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Sydney cafe siege probe 'advanced'

Sydney cafe siege probe 'advanced'

The investigation into the police raid which ended a 16-hour siege in a Sydney cafe is well advanced, the head of the New South Wales police has said. Commissioner Andrew Scipione said he believed officers made "absolutely the right call" in storming the cafe. Two hostages and gunman Man Haron Monis were killed during the...

US, Iran hold new nuke talks in Geneva

Senior officials from the United States and Iran resumed talks yesterday over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, a diplomatic source said, three weeks after world powers missed a deadline for reaching a deal. The two-day discussions in Geneva will be followed by a meeting on Wednesday involving the political directors of the other five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and the European Union. "I can confirm that the talks have begun," the diplomatic source told AFP, without giving further...

Iran bombs IS targets in Iraq, says Pentagon

Iran bombs IS targets in Iraq, says Pentagon

Iran has conducted air strikes against Islamic State targets in eastern Iraq during recent days, a Pentagon spokesman says. Rear Adm John Kirby said the US, which has conducted its own air strikes in Iraq, was not co-ordinating with Iran. A senior Iranian military official also dismissed talk of co-operation between the two countries. A US-led...

Deadline day for Iran nuclear deal

Deadline day for Iran nuclear deal

Negotiators in Vienna, Austria, are set to make a final push to try to reach a deal on Iran's nuclear programme ahead of a 23:00 GMT deadline. They said earlier "serious gaps" remained, suggesting that an extension could be agreed instead. World powers - the US, UK, Russia, China, France plus Germany - want Iran...

Doubts on Iran deal as deadline looms

Doubts on Iran deal as deadline looms

Doubts are growing that Monday's deadline for a deal on Iran's controversial nuclear programme will be met at talks in Vienna in Austria. Both the US and Germany said the sides were working to close "big gaps", with some suggestions that the deadline could be extended. Six world powers want Iran to curb its nuclear...

Women retain kabaddi bronze

Bangladesh women kabaddi team's dreams of going one better in the Asian Games shattered yesterday when they suffered a massive 40-15 loss at the hands of Iran in the second semifinal at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium here. They now had to remain content with the bronze medal, which they won in the 2010 Guangzhou Games, along with Thailand, who lost the first semifinal to defending champions India 41-28 earlier in the day. Bangladesh had aimed at upsetting their mighty opponents...

Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than Islamic State

Netanyahu says Iran greater threat than Islamic State

Israel's prime minister describes Iran, ISIL and Hamas as part of a single team, and compares them to Germany's Nazis. Israel's prime minister has warned the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Iran would pose a far greater threat than the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which he compared to...

Iran 'backs US military contacts'

Iran 'backs US military contacts'

Iran's Supreme Leader has approved co-operation with the US as part of the fight against Islamic State in northern Iraq, sources have told BBC Persian. Ayatollah Khamenei has authorised his top commander to co-ordinate military operations with the US, Iraqi and Kurdish forces, sources in Tehran say. Shia Iran regards the extremist Sunni Islamic State...

Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in Iraq'

Iran 'sent soldiers to fight in Iraq'

Hundreds of Iranian soldiers have taken part in a joint operation inside Iraq with Kurdish forces to retake a town held by the Islamic State group, Al Jazeera reports quoting security sources. It is believed to be the first time that Iranian troops have been directly involved in the fighting against the Sunni rebel...

48 killed in Iran plane crash

48 killed in Iran plane crash

An Iranian passenger plane crashed Sunday while taking off from an airport near the capital, Tehran, killing 48 people onboard, state media reported. The aircraft, an Iran-140 typically used for short domestic flights, crashed near Mehrabad airport, west of Tehran, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported. The plane went down in a residential area...

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