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  • Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal
    Kerry in Qatar to assure Gulf allies over Iran deal 1 hour 20 minutes 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 2 hours 23 minutes 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 2 hours 24 minutes ago

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

  • Analysis: US-Turkey deal on Syria a big gamble
    Analysis: US-Turkey deal on Syria a big gamble 3 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 »

  • Quotations in the News 3 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 4 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 10 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 10 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 13 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 13 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 14 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 14 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 15 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 15 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 16 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' 16 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 16 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 16 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 18 hours ago

    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 »

  • Two Turkish troops killed in PKK suicide attack
    Two Turkish troops killed in PKK suicide attack 18 hours ago

    Two Turkish soldiers were killed and dozens wounded Sunday in a suicide attack claimed by Kurdish militants, as Ankara kept up its air campaign against the rebels' bases in northern Iraq. More »

  • Iran cuts welfare rolls to ease budget crisis 19 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Sunday it will stop giving cash handouts to another million of its wealthiest citizens in order to ease a budget crisis caused in part by plunging oil prices and sanctions linked to its disputed nuclear program. More »

  • 2 soldiers dead, 31 wounded in suicide attack in Turkey
    2 soldiers dead, 31 wounded in suicide attack in Turkey 20 hours ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Kurdish rebels on Sunday detonated an explosives-laden agricultural vehicle at a military police station in eastern Turkey, killing two soldiers and wounding 31 others, authorities said, amid a sharp escalation of violence between the government forces and the autonomy-seeking insurgents. More »

  • Kerry says Iran deal will make Egypt, region, safer 23 hours ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers last month would make Egypt and the region safer. "There can be absolutely no question that the Vienna plan, if implemented, will make Egypt and all the countries of this region safer than they otherwise would be," he said at a news conference on Sunday following the first "strategic dialogue" between Egypt and the United States since 2009. Kerry added that he agreed with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri on the importance that upcoming parliamentary elections be "free, fair, and transparent" and that Shukri told him they would take place in the early fall. More »

  • The day Kuwait would rather forget
    The day Kuwait would rather forget Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    As regional turmoil surrounds them, Kuwaitis are quietly marking the 25th anniversary of Iraq's invasion. More »

  • Iran plans to buy 80-90 Boeing, Airbus planes a year, post sanctions
    Iran plans to buy 80-90 Boeing, Airbus planes a year, post sanctions Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    Iran plans to buy as many as 90 planes per year from Boeing and Airbus to revamp its antiquated fleet once Western sanctions are lifted, its state news agency IRNA quoted a senior aviation official as saying on Sunday. "Iran will buy a total of 80-90 planes per year from the two aviation giants in the first phase of renovating its air fleet," said Mohammad Khodakarami, the caretaker director of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization, according to IRNA. Last month's nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers has raised the prospect of banking and trade sanctions on Iran being lifted, perhaps around the end of this year, which would mean a chance to renew a fleet of commercial aircraft whose average age of 23 years is almost twice the international average. More »

  • Twenty five years later, the Middle East looks the same
    Twenty five years later, the Middle East looks the same Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    The Gulf War attempted to change the post-colonial order and now different actors act in similar fashion. More »

  • Iran official urges quick approval of nuclear deal
    Iran official urges quick approval of nuclear deal Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Iran's deputy foreign minister Saturday urged a speedy approval in Tehran of a nuclear deal, so that blame for any failure falls on US lawmakers who may yet vote against it. More »

  • Dems still weighing Iran deal, but happy with Obama outreach
    Dems still weighing Iran deal, but happy with Obama outreach Sat, Aug 1, 2015

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

  • Kerry in Cairo for Egypt security talks Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo for security talks with Egyptian officials before heading to Qatar to try to ease Arab concerns about the Iran nuclear deal. More »

  • Egypt prolongs role in Saudi-led Yemen coalition
    Egypt prolongs role in Saudi-led Yemen coalition Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Egypt extended Saturday its participation in the Saudi-led Arab coalition carrying out air strikes on Iran-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen for another six months, the presidency said. More »

  • Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour
    Kerry in Egypt on first leg of Mideast tour Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    US Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Egypt on Saturday to relaunch a strategic partnership with Washington's longtime ally, at the start of a regional mini-tour, a correspondent said. More »

  • Iran's parliament has no power over nuclear deal, top negotiator says
    Iran's parliament has no power over nuclear deal, top negotiator says Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Iran's parliament does not have authority over the nuclear agreement signed with world powers last month, the Islamic Republic's top nuclear negotiator was quoted as saying on Saturday. The comments from Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's atomic energy agency, are the latest volley in a lengthy battle between Iranian officials supportive of the deal, and hardliners who are sceptical of it. The conservative-dominated parliament in June passed a bill imposing strict conditions on any nuclear deal, such as barring international inspectors from Iran's military sites. More »

  • Bin Laden family members killed in private jet crash Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Prince Mohammed Bin Nawaf Bin Abdel-Aziz, the Saudi ambassador to the UK, offered his condolences to the family in a statement tweeted by the embassy late Friday. Recommended: How much do you know about Saudi Arabia? More »

  • Iraq's Barzani condemns Turkish bombing he says killed civilians Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    By Humeyra Pamuk and Stephen Kalin BAGHDAD/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The president of Iraq's Kurdistan region on Saturday condemned Turkey's bombardment of a village there which he said had killed civilians, and called for a return to the peace process. "We condemn this bombardment that led to the martyrdom of people from the Kurdistan region and call on Turkey not to bombard civilians again," Massoud Barzani said in a statement. A senior Turkish official told Reuters that Ankara was working with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to investigate claims of civilian casualties in the village of Zargala on Friday. More »

  • Yemeni vice president arrives in Aden, fighting continues in country
    Yemeni vice president arrives in Aden, fighting continues in country Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    By Mohammed Mukhashaf ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemeni vice president Khaled Bahah arrived in the southern port city of Aden on Saturday, the most senior official from Yemen's exiled government to visit since local fighters drove out the Iranian-backed Houthis. Airport officials said Bahah, who is also prime minister, was accompanied by six ministers when he flew in from the Saudi capital Riyadh, where the Yemeni government had been based since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fled a Houthi advance on Aden in March. Since then, hundreds have been killed in fierce clashes between pro-Hadi fighters, backed up by air strikes from a Saudi-led Arab alliance, and the Houthis, who have struck an alliance with supporters of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. More »