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.

Russia slashes state funding for `foreign agent` NGOs

Some of Russia`s leading NGOs said Thursday that their work would be hit after they were turned down for grants by a government that brands them "foreign agents" under a controversial law.

Obama, Merkel say `critically important` for Greece to resume reforms: White House

US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday agreed that Greece needed to find its way back to a path of reform and avoid an exit from the eurozone, the White House said.

Police threaten to break up `Electric Yerevan` protests as tensions rise

Armenian authorities threatened Sunday to forcefully break up a protest against rising electricity prices and police brutality after the president announced concessions in a bid to calm tensions.

Varoufakis says `Merkel holds key` to Greek crisis

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said Sunday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel "holds the key" to resolving his country`s crisis, while stressing Athens remains open to further talks with international creditors.

Thousands in anti-corruption march against Honduras president

Tens of thousands of Hondurans marched Friday in Tegucigalpa, many with torches in hand, as they demanded the resignation of President Juan Orlando Hernandez over an ongoing corruption scandal.

`Major problems` as Kerry heads to Iran nuclear talks

Efforts to finalise a historic nuclear deal with Iran remain stuck on several issues, diplomats from both sides said Friday as US Secretary of State John Kerry headed to Vienna for crunch weekend talks.

Armenia protesters hold firm after PM rejects demands

Hundreds of Armenian protesters maintained a vigil near the presidential palace on Friday after some 12,000 flooded the capital the night before in the biggest anti-government rally in years.

Burundi crisis escalates as opposition boycotts elections

Opposition parties will boycott Burundi`s elections in protest at the president`s bid for a third term and on concerns that voting will not be fair, party officials said, escalating the nation`s worst political crisis since a civil war ended in 2005.

Yoga should be kept away from politics: Shilpa Shetty
Yoga should be kept away from politics: Shilpa Shetty

 Actress Shilpa Shetty, an ardent follower of yoga, says the ancient Indian practice of staying fit should not be mixed with politics.

Young Hong Kongers seek new path in democracy battle
Young Hong Kongers seek new path in democracy battle

With the defeat this week of the Beijing-backed political reform plan they slammed as "fake democracy", Hong Kong`s young protesters are questioning how to take their fight forward as the gulf between them and mainland China widens.

Schwarzenegger urges all US parties to address Charleston shooting

Hollywood action star and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday urged all US politicians to tackle the problems exposed by the shooting massacre in a mainly black church in the American city of Charleston, South Carolina.

Russia cautiously upbeat on Iran nuclear talks

Russia`s chief negotiator was cautiously upbeat Friday about nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, saying the number of issues still to be resolved before a June 30 deadline "can be counted on one hand".

Thousands mark funeral of top Cambodian politician formerly in Khmer Rouge

Thousands of Cambodians lined the streets of Phnom Penh Friday to mark the lavish funeral of Chea Sim, a former Khmer Rouge official who became a key figure in the country`s ruling political party.

Benin appoints French financier as prime minister
Benin appoints French financier as prime minister

Benin`s President Thomas Boni Yayi has appointed the head of one of Europe`s biggest capital investment funds as his new prime minister.

BJP MP Ashwini Kumar Choubey calls Rahul Gandhi a 'parrot'

As elections draw closer, the language used by political leaders for other party members seems to degrade. In a speech addressed to the public, BJP MP Ashwini Kumar Choubey calls Rahul Gandhi a 'parrot'.

Pakistani military, politicians swap jibes over corruption

Pakistan`s main opposition party on Thursday accused the powerful army of trying to usurp the powers of a provincial government, intensifying a showdown between the military and politicians in Pakistan`s biggest and richest city. 

Chhagan Bhujbal under ACB's radar

NCP leader and former cabinet minister Chhagan Bhujbal has come under the notice of the Anti-Corruption Bureau and has been booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Debate on the sudden acquisition of such enormous amount of money by a man, who earlier used to be vegetable vendor.

Activists doubt Azerbaijan`s opening up through sport
Activists doubt Azerbaijan`s opening up through sport

Sport and politics do mix when the Azerbaijan hosts of the first European Games are accused by rights groups of putting on the "Games of Repression."

Pena Nieto allies boost control of Mexico lower house

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto`s ruling party and its allies will increase their majority in the lower house of Congress following midterm elections despite his unpopularity, according to official estimates.