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US, Iran, longtime enemies, now potential partners

US, Iran, longtime enemies, now potential partners

It's the fog of diplomacy. For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop an offensive in Iraq by al-Qaida-inspired insurgents. How is it that adversaries that haven't trusted each other for 35 years could cooperate on...

Russia warns over Ukraine talks

Russia warns over Ukraine talks

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says any armed action by Ukrainian authorities in the east of Ukraine could undermine forthcoming talks. He made the comments after pro-Russian militants stormed a police headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk on Sunday. The US has condemned Russia's role in "inciting" trouble in eastern Ukraine. Four-party talks involving...

Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine

Putin calls Obama to discuss Ukraine

Russia's Vladimir Putin has telephoned President Barack Obama to discuss the US proposal for a diplomatic solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Obama suggested that Russia put a concrete response in writing, the White House said in a statement. According to the Kremlin, Putin suggested examining how the situation could be stabilised. Russia's annexation of Crimea...

TIB report biased: Law minister

TIB report biased: Law minister

Law Minister Anisul Huq today termed a Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) report on quorum crisis at the ninth parliament as "biased" and "unexpected". The minister's remark came shortly after TIB revealed a report saying that quorum crisis during the ninth parliament caused the country waste of time worth over Tk 104 crore. When journalists pointed out a TIB observation that the parliament can be effective if all political parties take part in the election, the minister said the January 5 parliamentary election was held in the same fashion as the December 29, 2008 election. "But the opposition attended the parliament for only 70 days. So, this study is biased. Such a report...

Crimea parliament asks to join Russia

Crimea parliament asks to join Russia

MPs in Crimea have asked Moscow to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of the Russian Federation. Parliament said if its request was granted, Crimean citizens could give their view in a referendum on 16 March. A government minister in Kiev said it would be unconstitutional for Crimea to join Russia. Crimea, a region...

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