unblock Syria talks

2014-02-14 09:31:20

International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi held a meeting with US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov to try to salvage faltering peace talks between the opposition and Syrian government.

US condemns Afghan decision to release detainees

2014-02-12 10:39:01

US forces in Afghanistan on Tuesday condemned a decision by the Afghan government to release additional detainees that the United States believes pose a militant threat.

Iran 'successfully' test-fires ballistic missile

2014-02-11 10:23:17

Iran has successfully test-fired two missile, one of them a surface-to-surface long-range ballistic missile, official IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

Geneva II talks resume over Syria

2014-02-10 20:46:02

The 2nd round of the so-called Geneva II conference resumed on Monday morning, some ten days after the first round concluded with no concrete results.

UN agency says Iran probe needs more work

2014-02-10 16:52:09

Iran and the UN nuclear agency have made progress in talks on the country's disputed nuclear programme but there are still many outstanding issues, the watchdog's chief inspector said on Monday.