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  • Russian FM meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow - official
    Russian FM meets Hamas chief, invites him to Moscow - official 2 hours 22 minutes ago

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal in Qatar on Monday and invited him to visit Moscow, a Hamas official said, extending a diplomatic welcome to the Palestinian group shunned by the West. Meshaal, who is based in Doha, last travelled to Moscow in 2010, four years after his first official visit to the Russian capital. In a statement released in Gaza, the Hamas official said a delegation led by Meshaal briefed Lavrov on conditions in the Gaza Strip, which the Islamist movement rules, in the aftermath of last summer's war with Israel. More »

  • Israel ex-security chiefs urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal
    Israel ex-security chiefs urge Netanyahu to accept Iran deal 2 hours 36 minutes ago

    Many Israeli ex-generals and former security chiefs have signed a petition urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, which he strongly opposes. More »

  • U.S., Gulf states plan to counter destabilising actions - Kerry 2 hours 48 minutes ago

    The United States and Gulf Arab allies are preparing to counter destabilising actions in the Gulf, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday after talks with Gulf states on a nuclear deal between their regional rival Iran and world powers. Kerry also told a news conference that he and fellow foreign ministers from the six energy-exporting countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council agreed that once fully implemented, the accord would contribute to the region's security. Kerry said the ministers also discussed missile defence and arms transfers. More »

  • Top House Democrat on US intelligence panel backs Iran deal 3 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the U.S. House Intelligence committee says he's backing the international accord to curb Iran's nuclear power. More »

  • Rebel-held Yemen base targeted, coalition forces enter Aden
    Rebel-held Yemen base targeted, coalition forces enter Aden 3 hours ago

    Loyalist forces began a major offensive Monday aimed at retaking Yemen's largest airbase which is held by rebels, as troops from the Saudi-led coalition entered recaptured second city Aden. More »

  • Top House Dem on intelligence panel backs Iran nuclear deal 3 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says he's backing the international accord to curb Iran's nuclear power. More »

  • Iran nuclear deal was best available option: Qatar
    Iran nuclear deal was best available option: Qatar 3 hours ago

    Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah on Monday backed the deal on Iran's nuclear programme as the best available option, after talks in Doha with US Secretary of State John Kerry. More »

  • Iran bans newspaper of nuclear deal critic, warns others
    Iran bans newspaper of nuclear deal critic, warns others 3 hours ago

    Iran banned a weekly newspaper owned by a critic of its nuclear deal Monday and issued a formal warning to the country's leading conservative daily for alleged breaches of reporting guidelines. More »

  • Analysis: US-Turkey deal on Syria a big gamble
    Analysis: US-Turkey deal on Syria a big gamble 4 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are both taking a big gamble as they agree to work together against the Islamic State group militants in Syria. More »

  • Panic in Damascus?
    Panic in Damascus? 4 hours ago

    The panoply of rebel movements appears incapable of administering a decisive blow to Assad's regime. More »

  • We want Iran cooperation, not meddling, Gulf Arabs tell Kerry
    We want Iran cooperation, not meddling, Gulf Arabs tell Kerry 5 hours ago

    By David Brunnstrom and Noah Browning DOHA (Reuters) - Iran's nuclear deal should bring stability and "good neighbourliness" rather than interference, Gulf Arab states told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday as they began talks on the merits of its historic accord with world powers. Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah, welcoming Kerry to Qatar for the talks with the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), said the alliance wanted to spare the region "from any dangers and threats from nuclear weapons". This should be done by authorizing the use of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes in line with international rules, he said, speaking for the GCC as host of the meeting. More »

  • Coping With Bad News
    Coping With Bad News 5 hours ago

    Nancy Hutton, an associate professor at the medical school of Johns Hopkins University, has one of the hardest jobs in medicine: She specializes in pediatric hospice and palliative care. She sees the sickest children—the ones with severe neurological problems that cause profound developmental delays, or with cancers slowly ravaging their bodies, or severe organ failures. More »

  • Yemen rebel chief says ready for political settlement
    Yemen rebel chief says ready for political settlement 6 hours ago

    The leader of Yemen's Iran-backed rebels said a political settlement with the exiled government was still possible after what he called the "short-term" setback of their ouster from second city Aden. More »

  • Between the World and Me Book Club: Not Trying to Get Into Heaven
    Between the World and Me Book Club: Not Trying to Get Into Heaven 6 hours ago

    When you review Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic lots of people email you to tell you what you should have said. In this final installment of the Between the World and Me Book Club, I’m exercising some privilege by responding to some of that feedback. More »

  • 'Hundreds' of Gulf Arab troops enter Yemen's liberated Aden
    'Hundreds' of Gulf Arab troops enter Yemen's liberated Aden 6 hours ago

    Hundreds of Gulf Arab troops from the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen have entered the southern port of Aden, a military source told AFP on Monday. More »

  • An Iran-Deal Skeptic Becomes a Supporter
    An Iran-Deal Skeptic Becomes a Supporter 7 hours ago

    Earlier this year, California Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told me he had serious doubts about Iran’s intentions as it pursued a nuclear deal with the United States and five other world powers. Schiff, who I described in a post at the time as a “moderate’s moderate,” suggested to me that he wanted to see President Obama achieve an important foreign-policy success, but as a Jew, he wanted to make sure that an anti-Semitic regime—both he and Obama agree that Iran is ruled by an anti-Semite—would not be allowed to become a nuclear-weapons state. Well, the final deal has materialized, and Schiff, in a telephone call over the weekend, told me that, based on an “extensive review,” he has decided to come out in favor of the deal. More »

  • Predecessor says Yemen leader Hadi should be tried for treason
    Predecessor says Yemen leader Hadi should be tried for treason 7 hours ago

    Yemen's former president, a powerful ally of Houthi forces in a four-month-old civil war, said he wanted his exiled successor tried for treason for enlisting Saudi-led attacks against the Iranian-allied militia. In remarks published on Monday by the Huffington Post website, Ali Abdullah Saleh said the air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition supporting his successor, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi were a mistake because the kingdom, formerly an ally of Yemen, is now regarded by Yemenis as an aggressor. Army units loyal to Saleh have fought alongside the Zaydi Shi'ite Houthis throughout the conflict, and his stance may prove pivotal in any diplomatic efforts to resolve Yemen's future given his wide support base in the army and bureaucracy. More »

  • Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal
    Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal 7 hours ago

    US Secretary of State John Kerry met Gulf Arab counterparts for talks in Qatar Monday as he attempts to ease the concerns of key allies over the Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Democrats happy with Obama outreach as they weigh Iran deal
    Democrats happy with Obama outreach as they weigh Iran deal 8 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Determined to secure support for the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. President Barack Obama is making inroads with a tough constituency — his fellow Democrats in Congress. More »

  • Kerry holds talks on Iran deal with top Gulf leaders
    Kerry holds talks on Iran deal with top Gulf leaders 8 hours ago

    US secretary of state's Doha visit seeks to address security concerns of Arab Gulf states about the Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Quotations in the News 10 hours ago

    "Climate change is not a problem for another generation. Not anymore." — President Barack Obama in a video posted to Facebook. More »

  • Kerry arrives in Qatar to meet with Gulf leaders
    Kerry arrives in Qatar to meet with Gulf leaders 11 hours ago

    US secretary of state's visit seeks to reassure Gulf leaders about Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit
    US, Egypt resume formal security talks with Kerry visit 16 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — Despite persistent human rights concerns, the United States on Sunday resumed formal security talks with Egypt that were last held six years ago and kept on hiatus until now amid political unrest that swept the country in the wake of the Arab Spring. More »

  • Kerry in Qatar to ease Arab concerns about Iran nuke deal
    Kerry in Qatar to ease Arab concerns about Iran nuke deal 17 hours ago

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Qatar talks with Arab officials whose countries are wary of the nuclear deal world powers have struck with Iran. More »

  • Kerry says United States, Egypt return to 'stronger base' in ties
    Kerry says United States, Egypt return to 'stronger base' in ties 20 hours ago

    By David Brunnstrom CAIRO (Reuters) - The United States and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart. "Egypt remains vital ... to engagement and stability in the region as a whole," said Kerry, who held the first bilateral strategic dialogue since 2009. "There are obviously circumstances where we have found reason to have grave concern and we have expressed it very publicly," he said at a news conference with Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri. More »

  • Asylum Seekers: Why They Come To UK And France
    Asylum Seekers: Why They Come To UK And France 20 hours ago

    What do migrants get when they come to Europe? A comparison of the UK and France, plus other facts and stats to know. More »

  • Rouhani says nuclear deal a 'third way' for Iranian foreign policy
    Rouhani says nuclear deal a 'third way' for Iranian foreign policy 20 hours ago

    By Sam Wilkin and Babak Dehghanpisheh DUBAI/BEIRUT (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani affirmed his confidence in Iran's nuclear deal with world powers on Sunday, tackling the criticisms of hardliners and highlighting the achievements of his two-year-old presidency. With one eye on a likely run for re-election in 2017, Rouhani used a live interview on state TV to tout the deal as a new "third way" for Iranian foreign policy, dismissing hardliners' criticism that he had capitulated to the West. "We worked with the United Nations without war or pleading or surrender, but with logic, negotiation and diplomacy in a legal path," he said, avoiding any direct mention of the United States or other Western powers. More »

  • Saudi Arabian king leaves France after holiday controversy
    Saudi Arabian king leaves France after holiday controversy 21 hours ago

    NICE/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of a public beach outside his villa. A Saudi source said King Salman had arrived in Morocco, saying this was part of his holiday programme and had nothing to do with the media coverage that his visit had attracted. Philippe Castanet, a local French government official, added that about half of the king's 1,000-person entourage had left along with him. More »

  • Iran's president says nuclear deal achieves goals 22 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his country achieved its main goals in the landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers last month. More »

  • Iran wants to buy 90 planes a year to renovate fleet
    Iran wants to buy 90 planes a year to renovate fleet 22 hours ago

    An Iran Air Boeing 747 passenger plane on the tarmac of the Mehrabad airport in Tehran on January 15, 2013 More »

  • Iran deal can speed solutions in Syria, Yemen: Rouhani
    Iran deal can speed solutions in Syria, Yemen: Rouhani 22 hours ago

    Iran's president said Sunday his country's nuclear deal with the West would create better prospects for faster solutions in Syria and Yemen, two of the Middle East's worst conflict zones. More »

  • Kerry assures allies Iran deal makes Mideast 'safer'
    Kerry assures allies Iran deal makes Mideast 'safer' 22 hours ago

    US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to assure Middle East allies Sunday that the Iran nuclear deal would make them safer, as he began a regional tour. More »

  • US resumes strategic dialogue with Egypt
    US resumes strategic dialogue with Egypt 23 hours ago

    Formal security talks held after six-year gap as Kerry visits Cairo en route to the Gulf to discuss Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Yemen's pro-government fighters get arms shipments 23 hours ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Pro-government fighters in Yemen have received weapons shipments in the war-torn city of Aden, as Shiite rebels scramble to deploy reinforcements, military officials from both sides said Sunday. More »

  • Three Turkish soldiers killed as PKK steps up attacks after air strikes
    Three Turkish soldiers killed as PKK steps up attacks after air strikes Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    By Humeyra Pamuk ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants killed two soldiers and wounded 31 in a suicide attack overnight in eastern Turkey, the army said on Sunday, as violence escalated following Ankara's air bombardment targeting Kurdish militants. PKK militants drove a tractor filled with explosives into a military outpost in the Dogubeyazit district of the eastern Agri province bordering Iran, the army said in a statement. The PKK also attacked a unit on patrol in the southeastern province of Mardin late on Saturday night, killing one soldier and wounding seven, the army said. More »