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UN-backed ceasefire begins in Syria

AMN / A landmark UN-backed ceasefire came into effect at midnight last night in Syria. This is the first major truce in five years of civil war that have claimed more than 2.7 lakh lives. The cease-fire aims to bring representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition back to the negotiating table in Geneva … Continue reading UN-backed ceasefire begins in Syria

Iran is complying with nuclear deal: IAEA

Iran is meeting its obligations to curb its nuclear program under the deal Tehran struck with six world powers, the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA said in its first report since the deal went into effect in January. IAEA report says Iran is complying with nuclear deal. In a report issued Friday, the IAEA said … Continue reading Iran is complying with nuclear deal: IAEA

High voter turnout in Iran elections

Polls have closed in Iran’s first election since a deal with world powers over the country’s nuclear programme and the lifting of sanctions.Voting was extended three times as crowds reportedly flocked to polling stations. ” Doors of polling stations for Iran’s parliamentary elections concluded closed at 23:45 hours local time on Friday after being extended … Continue reading High voter turnout in Iran elections

N Korea claims its new weapon can turn enemy tanks into ‘boiled pumpkin’

North Korea has boasted of a newly developed anti-tank weapon that its leader said was so powerful it could turn the most heavily armoured enemy tanks into boiled pumpkin. Pyongyang’s state media said leader Kim Jong-Un had watched tests of the portable laser-guided rocket and declared it had the longest firing range in the world … Continue reading N Korea claims its new weapon can turn enemy tanks into ‘boiled pumpkin’

India approaches UN to name Masood Azhar in SC sanctions list

AMN / India has formally approached the United Nations to include Jaish-e-Mohammad chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar in the UN Security Council’s sanctions list. It strongly emphasised the urgency to take action against the terror group’s leader. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin wrote to New Zealand Ambassador Gerard Jacoubus … Continue reading India approaches UN to name Masood Azhar in SC sanctions list

Obama reiterates US backing to end conflicts in Syria

AMN / President Barack Obama has said that United States will do everything to make the ceasefire agreement a success. Ending the conflicts in Syria and Iraq is instrumental to defeating the Islamic State terrorist network, he said Thursday after meeting with top security officials at the State Department, reports US media. The situation in … Continue reading Obama reiterates US backing to end conflicts in Syria

Iran goes to polls first time after N-deal

Iranians went to the polls today in parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections, seen as a contest between hardliners entrenched in power and allies of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani seeking to expand their influence. The 290-seat parliament vote will have scant impact on Iran’s foreign policy, in which Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the … Continue reading Iran goes to polls first time after N-deal

Syrian opposition to comply with ‘cessation of hostilities’ deal

ISTANBUL The pro-opposition Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC) said in a statement on Friday that the Free Syrian Army and other armed opposition groups have agreed to comply with the cessation of hostilities deal that is set to go into effect at midnight. The HNC’s announcement represents 97 opposition factions in Syria. Earlier this week, … Continue reading Syrian opposition to comply with ‘cessation of hostilities’ deal

US ‘very sensitive’ to Turkey’s YPG concerns

The U.S. is “very sensitive” to Turkey’s concerns regarding the YPG, America’s top diplomat said Thursday. John Kerry told lawmakers the U.S. has been talking “considerably” with Turkey regarding the dispute the two countries have about the group in Syria. The YPG is the armed wing of the PKK’s Syrian affiliate PYD. Turkey considers all … Continue reading US ‘very sensitive’ to Turkey’s YPG concerns

UN carries out first air drop of aid in Syria

  United Nations has said that it has carried out its first air drop of aid in Syria to help civilians in an eastern city besieged by Islamic State militants. UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien told the Security Council that the plane dropped 21 tonnes of humanitarian items on a government-held part of Deir al-Zour. … Continue reading UN carries out first air drop of aid in Syria

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