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    Iran's nuclear activities and ambitions faced rare, blunt criticism at a roundtable at Tehran University, where one of the speakers said the damage done by the nuclear program was greater than that by the 1980-88 war with Iraq, which left tens of thousands dead and caused much devastation.
  • Kurdish Journalists Reported Kidnapped By IS In Syria
    Two Kurdish journalists have been reported kidnapped in Syria this week by militants from the Islamic State (IS) group.
  • Pakistani Court Grants Bail To Alleged Mastermind of Mumbai Attacks
    An antiterrorism court in Islamabad has granted bail to a man accused of masterminding the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.
  • Putin: Ruble Can Keep Rising
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said the ruble can continue the recovery it has made in recent days following a huge fall on December 16. Speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow, he said the government had taken "adequate measures" to deal with the situation on foreign exchange markets. The ruble has lost about half of its value since the start of the year, amid collapsing oil prices and Western sanctions overs Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • Putin Says Russian Economic Recovery 'Inevitable'
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that his country's current economic troubles were "provoked" largely by external factors including low world oil prices.
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