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  • Accusations of election fraud gather pace in Afghanistan

    June 22, 2014 3:03 PM 14

    KABUL (Reuters) - The party of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah broadcast audio on Sunday that it said showed mass fraud had been committed in an election that aims to transfer power democratically in the country for the first time. The audio purports to show that Independent Election Commission (IEC) Secretariat head Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhil

  • Kerry seeks repair of frayed Egypt ties

    June 22, 2014 2:24 PM 5

    CAIRO — The Obama administration implicitly endorsed Egypt’s new military-backed government Sunday with a visit from Secretary of State John F. Kerry, sealing the repair of a crucial Mideast bond and a return of American partnership with Egyptian authoritarianism after the tumult of the Arab Spring. The United States has recently closed ranks with Egypt’s

  • Iran rejects US action in Iraq as militants push east

    June 22, 2014 2:03 PM 6

    ANBAR: Iran's supreme leader condemned U.S. intervention in Iraq on Sunday, accusing Washington of seeking control as insurgents drove toward Baghdad from the Syrian border and consolidated positions in the north and west. The statement by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was the clearest statement of opposition to a U.S. plan to dispatch of up to 300 military

  • Iran’s Rouhani demands impartial judiciary

    June 22, 2014 1:59 PM 7

    TEHRAN - President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that Iran’s judiciary must be independent from the political fray and uphold the rule of law, in a rare criticism of the conservative-dominated body. The self-declared moderate president was speaking at a gathering of hundreds of judges, among them judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani. ‘The judiciary

  • Beware ISIL, Iran´s Rouhani warns ‘petrodollar’ states  

    June 22, 2014 1:49 PM 5

    TEHRAN: Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani warned on Sunday that Muslim states which funnel petrodollars to jihadist fighters wreaking havoc in Iraq will become their next target. Rouhani did not name any country, but officials and media in Iran have hinted that insurgents from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are being financially and militarily

  • Afghan election frontrunner releases audio to 'prove' fraud claims

    June 22, 2014 1:22 PM 5

    The campaign team of Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday released audio recordings which they said contained evidence of fraud against a senior member of the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC). The accusation came as hundreds of Abdullah's supporters held protests against alleged irregularities for a second day across

  • Iraq militants 'turning back clock' in captured Mosul

    June 22, 2014 12:05 PM 5

    Mosul, known earlie­r for its histor­ic sites and later as a hub for deadly violen­ce, fell on June 10 to the milita­nts. BAGHDAD: In the two weeks since it was seized by militants, some residents of the northern Iraq city of Mosul feel the clock has been turned back hundreds of years. The militants, led by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

  • Runaway S Korean soldier surrounded

    June 22, 2014 11:59 AM 7

    South Korean troops have exchanged fire with a runaway soldier who was surrounded in a forest after he killed five comrades near his North Korea border outpost, and brought in his parents to persuade him to surrender, a defence official said. One platoon leader was wounded when the sergeant, identified only by his surname Yim, threw a grenade and fired

  • No truth to UK paper report that MH370 pilot a prime suspect, says Hishammuddin

    June 22, 2014 11:17 AM 8

    Published: 22 June 2014 | Updated: 22 June 2014 7:22 PM Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pic) denied a report by a newspaper in the United Kingdom (UK) today that Captain Zaharie Ahmad Shah was now the prime suspect over the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The acting transport minister criticised The Sunday Times, calling it irresponsible

  • UK business leaders urge Prime Minister David Cameron to protect industry from EU red tape

    June 22, 2014 11:06 AM 5

    LONDON – A group of banking chiefs, insurance bosses and entrepreneurs are urging Prime Minister David Cameron to protect businesses from European Union bureaucracy and plans to tax financial institutions. The 54 leaders, who together employ some 1 million people, argue in a letter to the Sunday Times that the changes "will continue to erode Britain's