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Russia hosts World Cup in heat of battle with West

MOSCOW: The World Cup kicks off in Russia in a month's time with the hosts at loggerheads with the West and intent on using the football showpiece to trumpet their superpower status. Russia was a controversial choice when it was handed…

Pakistan's fading Parsi community looks abroad

For more than 1,000 years, Parsis have thrived in South Asia but an ageing population and emigration to the West driven by instability in Pakistan means the tiny community of "fire worshippers" could soon be consigned to the country's…

Iran lashes out as nuclear talks enter 14th day

BRUSSELS: Rollercoaster talks in Vienna towards a nuclear deal entered a 14th day Friday with still no end in sight, as Iran accused the West of back-tracking and Washington said it was prepared to walk away.