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Geneva Talks with Iran “Constructive”: US

Geneva Talks with  Iran “Constructive”: US

August 09, 2014

TEHRAN- Iranian and American officials held constructive talks in Geneva on Thursday evening, a senior US official announced. "It was, I would say, a constructive discussion," US ...

Maliki Orders Air Force to Help Kurds Against The Islamic State

Maliki Orders Air Force to Help  Kurds Against The Islamic State

August 05, 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki ordered his air force for the first time to back Kurdish forces against Islamic State fighters after the Takfiri militants made another dramatic push through ...

Gaza Death Toll Rises to 1,766 Killed and 9,500 Wounded

Gaza Death Toll Rises to  1,766 Killed and 9,500 Wounded

August 04, 2014

GAZA - The Israeli large-scale offensive which has been going on since July 8 on the Gaza Strip has already killed 1,766 and wounded 9,500 others, the health ministry in Gaza said Sunday. "During ...

Hamas Agrees to 24-Hour Holiday Truce in Gaza War

Hamas Agrees to 24-Hour Holiday Truce in Gaza War

August 02, 2014

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Hamas on Sunday agreed to observe a 24-hour truce in Gaza after initially rejecting a similar Israeli offer, as fighting resumed and the two sides wrangled over the terms ...

International players urge extension of Gaza ceasefire

International players urge extension of Gaza ceasefire

July 27, 2013

PARIS - U.S., European and regional powers seeking to mediate an end to the conflict in Gaza called on Israel and Hamas on Saturday to extend their 12-hour ceasefire in a bid to win time ...

Al-Sistani Sends Subtle Message to Maliki - Step Aside

Al-Sistani Sends Subtle  Message to Maliki - Step Aside

July 26, 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s Most senior cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, on Friday urged political leaders to refrain from clinging to their posts - an apparent reference to Prime Minister ...

Putin Warns of Attempts to Destabilize Russia

Putin Warns of Attempts to Destabilize Russia

July 23, 2014

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that his country currently does not see any military threat to its sovereignty and territorial integrity, but that the country ...

Israel Drops White Phosphorus Bombs on Gazans

Israel Drops White Phosphorus Bombs on Gazans

July 22, 2014

GAZA - Latest reports say Israeli aerial and ground forces are using white phosphorus bombs to pound several residential areas across the besieged Gaza ...

Iran's Top Negotiator Calls on West to Seize Opportunity in Vienna 6

Iran's Top Negotiator Calls on West to Seize Opportunity in Vienna 6

July 19, 2014

TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif once again called on the western countries to seize the opportunity to reach a final agreement with Tehran on the latter's nuclear ...

Syria's Assad Swears in As New President

Syria's Assad Swears in As New President

July 17, 2014

DAMASCUS- The swearing-in ceremony of President Bashar al-Assad began Wednesday and it will be followed by an inauguration speech, in which Assad will outline the features of ...

Israel to Intensify Gaza Operation If Hamas Rejects Ceasefire: PM

Israel to Intensify Gaza Operation If Hamas Rejects Ceasefire: PM

July 16, 2014

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel will intensify its Gaza campaign if Hamas rejects an Egyptian ceasefire agreement, according to a ...

Israeli Gaza Offensive Continues Amid Ceasefire Calls

Israeli Gaza Offensive Continues Amid Ceasefire Calls

July 15, 2014

GAZA - Israeli strikes on Gaza continued early Monday amid calls from the international community for a ceasefire, raising the overall death toll to 170, with 1,154 ...

Taliban Survivor Malala in Nigeria, Pledges to Help Free Girls

Taliban Survivor Malala in Nigeria, Pledges to Help Free Girls

July 14, 2014

ABUJA - Pakistani rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, has pledged while on a trip to Nigeria to ...

Iran’s Enrichment Program Main Bone of Contention in Talks with Powers: Negotiator

Iran’s Enrichment  Program Main Bone  of Contention in Talks with Powers: Negotiator

July 13, 2014

TEHRAN - Iranian deputy chief negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi said the country's uranium enrichment program has remained a major point of disagreement between Tehran and the world powers ...

Global Warming Requires More Frequent Rethink of ‘Normal’ Weather: U.N.

Global Warming Requires More Frequent Rethink of ‘Normal’ Weather: U.N.

July 10, 2014

OSLO - The baseline for "normal" weather used by everyone from farmers to governments to plan ahead needs to be updated more frequently to account for the big shifts caused by global ...

U.S Spying Allegations are Serious: Merkel

U.S Spying Allegations are Serious: Merkel

July 08, 2014

BEIJING - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday allegations that a German man had worked as a double agent for U.S. intelligence were serious and, if true, were a clear ...

Iran, G5+1 to Continue Talks Through Weekend

Iran, G5+1 to Continue  Talks Through Weekend

July 07, 2014

TEHRAN - Representatives of Iran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) will continue their talks this weekend after almost one week of hectic ...

NATO Signals No New Members for The Present

NATO Signals No New  Members for The Present

July 06, 2014

BRUSSELS - Faced with a newly aggressive Russia, NATO has been mulling how to react, but it is ruling out one option: rapid expansion. Four would-be members, including the former ...

Rebels Attack from Both Sides of Border: Ukraine

Rebels Attack from Both  Sides of Border: Ukraine

July 05, 2014

KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian troops have recaptured more than a dozen eastern villages from pro-Russia separatists but Russia is allowing the rebels to attack Ukrainian border posts from its ...

Merkel Warns Russia on Sanctions Ahead of Berlin Talks on Ukraine

Merkel Warns Russia on Sanctions  Ahead of Berlin Talks on Ukraine

July 03, 2014

BERLIN/KIEV - Germany's Angela Merkel warned Moscow ahead of talks on Ukraine on Wednesday that economic sanctions remained an option unless it backed peace efforts, as Ukrainian ...

Turkey’s Erdogan Positions Himself for More Powerful Presidential Role

Turkey’s Erdogan Positions Himself for More Powerful Presidential Role

July 02, 2014

ANKARA - Tayyip Erdogan declared his candidacy on Tuesday for a more powerful presidency which rivals fear may entrench authoritarian rule and supporters, especially conservative ...

Iran Urges World Powers “Realistic” in Clinching Final Deal

Iran Urges World  Powers “Realistic” in Clinching Final Deal

July 01, 2014

TEHRAN - The world powers should be “realistic" in nuclear talks with Iran so that results could be achieved, senior Iranian nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi was quoted as ...

Israel PM Says Ready to Expand Operation Against Hamas

Israel PM Says Ready to Expand Operation Against Hamas

June 30, 2014

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel is ready to expand its operation against Islamic Hamas movement, according to a ...

Kerry in Syria Opposition Talks As US Moves to Arm Rebels

Kerry in Syria Opposition  Talks As US Moves to Arm Rebels

June 28, 2014

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - The US top diplomat headed for talks with the Syrian opposition and its key backer Saudi Arabia Friday after the White House asked lawmakers for $500 million to train ...

China, Russia Boost Regional Cooperation with More Deals

China, Russia Boost  Regional Cooperation with More Deals

June 26, 2014

MOSCOW - Economic and cultural agreements have been signed at a forum on cooperation between regions along the Yangtze river in China and the Volga river in ...

Sanctions if Russia Won’t Cooperate: EU Ministers

Sanctions if Russia Won’t  Cooperate: EU Ministers

June 24, 2014

BRUSSELS - Several European foreign ministers on Monday threatened to impose further sanctions against Russia if it fails to cooperate with Ukraine's proposed peace plan and doesn't stop ...

Dialogue to Start Only on Basis of Ceasefire in Ukraine: Putin

Dialogue to Start Only on Basis  of Ceasefire in Ukraine: Putin

June 23, 2014

MOSCOW - It is vital that dialogue involving all parties in Ukraine should begin on the basis of ceasefire, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Sunday. Dialogue should begin on the basis of ceasefire ...

Iraqi PM Under Pressure from Shiite Cleric, US

Iraqi PM Under Pressure  from Shiite Cleric, US

June 22, 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki faces mounting pressure to form an inclusive government or step aside following the loss of large swaths of territory to Sunni ...

Global Refugee Figure Tops 50 Million for First Time: UNHCR

Global Refugee Figure Tops 50  Million for First Time: UNHCR

June 21, 2014

GENEVA - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Friday reported the number of refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide has exceeded 50 ...

Hundreds Killed, Detained in Ukraine Breakdown: UN

Hundreds Killed, Detained  in Ukraine Breakdown: UN

June 19, 2014

GENEVA - A steady rise in killings, torture and abductions by pro-Russia armed groups in eastern Ukraine has claimed hundreds of lives since last month, U.N. monitors in the region said Wednesday ...

Syria, Iraq Edging into Regional War: UN Panel

Syria, Iraq Edging into  Regional War: UN Panel

June 18, 2014

GENEVA - A U.N. commission on Syrian war crimes is sounding the alarm that the entire region is on the brink of war. In its latest report Tuesday to the U.N. Human Rights Council ...

Russia Cuts Gas to Ukraine, Flows to EU Threatened

Russia Cuts Gas to  Ukraine, Flows to EU Threatened

June 17, 2014

KIEV/GORKI Russia - Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace in the former Soviet ...

NATO is Preparing Measures to Help Ukraine

NATO is Preparing Measures to Help Ukraine

June 16, 2014

MADRID - NATO is preparing measures to help Ukraine defend itself in its stand-off with Russia, and must adapt to the fact that Moscow now views it as an adversary, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen ...

Iran Says Envisages Iraq Role with U.S. if Washington Tackles Regional Militants

Iran Says Envisages Iraq Role with U.S. if Washington Tackles Regional Militants

June 15, 2014

ANKARA - Iran could contemplate cooperating with its old adversary the United States on restoring security to Iraq if it saw Washington confronting "terrorist groups in Iraq and elsewhere" ...

Iraqi PM Declares Highest Alert Against Terrorist Groups

Iraqi PM Declares Highest  Alert Against Terrorist Groups

June 11, 2014

BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Maliki Tuesday declared highest alert in the country and called for emergency session for the parliament to declare state of emergency to confront the ...