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  • France provides first weapons to Lebanon for Islamic State fight
    France provides first weapons to Lebanon for Islamic State fight 3 hours ago

    The first French weapons from a $3 billion Saudi-funded programme will arrive in Lebanon on Monday as allies seek to bolster the country's defences against the Islamic State group and other jihadists pressing along its Syrian border. More »

  • GOP White House hopefuls bicker over America's role in world
    GOP White House hopefuls bicker over America's role in world 5 hours ago

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Rand Paul lashed out Saturday at military hawks in the Republican Party in a clash over foreign policy dividing the packed GOP presidential field. More »

  • US seeking to allay Gulf fears amid regional chaos
    US seeking to allay Gulf fears amid regional chaos 7 hours ago

    With conflicts raging across the Middle East, the US is seeking to reassure its Gulf allies that it has a regional strategy which will be bolstered, not shredded, by any Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Reagan still Republicans' reference point for White House seekers
    Reagan still Republicans' reference point for White House seekers 7 hours ago

    Barack Obama is weak and Ronald Reagan exuded power, Republicans say. But while conservative White House hopefuls revere the 1980s president as a foreign-policy icon, oversimplifying Reaganism may mask nuances of his diplomacy. More »

  • Yemen government rejects Iranian peace plan
    Yemen government rejects Iranian peace plan 10 hours ago

    Yemen's government has rejected a four-point peace plan for the country that Iran submitted to the United Nations, a spokesman said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia and its Sunni Arab coalition partners have been bombing Iranian-allied Houthi rebels for three weeks in order to halt advances that could give the rebels full control of the country. The conflict, though rooted in local rivalries, has been described as a proxy war between predominantly Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran, both top OPEC oil producers. The Iranian plan calls for an immediate ceasefire and end of all foreign military attacks, humanitarian assistance, a resumption of broad national dialogue and "establishment of an inclusive national unity government." "We reject the Iranian initiative," Yemeni government spokesman Rajeh Badi told Reuters by telephone from Qatar's capital, Doha. More »

  • Argentine prosecutor's death the stuff of fiction in new book
    Argentine prosecutor's death the stuff of fiction in new book 12 hours ago

    An Argentine prosecutor dead under mysterious circumstances. His case against the president thrust spectacularly into the national spotlight. These events -- are they fact or fiction? More »

  • Iran's Rouhani criticises Saudis over Yemen strikes
    Iran's Rouhani criticises Saudis over Yemen strikes 12 hours ago

    Iran's president says its regional rival will see "sooner or later" the response for its air strikes against Houthis. More »

  • Saudis pledge to fund aid for Yemen, keep up air raids
    Saudis pledge to fund aid for Yemen, keep up air raids 13 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia, which is leading a bombing campaign against Shiite rebels in Yemen, pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the United Nations for conflict-torn Yemen. More »

  • Saudi soldier killed in Yemen border clash
    Saudi soldier killed in Yemen border clash 13 hours ago

    Fighting along Saudi Arabia's border with Yemen has killed a soldier from the kingdom, the Saudi-led coalition spokesman said on Saturday. More »

  • At least 27 dead in fighting in Yemen's Taez
    At least 27 dead in fighting in Yemen's Taez 15 hours ago

    At least 27 people were killed in Yemen's Taez in clashes between loyalists and rebels and Saudi-led coalition air raids in a day that claimed 52 lives, medics said Saturday. More »

  • After Israeli elections, US Zionists cast votes of their own 16 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Call it the other Israel election. More »

  • Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP
    Diplomacy out, blunt talk in as Obama gets tough on GOP 16 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Diplomacy is out, blunt talk is in as President Barack Obama and his White House team single out Republican lawmakers by name for criticism over their words and actions on Iran, Cabinet nominations and climate change. More »

  • Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive
    Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive 18 hours ago

    Iran's military is purely for defence and should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday amid rising tension with Saudi Arabia. More »

  • Believe it or not, bipartisanship breaks out on Capitol Hill
    Believe it or not, bipartisanship breaks out on Capitol Hill 19 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Suddenly, bipartisanship has broken out on Capitol Hill. More »

  • FCA criticizes Deutsche Bank over Libor
    FCA criticizes Deutsche Bank over Libor 19 hours ago

    Britain's financial regulator has harshly criticized Deutsche Bank's top management for failing to cooperate in its probe of the rigging of benchmark interest rate Libor, German magazine Der Spiegel said on Saturday. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) wrote a letter saying that Deutsche Bank's behaviour was unacceptable, the magazine said, adding that Deutsche Bank's board discussed the letter. Deutsche Bank is expected to settle with U.S. and British authorities as early as Thursday over allegations that it tried to rig benchmark interest rates. Spiegel wrote that some supervisors involved in the probe would seek to hold Deutsche Bank management accountable. More »

  • US military option 'old habit that dies hard': Iran FM
    US military option 'old habit that dies hard': Iran FM 19 hours ago

    Iran's foreign minister dismissed Saturday the threat of a US military strike against Tehran's nuclear sites, describing such warnings as an "old habit that dies hard" given ongoing diplomacy. More »

  • Lebanese factions battle to control Yemen narrative
    Lebanese factions battle to control Yemen narrative 19 hours ago

    With tensions inflamed as the Saudi-led war in Yemen drags on, a fight for public influence is being waged in Lebanon. More »

  • Australia arrests 5 for alleged IS-inspired terror plot
    Australia arrests 5 for alleged IS-inspired terror plot 20 hours ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. More »

  • Rouhani says Saudis will harvest hatred in Yemen 21 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized Saudi Arabia Saturday, warning that the Saudi royal family in Riyadh will harvest the hatred it is sowing in Yemen through its airstrike campaign. More »

  • Australia FM hails Iran effort to defeat IS
    Australia FM hails Iran effort to defeat IS 22 hours ago

    Australia's foreign minister on Saturday hailed Iran's efforts to crush the jihadist Islamic State group in Iraq, saying on a rare trip to Tehran that the militants can be defeated. More »

  • Saudis answer UN call with $274m Yemen aid pledge
    Saudis answer UN call with $274m Yemen aid pledge 23 hours ago

    Kingdom's announcement follows appeal to provide emergency assistance to millions affected by ongoing conflict. More »

  • Iran presents Yemen peace plan to UN
    Iran presents Yemen peace plan to UN Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Iran presented a four-point peace plan for Yemen to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, demanding international action to end the "senseless" Saudi-led air campaign against rebels backed by Tehran. More »

  • Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: More »

  • Who wins if Washington loses in the Middle East?
    Who wins if Washington loses in the Middle East? Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    With Washington's support for Israel now shaken, Palestinians may yet benefit from Europe's growing influence. More »

  • Australia arrests 5 on charges of plotting ANZAC Day attack Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Five Australian teenagers were arrested Saturday on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack at a Veterans' Day ceremony that included targeting police officers, officials said. More »

  • Obama open to 'creative negotiations' on Iran sanctions Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday left open the door to "creative negotiations" in response to Iran's demand that punishing sanctions be immediately lifted as part of a nuclear deal, even though the initial agreement calls for the penalties to be removed over time. More »

  • Iran urges UN to try to end Saudi-led bombing in Yemen Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran's foreign minister urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday to try to end "the senseless aerial attacks" in Yemen by a Saudi-led coalition and establish a cease-fire. More »

  • Gulf states unhappy about U.N. chief's ceasefire appeal - sources Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Several Gulf Arab states are unhappy about U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's call for an immediate ceasefire by all sides in Yemen and are expected to raise the issue in a meeting with him early next week, U.N. diplomatic sources said on Friday. The main topic of the meeting will be the replacement for the outgoing U.N. envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar, who announced his resignation on Wednesday. "Gulf states are not happy about the speech and expect to make that point with the SG (Ban) in the meeting," one of the diplomatic sources said on condition of anonymity. More »

  • Iran submits four-point Yemen peace plan to United Nations
    Iran submits four-point Yemen peace plan to United Nations Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Friday submitted a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlining a four-point peace plan for Yemen, where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been targeted for three weeks by Saudi-led air strikes. The plan, which Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced earlier this month, calls for an immediate ceasefire and end of all foreign military attacks, humanitarian assistance, a resumption of broad national dialogue and "establishment of an inclusive national unity government." "It is imperative for the international community to get more effectively involved in ending the senseless aerial attacks and establishing a ceasefire, ensuring delivery of humanitarian and medical assistance to the people of Yemen and restoring peace and stability to this country through dialogue and national reconciliation without pre-conditions," said Zarif's letter, which was obtained by Reuters. More »

  • 4 firms, 5 individuals charged in Texas over exports to Iran Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Four companies and five individuals have been accused of illegally exporting to Iran high-tech electronics that could be used for military weapons. More »

  • Most senior Baathist general to evade US in Iraq reported killed. Does it m … Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Douri's name was one to conjure with before the US invasion - he was one of the organizers of the massacres in the Shiite south and the Kurdish north that followed Iraq's defeat in Kuwait in 1991 - and since. He reemerged last year in alliance with the Islamic State at the time insurgents overran the city of Mosul. More »

  • Iran presents Yemen peace plan to United Nations
    Iran presents Yemen peace plan to United Nations Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Iran on Friday presented a four-point peace plan for Yemen to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling for international action to end the "senseless" Saudi-led air campaign on Huthi rebels. More »

  • Peevish or loaded for bear _ Obama getting tough on critics
    Peevish or loaded for bear _ Obama getting tough on critics Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as Congress is hitting something of a bipartisan stride on such issues as Medicare, Iran and trade, President Barack Obama and his White House team have decided to go after their Republican critics, picking fights and scornfully calling them out by name. More »

  • U.S. charges four companies, five people over alleged tech exports to Iran Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    By Lindsay Dunsmuir WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Four companies and five people have been charged with illegally exporting high-tech microelectronics, uninterruptible power supplies and other products to Iran through Taiwan and Turkey, the U.S. Justice Department said on Friday. The charges come as Iran and six major powers, led by the U.S., are set to resume talks on April 21 on securing an agreement that would curb Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for lifting international sanctions. According to the 24-count indictment unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, from July 2010 onwards the five people charged obtained approximately 28 million military grade parts, worth $24 million, from companies across the world. More »

  • Iran vows nuclear enrichment unless sanctions end
    Iran vows nuclear enrichment unless sanctions end Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Foreign minister says Iran will resume nuclear enrichment without any limitations unless sanctions are totally removed. More »