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  • Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015: IAEA
    Iran atomic bomb probe may be completed in 2015: IAEA 1 hour 5 minutes ago

    A long-delayed investigation into whether Iran has sought to develop nuclear weapons could be completed by the end of the year with Tehran's help, the head of the UN atomic watchdog said Saturday. More »

  • Greece and the passing of the nation state
    Greece and the passing of the nation state 2 hours 31 minutes ago

    A conflicted Greece reveals how transnational utopias and virtual purgatories are replacing the nation state. More »

  • Iran nuclear deal 'never been closer'
    Iran nuclear deal 'never been closer' 2 hours 39 minutes ago

    Iranian FM Zarif says "no guarantee" of success, though negotiators are close to reaching lasting accord. More »

  • Iran talks in endgame inching close to nuclear deal
    Iran talks in endgame inching close to nuclear deal 5 hours ago

    After months of intense negotiations, global powers and Iran go into a key weekend of talks Saturday amid signs they may be inching towards a historic nuclear deal to end a 13-year standoff. More »

  • Clinton says hopes Iran talks yield deal in the next week 10 hours ago

    By Amanda Becker HANOVER, N.H. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said on Friday she hoped 18 months of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers would yield a deal in coming days to curb Iran's nuclear program. The groundwork for the talks was laid when Clinton was U.S. Secretary of State and she had not commented recently on the negotiations as she seeks the Democratic Party nomination to run in the November 2016 presidential election. "I so hope that we are able to get a deal in the next week that puts a lid on Iran's nuclear weapons program," Clinton told a rally on the Dartmouth College campus in Hanover, New Hampshire. More »

  • Clinton says she takes a 'backseat to no one' among liberals
    Clinton says she takes a 'backseat to no one' among liberals 11 hours ago

    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she takes a "backseat to no one" on championing liberal causes, presenting herself as a standard-bearer for Democrats as primary challenger Bernie Sanders generates large, energetic crowds. More »

  • Iran to US: Nuke deal could result in joint cooperation
    Iran to US: Nuke deal could result in joint cooperation 12 hours ago

    VIENNA (AP) — In a message to Washington, Iran's foreign minister on Friday called for an end to "coercion and pressure" at the nuclear talks, suggesting a deal acceptable to his country will open the door to cooperation on fighting the upsurge of Middle East extremism threatening both nations' interests. More »

  • The diplomatic Viennese waltz at the Iran talks
    The diplomatic Viennese waltz at the Iran talks 12 hours ago

    Tucked away behind some trees is a serene rooftop garden at the luxury Viennese hotel hosting the Iran nuclear talks. There negotiators working round-the-clock can relax, hidden from the hordes of cameras below. More »

  • Iran nuclear talks in endgame, negotiators push on sticking points
    Iran nuclear talks in endgame, negotiators push on sticking points 13 hours ago

    By John Irish and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - A year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were creeping towards the finish line on Friday as negotiators wrestled with sticking points including questions about Tehran's past atomic research. Iran is in talks with the United States and five other powers - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia - on an agreement to curtail its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. "We are coming to the end," said a senior Western diplomat, who added there was no plan to carry on for long past next Tuesday. More »

  • Iran nuclear talks could go beyond July 7 if exceedingly close 14 hours ago

    The Iran nuclear talks could run past a July 7 deadline if the negotiators are on the verge of an agreement, a senior U.S. official said on Friday on condition of anonymity. Asked if Iran and the major powers were "exceedingly close" to a deal whether the talks might go past that deadline, the senior U.S. official told reporters: "Is it conceivable that we would go past the 7th? More »

  • Oil, gold prices retreat
    Oil, gold prices retreat 14 hours ago

    Oil prices came under pressure this week from concerns about Greece's future in the eurozone and the possibility of higher Iranian crude supplies More »

  • Clinton warns GOP will repeal Obamacare 15 hours ago

    HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning New Hampshire voters that if the country elects a Republican president, the next administration will repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. More »

  • Iran's Zarif - We've never been closer to a nuclear deal 15 hours ago

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday Iran and world powers had never been closer to a nuclear deal but that there was no guarantee of success. In a statement broadcast on Youtube, Zarif added: "I see hope because I see emergence of reason over illusion. I sense that my negotiating partners have recognised that coercion and pressure never lead to lasting solutions but to more conflict and further hostility." (Reporting by William Maclean; Editing by Gareth Jones) More »

  • Iran will help meet 'common challenges' like extremism: FM
    Iran will help meet 'common challenges' like extremism: FM 15 hours ago

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a message Friday that Tehran was ready to help tackle "common challenges" such as violent extremism. More »

  • Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen cities kill 16 - Houthis
    Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen cities kill 16 - Houthis 15 hours ago

    Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 16 people in Yemen on Friday, the country's dominant Houthi militia said, and the European Union and United States appealed for a pause in the war to enable aid deliveries to stricken civilians. An Arab coalition has been bombarding Iran-allied Houthi forces and allied army units since March in a campaign to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Houthi sources said six people including a woman and a child were killed and six wounded in a dawn air strike on the al Jaraf neighbourhood of the capital Sanaa. More »

  • Successful rocket launch a reminder that Russia, US can cooperate 15 hours ago

    The United States and Russia may be at sharp odds with each other over Ukraine, Syria, and Edward Snowden. After two failed attempts – one American, one Russian – in recent weeks to send a food, water, and toothpaste-laden chuck wagon to the space station’s crew, Friday’s problem-free liftoff was applauded all around – no matter what flag the rocket bore. Yes, the US is threatening Russia with even tougher sanctions over its aggressive stance toward Ukraine. More »

  • Magazine: Dreams of Kurdistan
    Magazine: Dreams of Kurdistan 15 hours ago

    A journey through Kurdish identity. More »

  • U.N. calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes
    U.N. calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes 17 hours ago

    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on Israel and the Palestinians on Friday to prosecute alleged war crimes committed in the 2014 Gaza war and to cooperate with the International Criminal Court's preliminary investigation. The 47-member U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, presented by Muslim states, by a vote of 41 to one, with five abstentions. Israel's closest ally, the United States, was the only country to vote against. More »

  • Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo
    Syrian army bombards rebels trying to seize Aleppo 18 hours ago

    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces carried out heavy air strikes on rebel positions in and around the northern city of Aleppo on Friday, aiming to repel a major Islamist-led offensive on areas controlled by President Bashar al-Assad. Thursday's attack, the most intense insurgent offensive in Aleppo in three years, aimed to build on recent advances against Assad by an array of groups fighting on separate fronts, including Islamic State and rebels backed by his regional foes. Aleppo, 50 km (30 miles) south of the Turkish border, was Syria's most populous city before the country's descent into civil war. More »

  • A week after Kuwait bombing, Sunnis and Shi'ites pray together for unit …
    A week after Kuwait bombing, Sunnis and Shi'ites pray together for unit … 20 hours ago

    Hundreds of Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims prayed for national unity at Kuwait's grand mosque on Friday, vowing to block any attempt to stir sectarian division a week after an Islamic State staged the country's deadliest militant attack. The Sunni group, which sees Shi'ites as heretics and wants to expel them from the Arabian peninsula, claimed responsibility for a June 26 suicide bombing on a Shi'ite mosque in Kuwait City that killed 27 and wounded more than 200. Shi'ite member of parliament Adnan Abdulsamad told Reuters Islamic State were "fools" for thinking they could destabilise Kuwait and the attack had only made Kuwaitis more determined to promote solidarity. More »

  • Oil prices drop amid high US output
    Oil prices drop amid high US output 20 hours ago

    The price of West Texas Intermediate for August delivery fell 35 cents to $56.58 a barrel More »

  • Iran president's chief of staff heads to nuclear talks
    Iran president's chief of staff heads to nuclear talks 21 hours ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's chief of staff has left Tehran for Vienna to join talks seeking a nuclear deal with world powers, state media reported Friday. More »

  • Germany wants quick clarification of new NSA spy allegations 21 hours ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister said Friday that new allegations of U.S. eavesdropping on senior German government officials' telephones need to be clarified "as quickly as possible" and that he hoped Washington would be forthcoming with information. More »

  • Analysis: Root of tattered US-Russia ties date back decades
    Analysis: Root of tattered US-Russia ties date back decades 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The stumbles and policy chaos that have sent increasingly frosty U.S.-Russia relations into what many now call a new Cold War might have been inevitable. More »

  • Goodbye Washington, hello Moscow? Saudi Arabia finds friendly face in Putin … 22 hours ago

    As the world's two biggest oil producers, Russia and Saudi Arabia working together have the potential to dominate the globe's petroleum markets. Some experts perceive signs of an "emerging partnership" driven by shifting global winds, in which Saudi cash helps Moscow dodge Western sanctions, while Russian arms, engineering expertise, and diplomatic support assist the energetic new Saudi king to wean his country from dependency on an increasingly uncooperative US. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and tsars: How much do you know about Russia? More »

  • Michael Eisner to Goldie Hawn: Most Beautiful Women Can't Be Funny
    Michael Eisner to Goldie Hawn: Most Beautiful Women Can't Be Funny 23 hours ago

    Midway through Goldie Hawn and Michael Eisner’s on-stage conversation at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Thursday, the former Disney CEO proposed a theory for what made Hawn stand out in Hollywood over the years. It’s a statement that recalls Christopher Hitchens’s Vanity Fair essay, “Why Aren’t Women Funny?,” which drew big controversy upon its publication in 2007, given the success of women comedians from Lucille Ball to Tina Fey. For her part, Hawn said she agreed that she may owe her sense of humor to her being an “ugly duckling” growing up. More »

  • Drone kills 4 Qaeda suspects in Yemen: official
    Drone kills 4 Qaeda suspects in Yemen: official 23 hours ago

    A Saudi and a Kuwaiti are among four suspected Al-Qaeda members killed by an American drone strike in southeastern Yemen, a local official said on Friday. More »

  • No breakthrough in talks between Iran and nuclear watchdog
    No breakthrough in talks between Iran and nuclear watchdog Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    No breakthrough was reached between the U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran on unresolved questions around Tehran's nuclear programme, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday after a visit to Tehran. Tehran and world powers are pushing for a final deal at nuclear talks in Vienna, under which Iran would agree to scale back its atomic research - which it denies is aimed at developing a bomb - in exchange for a lifting of sanctions. The IAEA will play a crucial role in monitoring and verifying any final deal. More »

  • U.N. aiming for pause in Yemen fighting for humanitarian relief Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations has alerted aid groups to be prepared for a possible humanitarian pause in fighting in Yemen, starting as early as Friday, that would allow them to deliver assistance to some of the 21 million people in need. A Saudi Arabia-led coalition of Arab states has been bombing the Iranian-allied Houthi rebel movement since late March in a bid to restore to power Yemen's elected president, who is backed by neighbouring Saudi Arabia and has fled to Riyadh. A senior U.N. aid official in Yemen wrote in an email to aid groups, sent on Wednesday and seen by Reuters, that U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon "is calling for the pause to start as soon as this Friday, 3 July." U.N. special envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed is currently in Jeddah to meet with Saudi officials, the U.N. said. More »

  • Civilians in Yemen's Aden struggle to survive fighting, shortages – Red … Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Lamon, a Swiss national, worked in Aden from January 2014 and stayed months into the Houthi military push on the city that prompted an Arab military intervention on March 26.     A Saudi-led coalition of Gulf Arab countries has been bombing the Iran-allied Houthis for three months to try to restore Yemen's exiled government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Saudi Arabia, determined to thwart any arms deliveries to the Houthis, has imposed a near total blockade on a country heavily reliant on imports. More »

  • White House Brief: Things to know about Jim Webb
    White House Brief: Things to know about Jim Webb Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who announced Thursday he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination. More »

  • 'Progress made' in Iran nuclear talks
    'Progress made' in Iran nuclear talks Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    No deal yet in sight but talks in Vienna going "rather well", EU foreign policy chief says. More »

  • At Iran nuclear talks, crumbs of hope and jockeying for advantage Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    On a sunny balcony of the 5-star Palais Coburg hotel, enjoying the perfect Viennese weather before a television interview, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif waved like royalty to the press below. “I have to be hopeful,” he said in reply to a shouted question, referring to the Iran nuclear talks that may be in their final days. After more than a decade of diplomatic combat, that crumb of optimism may have as much to do with the perfect weather as with the state of play at the negotiating table, as Iran and six world powers jockey for final advantage – two days and counting after missing their latest self-imposed deadline. More »

  • Iran nuclear talks set to drag into weekend -- and beyond
    Iran nuclear talks set to drag into weekend -- and beyond Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Agonising talks towards a grand bargain nuclear deal between Iran and major powers looked set Thursday to drag into the weekend and beyond, with stubborn differences still separating the two sides in Vienna. More »

  • Where They Stand: Webb on some issues of 2016 campaign Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced his candidacy Thursday for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president. Here's a look at where he stands on some issues: More »