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Rouhani in Vienna to shore up nuclear deal, dogged by diplomat’s arrest

Rouhani in Vienna to shore up nuclear deal, dogged by diplomat’s arrest

VIENNA: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednes­day was on the second leg of his European tour seeking assurances over the 2015 nuclear deal, a trip clouded by the arrest of a Tehran diplomat over an alleged bomb plot against opposition exiles in Paris. Hoping to boost economic cooperation to help offset the return of US sanctions […]

China’s Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

China’s Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be “earnestly” implemented as he met the country s president following the US withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday. Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao that […]

China hosts summit with Russia, Iran as nuclear deal wobbles

China hosts summit with Russia, Iran as nuclear deal wobbles

BEIJING (AFP) – Iran, China and Russia may seek ways to salvage the nuclear deal ditched by Donald Trump when their leaders meet this weekend at a summit on the Chinese coast. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a regional security bloc led by China and Russia, is set to hold its 18th annual gathering in […]

Pakistan, Russia set to sign $10b offshore pipeline deal next week

Pakistan, Russia set to sign $10b offshore pipeline deal next week

ISLAMABAD: In a major breakthrough, Pakistan and Russia are poised to sign a $10-billion offshore gas pipeline deal, a project planned by the latter to capture the energy market of Pakistan. Sources told The Express Tribune that the cabinet had approved the signing of the gas pipeline laying deal and Pakistan ambassador to Russia had been authorised to ink […]

No arrangements in sight to deal with heatwave in Karachi

No arrangements in sight to deal with heatwave in Karachi

KARACHI ;Several areas in Karachi lack heatstroke camps despite the claims of district administration and Metropolitan Corporation to gear up efforts to save lives during extreme weather conditions.The mercury level in Karachi crossed 41ºC on Wednesday and is expected to surge up to 45ºC.Director General (DG) Met Ghulam Rasool has warned that the fresh heatwave […]

No illusions as Iran nuclear deal countries look to future without U.S.

No illusions as Iran nuclear deal countries look to future without U.S.

VIENNA:Nations that remain in the Iran nuclear deal meet on Friday for the first time since U.S. President Donald Trump left the pact, but diplomats see limited scope to salvage it after Washington vowed to be tougher than ever on Tehran. British, Chinese, French, German and Russian officials will try to flesh out with Iran’s […]

‘No alternative’ to Iran deal, EU’s Mogherini tells US

‘No alternative’ to Iran deal, EU’s Mogherini tells US

BRUSSELS: The EU s foreign policy chief warned Monday there was “no alternative” to the Iran nuclear deal, after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed unprecedented sanctions against Tehran following Washington s withdrawal from the pact. Pompeo — a longtime Iran hawk and fierce opponent of the 2015 agreement — earlier outlined an aggressive series of […]

Iran’s Zarif says EU efforts to save nuke deal ‘not sufficient’

Iran’s Zarif says EU efforts to save nuke deal ‘not sufficient’

TEHRAN:Iran s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that European efforts to save the nuclear deal after the exit of the United States were not sufficient. “The cascade of decisions by EU companies to end their activities in Iran makes things much more complicated,” Zarif told reporters. He spoke after meeting with EU energy commissioner […]

China stands to gain in Iran after US quits nuclear deal

China stands to gain in Iran after US quits nuclear deal

BEIJING :The US decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran could scare off European investors but oil-thirsty China may step into the void and ramp up business links with the country. China, which is already Iran’s top trade partner and one of its biggest buyers of crude, has signalled that it intends to keep working with […]

Mahathir to stay up to two years as Malaysia leader, no deal for Najib

Mahathir to stay up to two years as Malaysia leader, no deal for Najib

KUALA LUMPUR :Malaysia’s 92-year-old new leader Mahathir Mohamad said he expects to stay as prime minister for up to two years and vowed not to cut any deals to keep his predecessor out of jail for alleged corruption. Mahathir told the Wall Street Journal he would be in power for one to two years — […]

Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK

Qatar signs $8-bn deal to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from UK

Qatar’s Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, PHOTO: REUTERS     DOHA: Qatar signed a multi-billion-dollar deal Sunday to buy 24 Typhoon fighters from Britain, its second major defence agreement this week, which comes during the worst political crisis in the region for years. The $8-billion (6.8-billion-euro) deal was signed in Doha by Qatar’s Defence Minister […]

Trump resists pressure to soften stance on Iran nuclear deal

Trump resists pressure to soften stance on Iran nuclear deal

Trump resists pressure to soften stance on Iran nuclear deal Reuters WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump finds himself under immense pressure as he considers de-certifying the international nuclear deal with Iran, a move that would ignore warnings from inside and outside his administration that to do so would risk undermining U.S. credibility. Trump is […]