Saturday 28 November 2015

Iran's Khamenei warns of US plot to divide Iraq

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United States of trying to divide Iraq along sectarian and ethnic lines and urged Iraqis to withstand any such plans. Shi'ite Muslim power Iran wields great influence in Iraq, which has a majority Shi'


Turkey shoots down Russian war plane near Syria border

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a Nato member country and Russia for half a century. Russian President Vladimir Putin said the pla


Asian shares wobble, dollar near 8-month peak

Asian shares struggled on Tuesday after a healthcare mega-merger failed to impress Wall Street, while the dollar took a breather from its run to 8-month highs on rising convictions that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pa


France finds suicide belt, suspect's phone

A suspected explosive belt was found dumped near Paris on Monday and the mobile phone of a fugitive believed to have taken part in the attacks on Nov. 13 was detected in two locations in the city, a source close to the investigation said. France and Belgium have launched a manhun


French jets strike IS targets in Iraq, Syria

French jets from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier struck Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria on Monday while Britain offered France the use of an air base in Cyprus to hit the militants group behind the Paris attacks. French President Francois Hollande met British Prime


Stranded migrants block railway in Greece, call hunger strike

Moroccans, Iranians and Pakistanis on Greece’s northern border with Macedonia blocked rail traffic and demanded passage to western Europe, stranded by a policy of filtering migrants in the Balkans that has raised human rights concerns. One Iranian man, declaring a hunger st


16 injured after shooting in US playground

At least 16 people were hospitalized after a shooting at a playground in New Orleans, a local TV station reported on Sunday, citing police. WWL TV said the shooting occurred around 7 p.m. local time (0100 GMT on Monday) while about 500 people were at Bunny Friend playground in th


Asia stocks mixed, euro and commodities skid

The euro sagged to a seven-month trough on Monday as the prospect of more policy easing in Europe benefited the US dollar, while activity in Asian shares was crimped by a holiday in Japan. The strength of the dollar also combined with worries about Chinese demand to clobber commo


Brussels still in lockdown; 16 held in police raids

Belgian police arrested 16 more people in late-night raids searching for those behind the deadly November 13 attacks in Paris, but failed to find a prime suspect as the government locked down the capital for a third day on Monday. Brussels will again see its metro and many shops


Pfizer set to buy Botox maker Allergan for $150bn

Pfizer was due to secure formal board approval on Sunday for its acquisition of Botox maker Allergan for more than $150 billion, making it the healthcare sector's largest deal ever, according to people familiar with the matter. The agreement is set to draw political ire in a

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