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Iran supplied arms to Kurdish forces; Baghdad bomb kills 15

Kurdish Peshmerga fighters look at a map as they hold a position near the strategic Jalawla area in Diyala province, Iraq. -AFP

Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan president Massoud Barzani said Tuesday at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arb

Hollande’s close ally named new economy minister

French President Francois Holla-nde on Tuesday named Emmanuel Macron, a former Rothschild banker and close ally, new economy minister in an emergency reshuffle after a major political crisis.

Vladimir Putin, Poroshenko set out different peace paths

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.  — AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his Ukrainian counterpart on Tuesday not to escalate an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels and threatened economic retaliation for signing a trade accord with t

China antitrust regulator targets Microsoft web browser

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Microsoft Corp’s Internet browser and media player are being targeted in a Chinese antitrust probe, raising the prospect of China revisiting the software bundling issue at the heart of past antitrust

India bans Finmeccanica from bidding for contracts amid graft case

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India cancelled $751 million order with Finmeccanica's AgustaWestland unit

Rupee range-bound; FIIs continue to buy shares, debt

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Rupee is trading at 60.4550/46 and Nifty rises by 0.38 per cent

Nifty approaches record high, tracking Asian shares

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Nifty hits a record high of 7,968.25 in early trade

Nifty marks record closing high on Euro zone stimulus talk

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Nifty provisionally gained 0.49 percent, to close near its record high of 7,968.25

Afghan: Abdullah Abdullah threatens poll audit pullout

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Mr Abdullah Abdullah, one of two candidates competing to succeed Afghan leader Hamid Karzai, threatened on Tuesday to pullout of a UN-backed audit of a disputed presidential election.

If elections come, can conspiracy theories be far behind? With bypolls around the corner, Uttar Pradesh is abuzz with talk of a sinister plot of young Hindu women being tricked into marriage by Muslim men, and made to convert to Islam. Over the past week there has been a flood of reports about “love jihad”.

Peace is at the best of times a tenuous proposition in relation to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even as the world hopes the new indefinite ceasefire that has brought 50 days of bloodshed to an end will last, the real causes of the conflict have been put to the side, rather than resolved.