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  • Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi
    Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi 5 hours ago

    BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official's sharp criticism of Iraqi forces. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke to Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi after Defence Secretary Ash Carter questioned Iraqi troops' will to fight when Ramadi fell. More »

  • Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support
    Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support 5 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq's government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the Iraqi military commitment. More »

  • Iraq rebuts US criticism of security forces
    Iraq rebuts US criticism of security forces 9 hours ago

    Iraq on Monday rejected accusations by the US defence chief that its security forces dodged battle in Ramadi and lack the will to fight the Islamic State group. More »

  • Yemeni politicians say UN peace talks indefinitely postponed
    Yemeni politicians say UN peace talks indefinitely postponed 9 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A United Nations-sponsored Yemeni peace conference that was to start Thursday in Geneva has been indefinitely postponed, officials said, as battles raged across the country. More »

  • Fall of Ramadi: Iran, Iraq say US is the one who 'showed no will to fig … 9 hours ago

    A former senior US military officer in Iraq argues that Shiite militias are now more capable than the Iraqi Army, because Iran is actually embedding more advisers. That's something, he adds, that the US military is failing to do. More »

  • Iran to scrap monthly petrol subsidy
    Iran to scrap monthly petrol subsidy 10 hours ago

    A man fills a car at a petrol station in Tehran on May 25, 2015 More »

  • Iran hopes sanctions will be lifted by December
    Iran hopes sanctions will be lifted by December 10 hours ago

    Iran's deputy oil minister said Monday he hoped for a total lifting of international sanctions later this year if a nuclear deal is struck with world powers by June 30. More »

  • Netanyahu taps diplomat Gold for key foreign role
    Netanyahu taps diplomat Gold for key foreign role 11 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday named Dore Gold, a seasoned diplomat seen as reluctant to make concessions to the Palestinians, as his director general of foreign affairs. More »

  • Houthis suffer first serious setback in south Yemen fighting - residents
    Houthis suffer first serious setback in south Yemen fighting - residents 12 hours ago

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf and Mohammed Ghobari ADEN/CAIRO (Reuters) - Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city of Dalea on Monday, residents and combatants said, inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil war. Dalea had been a bastion of southern secessionists in Yemen before the Houthis took widespread control of the city in arch, after having seized the capital Sanaa in the north in September, toppling President Abd-Rabbu Mansour, and then thrust into the centre and south of the Arabian Peninsula country. After two months of fighting in which much of Dalea has been destroyed, Sunni fighters on Monday turned the tide by seizing a key military base and the main security directorate in the city, militia sources and local residents said. More »

  • Iran trial of US reporter set to open
    Iran trial of US reporter set to open 12 hours ago

    The trial of the Washington Post's Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, in custody for 10 months and accused of espionage, will open in Iran on Tuesday, a senior judicial official said. More »

  • Iraqi and Syrian forces ramp up attacks on ISIL
    Iraqi and Syrian forces ramp up attacks on ISIL 12 hours ago

    Iraqi soldiers and Shia fighters bolster efforts to retake Ramadi, while Syrian forces launch air strikes on Palmyra. More »

  • Analysis - Iran will need to spend most of any post-sanctions windfall at h …
    Analysis - Iran will need to spend most of any post-sanctions windfall at h … 13 hours ago

    By Lesley Wroughton and Sam Wilkin WASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranians will demand their government spend a windfall from the lifting of economic sanctions on improving the quality of life at home, limiting the degree to which a future nuclear deal could fund Tehran's allies on Middle East battlefields. Since 2012, Iran has given support worth billions of dollars to regional allies, funding and arming mainly fellow Shi'ite Muslims in conflicts that have taken on a sectarian dimension. Within months of financial sanctions being lifted, Iran will be able to collect debts from overseas banks that may exceed $100 billion, mostly from oil importers whose payments have been blocked, diplomats and analysts said. More »

  • Iraq prime minister vows to retake Ramadi 'within days' 13 hours ago

    Speaking in an interview with BBC News, Prime Minister Haider Abadi insisted that the fall of Ramadi, which saw Iraqi troops fleeing the city in the face of inferior numbers of the self-described Islamic State, was only "a tactical battle" and not a sign that IS is winning. "I cannot give numbers, but at this very moment, since four days ago, five days ago when we lost Ramadi, we advanced quite greatly. Recommended: How much do you know about the Islamic State? More »

  • Turkey: Kurdish rebels attack military base; no casualties 14 hours ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military says suspected Kurdish militants have fired two mortar rounds at a military base in the country's southeast region, prompting the military to fire back in retaliation. More »

  • Persian Empire, anyone?
    Persian Empire, anyone? 15 hours ago

    Baghdad is now the capital of the Persian Empire and other urban legends. More »

  • Top Asian News at 11:30 a.m. GMT 16 hours ago

    WANG KELIAN, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian authorities said Monday a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia's most desperate people. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said forensics experts were exhuming the suspected graves found at 28 vacated camps in the hilly jungle area on the border with Thailand where trafficking syndicates were known to operate. More »

  • US defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions
    US defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises questions 16 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group. More »

  • Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions
    Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions 16 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group. More »

  • U.N. urges Lebanon to pick president, end political vacuum
    U.N. urges Lebanon to pick president, end political vacuum 17 hours ago

    A United Nations envoy urged Lebanon's feuding political leaders to pick a new president, warning on Monday that the country's year-long power vacuum had undermined its ability to deal with the impact of the Syrian crisis and a host of other problems. Lebanese politics has long been dogged by sectarian divisions and personal rivalries but the war next door has exacerbated divisions even further. "I urge Lebanon's leaders ... to put national interests above partisan politics for the sake of Lebanon's stability, and to show the flexibility and sense of urgency needed to resolve this issue," U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag said in a statement marking one year without a president. More »

  • Hezbollah captures hilltops from al Qaeda's Syria wing - Al-Manar TV 18 hours ago

    Hezbollah fighters have captured two hilltops from al Qaeda's Syria wing Nusra Front in areas close to the Lebanese border and have killed dozens of enemy combatants, Hezbollah-run al-Manar television reported on Monday. It said in a newsflash that the Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim group had captured the hilltops of Quba'a and Naqar in Syria's southwestern Quinetra province, which lies in sensitive territory close to Lebanon and Israel. Iranian-backed Hezbollah has backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country's civil war. More »

  • Report: Iran raises gas prices by 40 percent in subsidy cut 18 hours ago

    Iran will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent beginning Tuesday, the country's official news agency reported, the latest cut to the Islamic Republic's fuel subsidies that cost it some $32 billion ... More »

  • Sydney Gunman Was Lying Narcissist - Inquest
    Sydney Gunman Was Lying Narcissist - Inquest 19 hours ago

    The Sydney siege gunman was a self-obsessed liar who was kicked out of a motorcycle gang for being "weird", ran a spiritual healing business and once flew to New Zealand and back to prove a point, an inquest has heard. Two people died after Man Haron Monis targeted the Lindt cafe on 15 December last year, taking 18 people hostage. Police stormed the building and killed the 50-year-old moments after he forced cafe manager Tori Johnson to kneel, before shooting him in the head at close range, the inquest was told. More »

  • Only Iran is confronting Islamic State, paramilitary chief says 19 hours ago

    The general in charge of Iran's paramilitary activities in the Middle East said the United States and other powers were failing to confront Islamic State, and only Iran was committed to the task, a news agency on Monday reported. Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Quds Force responsible for protecting the Islamic Republic's interests abroad, has become a familiar face on the battlefields of Iraq, where he often outranks local commanders. "Today, in the fight against this dangerous phenomenon, nobody is present except Iran," the Tasnim news agency quoted Soleimani as saying on Sunday in reference to Islamic State. More »

  • Sydney siege gunman too 'weird' for Australian motorcycle gang, inquest …
    Sydney siege gunman too 'weird' for Australian motorcycle gang, inquest … 19 hours ago

    By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) - A self-styled sheikh who staged a siege at an Australian cafe last year suffered "grandiose delusions" and was once kicked out of a motorcycle gang because he was deemed so weird, an inquest into the deaths of three people heard on Monday. Police stormed the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in central Sydney in the early hours of Dec. 16 after Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis shot and killed 34-year-old cafe manager Tori Johnson with a sawn-off shotgun following a 17-hour standoff. The inquest has already heard that one of the hostages taken by Monis, 38-year-old lawyer Katrina Dawson, was killed by a ricochet from at least one police bullet. More »

  • Report: Iran to cut another portion of gasoline subsidies 20 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state news agency is reporting the Islamic Republic will raise gasoline prices by some 40 percent as a result of cutting subsidies. More »

  • Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist
    Sydney siege inquest: Gunman secretive, defiant narcissist 20 hours ago

    SYDNEY (AP) — The man who took 18 people hostage at a Sydney cafe last year was educated and erratic, secretive about his own life and public about his many grievances, and a self-obsessed fabulist whose life was spiraling downward in the lead-up to his deadly attack, lawyers told an inquest Monday. More »

  • Australia appoints 2 new counterterrorism coordinators 22 hours ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Monday moved to increase cooperation between its security agencies against the threat of Islamic State group militants by appointing two new counterterrorism coordinators. More »

  • Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi
    Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East. More »

  • US says Iraqi forces lack will to fight IS
    US says Iraqi forces lack will to fight IS Mon, May 25, 2015

    Washington on Sunday accused Iraqi forces of lacking the will to fight the Islamic State group, which scored a resounding victory a week earlier with the capture of Ramadi. More »

  • Big spending Guangzhou playing for Champs League survival Mon, May 25, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Guangzhou Evergrande has spent over $100 million since 2010 on Italian coaches like Marcello Lippi and Fabio Cannavaro and on South American talent such as Dario Conca and Ricardo Goulart, so leaving the 2015 Asian Champions League at the second round stage is certainly not part of the plan. More »

  • Defense chief: After Ramadi, Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue
    Defense chief: After Ramadi, Iraq's 'will to fight' at issue Mon, May 25, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital of Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East. More »

  • Blow to Yemen peace efforts as UN talks postponed
    Blow to Yemen peace efforts as UN talks postponed Sun, May 24, 2015

    A United Nations conference designed to help forge peace in war-ravaged Yemen has been postponed, a UN official said Sunday, just four days before it was due to begin. More »

  • Hezbollah says it will step up presence in Syria as needed Sun, May 24, 2015

    By Mariam Karouny and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hezbollah is fighting across all of Syria alongside the army of President Bashar al-Assad and is willing to increase its presence there when needed, the leader of the Lebanese Shi'ite movement said on Sunday. Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah told thousands of supporters via video link that the fight was part of a wider strategy to prevent groups like al Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, and the ultra-hardline Islamic State from taking over the region. "Our presence will increase whenever it should... Yes, we are not present in one place in Syria and not the other. More »

  • Syria regime 'to accept de facto partition' of country
    Syria regime 'to accept de facto partition' of country Sun, May 24, 2015

    Weakened by years of war, Syria's government appears ready for the country's de facto partition, defending strategically important areas and leaving much of the country to rebels and jihadists, experts and diplomats say. More »

  • Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthis trade heavy fire, border crossing hit
    Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthis trade heavy fire, border crossing hit Sun, May 24, 2015

    Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which destroyed part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight, residents said on Sunday, an escalation of the two-month war. The Haradh border crossing, the largest for people and goods between the world's top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, and its impoverished neighbour, was evacuated amid shelling which razed its departure lounge and passport section, witnesses said. Saudi Arabia has led an Arab coalition bombing the Houthis and backing southern Yemeni fighters opposing the group and loyal to the exiled government in Saudi Arabia headed by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. More »