Monday 30 March 2015

No decision yet on sending troops to Yemen: Saudi

Saudi Arabia is focussing on using air strikes to combat Iranian-allied Houthi fighters in Yemen, and has not contemplated sending in ground troops, the country's ambassador to the US told NBC on Sunday morning. "We haven't made a decision to send ground troops,"


Iran, world powers eye nuke compromises; Israel furious

Iran and six major powers were exploring possible compromises to break an impasse in nuclear negotiations on Sunday, but officials cautioned they were unable to move on several sticking points. The news came as Israel said the details of a possible agreement emerging from talks i


Arab summit to announce unified force

Arab leaders at a summit in Egypt will announce the formation of a unified regional force to counter growing security threats, according to a draft of the final communique, as conflicts rage in countries such as Yemen and Libya. The summit will also call on Iranian-allied


Crash pilot ‘psychiatric patient, planned big gesture’

The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner, killing 150 people, had told his girlfriend he was planning a spectacular gesture so "everyone will know my name", a German daily said on Saturday. The Bild newspaper published an interview with a woman who sa


Dufry to buy Italy's World Duty Free in $3.8bn deal

Switzerland's Dufry has agreed to buy a majority stake in World Duty Free in a deal which values the Italian firm at 3.6 billion euros ($3.8 billion) and will make the combined group the world's biggest travel retailer. Edizione, the holding company owned by the Benetton


Somalia hotel siege ends, 14 dead

A hotel siege by al Shabaab militants in the Somali capital has ended and the final death toll from the attack stands at 14, a senior government official said on Saturday. Al Shabaab fighters blasted and shot their way into the popular Hotel Maka Al Mukaram on Friday afternoon, t


Japan's core consumer inflation grinds to a halt

Japan's annual core consumer inflation ground to a halt in February, the first time it has stopped rising in nearly two years, keeping the central bank under pressure to expand monetary stimulus later this year. Other data published yesterday didn't offer much solace with


US economic growth slows to 2.2 pc in Q4

US economic growth cooled in the fourth quarter as previously reported and after-tax corporate profits took a hit from a strong dollar, which could undermine future business spending. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 per cent annual rate, the Commerce Department said on F


Amanda Knox acquitted of murder by Italy's top court

Italy's top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of her British flatmate and fully acquitted her in a surprise verdict capping nearly a decade of courtroom drama. The brutal stabbing of 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, alleged sex g


Gold falls on dollar after7-day rally, set for weekly gain

Gold fell on Friday, snapping a seven-day rally as the dollar rebounded after Federal Reserve officials signalled they remained on track to raise rates this year, but the metal still looked set to post its second straight weekly gain. At separate events on Thursday, the president

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