Iran has supplied weapons and ammunition to Iraqi Kurdish forces, Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said Tuesday at a joint press conference with Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Arbil, capital of Iraq’s Kurdish region. via Iran supplied weapons to Iraqi Kurdish forces; Baghdad bomb kills 12 | Reuters.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met the powerful army chief on Tuesday, a source in his administration said, as a political deadlock over mass protests for the government’s resignation showed no signs of resolution. via Pakistan’s prime minister meets army chief amid crisis | Reuters.
As Islamic State insurgents threaten the Turkish border from Syria, Turkey is struggling to staunch the flow of foreign jihadists to the militant group, having not so long ago allowed free access to those who would join its neighbor’s civil war. via Turkey struggles as ‘lone gatekeeper’ against Islamic State
French President Francois Hollande fine-tuned his third government team in two years on Tuesday, seeking to reconcile pro-growth measures with deficit-reduction after ousting rebel ministers opposed to budgetary rigor. via France fine-tunes pro-reform cabinet after rebel ministers ousted | Reuters.
Qatar is working to help free four Americans held hostage in Syria by various armed groups, a Gulf source familiar with the matter said on Monday, a day after the Gulf Arab state’s diplomacy helped free a journalist held since 2012. via Qatar seeks to free more U.S. hostages in
Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers on Tuesday, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow’s alleged backing for separatist rebels in the east of the former Soviet republic. via Russian soldiers’ capture clouds Putin-Poroshenko talks | Reuters.
Two Tajiks were killed in a border shootout between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, the bloodiest clash so far this year on the frontier between the former Soviet neighbors, officials said on Tuesday. via Two killed in border skirmish between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan | Reuters.
uspected Kurdish militants have kidnapped three Chinese engineers in southeast Turkey near the border with Iraq and Syria, security sources said on Monday. via Three Chinese engineers kidnapped in southeast Turkey: sources | Reuters.
Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) internet browser and media player are being targeted in a Chinese antitrust probe, raising the prospect of China revisiting the software bundling issue at the heart of past antitrust complaints against the firm in the West. via Chinese antitrust regulator targets Microsoft’s web browser, media player |
Seventeen people have been killed in fighting between Seleka rebels in the north of Central African Republic, the military spokesman for the rebels said on Tuesday. via Clash among Seleka rebels in Central African Republic kills 17 | Reuters.