All sides making `genuine effort` for Iran deal: US

US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday praised a "genuine effort" by all sides negotiating a nuclear accord with Iran to get the deal done as a new deadline looms.

New deaths and diplomatic warfare shake Ukraine truce
New deaths and diplomatic warfare shake Ukraine truce

Ukraine`s faltering peace agreement suffered fresh setbacks Saturday when Kiev reported the death of six soldiers and accused Moscow of abetting an attack on one of its Russian consulates.

UN peacekeepers routinely trade sex for goods: UN report

UN peacekeepers routinely trade sex for money, jewellery, cellphones and other items in countries where they are deployed in clear violation of UN rules, according to a draft UN report.

Denying 'comfort women' stains Japan honour: Ex-deputy PM

Japan must face up to the truth over its wartime system of sex slavery if it is to purge the stain of its past wrongs, the man who issued a landmark apology said Tuesday.

Angolan president heads to China as low oil price bites

Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos headed on Monday for his first official visit to China in seven years as his country, which is Africa`s second largest oil producer, struggles with falling oil prices.

US opposes third term for Rwanda`s Kagame: Diplomat

The United States would oppose any moves to allow Rwanda`s President Paul Kagame to stand for a third term in office, a State Department diplomat told AFP on Friday.

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi to make first China trip next week

Myanmar`s opposition leader and democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi will visit China for the first time next week, Beijing and her party said Friday, at a time of cooling relations between the once closely-bonded nations.

Ukraine talks postponed as Kiev blames Russian `sabotage`

Kiev on Tuesday accused Moscow of sabotaging Ukraine crisis talks, after a meeting in Minsk aimed at resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine was postponed.

Iraq allies vow support for plan to regain ground from jihadists

Iraq`s allies in the fight against the Islamic State group on Tuesday pledged their support for an emergency plan adopted by Baghdad after the key city of Ramadi was taken by jihadists.

J&K CVC meets Governor N N Vohra

 Jammu and Kashmir Chief Vigilance Commissioner Kuldeep Khoda today called on Governor N N Vohra here to discuss the current status of the work being done by the commission.

Syrian official praises Iran`s `effective` support

Syria`s parliament speaker on Monday paid tribute to Iran for its "effective role" in helping his embattled government overcome sanctions and fight an armed rebellion.

Berlin, Paris urge Brussels to rework EU asylum plan

Germany and France Monday urged the EU to find a fairer way to admit and distribute asylum seekers, as their leaders were to meet the European Commission chief in Berlin.

Regional summit urges Burundi election delay, halt to violence

Elections in Burundi should be delayed by at least a month and a half and all violence must stop, East African leaders said Sunday after a regional summit on the crisis.

Saudi, Egypt share 'common vision on Yemen war

Saudi Arabia and Egypt said Sunday they shared a "common vision" on the war in Yemen, where a Riyadh-led coalition is waging a bombing campaign against Iran-backed rebels.

Iraq to stay out of Iran-Saudi conflicts: PM Haider al-Abadi

Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi sought to reassure Saudi Arabia Sunday that Iraq is not a "gateway for Iran" and will not take part in regional conflicts between the two countries.

Regional summit on Burundi crisis opens in Tanzania

East African leaders opened a summit in Tanzania on Sunday aimed at helping resolve the crisis in Burundi over President Pierre Nkurunziza`s divisive bid to stand for a third term.

European politicians 'proud' to be on Russian blacklist

European politicians who discovered they were on a Russian travel blacklist said Saturday they were proud of being included and would continue speaking out against Russia`s policy towards Ukraine.

Lanka to soon name new envoy to India

 Sri Lanka has recalled all non-career diplomats serving as heads of missions abroad who had held their posts before January except the High Commissioner to India with a new envoy to be named shortly.

Burundi condemns foreign diplomatic pressure over political crisis

Burundi`s government on Tuesday condemned mounting diplomatic pressure over President Pierre Nkurunziza`s controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive term, signalling it would not bow to international criticism.

Japan, South Korea financial chiefs resume talks amid diplomatic row

Japan and South Korea on Saturday held the first dialogue of their financial chiefs in two and a half years, agreeing to improve economic ties despite diplomatic frictions between the two Asian countries.