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  • Israel's Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress
    Israel's Netanyahu draws rebuke from Obama over Iran speech to Congress 13 minutes ago

    By Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday that it was negotiating a bad deal with Iran that could spark a "nuclear nightmare," drawing a rebuke from President Barack Obama and exposing a deepening U.S.-Israeli rift. Netanyahu made his case against Obama's Iran diplomacy in a speech to Congress that aligned himself with the president's Republican foes. Obama responded in the Oval Office, declaring in a frustrated tone that Netanyahu offered "nothing new." In its response, the Iranian government denounced Netanyahu's 39-minute speech as "boring and repetitive," the state news agency IRNA said. More »

  • Netanyahu warns US 'bad deal' would put Iran on nuclear path
    Netanyahu warns US 'bad deal' would put Iran on nuclear path 19 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood before Congress on Tuesday and bluntly warned the U.S. that an emerging nuclear agreement with Iran "paves Iran's path to the bomb." President Barack Obama pushed back sternly, saying the U.S. would never sign such a deal and Netanyahu was offering no useful alternative. More »

  • Iraqi forces ramp up offensive to recapture Tikrit
    Iraqi forces ramp up offensive to recapture Tikrit 37 minutes ago

    Security sources say troops have seized towns and villages along the way to Tikrit, capital of Salahuddin province. More »

  • AP ANALYSIS: US on sidelines of key Iraqi battle against IS
    AP ANALYSIS: US on sidelines of key Iraqi battle against IS 38 minutes ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribes have joined Iraq's military in the operation to retake Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State group, but the U.S.-led coalition has not. More »

  • Excerpts from Netanyahu's speech and rejoinder from Obama 46 minutes ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a major address to Congress on Tuesday and warned against making a deal that could leave Iran on the path toward nuclear weapons. At the White House, President Barack Obama offered a pointed rebuttal during a brief Oval Office photo opportunity. Obama said he had read a transcript of the prime minister's remarks and that Netanyahu had offered no viable suggestions on how to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. More »

  • Netanyahu's speech to U.S. Congress gets mixed reception in Israel 55 minutes ago

    By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made an argument that many Israelis support in warning Congress on Tuesday about a potential nuclear deal with Iran, but critics asked whether it was worth the widening rift with the White House. The address was broadcast live on Israeli television and radio, and came at a politically sensitive time -- just two weeks before a closely contested election in which Netanyahu is seeking a fourth term. Israeli political commentators called it a polished performance by the U.S.-educated politician, but agreed with President Barack Obama's assessment that Netanyahu offered nothing new in his criticism of U.S.-led talks with Iran. More »

  • US stocks fall broadly a day after Nasdaq passes 5,000 mark
    US stocks fall broadly a day after Nasdaq passes 5,000 mark 1 hour 2 minutes ago

    U.S. stocks fell from record highs on Tuesday and the Nasdaq dropped below 5,000 a day after passing that milestone for the first time since the dot-com era 15 years ago. The losses were modest but broad, ... More »

  • Iran calls Obama's 10-year nuclear demand 'unacceptable'
    Iran calls Obama's 10-year nuclear demand 'unacceptable' 1 hour 4 minutes ago

    By Arshad Mohammed MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Iran rejected on Tuesday as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported. Iran laid out the position as the U.S. and Iranian foreign ministers met for a second day of negotiations and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a stinging critique of the agreement they are trying to hammer out. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met a day after Obama told Reuters that Iran must commit to a verifiable halt of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear work for a landmark atomic deal to be reached. "Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands," Zarif was quoted by Fars as saying. More »

  • Netanyahu says Iran deal will lead to nuclear bomb. But what about no deal? 1 hour 18 minutes ago

    The so-called P5+1 – Russia, France, US, UK, China and Germany – is negotiating with the Islamic Republic over extensive monitoring of its nuclear facilities in exchange for some sanctions relief. While no deal has been reached, Mr. Netanyahu said any agreement would pave the way to an Iranian nuclear bomb. "The greatest dangers facing our world is the marriage of militant Islam with nuclear weapons," he told the joint session of Congress. "That, my friends, is exactly what could happen, if the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran. More »

  • Netanyahu US speech impresses many Israelis, but not all
    Netanyahu US speech impresses many Israelis, but not all 1 hour 19 minutes ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's impassioned speech Tuesday in the US Congress impressed many Israelis in Jerusalem but drew criticism from others who said he was interfering in American affairs. More »

  • General Amnesty: Petraeus's Escape
    General Amnesty: Petraeus's Escape 1 hour 22 minutes ago

    The Obama administration is against intelligence officials leaking classified information—but some conditions may apply. Just ask David Petraeus, the man who went from war hero to chief spy to disgraced adulterer in a few short years. While the juicy story was that the CIA director was having an affair with an Army Reserve officer writing his biography, his resignation and apology didn't end the legal issues. The retired four-star general still stood accused of providing classified information to Paula Broadwell, the writer, including binders featuring his daily schedule and notes from meetings with President Obama. More »

  • New drugs pose serious health risks says UN body
    New drugs pose serious health risks says UN body 1 hour 23 minutes ago

    The proliferation of new narcotics developed to circumvent existing drug laws poses a serious health problem, the United Nations drugs control body said on Tuesday. More »

  • Mideast looks for a 'Switzerland' 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    Four centuries ago, after a defeat to the French, Switzerland planted a seed in Europe. The model is so successful in fact that many nations in the troubled Middle East have for years tried to become “the Switzerland” of the region. With war now raging in Syria and Iraq, and with Israel at odds with Iran and nearby terrorist groups, is there a Middle East nation that can act as a nonaligned island of peace and a friendly intermediary in negotiations, like Switzerland? In 2003, in an attempt to reorder the Middle East, then-President George W. Bush hoped to turn Iraq into a Switzerland of the Middle East – by force. More »

  • Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal
    Kerry visits Riyadh to soothe fears of stronger Iran under nuclear deal 1 hour 31 minutes ago

    By Arshad Mohammed and Angus McDowall MONTREUX, Switzerland/RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region. Convincing Saudi Arabia to accept any agreed nuclear deal is important to President Barack Obama because he needs Riyadh to work closely with Washington on a host of regional policies and to maintain its role as a moderating influence in oil markets. While the main critics of the U.S. push for a nuclear deal with Iran are Israel and Congressional Republicans, Sunni Muslim powerhouse Saudi Arabia is also concerned that an accord would allow Iran to devote more cash and energy to Shi'ite proxies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, escalating conflicts. More »

  • Pelosi, Democrats furious over Netanyahu 'condescension'
    Pelosi, Democrats furious over Netanyahu 'condescension' 1 hour 42 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi politely stood and clapped when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered the House chamber for his long-awaited, and highly controversial, speech to Congress. The longer he spoke, the less enthusiastic she got. More »

  • Excerpts from Israeli leader Netanyahu's speech to Congress 1 hour 52 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Excerpts from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday warning against making a deal that could leave Iran on the path toward nuclear weapons: More »

  • Iran denounces Netanyahu 'lie-spreading' in US speech
    Iran denounces Netanyahu 'lie-spreading' in US speech 1 hour 53 minutes ago

    Iran denounced as "lie-spreading" a speech Tuesday in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the US Congress a nuclear deal being negotiated with Tehran would threaten the world. More »

  • Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit
    Iraqi forces try to seal off Islamic State around Tikrit 1 hour 56 minutes ago

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Dominic Evans BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shi'ite militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Iraq's biggest offensive yet against a stronghold of the Sunni militants. Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, who has helped coordinate Baghdad's counter-attacks against Islamic State since it seized much of northern Iraq in June, was overseeing at least part of the operation, witnesses told Reuters. His presence on the frontline highlights neighbouring Iran's influence over the Shi'ite fighters who have been key to containing the militants in Iraq. More »

  • Netanyahu Hopes For Poll Boost From US Speech
    Netanyahu Hopes For Poll Boost From US Speech 2 hours 6 minutes ago

    In the build-up to his controversial Congress appearance, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quipped "never has so much been written about a speech that hasn't been given". From the outset, his goal was to make waves, not ripples - and his audience was as much the Israeli electorate as the US Congress. It is perhaps no coincidence the speech kicked off at 11am in the morning US time - an early start for a major Congress appearance, but just right for hitting peak-time viewing in Israel. The broader references to biblical stories, the Holocaust, and declaring the Jewish people will "never again remain passive in the face of genocidal enemies" all went beyond the issue of a nuclear Iran, and were intended to resonate with Israelis looking for a strong, security-minded leader. More »

  • Netanyahu's reception muted by political tensions
    Netanyahu's reception muted by political tensions 2 hours 21 minutes ago

    The strain in the US-Israel relationship was evident as the prime minister addressed Congress in Washington D.C. More »

  • FACT CHECK: Did Netanyahu go too far in US speech?
    FACT CHECK: Did Netanyahu go too far in US speech? 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu overstated Iran's domination of the Middle East and understated the timespan of the nuclear deal taking shape with Tehran, while neglecting the role of Congress in lifting Iranian sanctions, in his speech to U.S. lawmakers Tuesday. More »

  • Five dead in Qaeda suicide attack on Houthis in central Yemen 2 hours 35 minutes ago

    Five people were killed in an al Qaeda suicide attack on a Houthi outpost in central Yemen on Tuesday, the Defence Ministry said, highlighting the volatility of a country torn by militant and sectarian violence. The United States and its Gulf allies fear the spread of militant and sectarian violence in Yemen -- situated between oil giant Saudi Arabia and an important Red Sea shipping lane -- will push the country towards a civil war and unravel the state's already limited control over its territory. The ministry's news website said five people were also wounded in Tuesday's attack by a suicide bomber who detonated a vehicle laden with explosives on a youth centre used by the Houthi militia as an outpost in the city of al-Baydah. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the Sunni Muslim militant groups battling the Shi'ite Houthis since they captured AQAP's central Yemen strongholds last year, said several of its members carried out the attack. More »

  • U.S. Senate moving toward debate on Iran nuclear bill 2 hours 58 minutes ago

    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the chamber was moving toward debate on a bill that would require President Barack Obama to submit any final nuclear deal with Iran for Congress' approval. The White House has said Obama would veto the Iran Nuclear Review Act, which was introduced by Republican Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, the top Democrat on the panel. More »

  • Iran - Netanyahu speech to US Congress on Tehran's nuclear work 'boring … 3 hours ago

    Iran on Tuesday rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress on Tehran's nuclear programme as "boring and repetitive, the state news agency IRNA said. In his address, Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama against negotiating a nuclear agreement with Iran that would be a "countdown to a potential nuclear nightmare" by a country that "will always be an enemy of America". "The speech today by the Zionist regime's prime minister was boring and repetitive ... and part of the hardliners' election campaign in Tel Aviv," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said, IRNA reported. Iran says its nuclear energy programme is solely for civilian purposes, not bombs, and it is in talks with six world powers with an end-June deadline. More »

  • Netanyahu's Real Targets: President Obama, and the Israeli Swing Voter
    Netanyahu's Real Targets: President Obama, and the Israeli Swing Voter 3 hours ago

    Well, Benjamin Netanyahu certainly knows how to give a speech. Netanyahu believes that Iran is playing the American administration for suckers. Netanyahu doesn't have a plausible, realistic plan to keep Iran from gaining possession of a nuclear weapon. 1. The speech had two targets, and neither one was Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader. More »

  • Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance with bombs and snipers
    Iraq jihadists slow Tikrit advance with bombs and snipers 3 hours ago

    Iraqi forces closed in on Tikrit Tuesday, their progress slowed by jihadist snipers and booby traps, on the second day of Baghdad's largest operation yet against the Islamic State group. More »

  • Iran dismisses Israel's objections to nuclear deal
    Iran dismisses Israel's objections to nuclear deal 3 hours ago

    An Iranian vice-president on Tuesday dismissed Israel's objections to nuclear talks, saying Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not have much influence. More »

  • Soccer-Asian Champions League group B results and standings 3 hours ago

    March 3 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Asian Champions League Group B matches on Tuesday Tuesday, March 3 Al Shabab (Saudi Arabia) 2 Pakhtakor Tashkent (Uzbekistan) 2 Naft Tehran (Iran) 1 Al Ain (United Arab Emirates) 1 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Pakhtakor Tashkent 2 1 1 0 4 3 4 2 Al Shabab 2 0 2 0 2 2 2 -------------------------3 Al Ain 2 0 2 0 1 1 2 4 Naft Tehran 2 0 1 1 2 3 1 1-2: Next round More »

  • What an Iran nuclear deal could look like
    What an Iran nuclear deal could look like 3 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Tuesday sought to shoot down a nuclear deal being negotiated behind closed doors between Iran and world powers, warning it would leave Tehran free to develop atomic weapons. More »

  • Obama says 'nothing new' in Netanyahu's Iran speech 3 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday told reporters "as far as I can tell, there was nothing new" in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress panning U.S.-led nuclear talks with Iran. "The prime minister didn't offer any viable alternatives," Obama said, urging Congress to wait to evaluate a nuclear deal with Iran until an agreement is finalised. Obama said that he would only agree to a deal that prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Susan Heavey) More »

  • Obama: Netanyahu offers no viable alternative to Iran talks 3 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu didn't offer any "viable alternatives" to the nuclear negotiations with Iran during his speech to Congress. More »

  • Netanyahu urges global unity against Iran's 'terror'
    Netanyahu urges global unity against Iran's 'terror' 3 hours ago

    Israeli PM speaks to US Congress about Iran's nuclear programme amid escalating tensions between traditional allies. More »

  • Obama: Israel's Netanyahu 'didn't offer any viable alternatives' … 3 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama: Israel's Netanyahu 'didn't offer any viable alternatives' in Iran speech to Congress. More »

  • Netanyahu offers 'no concrete action plan' on Iran - senior U.S. of … 4 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to offer an alternative in his speech to the U.S. Congress on the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran, a senior U.S. administration official said on Tuesday. "Simply demanding that Iran completely capitulate is not a plan, nor would any country support us in that position. Netanyahu warned Congress against accepting a deal with Iran that President Barack Obama and his administration are deeply invested in negotiating, arguing that the deal would leave Iran with a "breakout time" of a year, which he said was too short. The senior U.S. official said that the administration was pursuing a deal that "verifiably prevents" Iran from obtaining a weapon, and increases the breakout time "substantially" to a year from the current estimate of two to three months. More »

  • No precedent for Netanyahu's contentious speech to Congress
    No precedent for Netanyahu's contentious speech to Congress 4 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Given anywhere else, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech Tuesday wouldn't have caused such a ruckus. More »