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Syrian Opposition Resumes Tough Talks on Unity for Peace Push

Syrian Opposition  Resumes Tough Talks on Unity for Peace Push

May 26, 2013

ISTANBUL - Syria's opposition resumed talks on Saturday aimed at closing their fractious ranks, crucial to launching an international peace conference, and government forces pressed an onslaught on a ...

U.S. to Increase Support to Syrian Rebels: Kerry

U.S. to Increase Support to Syrian Rebels: Kerry

May 23, 2013

AMMAN - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that the U.S. support for Syrian rebels will continue to grow if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad refused to come to peace ...

Syrian Opposition, Govt. Prepare for Peace Talks: Mediator

Syrian Opposition,  Govt. Prepare for Peace Talks: Mediator

May 22, 2013

CAIRO - Syria’s opposition and government are preparing to take part in an internationally-sponsored peace conference, the United Nations-Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi said on ...

‘No Option off Table’ over Syria: Britain

‘No Option off  Table’ over Syria: Britain

May 21, 2013

LONDON - Britain warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that "no option is off the table" over the possible arming of Syrian rebels and said it would press the ...

Obama to Speak on Legality of Drone Program

Obama to Speak on  Legality of Drone Program

May 20, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will discuss the legality of his administration's secret drone program and other counterterror practices during a speech Thursday, a White House official ...

Iran to Allow Inspectors in after Protocol Signed

Iran to Allow  Inspectors in after  Protocol Signed

May 19, 2013

MOSCOW - Tehran will allow international inspectors to enter its nuclear facilities after a protocol is signed, the Iranian ambassador to Russia said ...

Two Blasts at Iraqi Sunni Mosque Kill 43

Two Blasts at Iraqi Sunni Mosque Kill 43

May 18, 2013

BAQUBA, Iraq - Two bombs exploded outside a Sunni Muslim mosque in the Iraqi city of Baquba as worshippers left after Friday prayers, killing at least 43 people in one of the ...

France Suggests EU Link Easing Syria Arms Embargo to Peace Talks

France Suggests EU Link Easing Syria Arms Embargo to Peace Talks

May 16, 2013

BRUSSELS - France is floating a proposal that the European Union ease an arms embargo for Syrian rebels but delay acting on the decision to intensify pressure on Damascus to negotiate an end to ...

Syrian Refugees in Turkey Exceed 193,000

Syrian Refugees in  Turkey Exceed 193,000

May 15, 2013

ANKARA - A total of 193,767 Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Turkey, Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate (AFAD) said ...

EU Provides Additional Aid to Syria

EU Provides  Additional Aid to Syria

May 14, 2013

BRUSSELS - The European Commission announced on Sunday an additional 65 million euros (84.5 million U.S. dollars) in humanitarian aid to war-torn ...

Sharif Poised to Form Strong Government after Pakistan Poll

Sharif Poised to  Form Strong Government  after Pakistan Poll

May 13, 2013

ISLAMABAD - Toppled in a 1999 military coup, jailed and exiled, Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif has made a triumphant election comeback and looks set to form a stable government capable of implementing ...

Assad Govt. “Usual Suspects” in Blasts: Turkish Deputy PM

Assad Govt. “Usual Suspects” in Blasts: Turkish Deputy PM

May 12, 2013

ISTANBUL - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government are the “usual suspects” behind car bombs in Turkey on Saturday that killed 40 people and wounded 100 more, Turkish Deputy Prime ...

No New Plan to Sell Air Defense Systems to Syria: Russia

No New Plan  to Sell Air Defense Systems  to Syria: Russia

May 11, 2013

WARSAW/MOSCOW - Russia’s foreign minister said on Friday Moscow had no new plans to sell an advanced air defense system to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but left open ...

U.S., Russia Share Common Views over Syria: Kerry

U.S., Russia Share Common Views over Syria: Kerry

May 09, 2013

MOSCOW - The United States and Russia shared similar positions over the settlement of Syrian crisis, visiting U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry said ...

Russia, China Express Alarm after Israel Hits Syria

Russia, China Express Alarm after Israel Hits Syria

May 07, 2013

JERUSALEM/AMMAN - Russia and China expressed alarm on Monday over the regional repercussions of two Israeli air raids on Syria, while Israel played down strikes which its officials said targeted Iranian missiles ...

Israeli Strike on Syria Targeted Weapons Shipment

Israeli Strike on Syria Targeted Weapons Shipment

May 05, 2013

(WASHINGTON) — An Israeli airstrike against Syria was targeting a shipment of advanced missiles believed to be bound for the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, Israeli officials confirmed ...

US and Britain Consider Arming Syrian Rebels

US and Britain Consider Arming Syrian Rebels

May 04, 2013

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel confirmed yesterday that the US was reexamining its consistent opposition to arming the Syrian rebels, though cautioned that considering action was not the same as taking ...

US Congressional Delegation Visit Pakistan

US Congressional Delegation Visit  Pakistan

May 02, 2013

ISLAMABAD - A US Congressional delegation led by Senator Joe Donnelly held a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Wednesday in the Ministry of Foreign ...

Iran, Egypt Discuss Ways to Help End Syrian Crisis

Iran, Egypt Discuss Ways to Help End Syrian Crisis

April 30, 2013

TEHRAN – Egypt has sent a high ranking delegation to Tehran to discuss the provisions of an Egyptian-drafted quartet initiative to find a solution to the Syrian ...

Syria's neighbors cautious about U.S.-led intervention

Syria's neighbors cautious about U.S.-led intervention

April 29, 2013

ISTANBUL - Syria's neighbors, wary of stirring a conflict that could spill back over their borders, would be reluctant partners in a U.S.-led intervention but are ultimately likely to support limited military ...

Iran Ready to Resume Talks with World Powers: Nuclear Negotiator

Iran Ready to Resume  Talks with World Powers: Nuclear Negotiator

April 27, 2013

TEHRAN – Iran is ready to resume talks with world powers on its nuclear program and awaits word from the European Union on timing and details, Iran’s deputy nuclear negotiator said on ...

Syria Slams EU Decision to Lift Oil Embargo for Rebels Benefit

Syria Slams EU  Decision to Lift Oil Embargo for Rebels Benefit

April 25, 2013

AMASCUS -Syria’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the EU’s move to ease an oil embargo on Syria to allow rebels to sell crude oil is tantamount to an act of aggression, according to ...

Ban Meets with Head of Arab League, Special Envoy on Syrian Crisis

Ban Meets with Head  of Arab League, Special  Envoy on Syrian Crisis

April 24, 2013

UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Monday met with the Arab League's Secretary-general Nabil Elaraby and UN-Arab League Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi to ...

US Asked Turkey PM to Delay Gaza Trip: Kerry

US Asked Turkey PM  to Delay Gaza Trip: Kerry

April 22, 2013

ISTANBUL - Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the United States had told Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan it would be better for him to delay a planned trip to the Palestinian ...

North Korea Reiterates it Will Not Give Up Nuclear Arms

North Korea  Reiterates it Will Not  Give Up Nuclear Arms

April 21, 2013

SEOUL - North Korea reiterated on Saturday that it would not give up its nuclear weapons, rejecting a U.S. condition for talks although it said it was willing to discuss ...

Pakistani Police Arrest Former President Musharraf

Pakistani Police Arrest Former President Musharraf

April 20, 2013

ISLAMABAD - Pakistani police arrested former president Pervez Musharraf on Friday to face allegations he overstepped his powers while in office, marking a dramatic break with a political culture ...

Russia Rejects Military Intervention in Syria

Russia Rejects  Military Intervention  in Syria

April 18, 2013

ISTANBUL - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday said his country rejects military intervention in Syria, adding that Russia hopes to avoid any measure of military intervention in Syria ...

Quake Kills at Least 46 along Iran-Pak Border

Quake Kills  at Least 46 along Iran-Pak Border

April 17, 2013

TEHRAN, Iran - A major earthquake described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than half a century flattened homes and offices Tuesday on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border, killing at least ...

Two Blasts Rock Boston Marathon, at Least two Killed, 23 Injured

Two Blasts Rock  Boston Marathon, at Least two Killed, 23 Injured

April 16, 2013

BOSTON - Two explosions hit the Boston Marathon as runners crossed the finish line on Monday, killing at least two people and injuring 23 on a day when tens of thousands of people pack the streets to watch one ...

U.S. Ready to “Reach Out” to North Korea: Kerry

U.S. Ready to “Reach  Out” to North Korea: Kerry

April 15, 2013

TOKYO - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday stressed the United States is willing to engage with North Korea as long as it takes steps to give up nuclear ...

US, China Pledge Efforts for Nuclear-Free N. Korea

US, China Pledge Efforts for Nuclear-Free N. Korea

April 14, 2013

BEIJING— The United States and China committed Saturday to a process aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons, with the Obama administration gaining at least the rhetorical support ...

U.S. to N. Korea: New Missile Launch Would Be “Huge Mistake”

U.S. to N. Korea:  New Missile Launch Would Be “Huge Mistake”

April 13, 2013

SEOUL – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned North Korea on Friday that it would be a "huge mistake" to test launch a medium-range missile and said the United States would never accept ...

Japan Increasingly Nervous About North Korea Nukes

Japan Increasingly Nervous About North Korea Nukes

April 09, 2013

TOKYO — It's easy to write off North Korea's threats to strike the United States with a nuclear-tipped missile as bluster: it has never demonstrated the capability to deploy a missile that could reach the ...

China Warns Against “Troublemaking” on Korean Peninsula

China Warns Against “Troublemaking” on Korean Peninsula

April 08, 2013

BEIJING/SEOUL - China warned against "troublemaking" on its doorstep, in an apparent rebuke to North Korea, and the United States said it was postponing a missile test to help calm high ...

Powers, Iran Fail to End Nuclear Stalemate

Powers, Iran Fail to End Nuclear Stalemate

April 07, 2013

ALMATY - World powers and Iran remained far apart after ending two days of intensive talks on Tehran’s nuclear program on Saturday, the European Union’s foreign policy chief ...