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Syrian army and Hezbollah lay siege to rebel-held border city| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Syrian army and Hezbollah lay siege to rebel-held border city| Reuters

BEIRUT The Syrian army and Lebanese group Hezbollah said they had launched a major ground and air assault on the rebel-held Syrian city of Zabadani on Saturday and were closing in on the insurgents holed up inside. #Business #India #Syria #markets #Iran #Argentina
Defence minister rejected as Taliban battle near Kabul| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Defence minister rejected as Taliban battle near Kabul| Reuters

KABUL Afghanistan's parliament rejected a second nominee for defence minister on Saturday, leaving a vacuum that has already lasted nine months, while government forces battled the Taliban just 30 miles west of the capital Kabul. The president's failure to nominate a full cabinet since he took office in September has sown great discontent among Afghans and Saturday's vote was seen as a test of his government's influence over parliament. #United States #Middle East #Afghanistan #markets #Latin America #opinion
Spain arrests Moroccan accused of distributing Islamic State propaganda| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Spain arrests Moroccan accused of distributing Islamic State propaganda| Reuters

MADRID Spanish police arrested a Moroccan man in the north eastern city of Badalona on Saturday accused of distributing militant Islamist propaganda across social networks, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement, the ministry said the man was a supporter of Islamic State militants and had called for jihad on two fronts. "On one side, the call for Muslims to go to Syria and Iraq and form part of the self-proclaimed caliphate and, on the other, for those that cannot travel, autonomous terrorist acts in their respective countries of origin or residence," it said #Islam #markets #Africa #United Kingdom #opinion
Yemen's Houthis say Ramadan humanitarian pause under discussion | Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Yemen's Houthis say Ramadan humanitarian pause under discussion | Reuters

SANAA Yemen's dominant Houthi movement said on Saturday a pause in fighting to last until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was under discussion with the United Nations to allow for deliveries of humanitarian aid. Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam said in a post on his Facebook page he had met U.N. special envoy to Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed on Friday to discuss the matter #science #markets #Argentina #United Kingdom #opinion
75th birthday of Kazakhstan strongman raises questions on country's future| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

75th birthday of Kazakhstan strongman raises questions on country's future| Reuters

ASTANA/ALMATY Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday on Monday, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the future of the second-largest post-Soviet economy. #Business #United States #Afghanistan #Europe #markets #Latin America #Ukraine
Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi Arabia's Najran and Jizan | Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Yemen's Houthis attack Saudi Arabia's Najran and Jizan | Reuters

CAIRO Yemen's dominant Houthi group and its army allies said on Saturday it had shelled various areas in Saudi Arabia's Jizan and Najran, killing and wounding several soldiers. The Houthi-controlled Saba news agency said 13 shells had been launched on Friday, targetting several areas including Jizan's airport. The shelling also led to the destruction of military equipment, the agency said, quoting an unnamed military source #United States #Middle East #markets #Security #Argentina #Foreign policy
Catholic Church should not have 'leaders for life', Pope says| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Catholic Church should not have 'leaders for life', Pope says| Reuters

VATICAN CITY The Roman Catholic Church should not have "leaders for life" in its ranks, otherwise it would risk being like a country under dictatorship, Pope Francis said on Friday. Francis, 78, has said before that he would be ready to resign instead of ruling for life if he felt he could not continue running the 1.2 billion-member Church for health or other reasons. "Let's be clear. #India #Middle East #markets #Latin America #Christianity #opinion
Turkey's Erdogan moots possibility of snap election| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Turkey's Erdogan moots possibility of snap election| Reuters

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday raised the prospect of a snap election if coalition talks fail after his ruling AK Party fell short of a majority in a June 7 parliamentary poll. Erdogan is expected next week to mandate Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, the AK Party leader, to form a coalition government but it remains unclear whether he will be able to build enough support for a stable parliamentary majority. "The formation of a coalition with a majority in parliament is my desire," he told a gathering of supporters. #Business #Europe #markets #Latin America #Entertainment #opinion
Iran nuclear talks could go beyond July 7 if exceedingly close| Reuters

Jul 04, 2015

Iran nuclear talks could go beyond July 7 if exceedingly close| Reuters

VIENNA The Iran nuclear talks could run past a July 7 deadline if the negotiators are on the verge of an agreement, a senior U.S. official said on Friday on condition of anonymity. Asked if Iran and the major powers were "exceedingly close" to a deal whether the talks might go past that deadline, the senior U.S #Business #India #Islam #markets #United Kingdom #opinion