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Iranian general killed by sniper bullet in embattled Iraqi city

Dec 28, 2014

Iranian general killed by sniper bullet in embattled Iraqi city

DUBAI (Reuters) - A sniper killed an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander who was training Iraqi troops and Shi'ite militia fighting Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi city of Samarra, official Iranian media reported on Sunday. Brigadier General Hamid Taqavi, a veteran of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, was killed by snipers hiding behind a power transformer in Samarra, an embattled city north of Baghdad and home to holy Shi'ite shrines, they said, quoting a Revolutionary Guards' statement. Several people with him were wounded in the rain of sniper fire, they said. #United States #India #China #Japan #France #Arabic #Russia #markets #Latin America #author
Hamas bars Gaza youths bereaved in war from visiting Israel

Dec 28, 2014

Hamas bars Gaza youths bereaved in war from visiting Israel

ISRAEL-GAZA BORDER (Reuters) - Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip prevented on Sunday a group of Palestinian children who lost parents in the July-August war with Israel from making a rare goodwill visit to the Jewish state, organisers of the trip said. Gaza's Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry, citing the children's "suspicious" itinerary, confirmed they were barred from crossing the border. Israeli peace activists said they had secured permission from the military to admit the 37 children and five accompanying adults for a week-long tour of Israel and the occupied West Bank, seat of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's government. #facebook #India #France #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #Israel #United Kingdom #Latin America #author #opinion
AirAsia faces biggest crisis as jet goes missing

Dec 28, 2014

AirAsia faces biggest crisis as jet goes missing

SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - AirAsia was built up from two planes in 2001 to an airline industry titan that operates more than 180 jets in just over a decade but now faces its biggest ever challenge. #China #Brazil #Technology #France #Arabic #Middle East #Russia #markets #Italy #Argentina #Latin America
U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Syria, Iraq

Dec 28, 2014

U.S.-led forces launch 13 air strikes in Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces on Sunday conducted eight air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and five strikes on IS targets in Iraq, the U.S. military said in a statement. In Syria, air strikes centered on the town of Kobani near the Turkish border, the Combined Joint Task Force said. #Business #facebook #India #Japan #Syria #Brazil #Arabic #Russia #markets #Italy #Argentina #United Kingdom
Indonesia suspends search for missing plane as night falls - agency

Dec 28, 2014

Indonesia suspends search for missing plane as night falls - agency

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia halted the search for a missing AirAsia plane as darkness fell on Sunday and will resume the operation in the morning, the national search and rescue agency said. The plane carrying 162 people went missing after pilots asked to change course to avoid bad weather during a flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. #India #Japan #Brazil #France #Arabic #Russia #Italy #North Korea #Latin America #Mexico #author #opinion

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How power relationships among nations shaped the Ukraine crisis

Mar 04, 2014

How power relationships among nations shaped the Ukraine crisis

Editor's note: This is a reader we received on the piece 'Another Cold War? India cant ignore Crimea crisis in Ukraine'. As per Firstpost policy, the comment has been lightly edited for spellings and grammar. #India #China #Barack Obama #Syria #Russia #ConnectTheDots #Cold War #LetterstoFP #Vladimir Putin #Ukraine #US-Russia ties #Crimea
Defence projects, n-plants India's new envoy to Russia has a huge task ahead

Jan 13, 2014

Defence projects, n-plants India's new envoy to Russia has a huge task ahead

Indian officials believe Raghavan is an old Russia/Soviet Union hand and should be able to smoothen rough edges in the Indo-Russian defence relationship. #India #Russia #Ministry of External Affairs #Kudankulam #BrahMos #Moscow #IFS #Indo-Russian relations