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Saudi Arabia pledged Saturday to cover the entire $274 million in humanitarian aid sought by the UN for conflict-torn Yemen, which has also been the target of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels. The United Nations says hundreds of people have died and thousands of families fled their homes in the war, which has also killed six Saudi security personnel in border skirmishes. Saudi King Salman ordered the humanitarian pledge following a United Nations appeal on Friday for $274 million (253 million euros) in emergency assistance for the millions affected by Yemen's war. The kingdom "stands with its Yemeni brothers" and hopes for "the restoration of security and stability," the state Saudi Press Agency said, quoting an official statement.
Posted on 18 April 2015 | 10:43 am
Australia's foreign minister on Saturday hailed Iran's efforts to crush the jihadist Islamic State group in Iraq, saying on a rare trip to Tehran that the militants can be defeated. Julie Bishop is Australia's highest-ranking official to visit Iran in 12 years and she discussed the conflict in Iraq with her Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif. Australia is part of an international coalition in Iraq and has 500 troops deployed there.
Posted on 18 April 2015 | 10:29 am
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized Saudi Arabia Saturday, warning that the Saudi royal family in Riyadh will harvest the hatred it is sowing in Yemen through its airstrike campaign.
Posted on 18 April 2015 | 10:25 am
Iran presented a four-point peace plan for Yemen to UN chief Ban Ki-moon, demanding international action to end the "senseless" Saudi-led air campaign against rebels backed by Tehran. Saudi Arabia, for its part, responded swiftly to a UN aid appeal for its impoverished neighbour. The Iranian call came as intense bombing by the regional coalition hit Yemen again and Al-Qaeda seized more ground in the chaos. "It is imperative for the international community to get more effectively involved in ending the senseless aerial attacks and establishing a ceasefire," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a letter to Ban.
Posted on 18 April 2015 | 8:51 am
Iran's military is purely for defence and should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday amid rising tension with Saudi Arabia. With a Saudi-led air campaign against Huthi rebels in Yemen putting Tehran, the region's dominant Shiite power, at odds with its Sunni rival Riyadh, Russia this week moved to supply missiles to Iran. Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of arming the Huthis, Yemen's Zaidi Shiite minority which has long complained of marginalisation and has fought several conflicts with central authorities.
Posted on 18 April 2015 | 7:39 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday left open the door to “creative negotiations” in response to Iran’s demand that punishing sanctions be immediately lifted as part of a nuclear deal, even though the initial agreement calls for the penalties to be removed over time.
Posted on 18 April 2015 | 12:37 am
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Several Gulf Arab states are unhappy about U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon’s call for an immediate ceasefire by all sides in Yemen and are expected to raise the issue in a meeting with him early next week, U.N. diplomatic sources said on Friday. The main topic of the meeting will be the replacement for the outgoing U.N. envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar, who announced his resignation on Wednesday. “Gulf states are not happy about the speech and expect to make that point with the SG (Ban) in the meeting,” one of the diplomatic sources said on condition of anonymity.
Posted on 17 April 2015 | 9:30 pm
Iran on Friday presented a four-point peace plan for Yemen to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, calling for international action to end the "senseless" Saudi-led air campaign on Huthi rebels. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Ban in a letter that Tehran stands ready to help the United Nations restore peace to Yemen, where the rebels have taken over the capital and driven President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi into exile.
Posted on 17 April 2015 | 9:03 pm
By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran's foreign minister on Friday submitted a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon outlining a four-point peace plan for Yemen, where Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have been targeted for three weeks by Saudi-led air strikes. The plan, which Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced earlier this month, calls for an immediate ceasefire and end of all foreign military attacks, humanitarian assistance, a resumption of broad national dialogue and "establishment of an inclusive national unity government." "It is imperative for the international community to get more effectively involved in ending the senseless aerial attacks and establishing a ceasefire, ensuring delivery of humanitarian and medical assistance to the people of Yemen and restoring peace and stability to this country through dialogue and national reconciliation without pre-conditions," said Zarif's letter, which was obtained by Reuters.
Posted on 17 April 2015 | 8:53 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Four companies and five individuals have been accused of illegally exporting to Iran high-tech electronics that could be used for military weapons.
Posted on 17 April 2015 | 8:46 pm
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Julie Bishop unable to convince Iran to take back asylum seekers
In 2003, then-immigration minister Philip Ruddock struck a deal to repatriate 190 Iranian nationals during a visit to Tehran. Bishop was also due to meet with President Hassan Rouhani and was expected to discuss Iran's nuclear program and efforts to …
Julie Bishop arrives in Iran for crucial talksThe Australian
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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop enters Iran in hat and headscarfSydney Morning Herald
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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 7:12 am
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Obama Urges 'Creative' Talks to Bridge Divide With Iran on Sanctions
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WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday directed his diplomats to use “creative negotiations” to bridge a sharp divide with Iran over the fate of sanctions if it agrees to curb its nuclear program, signaling flexibility in hopes of keeping a tentative …
Iran-US differences over nuclear deal widenUSA TODAY
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Posted on 18 April 2015 | 1:18 am
Bishop in Iran accord
The first Australian foreign minister to visit Iran in 12 years, Ms Bishop, in an interview with The Weekend Australian, said she would give the Iranian government a detailed briefing on the non-combat role of Australian ground troops in Iraq. She …
Danger of Iran deal is not because Tehran lies, but because it doesn'tBoston Globe (subscription)
Next Round of Nuclear Talks With Iran Set for Next WeekNew York Times
Would a new Russian missile system make Israeli airstrikes on Iran impossible?Reuters Blogs (blog)
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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 11:57 pm
Iranian ship convoy moves toward Yemen, alarming US officials
Officials fear the move could lead to a showdown with the U.S. or other members of a Saudi-led coalition, which is enforcing a naval blockade of Yemen and is conducting its fourth week of airstrikes against the Houthis. Iran sent a destroyer and …
Iran submits four-point Yemen peace plan to United NationsReuters
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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 11:23 pm
Family of US Marine held in Iran calls on Obama administration to do more
The family of a U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran since 2011 are frustrated that the Obama administration does not consider their son's plight a high enough priority and are begging Iran's supreme leader to show mercy and release him – in part because his …
Iran can show good faith in nuclear deal by freeing American captivesLos Angeles Times
US Marine Imprisoned in Iran a Victim of Torture, Cruelty, Family SaysMilitary.com
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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 10:49 pm
Wall Street Journal
Western Oil Executives Circle Iran
Wall Street Journal
VIENNA—International sanctions have yet to be lifted on Iran, but Western oil executives this past week showed an appetite for doing business there at a stately hotel a few blocks from the Danube River. A little-publicized conference, the South …
Western Executives Eye Iran's Oil At Vienna SummitNasdaq
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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 9:09 pm
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Is Iran Overstretched in Syria?
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Iran's stakes in Syria are high. Three overriding priorities drive its policy: to defend Hezbollah's weapons transit route through Syria, and in the long term to ensure that the country will never become a platform to attack the Lebanese Shiite …
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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 8:33 pm
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Five Charged With Conspiring to Violate Iran Sanctions
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Five people were charged Friday with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions laws by shipping millions of dollars of microelectronics to Iran. An indictment unsealed in Houston, Texas, charges the suspects used a series of companies around the world to …
US: 4 companies, 5 people broke Iran sanctionsChannel3000.com – WISC-TV3
US charges four companies, five people over alleged tech exports to IranReuters
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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 6:48 pm
Iran deal on nukes could boost Tehran's cyber-terror army, says report
Iranian cyber-terrorists are launching more sophisticated and frequent attacks against the U.S. and its allies, and the proposed deal to ease sanctions on the Islamic Republic could give it the money and technology to ramp up its digital warfare …
Iran Is Raising Sophistication and Frequency of Cyberattacks, Study SaysNew York Times
Iran Stepping Up Its Hacking Activities Against US, Study SaysVoice of America
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Posted on 17 April 2015 | 3:01 pm
Is Congress sabotaging a nuclear deal with Iran?
U.S. and Western diplomats involved in the nuclear negotiations already expected Iranian negotiators to drive a hard bargain, and they fear the new legislation could undermine faith in Obama's ability to implement an agreement. But while the diplomats …
The Nuclear Deal With Iran Needs Work—Lots of ItWall Street Journal
Iran leader: We are in talks with 'the major powers,' not the US CongressWashington Post
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Posted on 16 April 2015 | 11:24 pm