1stLD-Writethru: Foreigners evacuate from Indian steel factory after blast

November 18, 2013 7:18 am· Comments Off on 1stLD-Writethru: Foreigners evacuate from Indian steel factory after blast 

NEW DELHI, Nov. 18 — Four days after a worker was killed and several foreigners went missing in a blast at Bhushan Steel Plant (BSL) in Dhenkanal district in the east Indian state of Odisha, 42 of the 70 foreigners from the factory moved to the state capital Bhubaneswar Sunday for security reasons due to unrest in the area.

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Algeria president vows to mend ties with Morocco

November 18, 2013 7:18 am· Comments Off on Algeria president vows to mend ties with Morocco 

ALGIERS, Nov. 18 — Algeria President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said on Sunday that he is committed to reinforce ties with Morocco, as he congratulated Moroccan King Mohammed VI for the 58th anniversary of the independence of his nation, a couple of weeks after a diplomatic crisis sparked between the two neighboring nations.

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Israeli PM urges Palestinian concessions in peace talks

November 18, 2013 7:18 am· Comments Off on Israeli PM urges Palestinian concessions in peace talks 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called for Palestinian concessions in peace talks with Israel, saying the negotiations are not frozen.

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Israeli PM reiterates opposition to partial deal with Iran

November 18, 2013 7:18 am· Comments Off on Israeli PM reiterates opposition to partial deal with Iran 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday voiced his opposition to a partial deal with Iran over its controversial nuclear program, days before the world powers resume talks with the Islamic republic.

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Iran, Russia deputy ministers to discuss Syria crisis

November 18, 2013 7:18 am· Comments Off on Iran, Russia deputy ministers to discuss Syria crisis 

TEHRAN, Nov. 18 — An Iranian deputy foreign minister headed to Moscow on Sunday to discuss latest regional developments with Russian officials, Press TV reported.

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Israeli leader lauds French stand over Iran nuclear issue

November 18, 2013 7:18 am· Comments Off on Israeli leader lauds French stand over Iran nuclear issue 

JERUSALEM, Nov. 18 — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with visiting French President Francois Hollande on Sunday evening, thanking him for his country's tough stance towards the Iranian nuclear plan.

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Complete power outage hits southern Syria

November 18, 2013 7:18 am· Comments Off on Complete power outage hits southern Syria 

DAMASCUS, Nov. 18 — Electricity completely went out in the Syrian capital city of Damascus and all of southern Syria on Sunday after the rebels sabotaged key power lines feeding the southern region with electricity, Syrian Minister of Electricity Emad Khamis was quoted as saying by the state-run SANA news agency.

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9 PKK militants surrender to Turkish security forces

November 18, 2013 7:18 am· Comments Off on 9 PKK militants surrender to Turkish security forces 

ANKARA, Nov. 18 — Nine militants of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) surrendered to the Turkish security forces in southeastern Turkey on Sunday, private Dogan news agency reported.

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Roundup: 23 killed, 74 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq

November 18, 2013 7:18 am· Comments Off on Roundup: 23 killed, 74 wounded in violent attacks in Iraq 

BAGHDAD, Nov. 18 — At least 23 people were killed and 74 others wounded in violent attacks in Iraq on Sunday, including a wave of bomb attacks in Baghdad, police said.

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Sudan army repulse rebel attack in Kordofan region

November 18, 2013 7:18 am· Comments Off on Sudan army repulse rebel attack in Kordofan region 

KHARTOUM, Nov. 18 — The Sudanese army said on Sunday it repulsed an attack by rebels of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) against Abu Zabad city in Sudan's Kordofan region, noting that many rebels including their commander were killed.

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