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Suicide bombers kill two KABUL: At least two policemen were killed and one wounded on Tuesday when a group of suicide bombers stormed a government building in southeastern Afghanistan, the ministry of interior said.   The group of four suicide bombers attacked the directorate of communication building in Sharana, the capital city of Paktika province, a statement said.     Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012   ...

Iran judge sentences American to death for spying     TEHRAN: An American former marine, who also holds Iranian citizenship, has been sentenced to death by an Iranian court for spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency, the Fars news agency reported on Monday. Amir Mirzai Hekmati, 28, was "sentenced to death for cooperating with a hostile nation, membership of the CIA and trying to implicate Iran in terrorism," the verdict said, according to Fars. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2012 ...
Iran says arrests US TEHRAN: Iran has arrested an unidentified number of "spies" who allegedly sought to carry out US plans and disrupt an upcoming parliamentary election, intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi said on Sunday. "Those arrested were after carrying out American plans and operations to disrupt the parliamentary election using cyber space and social networks," Moslehi told reporters after a cabinet session, state media reported. Moslehi did not say when or how many people were arrested, nor did he reveal their ...
Iranian president to tour US foes in Latin America     CARACAS: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, under increasing pressure from debilitating Western economic sanctions, begins a tour of Latin America Sunday aimed at shoring up ties with his few remaining allies. Ahmadinejad will meet fellow US foe and firebrand Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez during a four-nation trip that coincides with rising international concern over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. The Iranian leader will arrive in Caracas late Sunday, kicking off a five-day trip that will on Tuesday see him attend ...
Iran media plays down US naval rescue of nationals        TEHRAN: Iranian media were largely silent Saturday on the US navy's rescue of 13 Iranians held by pirates in the Arabian Sea, making little mention of the incident -- or that the US ships included an aircraft carrier Tehran had warned out of the region.   The official Islamic Republic News Agency reported only that a US warship "claimed" to have saved the Iranian fishermen from a weeks-long ordeal as captives of Somali pirates. "So far Iran's armed ...
Four NATO troops killed in Afghanistan     KABUL: Four NATO soldiers have been killed in bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan, the military said Friday. Three died on Thursday and another lost his life in a second blast on Friday. NATO's US-led International Security Assistance Force did not release the nationalities of the soldiers, in keeping with policy. Details would be released by the soldiers' home countries, a spokesman said. Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2011 ...
Iran TEHRAN: Iran said on Thursday it was "not concerned" about an imminent EU ban on its oil, saying it would endure the extra sanctions even though they amounted to "an economic war." "Iran has always been ready to counter such hostile actions and we are not concerned at all about the sanctions," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in a news conference with visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. "We have taken provisional measures. We have weathered ...


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