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The last edition: Monday 24 March 2014
Arrests amid security concerns ahead of India legislative elections

Arrests amid security concerns ahead of India legislative elections

Police in India say four suspected terrorists arrested in the state of Rajasthan were planning attacks to disrupt legislative elections, slated for next month.


Thursday 13 February 2014
The Iranian President Hassan Rohani waves during a rally in Tehran marking the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, 11 February, 2014

Iran's missile testing sends mixed messages to Washington

The Iranian Defence Ministry said on Wednesday that it had succesfully tested new missiles, capable of destroying all types of enemy military equipment.

Wednesday 12 February 2014
Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Minister Wang Yu-chi (front R) waves as he leaves after visiting the Sun Yat-sen mausoleum in Nanjing, 12 February, 2014

China, Taiwan hold first government-to-government talks

China and Taiwan have held their first government-to-government talks since they becaome two de-facto states 65 years ago.

Tuesday 11 February 2014
European Union ambassador to Cuba Herman Portocarero speaks in a news conference in Havana about EU agreement on Monday to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights

EU gets closer to Cuba

The European Union has endorsed a negotiating mandate for a political and cooperation agreement with Cuba.