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  • Iran foreign minister to visit Russia next week
    Iran foreign minister to visit Russia next week 3 hours ago

    Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will travel to Russia next week for a meeting of the countries that border the Caspian Sea, the official IRNA news agency reported. More »

  • Resolving the Gulf crisis
    Resolving the Gulf crisis 6 hours ago

    To resolve the ongoing diplomatic crisis, Gulf countries have to institutionalise their foreign policy. More »

  • Tickets for two-thirds of World Cup games sold out 8 hours ago

    Tickets for nearly two-thirds of the World Cup matches sold out within hours of FIFA opening the final phase of online sales. Five hours after sales opened Tuesday on FIFA's website, tickets were available ... More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today 9 hours ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: More »

  • Iran Eyes Vasectomy Ban to Boost Economy Through Birthrate
    Iran Eyes Vasectomy Ban to Boost Economy Through Birthrate 9 hours ago

    Iran's parliament is considering a ban on vasectomies as the country seeks to boost its birthrate. The 1990s saw Iran's leadership offer subsidised vasectomies and free condoms amid concerns that the country's population was growing too fast. The supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei condemned Iran's progressive contraception policy last year, describing it as an imitation of a western lifestyle. He called on the government to deal with Iran's ageing population by increasing the number of people in Iran to 150 million, nearly double the current figure. More »

  • Pics: Meet the three new foreign ambassadors to Ireland
    Pics: Meet the three new foreign ambassadors to Ireland 9 hours ago

    The ambassadors are from Iran, China and Senegal. More »

  • The ineptness of geopolitics
    The ineptness of geopolitics 10 hours ago

    Why 19th century diplomatic habits are not likely to resolve global tensions and challenges. More »

  • Official: Iran will not discuss missile program 11 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing talks with world powers on a final agreement to curb the Iranian nuclear program, the country's defense minister said Wednesday. More »

  • Sanctions-hit Iran triumphs in football's RoboCup
    Sanctions-hit Iran triumphs in football's RoboCup 14 hours ago

    Iran may be lumbered with economic sanctions but that did not stop a local team of robotics experts from sweeping aside German and Dutch rivals in football's RoboCup. More »

  • 10 Things to Know for Wednesday
    10 Things to Know for Wednesday 18 hours ago

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday: More »

  • Melbourne upsets Guangzhou; Al Ain advances in ACL 19 hours ago

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Al Ain became the first team to secure a second-round spot in the Asian Champions League with a 5-0 win over Lekhwiya of Qatar on Tuesday, while Melbourne Victory created a gridlock in Group G with a 2-0 upset win over defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande. More »

  • AP NewsBreak: Iran cuts nuke weapons ability
    AP NewsBreak: Iran cuts nuke weapons ability 21 hours ago

    VIENNA (AP) — The United Nations will release a report this week certifying that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been greatly reduced because it has diluted half of its material that can be turned most quickly into weapons-grade uranium, diplomats said Tuesday. More »

  • Iran cuts enriched uranium stockpile: report
    Iran cuts enriched uranium stockpile: report 21 hours ago

    Diplomats tell news agency that UN report will say Iran has diluted half of material it held that could be used in bomb. More »

  • Iran cuts proliferation-prone uranium stock
    Iran cuts proliferation-prone uranium stock 21 hours ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Diplomats say the U.N. will certify later this week that Iran's ability to make a nuclear bomb has been reduced because it has neutralized half of its material that can be turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium. More »

  • US: No visa for Iran UN envoy over hostage crisis 'role'
    US: No visa for Iran UN envoy over hostage crisis 'role' 22 hours ago

    The United States said Tuesday it will not issue a visa to Iran's chosen UN envoy Hamid Aboutalebi because he was involved in the 1979 hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran. More »

  • Iran protests UN ambassador ban to United Nations
    Iran protests UN ambassador ban to United Nations 23 hours ago

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran has formally protested Washington's refusal to grant a visa to its new U.N. ambassador, saying the move damages international diplomacy and sets a "dangerous" precedent. More »

  • Rebel videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Peter Apps LONDON (Reuters) - Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war. They would signal a further internationalisation of the conflict, with new rockets suspected from Russia and drones from Iran also spotted in the forces of President Bashar al-Assad. None of that equipment, however, is seen as enough to turn the tide of battle in a now broadly stalemated war, with Assad dominant in Syria's central cities and along the Mediterranean coast and the rebels in the interior north and east. Some analysts suggested they might have been provided by another state such as Saudi Arabia, a U.S. ally, probably with Washington's acquiescence. More »

  • Saudi spy chief, architect of Syria policy, replaced
    Saudi spy chief, architect of Syria policy, replaced Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh's attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday. His departure, months after he was quoted warning of a "major shift" from the United States over its Middle East policy, may help to smooth relations with Washington as Riyadh pushes for more U.S. support for Syrian rebels. Prince Bandar, who has recently spent time in the United States and Morocco for medical treatment, was replaced on an interim basis by a deputy. "Prince Bandar was relieved of his post at his own request and General Youssef al-Idrissi was asked to carry out the duties of the head of general intelligence," state news agency SPA said, citing a royal decree. More »

  • Melbourne Victory upsets Guangzhou 2-0 in ACL Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Melbourne Victory sealed a 2-0 win over defending champion Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday to ensure a tense finish in Group G in the Asian Champions League. More »

  • U.S. adopts harsher tone in U.N. envoy dispute with Iran Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States adopted a harsher tone toward Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador on Tuesday, calling Tehran's choice of Hamid Abutalebi "unacceptable" and tying him to the 1979-1981 U.S. hostage crisis in Tehran. While it did not detail what the veteran diplomat may have done during the period, when radical Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy and held 52 U.S. hostages for 444 days, the State Department for the first time linked the U.S. decision not to issue him a visa to those events. ... More »

  • South Sudan Rebels Seize Bentiu and Order Oil Workers to Evacuate
    South Sudan Rebels Seize Bentiu and Order Oil Workers to Evacuate Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Rebels in South Sudan claim to have seized the oil-rich hub of Bentiu and ordered oil companies to halt operations. Brig Gen Lul Ruai issued an ultimatum to oil companies, that they should evacuate all their staff within a week or "risk forced shutdown and the safety of their staff". "The recapturing of Bentiu marks the first phase of liberation of oilfields from [the] anti-democratic and genocidal forces of [President Salva] Kiir," he said. An oil ministry official told Reuters that three Russian oil workers were injured in a rebel attack at a refinery facility in Bentiu on Monday. More »

  • Saudi Arabia - reported poison gas use by Syria is challenge to world
    Saudi Arabia - reported poison gas use by Syria is challenge to world Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Tuesday said the "grave news" that President Bashar al-Assad's forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to "international will". Both sides said chlorine gas had been used. "These continuous violations by the Damascus regime require the international community to take firm action against the continuous defiance of international, Arab and Islamic will," Prince Saud said at a news conference in Riyadh. The reported gas attacks posed a clear challenge to the Security Council decision to dismantle Assad's chemical arsenal, he said. More »

  • Iran's foreign minister holds talks in UAE
    Iran's foreign minister holds talks in UAE Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Iran's foreign minister held talks Tuesday in the United Arab Emirates in Tehran's latest effort to mend fences with Gulf states suspicious of its nuclear programme and regional ambitions. More »

  • 'Syria rebels get US-made missiles'
    'Syria rebels get US-made missiles' Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad for the first time received at least 20 US-made TOW anti-tank missiles from a "Western source," a rebel official told AFP Tuesday. More »

  • How to Detect Nuclear Bombs at Airports
    How to Detect Nuclear Bombs at Airports Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Scientists have developed a method of detecting nuclear bombs at airports – one of the biggest threats to security in modern times. Detecting nuclear bombs being smuggled through airports poses a number of challenges. To make a crude bomb, terrorists need enough plutonium or highly enriched uranium. Researchers believe their method will mean airport security can detect small levels of plutonium and uranium stored in small layered objects like baggage. More »

  • We'll attack to get to World Cup last 16, says Bosnia's Susic
    We'll attack to get to World Cup last 16, says Bosnia's Susic Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    - Bosnia-Herzegovina will stick to the formula that got them to the World Cup finals in Brazil and attack their rivals in a bid to get out of their qualifying group, coach Safet Susic said on Tuesday. The Bosnians, for whom Brazil is their first major tournament as an independent nation, scored 30 goals in 10 qualifiers and former Yugoslavia forward Susic believes their attacking approach is the best way to get out of Group F against Argentina, Nigeria and Iran. "When you have players like (Miralem) Pjanic, (Zvjezdan) Misimovic, (Edin) Dzeko and (Vedad) Ibisevic, it would be unfair to the game itself and the fans not to unleash all that talent." The Bosnians open their campaign against Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 15, then meet Nigeria in Cuiaba on June 21 and lock horns with Iran in Salvador four days later. More »

  • Soccer-We'll attack to get to World Cup last 16, says Bosnia's Susi … Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    - Bosnia-Herzegovina will stick to the formula that got them to the World Cup finals in Brazil and attack their rivals in a bid to get out of their qualifying group, coach Safet Susic said on Tuesday. The Bosnians, for whom Brazil is their first major tournament as an independent nation, scored 30 goals in 10 qualifiers and former Yugoslavia forward Susic believes their attacking approach is the best way to get out of Group F against Argentina, Nigeria and Iran. "When you have players like (Miralem) Pjanic, (Zvjezdan) Misimovic, (Edin) Dzeko and (Vedad) Ibisevic, it would be unfair to the game itself and the fans not to unleash all that talent." The Bosnians open their campaign against Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 15, then meet Nigeria in Cuiaba on June 21 and lock horns with Iran in Salvador four days later. More »

  • Why journalists deserve special protections Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Geoffrey Stone, a University of Chicago law professor, friend to the president, and member of his intelligence policy review committee, writes in The Daily Beast today that Congress should enshrine some sort of special protection into law for the reporter-source relationship. And we tend to protect essential instruments, particularly those (like the lawyer-client relationship and marriage) which reflect and strengthen fundamental values. More »

  • Iran envoy visits Emirates in sign of warming ties
    Iran envoy visits Emirates in sign of warming ties Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — State media in the United Arab Emirates says Dubai's ruler has welcomed the Iranian foreign minister at his palace, a sign of warming ties between the two countries. More »

  • Rouhani says Iran sanctions will unravel in months
    Rouhani says Iran sanctions will unravel in months Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    DUBAI (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday international sanctions on Iran would unravel in months following negotiations with world powers on its nuclear programme, the official IRNA news agency reported. Some international sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear programme have been eased temporarily after a deal was reached last year with world powers, but Washington has said the lifting of sanctions can only happen "in total" after a comprehensive deal is reached. "With your support, this government has taken the first steps towards the lifting of the brutal sanctions ... ... More »

  • Saudi renews demand for 'stern' world action on Syria
    Saudi renews demand for 'stern' world action on Syria Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Saudi Arabia Tuesday urged "stern" world action against Syria after the regime's decision to hold presidential elections and its alleged use of toxic gas against civilians. More »

  • Iran start World Cup camp in S. Africa with only 11 players
    Iran start World Cup camp in S. Africa with only 11 players Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Iran took off to South Africa on Tuesday for their first pre-World Cup training camp with only 11 players and no goalkeeper, local media reported. More »

  • Syria's conflict raises Turkey tension
    Syria's conflict raises Turkey tension Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    As Syria's civil war escalates along the Turkish border, many in Turkey are questioning the country's involvement. More »

  • The revolutionary dials spin in Egypt
    The revolutionary dials spin in Egypt Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    Revolutions are perceptions driven by instincts, not exact sciences, and they can ricochet randomly. More »

  • Congress Must Protect the Press
    Congress Must Protect the Press Tue, Apr 15, 2014

    The press isn’t free if it has fear of prosecution for leaks. It’s time to give reporters the same type of privilege attorneys and doctors have. More »