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  • Seoul, Hiroshima advance in Asian Champions League 10 hours ago

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — FC Seoul beat Beijing Guoan 2-1 to advance to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League on Wednesday, ensuring both last season's finalists reached the second round. More »

  • Exclusive - Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N.
    Exclusive - Russia, China block Central African Republic blacklist at U.N. 10 hours ago

    By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China have blocked a proposal by the United States and France to impose U.N. sanctions on Central African Republic's former President Francois Bozize and two other people linked to the conflict there, diplomats told Reuters on Wednesday. The proposal to sanction Bozize, in particular, was due to his "engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of CAR," according to an eight-page letter to the U.N. Security Council's sanctions committee on Central African Republic, which was obtained by Reuters. The sanctioning of Bozize, who was ousted by predominantly Muslim Seleka rebels in March 2013, and two other individuals was to have taken effect on Tuesday, but first Russia and then China raised last-minute objections, diplomats said. More »

  • US man charged with violating Iran export ban 12 hours ago

    HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania (AP) — The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has signed a plea agreement with U.S. prosecutors on a charge he conspired to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian firm. More »

  • Businessman charged with violating Iran export ban 12 hours ago

    The owner of a Pennsylvania company that makes steel-processing equipment has signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on a charge he conspired to illegally sell an $800,000 machine to an Iranian ... More »

  • Iran prison chief replaced after alleged beatings 14 hours ago

    Iran said on Wednesday it had replaced the country's prisons chief amid an uproar over alleged beating of political prisoners last week in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison Families of the dozens of political prisoners held there have been protesting outside parliament and the presidential complex and the issue came up in the legislature on Wednesday. The prison incident last Thursday drew attention to human rights in the Islamic republic at a time the new reformist President Hassan Rouhani struggles to show a gentler face for his country and dispel suspicions about its nuclear programme. The semi-official Fars news agency carried an official announcement that prison chief Gholam-Hossein Esmaeeli had been switched to another job in the judiciary. Under Iran's constitution, the president's authority does not extend over the prison system and past efforts to influence decisions in the conservative-dominated judiciary have failed. More »

  • Bahrain moves to deport Shiite cleric 15 hours ago

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain's Interior Ministry said Wednesday that the Gulf state has decided to deport a leading Shiite cleric born in the country in a move likely to exacerbate tensions between the government and the Shiite-led opposition. More »

  • Bahrain says expels representative of Shi'ite Ayatollah Sistani 15 hours ago

    Bahrain expelled a prominent Shi'ite religious figure on Wednesday, accusing him of acting as a representative of influential Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani without permission. A statement by the interior ministry said it had received information from top Iraqi government officials that Sheikh Hussein al-Najati was Sistani's representative and had carried out activities such as fund-raising in that capacity. Bahrain, which is ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa dynasty, accuses Shi'ite power Iran of fomenting unrest in the country since a 2011 uprising led by the Shi'ite Muslim community demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom. More »

  • Morsi trial hears Hamas, Hezbollah attacked Egypt jails
    Morsi trial hears Hamas, Hezbollah attacked Egypt jails 16 hours ago

    Prosecution witnesses in the jailbreak trial of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday accused members of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah of attacking Egyptian prisons during the 2011 uprising. More »

  • Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani
    Bahrain expels envoy of Shiite Ayatollah Sistani 16 hours ago

    Authorities in Sunni-ruled Bahrain on Wednesday expelled the representative of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, in the latest manifestation of tension with the kingdom's Shiite majority. More »

  • Saudi prince says Gulf states must balance threat from Iran
    Saudi prince says Gulf states must balance threat from Iran 17 hours ago

    A senior member of Saudi Arabia's royal family said on Wednesday that Gulf states should work on acquiring nuclear know-how to balance any threat from Iran. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief, also told a security conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, that the Gulf states should be prepared for any possible outcome from Iran's nuclear talks with world powers. "We do not hold any hostility to Iran and do not wish any harm to it or to its people, who are Muslim neighbours," he said in a speech. "But preserving our regional security requires that we, as a Gulf grouping, work to create a real balance of forces with it, including in nuclear know-how, and to be ready for any possibility in relation to the Iranian nuclear file. More »

  • Iran replaces prisons chief after Evin incident
    Iran replaces prisons chief after Evin incident 17 hours ago

    Iran's judiciary has replaced the country's prisons chief after reports of violence against political prisoners during a routine inspection in Evin Prison, media reports said on Wednesday. More »

  • Iran says 95% opt for cash handouts rather than state projects
    Iran says 95% opt for cash handouts rather than state projects 19 hours ago

    Ninety-five percent of the Iranian population signed up to a cash handout programme, dealing a blow to the government which wanted to spend the money elsewhere, a top official said Wednesday. More »

  • Meet the last of India's elephant keepers
    Meet the last of India's elephant keepers 19 hours ago

    That duty falls to the mahouts. Most mahouts are born into the profession. "The mahouts and elephants both live in conditions that are not appropriate for either species," Augustine says. In May 2012, during his senior year at the University of Nebraska, Augustine traveled to New Delhi to follow the mahouts, but wasn't aware of how difficult it would be to track them down. More »

  • Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters
    Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters 20 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Celebrity psychic Uri Geller is the beaming new face of Israeli disaster-readiness, starring in army-sponsored TV and Internet advertisements on how to take shelter from missile attacks or earthquakes. Launched on Wednesday, the campaign marks Geller's return to his native country from Britain and aims to keep Israelis vigilant, though public fears of any imminent war with Iran, Syria or Lebanese and Palestinian guerrillas have receded. ... More »

  • Syrian opposition asks for more Saudi aid
    Syrian opposition asks for more Saudi aid 20 hours ago

    The head of Syria's main opposition group has asked Saudi Arabia to increase its support for the rebel Free Syrian Army, his advisor said Wednesday. More »

  • Iran removes official in charge of prisons 20 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official news agency says the official in charge of the country's prisons has been removed from the post. The development follows reports of alleged abuse of inmates at a Tehran penitentiary. More »

  • Tony Blair's 'Why the Middle East Matters' Speech - Full Transc …
    Tony Blair's 'Why the Middle East Matters' Speech - Full Transc … 21 hours ago

    It is unsurprising that public opinion in the UK and elsewhere, resents the notion that we should engage with the politics of the Middle East and beyond. We have been through painful engagements in Afghanistan and Iraq. More recently, Ukraine has served to push the Middle East to the inside pages, with the carnage of Syria featuring somewhat, but the chaos of Libya, whose Government we intervened to change, hardly meriting a mention. What is presently happening there, still represents the biggest threat to global security of the early 21st C. The region, including the wider area outside its conventional boundary – Pakistan, Afghanistan to the east and North Africa to the west – is in turmoil with no end in sight to the upheaval and any number of potential outcomes from the mildly optimistic to catastrophe. More »

  • Tony Blair: West Should Prioritise Fight Against Islamic Extremism
    Tony Blair: West Should Prioritise Fight Against Islamic Extremism 21 hours ago

    Former British prime minister Tony Blair has called on Western nations to take sides in the Middle East, between moderate and radical Muslims, and to shift the fight against global Islamic extremism to the top of the political agenda. "Take a step back and analyse the world today: with the possible exception of Latin America, there is not a region of the world not adversely affected by Islamism and the ideology is growing." More »

  • Missing MH370: Debris Washed Ashore Raises Hopes that Aircraft Mystery is O …
    Missing MH370: Debris Washed Ashore Raises Hopes that Aircraft Mystery is O … 22 hours ago

    The long search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 could finally be coming to an end after debris were found washed up ashore near Augusta. The Australian government said material had been washed up and experts were working to find out if it was from the missing aircraft, which disappeared over a month ago. "The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is examining the photographs of the material to determine whether further physical analysis is required and if there is any relevance to the search of missing flight MH370. MH370 went missing on 8 March after taking off from Kuala Lumpur at 12:21am local time. More »

  • Lebanon parliament fails to elect president
    Lebanon parliament fails to elect president 22 hours ago

    No candidate received the necessary two-thirds majority to win the presidency in first parliamentary vote. More »

  • Russia holds snap military drills in Caspian Sea - report Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Russia's navy launched snap military exercises involving its fleet in the Caspian Sea, Interfax reported the Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday. The Caspian Sea is bordered by Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, and the region is crisscrossed by oil and natural gas pipelines. Russia has boosted the number of snap military drills since tensions have risen with neighbour Ukraine. NATO has said Russia's military exercises in its western military district have boosted its troop presence to around 40,000 near the border with Ukraine, where Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich fled from power in February. More »

  • Iran asks U.N. to act on U.S. ban on new ambassador Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran asked the United Nations on Tuesday to demand that the United States grant a visa to Tehran's proposed new U.N. envoy, while Washington stood firm on its decision to deny entry to Hamid Abutalebi over his suspected links to hostage-takers. The United States has said it would not grant a visa to Abutalebi because of his connection to the 1979-1981 Tehran hostage crisis when Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Abutalebi has said he acted only as a translator. The U.N. Committee on Relations with the Host Country, which deals with the issues of states operating in the United States such as immigration, security, banking and parking violations, met on Tuesday at Iran's request to discuss the matter. More »

  • UN committee takes no action on Iran envoy dispute Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. committee took no action Tuesday on the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to Iran's chosen ambassador to the United Nations after hearing from both sides. More »

  • No progress at UN in Iran-US envoy row
    No progress at UN in Iran-US envoy row Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    Iran brought its simmering row with the United States over its proposed UN ambassador to United Nations headquarters but failed to make any headway. More »

  • Blair to warn West on radical Islam
    Blair to warn West on radical Islam Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    The West must put aside differences with Russia over Ukraine to focus on tackling the threat from radical Islam, Tony Blair will warn. More »

  • Guangzhou, Wanderers advance to 2nd round in ACL
    Guangzhou, Wanderers advance to 2nd round in ACL Wed, Apr 23, 2014

    SYDNEY (AP) — Guangzhou Evergrande ensured its Asian Champions League title defense progressed to the knockout stages while Al Ain topped Group C after a 1-1 draw against two-time winner Al Ittihad. More »

  • Iran denies role in Bahrain unrest, urges respect for human rights Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied any role in the violent unrest affecting neighbouring Bahrain, accusing Manama of looking for a scapegoat to justify its human rights abuses. "Instead of projecting onto others and raising unfounded charges, Bahraini authorities had better seriously consider their citizens' civil rights demands," the official IRNA news agency cited an "informed" foreign ministry official as saying late Tuesday. "They should avoid police, security and tribal tactics and pave the way for serious dialogue through trust-building actions. ... More »

  • Iran protests at U.N. committee on envoy ban as U.S. stands ground Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran complained to a United Nations committee on Tuesday about Washington's refusal to grant a visa to Tehran's proposed new U.N. envoy due to his suspected links to hostage-takers, even as the United States stood firm on its decision. The United States said earlier this month that it would not grant a visa to Hamid Abutalebi because of his connection to the 1979-1981 Tehran hostage crisis when Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Abutalebi has said he acted only as a translator. "As far as we know this is a unique case involving a permanent representative," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Tuesday. More »

  • FBI investigates suspected serial child molester
    FBI investigates suspected serial child molester Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI asked for the public's help Tuesday to identify at least 90 potential victims of a suspected child predator who worked at 10 American and other international schools abroad for more than four decades before committing suicide last month in Minnesota. More »

  • Ghanaian mining company used plane seen in Iran Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah bank confirmed Tuesday that an airplane registered to the bank was used by a Ghana mining company to take Ghanaian businessmen to Iran last week. More »

  • Holland Boss Favourite To Fill United Hot Seat
    Holland Boss Favourite To Fill United Hot Seat Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Holland boss Louis van Gaal is runaway favourite to replace David Moyes as Manchester United manager. Sky Bet ranks the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager as 5/4 to become the next permanent manager of the troubled champions. He is followed by Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp at 9/1, Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs at 10/1, and Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone 16/1. More »

  • Bahrain sentences 12 people for life for spying, Iran links Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A Bahraini court has sentenced 12 men to life in prison for spying, receiving training from Iran's Revolutionary Guard and processing weapons and explosives, a defence lawyer and rights activist said on Tuesday. Bahrain accuses Shi'ite power Iran of fuelling unrest in the country since a 2011 uprising led by the Shi'ite Muslim community demanding reforms and more share in running the kingdom ruled by the Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa dynasty. Tehran denies the accusation, but defends the cause of Bahrain's Shi'ite opposition. Attorney Fatima al-Adraj said the court convicted the men on Sunday, and sentenced two others to 15 years. More »

  • Passover Hell Week
    Passover Hell Week Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The events in Ukraine and Kansas City that occurred around Passover week offer tragic reminders of the heritage of Jewish oppression. More »

  • Iran prisoners' families protest in capital
    Iran prisoners' families protest in capital Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    The families of men incarcerated in Tehran's notorious Evin prison protested Tuesday near the Iranian president's office, complaining of mistreatment of their loved ones, activists said. More »

  • Ghanaian company says it used plane seen in Iran Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A mining company in Ghana says it has been using the plane registered to a U.S. bank that became the subject of international intrigue after it was spotted in Iran. Engineers & Planners said in a statement ... More »