Laura McCarthy

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UK and Iran confident of breaking deadlock on nuclear programme

David Cameron and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, have agreed that international negotiators in Switzerland have a “historic opportunity” in the next few days to put together a framework deal to resolve a long-running and dangerous standoff over Iran’s nuclear programme.<p>Cameron and Rouhani …

Middle East

Oman's Arab Spring legacy: Good governance?

<b>Muscat, Oman</b> <b>-</b> When Ahmed al-Rasbi called Oman's consumer protection agency to complain about defects in his new washing machine, he did not expect a swift response. It was during the holy month of Ramadan, when government work often slows to a trickle. So when Rasbi heard back from the consumer …

Human Rights

Aung San Suu Kyi has gone silent on a major human-rights crisis in Myanmar

They call her “the Iron Orchid.”<p>It’s a sobriquet inspired by the dichotomy of her ironclad convictions and quiet grace. In many ways, Aung San Suu Kyi—recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize in 1991—is the consummate freedom fighter. As the uncontested and near-universally beloved leader of the Burmese …

Asia

Afghan civilian deaths hit record high

Last year was the deadliest on record for civilians in Afghanistan, the UN said in a report on Wednesday, with more civilians killed in 2014 than since the agency began compiling figures in 2009. While Nato has ended its combat mission, and Barack Obama has declared that America’s longest war is …

Afghanistan

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Iraq's Kakais: 'We want to protect our culture'

<b>Kobane, Kirkuk -</b> In the middle of the vast green plains of southern Kirkuk, Farhad Nezar, and a group of mostly young men, roam around the dirty village streets carrying light and medium machine guns.<p>The force that Nezar leads is unique because it's exclusively made up of the followers of a …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Serbia, Hungary demand help from EU to stem migrant 'exodus' from Kosovo

Serbia and Hungary are demanding the European Union does more to stop what they described as an “exodus of migrants” from Kosovo.<p>More than 30,000 have been discovered in Hungary since September, compared with just 6,000 for the whole of 2013.<p>Serbia’s relaxed travel rules for Kosovans have allowed …

Egypt court begins retrial of Jazeera journalists

The appeals court on January 1 ordered the retrial of three Al-Jazeera journalists after overturning a lower court's verdict which found them guilty of aiding the outlawed Islamist movement.<p>One of the defendants, Australian Peter Greste, has since been released under a new law that allows the …

Region feels ripples from Yemen's turmoil as embassies close

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — As Western diplomats and staff fled Yemen on Wednesday, concern widened over the increasing turmoil in the impoverished nation, …

Middle East

Muslim teenager planned to behead soldiers in London, court hears

A Muslim teenager who idolised the killers of Fusilier Lee Rigby was arrested on his way to behead a British soldier, a court has heard.<p>Brusthom Ziamani, 19, was arrested in east London in August last year carrying a 12in knife and a hammer in a rucksack. He had researched the location of army …

Extremism

John Cantlie, Islamic State Hostage Journalist, Says New Video Is 'Last In Series'

British photojournalist John Cantlie has appeared in a new Islamic State propaganda film, in which he says it is the "last film in this series".<p>The …

Photojournalism

Merkel in Washington for talks with Obama | DW | 09.02.2015

During the meeting with President Obama, Chancellor Merkel had been expected to express her opposition to calls in Washington for the US to begin …

Ed Miliband pledges to double paternity leave to four weeks

Ed Miliband faces new clash with business leaders after announcing that a future Labour government would double paternity leave to four weeks<p>Ed Miliband will announce plans to give new fathers a month of paid paternity leave at nearly double the current rate in a move which will open a new front in …

Theresa May announces review of immigration detainees’ welfare

The home secretary, Theresa May, will on Monday announce a wide-ranging independent review of the welfare of immigrants held in detention centres or set for escort, including prior to deportation.<p>The review, to be led by Stephen Shaw the prisons and probation ombudsman until 2010, comes as May …

Immigration

Heavy fighting reported in Libya's Benghazi

Clashes have erupted in the centre of Libya's main eastern city Benghazi after pro-government forces pushed to take the port district from rival factions and seven soldiers were killed, according to witnesses and military officials.<p>The fighting mirrors a wider struggle in the oil-producing North …

Africa

Leading health thinktank condemns ‘damaging’ Tory NHS reforms

The coalition’s shake-up of the NHS was misguided, deepened the growing problems facing A&E units and left it weaker, structurally “incomprehensible” and less able to improve care for patients, according to a leading health thinktank.<p>In an assessment of the government’s NHS record, the King’s Fund …

Radiation Therapy

Hopes for Greek deal boost Asian shares, euro

Traders followed the lead from across Europe and the United States after Greece's new leadership impressed with their charm offensive aimed at getting backing for a renegotiation of its bailout.<p>Oil prices retreated after surging to their highest levels since early January on news of a cut in the …

Greek PM Tsipras hopes for Rome's support in Europe tour | DW | 03.02.2015

Tsipras is due to meet Italian center-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in Rome on Tuesday, as he continues a diplomatic offensive across Europe with …

Canada says release of Al-Jazeera journalist is 'imminent'

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's foreign minister said Monday the release of Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy from a prison in Egypt is "imminent."<p>Fahmy, a dual Egyptian-Canadian citizen, has relinquished his Egyptian citizenship as prerequisite to his deportation.<p>Foreign Minister John Baird spoke to the …

George Osborne Utterly Fails To Keep Cool Meeting Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

Sashaying up the Downing Street catwalk like a meeting with the Chancellor was meerly an after-thought following a big night on the London tiles, …

Merkel travels to Hungary to make a stand for European democratic values

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has visited the Hungarian capital Budapest to receive an honorary doctorate from the city’s German-language university.<p>But it was also to make a point two weeks ahead of a much-criticised visit by Russia’s Vladimir Putin.<p>“We think that not every democracy is …

Car bomb attack at Nigerian president’s rally in Gombe

A car bomb has exploded near a stadium in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Gombe, a few minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan left a party rally there, killing one person and wounding 18.<p>A photographer said the bomb exploded about 200 metres from the stadium, engulfing the car in flames, …

Africa

A week in and Greece's new leftist PM sticks to tough line, for now

ATHENS (Reuters) - While it sent conflicting messages, Greece’s new left-wing government spent most of its first week signalling determination to take the hard-line, anti-bailout stance that international investors and European leaders had feared.<p>Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras waits for …

Europe

Tunisia's Ennahda to join coalition goverment

Tunisia's moderate Islamist party Ennahda has agreed to join its main rival secular party Nidaa Tounes as part of a coalition government, Reuters news agency quoted party leaders as saying.<p>The deal reached on Sunday came after Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Habib Essid's new cabinet faced a …

Tunisia

Iran: Ex-president Ahmadinejad launches website ahead of polls

In a move that some see as a possible return to politics, Iran's former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched his official website on Sunday (1 …

After terrifying school massacre, Peshawar teachers pack guns

<b>Peshawar, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> On the principal's desk at the Peshawar's Government High School for Boys sits a screen beaming surveillance video from around the campus.<p>In one of the desk's drawers, within easy reach of Abdul Saeed's right hand, lies a fully loaded pistol.<p>A teacher for 15 years, Saeed …

Pakistan

Egypt releases imprisoned Al-Jazeera reporter

CAIRO (AP) — A reporter for Al-Jazeera English was released from an Egyptian prison and deported Sunday after more than a year behind bars, but his …

Julie Bishop

Christian preacher may hold vital information about Islamic State terrorist

Christian man based in London was sent message by an Islamic State terrorist who security services believe may be an accomplice of Jihadi John<p>A Christian preacher in London may hold vital information about a man suspected by the security services of being an accomplice of Jihadi John, the <b>Islamic</b> …

Greek minister to meet George Osborne about proposed debt deal

Greece’s finance minister will meet George Osborne on Monday on his whistlestop tour of Europe, as he attempts to win support for a renegotiated debt deal, amid fears that protracted talks will sap confidence and liquidity from the Greek economy.<p>Yanis Varoufakis, fresh from Sunday’s discussions in …

Europe