Middle East

  • Over 50,000 women cleared to work as domestic maids 26-02-2014 10:24 PM

    A total of 53,616 women have been granted emigration clearance to work as domestic workers in the Middle East in the last three years, the government said on Wednesday. The clearances were given by the ministry of overseas Indian affairs. On receiving complaints from women workers, Indian missions abroad are...
  • SAARC members should put aside differences, says Manish Tewari 07-09-2013 03:40 PM

    Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Saturday said members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) should put aside their "little differences" to reap dividends. He said the members would benefit politically and also strengthen their economies if they could leave their differences behind for they had...
  • Iranian MPs call for support to Syria 04-09-2013 05:54 PM

    Around 170 Iranian MPs in a statement on Wednesday called for support to the Syrian people in view of the looming US threat. The statement reads that the Iranian parliament representatives are ready to sacrifice their lives to support the resistance movement to Israeli occupation in Syria, IRNA reported. The...
  • As US remains defiant on attacking Syria, MEA advises Indians to leave the country 31-08-2013 07:27 PM

    New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs has advised all Indians to leave Syria after the US hinted on a possible military attack on the Middle East country. US President Barack Obama has maintained that the US was contemplating a military intervention to punish Syria's President Bashar al-Assad for a...
  • Syria to respond to any aggression: Minister 27-08-2013 06:26 AM

    Damascus: Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has said that his country would respond to any attack in case of foreign intervention. Mekdad made the remarks during an interview with Western media, whose excerpts were published in Arabic language by the state-run SANA news agency Monday, Xinhua reported. According to...
  • Iran's Khamenei blames outsiders for Middle East's woes 27-08-2013 03:12 AM

    Dubai: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed countries outside the Middle East on Monday for the region's turmoil and the Shi'ite cleric said regional states backing radical Sunni Islamists would be damaged by conflict. Khamenei, the most powerful man in Iran, made the comments in a meeting with Oman's...
  • Britain operates secret monitoring station in Middle East: Report 24-08-2013 12:18 AM

    Britain runs a secret monitoring station in the Middle East to intercept large numbers of telephone calls, emails and internet traffic that it shares with intelligence agencies in the United States, the Independent newspaper reported on Friday. The station is part of a 1 billion poundglobal eavesdropping project run by...
  • Egypt clashes kill 235 as sit-ins dispersed 15-08-2013 03:33 AM

    Cairo: Clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi killed 235 people across the country on Wednesday, the state news agency MENA said. The report quoted Mohamed Sultan, head of Egypt's emergency services, as saying another 2,001 people were wounded in clashes that broke out after...
  • US evacuating its citizens from Yemen amid Qaeda threat 06-08-2013 06:49 PM

    Washington: The US on Tuesday began evacuating its nationals from Yemen amid a worldwide alert linked to electronic intercepts from al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, ordering one of the most serious attacks since 9/11. The State Department said it had pulled all non-essential personnel from Yemen, and the Pentagon said the...
  • Iran, US signal will to engage as new president sworn in 05-08-2013 05:22 AM

    Dubai: Iran and the United States signalled a fresh will on Sunday to seek to end the dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme after Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as president and called for dialogue to reduce "antagonism and aggression". Hopes for a diplomatic resolution increased with Rouhani's win over conservative...
  • Barcelona kick off two-day 'Peace Tour' 04-08-2013 09:22 AM

    Hebron, West Bank: Barcelona have kicked off their two-day 'Peace Tour' of the Middle East with a clinic for local Palestinian children. The Spanish club arrived in the region on Saturday with superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar touching down in Tel Aviv. They then headed to Bethlehem, where they visited...
  • Interpol issues global security alert after prison breaks 03-08-2013 11:30 PM

    Paris: Interpol issued a global security alert on Saturday advising its members to increase their vigilance against attacks after a series of prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan that the agency is investigating to determine if they were linked. The Lyon, France-based Interpol said given that al Qaeda was...
  • Britain to close Yemen embassy over terror threat 03-08-2013 05:55 PM

    London: The British embassy in Yemen is to shut temporarily as part of a global anti-terror alert while several other embassies in the Middle East have been put on vigil. The embassy in Sana'a, already operating with reduced staff, will be closed on Sunday and Monday as "a precautionary measure",...
  • In raging Middle East, Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks 01-08-2013 03:10 AM

    Jerusalem: Pressured by Washington, worried about its international standing and perturbed by Middle East turmoil, Israel had many reasons to return to peace talks with the Palestinians this week after a three year hiatus. On the surface, Israelis saw little reason to jump back into negotiations. The status quo in...
  • Abbas convenes key Palestinians to moot new talks with Israel 18-07-2013 05:00 AM

    Ramallah: President Mahmoud Abbas will confer with key Palestinian leaders on Thursday about a possible resumption of peace negotiations with Israel after an almost three-year freeze, officials said. They gave no details on what Abbas's terms might be, should he announce a breakthrough after meeting in Jordan with US Secretary...
  • Libyan protesters call for armed militias to be disbanded 08-07-2013 01:55 AM

    Tripoli: Libyan protesters took to the streets on Sunday calling for the disbanding of militias that have plagued Tripoli since the end of the 2011 war. The government said it was working on taking back control of the interior ministry besieged by an armed group that entered the building on...
  • Cautious towards Middle East, Obama gets second chance in Egypt 05-07-2013 05:56 AM

    Washington: When President Barack Obama sat down with his top national security aides this week to determine how to react to a military takeover in Egypt, he had a tough choice to make. He could denounce what had taken place as a coup launched against a legitimately elected president in...
  • Assad's forces battle to tighten control of central Syria 01-07-2013 12:23 AM

    Amman: President Bashar al-Assad's forces pounded Sunni Muslim rebels in the city of Homs with artillery and from the air on Sunday, the second day of an offensive to expand loyalist control over Syria's strategic centre, activists said. They said rebels defending the old centre of Homs and five adjacent...
  • 'Assad says Syria received Russian missile shipment' 31-05-2013 02:15 AM

    Beirut: Syria has received the first shipment of a sophisticated air defence system from Russia, President Bashar al-Assad was quoted as saying, sending a signal of military strength days before an EU arms embargo on the country lapses. Russia had promised delivery of the S-300 missile system to the Syrian...
  • Peace talks must mean Assad's exit: Syrian opposition 30-05-2013 01:47 AM

    Istanbul: The Syrian opposition said on Wednesday it would only take part in planned international peace talks if a deadline was set for a settlement that forces President Bashar al-Assad to leave power. In its first official reaction to the Geneva conference being prepared by the United States and Russia,...
  • Horrific video shows rebel eating Syrian government soldier's heart 15-05-2013 11:20 AM

    Washington: A ghastly video posted online shows how barbaric the Syrian civil war can be. A rebel fighter is seen carving into the body of a Syrian government soldier, cutting out his heart and liver, putting the heart in his mouth and taking a bite, CNN has reported. "I swear...
  • Syria 'likely' to have used chemical weapons, says UK 10-05-2013 04:06 AM

    London: Britain said on Thursday it was "very likely" the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, and Turkey announced it was stepping up testing of people fleeing the Syrian civil war for traces. US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed gratitude to Russia for its willingness to try to arrange...
  • Expat professionals shift focus away from India: Survey 28-04-2013 04:30 PM

    New Delhi: India's attractiveness among the expat professionals as a potential workplace has taken a major hit in the wake of recent cases of rape incidents and attacks on foreigners, a survey says. The survey, conducted among 2,200 expat professionals, found that 72 per cent of the respondents who were...
  • Jet-Etihad deal could deliver a big blow to Air India 26-04-2013 07:44 AM

    New Delhi: The Jet-Etihad deal deal might have brought hope to India's struggling aviation sector but it is rattled Air India. It is a double blow - it will have to fight the combined strength of Jet's market penetration in India and Etihad's global network. The government has also increased...
  • 7.8 magnitude earthquake kills five in Pakistan 16-04-2013 06:18 PM

    Islamabad: At least five persons were killed and several others injured when buildings collapsed in Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan on Tuesday during a massive earthquake that was felt across the region. The five deaths were recorded in the remote Kharan district of Balochistan, state-run Radio Pakistan reported. TV news...
  • Iran announces uranium mining after nuclear talks fail 10-04-2013 07:35 AM

    Dubai: Iran said on Tuesday operations had begun at two uranium mines and a milling plant and that Western opposition would not slow its nuclear work, days after talks with world powers made no breakthrough. Marking its annual National Nuclear Technology Day, Iran also said it would continue to need...
  • US says door still open on Iran nuclear talks 08-04-2013 06:59 AM

    Istanbul: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday world powers would pursue further talks with Iran to resolve a decade-old dispute over its nuclear programme, but stressed the process could not go on forever. The six powers and Iran failed again to bridge wide differences at weekend talks...
  • Powers, Iran fail to end nuclear stalemate in Almaty talks 07-04-2013 06:45 AM

    Almaty: World powers and Iran failed again to ease their decade-old dispute over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme in talks that ended on Saturday, prolonging a stand-off that risks spiralling into a new Middle East war. The lack of a breakthrough in the two-day meeting in Kazakhstan aimed at easing international...
  • Assad says rebel victory would destabilise Middle East 07-04-2013 05:58 AM

    Beirut: President Bashar al-Assad has warned that if rebel forces battling to overthrow him take power in Syria, they could destabilise the Middle East for decades. The Syrian leader, locked in a two-year conflict that he says has been fuelled by his regional foes, also criticised Turkey's leaders as "foolish...