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  • U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism
    U.S. drops Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism 6 hours ago

    By Daniel Trotta and Arshad Mohammed HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States formally dropped Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Friday, an important step toward restoring diplomatic ties but one that will have limited effect on removing U.S. sanctions on the Communist-ruled island. President Barack Obama had said on April 14 he would drop the former Cold War rival from the list, initiating a 45-day review period for Congress that expired on Friday. Obama ordered a review of Cuba's status on the terrorism list as part of a landmark policy shift on Dec. 17, when he and Cuban President Raul Castro announced they would seek to restore diplomatic relations that Washington severed in 1961, and work toward a broad normalization of ties. More »

  • Yemen's former president says exiled leader Hadi no longer relevant
    Yemen's former president says exiled leader Hadi no longer relevant 6 hours ago

    A former president of Yemen said on Friday exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi no longer had a place in Yemeni politics. In an interview with Arab television station al Mayadeen, Ali Abdullah Saleh said Hadi's political relevance ended when Houthi militia took over the capital, Sanaa, and Hadi fled. "His legitimacy ended completely when he fled Sanaa and Aden and now he will flee Riyadh," he said. More »

  • UN nuke agency report shows Iran probe essentially stalled
    UN nuke agency report shows Iran probe essentially stalled 7 hours ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Amid accelerated international efforts to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, the U.N. atomic agency on Friday reported that work on a key element — an assessment of allegations that Tehran worked on atomic arms — remains essentially stalled. More »

  • IS claims suicide bombing on Shiite mosque in Saudi, 4 dead
    IS claims suicide bombing on Shiite mosque in Saudi, 4 dead 7 hours ago

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in as many weeks claimed by the Islamic State group. More »

  • Exclusive - U.S. tried Stuxnet-style campaign against North Korea but failed: …
    Exclusive - U.S. tried Stuxnet-style campaign against North Korea but failed: … 7 hours ago

    By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The United States tried to deploy a version of the Stuxnet computer virus to attack North Korea's nuclear weapons programme five years ago but ultimately failed, according to people familiar with the covert campaign. The operation began in tandem with the now-famous Stuxnet attack that sabotaged Iran's nuclear programme in 2009 and 2010 by destroying a thousand or more centrifuges that were enriching uranium. Reuters and others have reported that the Iran attack was a joint effort by U.S. and Israeli forces. More »

  • Syrian army in retreat as rebels tighten grip on Idlib
    Syrian army in retreat as rebels tighten grip on Idlib 7 hours ago

    The Syrian government has abandoned Idlib to concentrate on regions deemed vital for its survival, allowing Al-Qaeda to seize the province's last regime-held city, a security source and monitor said Friday. More »

  • Iranian aid plane bound for Yemen lands in Djibouti 7 hours ago

    An Iranian plane carrying aid for Yemen landed in Djibouti on Friday and the cargo will be inspected by the United Nations before it moves on, Iran's Fars news agency reported. The plane would be the first Iranian aid flight to land in Yemen since conflict broke out there in March between Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and the government supported by Saudi Arabia. Two Iranian cargo planes carrying food and medicine to Yemen were forced by Saudi jets to leave Yemeni airspace in April. More »

  • Fighters battle Houthis in Yemen's southern city of Aden
    Fighters battle Houthis in Yemen's southern city of Aden 7 hours ago

    Heavy fighting erupted in southern Yemen near Aden airport on Friday when local militia attacked Shi'ite Houthi rebels in a push to drive them from the district, residents and fighters said. A Saudi-led coalition began air strikes in Yemen on March 26 in a campaign to restore Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Aden is Yemen's commercial hub. More »

  • Yemen's Saleh says Saudi offered him 'millions' to fight Huthis
    Yemen's Saleh says Saudi offered him 'millions' to fight Huthis 8 hours ago

    Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh said in an interview broadcast Friday he had rejected "millions of dollars" Saudi Arabia offered him if he stood up to the Shiite rebels. More »

  • Huthi rebels kill Yemen capital's governor: relatives
    Huthi rebels kill Yemen capital's governor: relatives 8 hours ago

    Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels have killed the capital's governor in clashes that erupted during an attempt to detain him, his relatives said Friday. More »

  • Islamic State suicide bomber in women's garb kills three in Saudi Arabi … 9 hours ago

    By Maha El Dahan and Sami Aboudi ABU DHABI/DUBAI (Reuters) - An Islamist militant suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up outside a Shi'ite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia on Friday, killing himself and three other people, the second attack of its kind in the world's top oil exporter in one week. The bombing, which was claimed by Islamic State, could further escalate sectarian strife in the kingdom, where anti-Shi'ite sentiment has been stoked by a military campaign against Iranian-allied Houthi militias in neighbouring Yemen since March. The Interior Ministry said a suicide bomber disguised in women's clothes blew himself up outside the al-Anoud mosque's entrance in the city of Dammam during noon prayers. More »

  • IS bombs second Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 3
    IS bombs second Saudi Shiite mosque, killing 3 9 hours ago

    An Islamic State jihadist killed three people Friday when he blew himself up in a car outside a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, the second such attack in a week. More »

  • Iran shares some information in nuclear probe, no breakthrough - IAEA
    Iran shares some information in nuclear probe, no breakthrough - IAEA 14 hours ago

    By Michael Shields VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday it had made incremental progress but no breakthrough in its inquiry into whether Iran may have researched an atom bomb, a sobering message that may dim chances for a deal between Tehran and big powers next month. Diplomats view Iran’s reluctance to open up to investigators from the International Atomic Energy Agency as a sign of its reluctance to cooperate fully until punitive sanctions imposed on it are lifted as part of any settlement with the powers. A confidential, quarterly report issued by the IAEA said the Islamic Republic had provided some information about one of two open items in the investigation into possible military dimensions to its nuclear energy programme "The Agency and Iran agreed to continue the dialogue on these practical measures and to meet again in the near future," said the report, which was obtained by Reuters. More »

  • Cyprus police probe Israel link in ammonium nitrate haul - media 15 hours ago

    Cypriot police suspect a man arrested on Wednesday was planning an attack on Israeli interests on the island after they found almost two tonnes of ammonium nitrate in his basement, newspapers reported on Friday. Authorities are investigating possible links to Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, which views Israel as its arch enemy, three Cypriot newspapers said on Friday. Police suspect Israeli interests were the target, the Simerini, Politis and Phileleftheros newspapers said. More »

  • Iran aid plane for Yemen lands in Djibouti airport 16 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that a plane from the country's Red Crescent organization carrying 20 tons of humanitarian aid for Yemen has landed in Djibouti. More »

  • Correction: Norway-Myanmar-Rohingya story 16 hours ago

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a story May 28 about Nobel Peace Prize winners calling for an end to persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the appeal came at the end of a three-day conference organized by the Norwegian Burma Committee. There were two conferences over the three days, one organized by a coalition of international groups and the other by the Norwegian Burma Committee. The appeal by the Nobel Peace Prize winners was made Tuesday during the conference organized by the international groups, but not announced until they put out a statement Thursday. More »

  • Losses on resources front pressure Syrian regime on revenues
    Losses on resources front pressure Syrian regime on revenues 19 hours ago

    File picture shows a Syrian government soldier next to a well at the Jazal oil field, which Syria Report said was seized by the IS last week More »

  • Myanmar says don't 'single us out' at migrant crisis talks
    Myanmar says don't 'single us out' at migrant crisis talks 20 hours ago

    Myanmar rebuked the UN Friday after being called on to address the cause of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from its shores, saying it is being "singled out" for criticism at international talks. More »

  • The empire must not strike back
    The empire must not strike back 21 hours ago

    The fallacy of the end of imperialism in the Middle East. More »

  • 2016 hopefuls Christie, Cruz court Jewish donors in New York
    2016 hopefuls Christie, Cruz court Jewish donors in New York 22 hours ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — One declared and one likely Republican presidential contender criticized the administration's nuclear negotiations with Iran and reaffirmed their support for Israel as they courted wealthy Jewish donors Thursday at a gala in New York. More »

  • Thailand hosts talks on Southeast Asia migrant crisis
    Thailand hosts talks on Southeast Asia migrant crisis 23 hours ago

    Delegates from 17 nations gathered in Thailand Friday for talks on Southeast Asia's migrant crisis which has seen thousands of desperate people flee on boats across the Bay of Bengal aiming for Malaysia and Indonesia. More »

  • Iraq's Sunni-Shiite divide: Does US experience show how it can be bridg … Fri, May 29, 2015

    A tempest in Iraq over a military operation’s name might have been a small thing, but to some regional experts, it offers a measure of the deepening divide between the country’s Shiite and Sunni Muslim communities. On Wednesday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi officially renamed the military offensive that was launched to retake Anbar province from Islamic State (IS) militants “Lubbayk ya Iraq,” or “At your service, Iraq.” The operation was originally dubbed “Lubbayk ya Hussein” – chosen by the Shiite militias leading the battle to honor a revered figure in Shiite Islam. The switch to a less sectarian name was seen as a positive gesture toward Iraq’s marginalized Sunni population – something bestowing an air of nationalism and unity on the operation. More »

  • U.S. defence aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears - sources
    U.S. defence aid to Israel to rise over Iran deal fears - sources Fri, May 29, 2015

    By Dan Williams TEL AVIV (Reuters) - U.S. defence aid to Israel is likely to increase after 2017, sources on both sides said on Thursday, seeing a possible link to Washington's efforts to assuage its ally's fears over nuclear diplomacy with Iran. A U.S. official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said negotiators were close to a new deal that would bring annual payouts to $3.6 billion to $3.7 billion on average. "They (the United States) are trying to douse the fires after our flare-up about the Iran deal," the official added, referring to curbs being negotiated on Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, which Israel has condemned as insufficient. More »

  • Iran, N. Korea 'collaborate' on nuclear arms: Iranian opposition
    Iran, N. Korea 'collaborate' on nuclear arms: Iranian opposition Fri, May 29, 2015

    An exiled Iranian opposition group accused Tehran Thursday of a "vast collaboration" with North Korea in developing nuclear arms, alleging that experts from both countries made regular intelligence-sharing visits. More »

  • In Islamic State fight, radically changed Pentagon view of civilian casualt … Thu, May 28, 2015

    As the Islamic State continues its march across Iraq and Syria, so, too, has come the blame game. It runs along the lines that the US military should be doing more to help its Iraqi and Syrian allies in the region fight the Islamic State. Specifically, the US has reportedly declined to bomb certain targets for fear of civilian casualties. More »

  • North Korean nuclear, missile experts visit Iran - dissidents
    North Korean nuclear, missile experts visit Iran - dissidents Thu, May 28, 2015

    By John Irish PARIS (Reuters) - An exiled Iranian opposition group said on Thursday that a delegation of North Korean nuclear and missile experts visited a military site near Tehran in April amid talks between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme. The dissident National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) exposed Iran's uranium enrichment plant at Natanz and a heavy water facility at Arak in 2002. Iran says allegations that is trying to develop a nuclear weapons capability are baseless and circulated by its enemies. More »

  • Coalition strikes, fighting kill 40 rebels in Yemen's Aden
    Coalition strikes, fighting kill 40 rebels in Yemen's Aden Thu, May 28, 2015

    Saudi-led coalition strikes against Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen's second city Aden on Thursday and ground clashes killed at least 40 Huthis and their allies, the city's deputy governor said. More »

  • Helping North Koreans ‘live in truth’ Thu, May 28, 2015

    This wisdom about the power of conscience may help explain the latest diplomatic push to expose the truth about the North Korean regime to its own people. This week, Japan, South Korea, and the United States agreed to put a stronger spotlight on human rights in North Korea – or rather the need to allow them. In recent years, tens of thousands of North Koreans have been allowed to work in other countries, helping earn hard currency for the regime. More »

  • Qaeda-led rebels take Idlib's last Syria regime bastion
    Qaeda-led rebels take Idlib's last Syria regime bastion Thu, May 28, 2015

    A rebel coalition led by the Syrian affiliate of Al-Qaeda stormed and seized the last regime-held city in Idlib province Thursday, as Iraq exhumed the remains of 470 jihadist victims. More »

  • Washington Post hits back against Iran court claims
    Washington Post hits back against Iran court claims Thu, May 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post hit back Thursday at Iran's allegation that a jailed journalist wrote a letter to President Barack Obama. More »

  • Corruption is leading indicator for political unrest, study finds Thu, May 28, 2015

    By Stella Dawson WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Corruption is a leading indicator for political instability and 64 countries where fraud and bribery are widespread risk falling into violent upheaval, a global think tank said in a new report. While anti-corruption researchers long have argued the corrosive power of corruption, its political impact has never before been measured globally. By examining the linkage between corruption measures and peaceful societies, the research by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) based in Sydney finds strong statistical evidence that high and rising levels of corruption can undermine security, and that only small increases can cause civil unrest. More »

  • Pan-Muslim group condemns jihadist groups, IS
    Pan-Muslim group condemns jihadist groups, IS Thu, May 28, 2015

    A conference of Muslim states on Thursday condemned main jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq and studied a plan for developing an effective strategy against "terrorism and extremism". More »

  • Airstrikes target Yemen's rebels as fighting rages in east Thu, May 28, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebels in their northern Yemeni stronghold on Thursday as fighting raged in an oil-rich eastern province, security officials and tribesmen said. More »

  • Iran defends spy trial of US journalist
    Iran defends spy trial of US journalist Thu, May 28, 2015

    Iran hit back Thursday at US claims that the trial of Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian on spying charges lacked transparency, insisting its judiciary is independent. More »

  • Nobel laureates appeal for end to persecution of Rohingya Thu, May 28, 2015

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Several Nobel Peace Prize winners on Thursday called for an end to the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, describing it as "nothing less than genocide," and appealed for international help for them in Rakhine state. More »