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Major U.S.-Israel military drill postponed

JERUSALEM — Israel and the United States have agreed to postpone a major military defence exercise scheduled for spring, a senior security official said Sunday, amid rising regional tension over Iran’s nuclear programme. “Israel and the United States have agreed to postpone the manoeuvre planned for spring,” the official said…

China vows cooperation with Taiwan after poll

BEIJING — China said it will cooperate with Taiwan after the Beijing-friendly leader Ma Ying-jeou claimed victory in the island’s presidential polls. Ma, of the Kuomintang (KMT) party, won a second term as Taiwan’s president after four years of policies that have seen the most dramatic thaw in the island’s…

Afghan militant leader ‘ready for talks’

KABUL — The leader of Afghanistan’s second-biggest insurgent group said in an interview published Sunday that he was ready for “meaningful talks” with all parties to end the decade-long war. The statement by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, head of Hezb-i-Islami, comes after an announcement by the main insurgent group, the Taliban, that…

Seven police killed in Iraq compound siege

RAMADI, Iraq — A wave of attacks and a three-hour siege of a police compound in west Iraq left seven policemen dead Sunday, raising doubts about the security forces’ capabilities a month after US troops left. The coordinated blasts and shootings come with the country mired in a festering political…

UN chief tells Assad: ‘Stop killing your people’

BEIRUT — UN chief Ban Ki-moon issued a call to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to stop killing his people, warning the embattled president he was heading for a dead end. “Today, I say again to President Assad of Syria: Stop the violence. Stop killing your people. The path of repression is…

Retired general assumes presidency in Guatemala

Retired general Otto Perez was sworn in Saturday as president of Guatemala, assuming power in a country awash in drug-related violence that he has promised to tackle with the military’s help. A veteran of a bloody war against leftist insurgents, Perez, 61, is the first military man to rule Guatemala…

Japan flight turns back after seat fire: reports

A Japan Airlines flight bound for Sydney was forced to turn back after takeoff when a business class passenger seat caught fire, according to reports. The small fire was apparently caused by a cigarette lighter — although the airline said it has not yet identified who it belonged to, according…

Iran warns Gulf states not to make up oil shortfall

Iran has warned its Gulf neighbours to not make up for any shortfall in its oil exports under new Western sanctions, its OPEC representative said in comments published on Sunday. “We would not consider these actions to be friendly,” Mohammad Ali Khatibi was quoted as saying by the Sharq newspaper.…

Iraq suicide bomber kills 53 at pilgrimage climax

A suicide bomber killed 53 people in an apparent sectarian attack in southern Iraq on Saturday, casting a pall over the conclusion of a Shiite Muslim pilgrimage that draws millions. The attack on devotees on the outskirts of the port city of Basra, which left 137 wounded, came with Iraq…

Qatar emir says he favors Arab force in Syria

Qatar favours sending Arab forces into Syria to stop the deadly 10-month crackdown on dissent as the Arab League said Saturday it will reassess its heavily criticised observer mission there. The emir of Qatar, in an interview with US network CBS to air Sunday, says he favours dispatching Arab troops to Syria to “stop the…

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