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AP source: US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have finalized an agreement to reopen…

  • Egypt’s Sisi vows tougher death penalty laws in wake of prosecutor’s murder 3 hours ago

    A day after the assassination of Egypt’s public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi vowed to enact legal reforms to allow quicker enforcement of death sentences. Recommended: How much do you know about Egypt? The Brotherhood has denied any responsibility for Monday’s car bomb attack on Barakat’s convoy in Cairo, according to the BBC. More »

  • IS car bomb kills Yemen Shiites, as rebels open prison doors
    IS car bomb kills Yemen Shiites, as rebels open prison doors 3 hours ago

    An attack on Huthi rebel leaders in Yemen's capital claimed by the Islamic State group has killed at least 28 people, medics said Tuesday, in the latest anti-Shiite assault by the Sunni extremists. More »

  • Yemen fighting allows 1,200 prisoners to flee 3 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in Yemen on Tuesday after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, officials said. More »

  • UN envoy to brief council on war in Syria
    UN envoy to brief council on war in Syria 3 hours ago

    A UN envoy who has spent two months meeting with key players in Syria will address the Security Council next week to make recommendations for ending the war. More »

  • Oil prices rise as Iran nuclear talks extended
    Oil prices rise as Iran nuclear talks extended 4 hours ago

    Oil prices rebounded as Iran and six major powers extended a deadline for reaching a nuclear deal that could add Iranian oil to an oversupplied global market More »

  • Oil bounces off three-week lows as Greek debt default looms
    Oil bounces off three-week lows as Greek debt default looms 4 hours ago

    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices bounced from three-week lows on Tuesday, with U.S. refined fuel trading leading the rally on bets for strong summer demand, even as Greece's move toward a debt default threatened to jolt global markets. The run-up in oil, coming ahead of Wednesday's U.S. oil inventory data, also jarred with the stronger dollar, which normally tends to weigh on commodities. U.S. crude rose $1.14, or almost 2 percent, to $59.47. More »

  • IRAN NUCLEAR TALKS 4 hours ago

    Map locates Iran nuclear sites.; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm; More »

  • Saudi strikes hit homes, markets in Yemen: rights group
    Saudi strikes hit homes, markets in Yemen: rights group 4 hours ago

    Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a rebel stronghold in Yemen have destroyed houses, markets and a school, killing dozens of people in what could amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. More »

  • Iran nuclear talks deadline extended to July 7
    Iran nuclear talks deadline extended to July 7 5 hours ago

    Iran and six major powers on Tuesday gave themselves until July 7 to clinch a historic nuclear deal as a midnight deadline approached in marathon talks with no breakthrough in sight. More »

  • Obama - Verification regime necessary for Iran nuclear deal 5 hours ago

    U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday that Iranian negotiators have talked about backtracking from a framework agreement on its nuclear program, endangering ongoing negotiations to finalise the deal. "There has been a lot of talk on the other side from the Iranian negotiators about whether, in fact, they can abide by some of the terms that came up in Lausanne," Obama said at a news conference, referring to the framework deal reached in the Swiss city in April. Obama said Iran's failure to abide by the initial agreement would be a problem and said he would walk away from a bad deal. More »

  • U.S., Iran presidents issue warnings as nuclear talks extended
    U.S., Iran presidents issue warnings as nuclear talks extended 5 hours ago

    By Parisa Hafezi and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a nuclear accord, extending a deadline due to expire on Tuesday, while U.S. President Barack Obama said there would be no deal if all pathways to an Iranian nuclear weapon were not cut off. With talks in the final stretch, Iran's president Hassan Rouhani also spoke out, saying his country would resume suspended atomic work if the West breaks its promises. Iran and six world powers are working towards an accord that would see Tehran halt sensitive nuclear work for at least a decade in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, potentially the biggest breakthrough in decades of hostility between Washington and Tehran. More »

  • Angry protesters whitewash rainbow flag on West Bank barrier
    Angry protesters whitewash rainbow flag on West Bank barrier 6 hours ago

    RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian protesters whitewashed a rainbow flag of gay rights that was painted by a Palestinian artist on six slabs of the West Bank separation barrier. More »

  • U.N. to report Iran reduced uranium stockpile to required level - envoys 6 hours ago

    The U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to report next month that Iran reduced its low enriched uranium stockpile to the level required under a preliminary nuclear deal with six major powers, Western diplomats said on Tuesday. Under an interim nuclear pact struck in November of 2013 and renewed the following year, every six months Iran must reduce its stockpile of low enriched uranium (LEU) that is enriched to a purity of up to five percent, to a maximum of about 7,650 kg. According to the latest IAEA report on Iran, released in May, Iran had some 8,714.7 kg of LEU. More »

  • Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation
    Iran nuclear talks extended; Iranians meet key obligation 6 hours ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Pushing past a Tuesday deadline, world powers and Iran extended negotiations for a comprehensive nuclear agreement by a week as the U.N. nuclear agency prepared to announce Tehran had met a key condition — significantly reducing its stocks of enriched uranium that could be used for atomic weapons. More »

  • Iran's new 5-year plan focuses on defence, economy
    Iran's new 5-year plan focuses on defence, economy 6 hours ago

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday unveiled the main points of the Islamic republic's next five-year plan, with the focus on the military and economic growth. More »

  • Syrian pistachio production down 50%: ministry
    Syrian pistachio production down 50%: ministry 6 hours ago

    The centre of Syria's pistachio production, Morek in central Hama province, has seen frequent clashes More »

  • Iran's Rouhani says the West should remain committed to a final nuclear … 7 hours ago

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warned major powers on Tuesday that Tehran would resume its halted nuclear work if they went back on a proposed final deal aimed at curbing the country's nuclear work in return for easing sanctions. “If we reach a deal, both sides should be committed to it,” Rouhani said in Tehran, IRNA reported. “If the other side breaches the deal, we will go back to the old path, stronger than what they can imagine.” Iran and the six world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a final nuclear accord after it became clear they would miss Tuesday's deadline. More »

  • Obama: Still willing to 'walk away' from Iran nuclear deal
    Obama: Still willing to 'walk away' from Iran nuclear deal 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is still willing to "walk away" from a nuclear deal with Iran if it does not meet his goal of blocking Tehran's paths to a nuclear weapon. More »

  • Drought-hit North Korea seeks aid from ally Iran
    Drought-hit North Korea seeks aid from ally Iran 7 hours ago

    Drought-hit North Korea on Tuesday asked for humanitarian aid from its historic ally Iran, Iranian state media reported. More »

  • Major powers, Iran extend interim deal to July 7 for more talks 9 hours ago

    Six major powers and Iran have decided to extend an interim nuclear agreement until July 7 to allow more time for negotiations on a final deal, the United States said on Tuesday the deadline for a long-term accord. "The P5+1 and Iran have decided to extend the measures under the Joint Plan of Action until July 7 to allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution ... on the Iran nuclear issue," Marie Harf, senior adviser for strategic communications at the U.S. State Department, said, The so-called "P5+1" are the six major powers negotiating with Iran - Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. More »

  • Factbox: A guide to nuclear talks between Iran and six major powers 9 hours ago

    Iran and six world powers - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - are in what may be the final phase of negotiations aimed at securing a deal on sanctions relief in exchange for limits on Iranian nuclear activities. BACKGROUND The nuclear standoff between Iran and the West goes back to at least 2002, when a group of Iranian exiles revealed undeclared Iranian nuclear facilities in Iran. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) later confirmed that they were a uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy-water production plant at Arak. More »

  • The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet
    The 2016 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet 9 hours ago

    Did Chris Christie already miss his chance to be president? Back in 2012, the New Jersey governor was wildly popular at home, Republicans were clamoring for him to enter the presidential race, and donors were lined up to write checks. More »

  • Iran nuclear talks resume as deadline extended
    Iran nuclear talks resume as deadline extended 9 hours ago

    Iran's FM says he is returning to Vienna "to get a final deal" as differences remain between world powers and Tehran. More »

  • Deal or no deal, Iran president faces headaches at home
    Deal or no deal, Iran president faces headaches at home 9 hours ago

    Iran's president has been pursuing a nuclear agreement for two years but even if a deal is reached Hassan Rouhani and his government will soon face mounting political pressure at home. More »

  • AP NewsAlert 9 hours ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Major powers, Iran agree to extend nuclear talks until July 7. More »

  • Insight - In Yemen chaos, Islamic State grows to rival al Qaeda
    Insight - In Yemen chaos, Islamic State grows to rival al Qaeda 10 hours ago

    By Sami Aboudi DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leadership of Islamist militancy in Yemen is being challenged amid the chaos of civil war by its rival Islamic State, which could become a bigger threat to the group than the U.S. drones that periodically kill its commanders. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains the country's top militant network and its several thousand fighters and bomb makers, who have repeatedly tried to bring down Western aircraft, are still seen as a serious threat by Washington. Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, evolved from the Iraqi branch of al Qaeda and now controls swathes of Iraq and Syria. More »

  • Kuwait says in "state of war" with militants, warns of other cell … 10 hours ago

    By Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's interior minister said on Tuesday the Gulf Arab country was at war with Islamist militants and would strike out at cells believed to be on its soil. The ultra-radical Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on Friday on a Shi'ite Muslim mosque in Kuwait City which killed 27 worshippers, the worst attack of its kind in the major oil-exporting state. Kuwaiti authorities have detained 60 people in connection with the bombing and closed a charity for alleged militant ties in raising funds for Syrians, local newspapers said on Tuesday. More »

  • The Unconvincing Conservative Embrace of Same-Sex Marriage
    The Unconvincing Conservative Embrace of Same-Sex Marriage 10 hours ago

    All of a sudden, conservatives were never really against gay marriage to begin with. “Many people will rejoice at this decision, and I begrudge none of their celebration,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in his dissent, implying that he thinks gay marriage is a delightful thing. First, the conservatives who say they want same-sex marriage but only through the democratic process don’t acknowledge just how devastating that principle would be to millions of LGBT Americans who want to marry the person they love. More »

  • Western official: IAEA will report Iran has complied with enriched uranium stockpile … 10 hours ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Western official: IAEA will report Iran has complied with enriched uranium stockpile reduction. More »

  • Israel PM warns proposed deal would allow Iran to develop nukes
    Israel PM warns proposed deal would allow Iran to develop nukes 11 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted Tuesday that the deal being negotiated between world powers and Iran would allow it to develop nuclear weapons, hours before a deadline to reach an accord expired. More »

  • Iran's Zarif back at nuclear talks, seeking 'final deal'
    Iran's Zarif back at nuclear talks, seeking 'final deal' 11 hours ago

    Iran's foreign minister kept his cards close to his chest Tuesday as he met with US top diplomat John Kerry for the next stage of marathon nuclear talks, while saying a final deal was possible. More »

  • Iran-US talks give foes rare window into another world
    Iran-US talks give foes rare window into another world 11 hours ago

    Iran and US have not had diplomatic ties for more than three decades, yet over the past 20 months they have likely sat down together more often than any other nations on Earth. More »

  • BP's chief economist sees U.S. shale weathering oil surplus
    BP's chief economist sees U.S. shale weathering oil surplus 12 hours ago

    By Barbara Lewis BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Shale output in the United States will prove resilient to low oil prices likely to be prolonged by the prospect of half a million barrels per day of Iranian crude making its way back to the market, BP's chief economist said on Tuesday. Talks in Vienna between world powers trying to end sanctions on Tehran in return for limits on Iran's most sensitive nuclear activities could bring a significant increase in Iranian oil exports. BP's Spencer Dale, however, told Reuters that it would probably take time for any easing of sanctions to filter through to oil markets if an Iran deal is agreed. More »

  • OPEC oil output hits three-year high in June on Iraq - Reuters survey
    OPEC oil output hits three-year high in June on Iraq - Reuters survey 12 hours ago

    By Alex Lawler LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC oil supply in June has climbed to a three-year high due to record or near-record output from Iraq and Saudi Arabia, a Reuters survey found, underlining the focus of the group's top exporters on market share. OPEC supply has risen in June to 31.60 million bpd from a revised 31.30 million bpd in May, according to the survey, based on shipping data and information from sources at oil companies, OPEC and consultants. "If sanctions were to be eased, additional oil from Iran would flood onto the already oversupplied oil market," said Carsten Fritsch, analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt. More »

  • Shattering the myths about Kuwaiti Shia
    Shattering the myths about Kuwaiti Shia 12 hours ago

    Kuwaitis' reaction to the Shia mosque attack challenges assumptions of ancient sectarian hatred. More »