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  • Gunmen kill 13 vehicle passengers in north Afghanistan
    Gunmen kill 13 vehicle passengers in north Afghanistan 1 hour 41 minutes ago

    Unknown gunmen Saturday killed 13 minority Hazaras travelling in two vehicles in a usually tranquil northern Afghan province, as President Ashraf Ghani implored international donors for renewed support to the "wounded country". More »

  • Civilian killed, ruling party official injured by Kurdish militants in Turk … 2 hours 21 minutes ago

    One civilian was killed and a district official from the ruling AK Party was injured when Kurdish militants opened fire on their car in eastern Turkey, security sources said on Saturday. The attack happened after a car carrying the two victims refused to stop at a roadblock thrown up by fighters from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the militants opened fire in the Semdinli district of Hakkari province, close to Turkey's borders with Iraq and Iran. The attack is the latest in a litany of violence that has swept eastern Turkey since the collapse of a ceasefire between the PKK and the government in July. More »

  • Iran MPs to have say on nuclear deal in late Sept: speaker
    Iran MPs to have say on nuclear deal in late Sept: speaker 2 hours 49 minutes ago

    Iranian lawmakers will have the chance to give their opinions on the nuclear deal with major world powers at around the end of September, parliament speaker Ali Larijani said Saturday. More »

  • In a setback for Obama, Democratic senator opposes Iran deal
    In a setback for Obama, Democratic senator opposes Iran deal 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a blow when a key Senate Democrat announced his opposition. More »

  • Clinton says she didn't 'stop and think' about email setup
    Clinton says she didn't 'stop and think' about email setup 7 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton says her use of a private email system at the State Department wasn't the "best choice" and acknowledged she didn't "stop and think" about her email set-up when she became President Barack Obama's secretary of state in 2009. More »

  • Pope Francis prepares for most political trip yet
    Pope Francis prepares for most political trip yet 8 hours ago

    Pope Francis is gearing up for potentially his most politically charged trip yet, an eight-day whirlwind visit which will take him from Havana's Revolution Square in Cuba to the headquarters of the United Nations. More »

  • Riyadh 'satisfied' with US assurances on Iran deal
    Riyadh 'satisfied' with US assurances on Iran deal 8 hours ago

    Saudi FM says leaders of the two countries have agreed on ways to counter Iran's "negative activities" in the region. More »

  • Clinton: I didn't 'stop and think' about email system
    Clinton: I didn't 'stop and think' about email system 11 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday her use of a private email system at the State Department wasn't the "best choice" and acknowledged she didn't "stop and think" about her email set-up when she became President Barack Obama's secretary of state in 2009. More »

  • Asylum and refugees: How Ireland compares to the rest of the world
    Asylum and refugees: How Ireland compares to the rest of the world 14 hours ago

    A new analysis of official figures, by TheJournal.ie. More »

  • Saudi Arabia satisfied with Obama's assurances on Iran deal
    Saudi Arabia satisfied with Obama's assurances on Iran deal 15 hours ago

    By Yeganeh Torbati and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia is satisfied with assurances from U.S. President Barack Obama about the Iran nuclear deal and believes the agreement will contribute to security and stability in the Middle East, a senior Saudi official said on Friday. Saudi King Salman met with Obama at the White House on Friday to seek more support in countering Iran, as the Obama administration aimed to use the visit to shore up relations after a period of tensions. The visit is the king's first to the United States since ascending to the throne in January 2015, and comes after the United States agreed to a nuclear deal with Iran in July. More »

  • Obama says US, Saudis want inclusive government in Yemen
    Obama says US, Saudis want inclusive government in Yemen 15 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hosting Saudi Arabia's new monarch for the first time, President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. shares King Salman's desire for an inclusive government in Yemen that can relieve that impoverished Arab country's humanitarian crisis. Their talks also addressed the Iran nuclear deal, a source of lingering tension in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. More »

  • Cardin's opposition to Iran deal sets back White House hopes
    Cardin's opposition to Iran deal sets back White House hopes 16 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House hopes for stopping a congressional challenge to the Iran nuclear deal and sparing President Barack Obama from using a veto suffered a blow Friday when a key Senate Democrat announced his opposition. More »

  • Saudi Arabia welcomes Iran nuclear deal after Obama meeting - foreign minis …
    Saudi Arabia welcomes Iran nuclear deal after Obama meeting - foreign minis … 16 hours ago

    Saudi Arabia is satisfied with U.S. President Barack Obama's assurances about the Iran nuclear deal and believes the agreement will contribute to security and stability in the Middle East, the country's foreign minister said on Friday. Speaking after a White House meeting between Obama and Saudi King Salman in Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Obama had assured Salman that the agreement prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, includes inspections of military and suspected sites, and has a provision for the snapback of sanctions if Iran violates the agreement. More »

  • Obama, Saudi King put warm gloss over differences
    Obama, Saudi King put warm gloss over differences 16 hours ago

    US President Barack Obama on Friday welcomed Saudi Arabia's King Salman for a long-delayed first White House summit marked by warm public words, amid clashing views on Middle Eastern crises. More »

  • Gazprom seals big gas deals in Europe despite Ukraine crisis
    Gazprom seals big gas deals in Europe despite Ukraine crisis 16 hours ago

    By Vera Eckert and Oleg Vukmanovic FRANKFURT/MILAN (Reuters) - Russia's Gazprom has bolstered its industrial presence in the heart of Europe with two major gas deals that were announced on Friday despite ongoing tensions with Moscow over the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The first of the deals, an asset swap with German chemicals group BASF that gives Russia greater access to gas trading and storage in Germany, was a surprise as the companies had abandoned it only nine months ago, citing a "difficult political environment". Pressed on what had changed since, BASF declined to respond directly. More »

  • Thousands rally in Beirut over politician's presidential election call
    Thousands rally in Beirut over politician's presidential election call 17 hours ago

    Thousands of protesters rallied in Beirut on Friday to support Christian faction leader Michel Aoun's call for Lebanon to elect its president by popular vote to address a crisis that has paralysed government and parliament. Aoun's supporters waved the orange banners of his Free Patriotic Movement, and listened to a brief televised address by him. Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, another leader of the movement, told the gathering: "We Lebanese want to choose our president." The president, who the sectarian power-sharing system stipulates must be a Christian, is chosen by parliament. More »

  • IRAN VOTE COUNT 18 hours ago

    Graphic shows support in U.S. Senate for Iran deal; 1c x 4 inches; 46.5 mm x 101 mm; More »

  • UAE, Bahrain say 50 soldiers killed in Yemen attack
    UAE, Bahrain say 50 soldiers killed in Yemen attack 18 hours ago

    DUBAI/SANAA (Reuters) - At least 50 soldiers from the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were killed in Yemen on Friday in the deadliest attack on Gulf Arab troops in the Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi forces, Gulf news agencies said. The incident took place in the oil-producing Marib area of central Yemen near the border with Saudi Arabia, apparently when Houthis rocket fire hit a weapons store at a military camp. UAE state news agency WAM initially reported that 22 Emirati soldiers were killed, then later said the total number had risen to 45 after 23 more soldiers died of their wounds. More »

  • Iraqi army raids militia HQ, suspecting link to Turkish abductees 18 hours ago

    By Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces investigating the abduction of 18 Turkish construction workers raided the Baghdad headquarters of a powerful Iranian-backed Shi'ite militia overnight, security sources and officials said on Friday. Gunmen in military uniform had seized the Turks on Wednesday from a sports stadium they were building in northeastern Baghdad, in what Ankara said appeared to have been a targeted kidnapping. The militia, Kataib Hezbollah, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. More »

  • Iran nuclear deal: Can Senate Democrats block a vote altogether? 20 hours ago

    With votes assured for a presidential victory in a veto fight over the Iran nuclear deal, the White House is now hoping for enough support to block opposition to the deal in the Senate – making sure that President Obama never has to take out his veto pen in the first place. The thinking is this: If Congress were to pass a resolution of disapproval, it would weaken Mr. Obama in the eyes of the world. “There’s a concern – I’m not sure how valid it is – that the administration would look weakened in the eyes of some of our adversaries if he had to enact this deal over the objection of Republicans in both the House and the Senate,” says Jim Manley, former spokesman for Harry Reid (D) of Nevada, the Senate minority leader. More »

  • More than five months of conflict in Yemen
    More than five months of conflict in Yemen 20 hours ago

    Key dates in Yemen since a Saudi-coalition intervened after Huthi Shiite rebels overran the capital Sanaa and advanced on Aden, the second biggest city. More »

  • Obama says US, Saudis want functioning government in Yemen
    Obama says US, Saudis want functioning government in Yemen 20 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hosting Saudi Arabia's new monarch for the first time, President Barack Obama said Friday the U.S. shares King Salman's desire for an inclusive, functioning government in Yemen that can relieve that impoverished Arab country's humanitarian crisis. Their talks also addressed the Iran nuclear deal, a source of lingering tension in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. More »

  • Iranian official says there are ways to free U.S. journalist - NPR
    Iranian official says there are ways to free U.S. journalist - NPR 20 hours ago

    The speaker of Iran's parliament said there were "practical ways" to free Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran who has been tried on espionage charges, and said a prisoner swap was one possible option. Ali Larijani, speaking in an interview with NPR aired on Friday, was asked whether there was a way for Rezaian and other Americans held in Iran to be freed. For example, there is a number of Iranians in prison here (in the United States) Definitely for matters of this sort, one can come up with solutions. More »

  • Key Democrat opposes Iran deal in setback for White House
    Key Democrat opposes Iran deal in setback for White House 20 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A key senator who is the top-ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee announced his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal Friday, in a blow to the White House and a boost to opponents. More »

  • A look at where Senate Democrats stand on the Iran deal 20 hours ago

    Congress will vote this month on a resolution to disapprove of the White House-backed nuclear deal struck with Iran by the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. The deal aims to limit Iran's nuclear program in exchange for hundreds of billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. More »

  • After Iran deal, EU bids to restart Israel-Palestinian talks
    After Iran deal, EU bids to restart Israel-Palestinian talks 21 hours ago

    By Robin Emmott LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Arab countries will join the Middle East Quartet in New York at the end of September to seek ways to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday, part of a new European diplomatic initiative. Encouraged by Europe's role in securing a nuclear deal with Iran, the EU believes a broad range of countries could help, more than a year after the collapse of a U.S.-brokered peace push envisaging a Palestinian state co-existing with Israel. On the margins of the General Assembly of the United Nations, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia and the head of the Arab League will join the Middle East Quartet of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia for talks. More »

  • Key Democrat to oppose Iran nuclear deal 21 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, has announced he opposes the nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Saudi king meets with Obama amid Gulf concerns over Iran deal
    Saudi king meets with Obama amid Gulf concerns over Iran deal 21 hours ago

    By Yeganeh Torbati and Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman met with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on Friday to seek more support in countering Iran, as the Obama administration aims to use the visit to shore up relations after a period of tensions. The visit is the king's first to the United States since ascending to the throne in January 2015, and comes after the United States agreed to a nuclear deal with Iran in July, raising Gulf Arab fears that the lifting of sanctions on Iran would enable it to pursue destabilising policies in the Middle East. More »

  • Dear Donald Trump, Here's The Difference Between Hamas and Hezbollah
    Dear Donald Trump, Here's The Difference Between Hamas and Hezbollah 21 hours ago

    The interview with conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt saw the magnate fail to identify the commanders-in-chief of a number of militant groups, including Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS and Al-Qaeda. "I will know more about it than you know," he added, in typical Trump fashion. More »

  • Maryland's Cardin to oppose Iran nuclear deal 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, has announced he opposes the nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Obama says US shares Saudi concerns about Yemen instability
    Obama says US shares Saudi concerns about Yemen instability 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the U.S. shares Saudi Arabia's concerns about Yemen and the need to restore an inclusive and functioning government there. More »

  • Key Senate Democrat, Ben Cardin of Maryland, to oppose nuclear deal with Ir … 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Key Senate Democrat, Ben Cardin of Maryland, to oppose nuclear deal with Iran. More »

  • Trump says Iran deal struck by 'totally incompetent people'
    Trump says Iran deal struck by 'totally incompetent people' 22 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that if elected he would work to improve the "horrible" international agreement with Iran to rein in that country's nuclear arms program. More »

  • Bahrain says five soldiers killed at Saudi borders - BNA 23 hours ago

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Five Bahraini soldiers were killed while they were on duty protecting the southern borders of neighbouring Saudi Arabia, state news agency BNA reported on Friday. The agency did not say where on the border, but Saudi Arabia and a coalition of other Sunni Muslim Gulf states have been fighting since March to restore Yemen's exiled government and repel the Iran-allied Shi'ite Houthis, who took control of the capital Sanaa in September last year. ... More »

  • Pentagon chief says Iran deal strengthens US military option
    Pentagon chief says Iran deal strengthens US military option Fri, Sep 4, 2015

    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter offered assurances Friday that the Iran nuclear deal will leave Washington with a "more effective" military option if that becomes necessary. More »