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Iran nuclear talks deadline extended to July 7

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (3rd R), seen at the start of a meeting on nuclear policy, in Vienna, on June 30, 2015Iran and six major powers gave themselves until July 7 to clinch a historic nuclear deal after a deadline to end marathon talks passed as the clock struck Wednesday, with no breakthrough in sight. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who joined the meeting in Vienna on what was meant to be the final day of talks on Tuesday, said that after almost two years of trying, he still believed a deal to end the 13-year standoff was "within reach". There remain questions, mostly regarding procedural issues rather than technical," Lavrov told Russian television after meeting US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Posted on 1 July 2015 | 2:39 am

U.S.-Cuba deal to restore ties to be unveiled on Wednesday

Chairs are prepared before a news conference in WashingtonBy Matt Spetalnick and Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday will announce it has reached an agreement with Cuba to reopen embassies and restore diplomatic relations severed more than five decades ago, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. President Barack Obama, in Washington, and Secretary of State John Kerry, in Vienna for Iran nuclear talks, will both address the issue, a senior administration official said. A similar announcement is likely to be made by Cuba's Communist government.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 10:41 pm

IS car bomb kills Yemen Shiites, as rebels open prison doors

The wreckage of a car is seen at the site of a car bomb attack in the capital Sanaa, on June 29, 2015An attack on Huthi rebel leaders in Yemen's capital claimed by the Islamic State group has killed at least 28 people, medics said Tuesday, in the latest anti-Shiite assault by the Sunni extremists. Yemen was previously the preserve of IS's jihadist rival Al-Qaeda, which controls swathes of the south and east, but IS has claimed a string of high-profile attacks since March. The group considers Shiites heretics and has repeatedly targeted them, not only in Yemen but across the region.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 9:59 pm

US stocks edge higher as investors follow Greek debt talks

Specialist Patrick Casey, foreground left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, June 30, 2015. U.S. stocks gained on Tuesday afternoon, rebounding from big losses a day earlier, as investors followed the latest negotiations between the Greek government and its creditors. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. stock market stabilized on Tuesday as investors followed the latest developments in the Greek debt saga.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 9:34 pm

UN envoy to brief council on war in Syria

UN peace envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura attends a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 5, 2015A UN envoy who has spent two months meeting with key players in Syria will address the Security Council next week to make recommendations for ending the war. Staffan de Mistura will be in New York from Monday to meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and brief the 15-member council, UN spokesman Farhan Haq said Tuesday. After his plan for a freeze in fighting in the city of Aleppo failed, De Mistura on May 5 launched a series of consultations with various parties and regional players including Iran to try to kickstart a political process.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 9:20 pm

Amid chest thumping, US and Iran extend talks on nuclear deal

Marie Harf, senior adviser for strategic communications at the US State Department said Tuesday, “The P5+1 and Iran have decided to extend the measures under the Joint Plan of Action until July 7 to allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution … on the Iran nuclear issue,” Reuters reported. After both sides agreed on the extension, President Barack Obama said he is still willing to “walk away” from a nuclear deal with Iran if the deal does not block Tehran’s paths to building a nuclear weapon.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 9:02 pm

Egypt’s Sisi vows tougher death penalty laws in wake of prosecutor’s murder

A day after the assassination of Egypt’s public prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi vowed to enact legal reforms to allow quicker enforcement of death sentences. Recommended: How much do you know about Egypt? The Brotherhood has denied any responsibility for Monday’s car bomb attack on Barakat’s convoy in Cairo, according to the BBC.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 9:00 pm

Saudi strikes hit homes, markets in Yemen: rights group

An Armed Yemeni Shiite Huthi rebel sits on a vehicle as part of a convoy for UN envoy Jamal Benomar during a visit to the rebel stronghold of Saada, Yemen, on September 17, 2014Saudi-led coalition air strikes on a rebel stronghold in Yemen have destroyed houses, markets and a school, killing dozens of people in what could amount to war crimes, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies are demanding that the Huthis pull back from territory seized in their offensive and that President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi be restored to power.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 8:41 pm

Yemen fighting allows 1,200 prisoners to flee

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Some 1,200 inmates fled a prison in Yemen on Tuesday after guards deserted their posts amid fierce fighting between Shiite rebels and their opponents, officials said.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 8:24 pm

Iran’s new 5-year plan focuses on defence, economy

A photo provided by the office of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, shows him addressing Iran's top officials during a meeting in Tehran on June 23, 2015Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday unveiled the main points of the Islamic republic's next five-year plan, with the focus on the military and economic growth. Iran says its military is purely defensive, but it is under an arms embargo and international sanctions over its missile programme which is suspected of being prepared to carry a nuclear warhead. Protecting the IT infrastructure is also highlighted over the next five years after Iran was hit in 2010 by several computer attacks including the Stuxnet virus targeting its nuclear programme.

Posted on 30 June 2015 | 6:59 pm

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US Families of Americans Jailed in Iran Seek Release – NBCNews.com


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US Families of Americans Jailed in Iran Seek Release
NBCNews.com
As negotiations continue behind closed doors on a deal with Iran to keep that nation from developing nuclear weapons, the families of two Americans imprisoned in Iranian jails traveled to Vienna to plead with officials and take advantage of the media …
Vienna Dispatch: Families of Americans Imprisoned by Iran Spotlight Human TheTower.org
Family pleads for American's release on margins of Iran talksYahoo News

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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 10:31 pm

Ya’alon: Israel sees Iran as main problem in region, US views it as part of … – Jerusalem Post Israel News


Jerusalem Post Israel News

Ya'alon: Israel sees Iran as main problem in region, US views it as part of
Jerusalem Post Israel News
The world powers and Iran are headed to a nuclear agreement, even if Tuesday's deadline is not met, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said on Monday. Ya'alon, at a briefing in his Tel Aviv office with diplomatic reporters, said that despite some last

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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 7:49 pm

US, Iran presidents issue warnings as nuclear talks extended – Reuters


Reuters

US, Iran presidents issue warnings as nuclear talks extended
Reuters
Iran and six world powers are working towards an accord that would see Tehran halt sensitive nuclear work for at least a decade in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, potentially the biggest breakthrough in decades of hostility between
Obama says US could 'walk away' from Iran nuclear talks, as deadline extendedFox News
Iran talks extended as Obama takes hard line on termsPolitico
Iranian nuclear negotiations extendedCNN
New York Times -USA TODAY -NPR
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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 6:50 pm

IDF Appoints Special Team to Plan Strike on Iran – Arutz Sheva


Arutz Sheva

IDF Appoints Special Team to Plan Strike on Iran
Arutz Sheva
As world powers and Iran reach a deadline Tuesday – which may be extended – for talks on the Islamic regime's nuclear program, Israel is taking steps to prepare for a military strike on Tehran's nuclear facilities so as to defend itself from the
WATCH: Israeli cartoon warns – 'Iran is like ISIS, just much bigger'Jerusalem Post Israel News
Benjamin Netanyahu Claims Iran Is 'Like ISIS. Just Much Bigger.'Huffington Post
Netanyahu Says the 'Islamic State of Iran' Cannot Get Nuclear WeaponsTheBlaze.com
Washington Post (blog) -The Hill (blog) -Financial Times
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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 10:21 am

Former Iran Hostage: President Obama Must Demand Apology, Compensation … – ABC News


ABC News

Former Iran Hostage: President Obama Must Demand Apology, Compensation
ABC News
As the White House seeks a historic détente and nuclear deal with Iran, the 52 Americans held hostage by the Islamic regime back in 1979 are redoubling demands for a formal apology and compensation for their nightmarish ordeal. “Not only have they not …

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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 9:59 am

The end of sanctions is worth hundreds of billions to Iran – Business Insider


Business Insider

The end of sanctions is worth hundreds of billions to Iran
Business Insider
Iran's supreme leader is pressing for an almost immediate lifting of economic sanctions against his country if a final agreement is reached to halt temporarily Tehran's development of a nuclear weapon – and he's got reasons. A combination of tough
Why an Iran deal could mean lower oil pricesCNBC
Oil ends first half of year with a more than 11% gainMarketWatch
Oil Rebounds From Two-Month Low as Traders Watch GreeceBloomberg
Chron.com (blog) -Wall Street Journal -Sky News Australia
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Posted on 30 June 2015 | 2:10 am

Kerry runs into nuke talks roadblock: Iran analyst – CNBC


CNBC

Kerry runs into nuke talks roadblock: Iran analyst
CNBC
Iran needs a nuclear deal with world powers because it's "hemorrhaging hundreds of billions" because of economic sanctions, but it appears the U.S. wants the agreement more, Karim Sadjadpour, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment, said Monday.
Trump: 'We look like we're beggars' in Iran nuclear talksThe Hill (blog)

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 3:39 pm

Will a Deal Change Iran’s Revolutionary Mindset—Or Extend It? – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Will a Deal Change Iran's Revolutionary Mindset—Or Extend It?
Wall Street Journal
In other words, the generation that shaped the revolutionary policies of today's Iran will, over the course of the proposed nuclear deal, increasingly be replaced by a new set of younger Iranians. The leaders of this new generation will have less
The Sentence That Could Doom the Iran DealThe Weekly Standard (blog)
World powers propose mechanism to ensure access to sensitive Iran sitesJerusalem Post Israel News
Iran's Red LinesWorld Policy Institute (blog)

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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 3:35 pm

Corker, GOP raise alarms over Iran talks – Politico


Politico

Corker, GOP raise alarms over Iran talks
Politico
Corker has told President Barack Obama it's “breathtaking” that his administration has allegedly backed off its insistence on aggressive inspections of Iran's nuclear plants, a key outstanding issue in the talks. Along with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J
Will Congress scupper US nuclear deal with Iran?BBC News
US tries to reassure Middle East allies over Iran nuclear talksFinancial Times
Can We Trust How Iran Would Spend Funds From a Nuclear Deal?Wall Street Journal (blog)
Jerusalem Post Israel News -AL.com -Telegraph.co.uk
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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 9:16 am

The Iran I Saw – Politico


Politico

The Iran I Saw
Politico
There wasn't much exceptional about my recent lunch out with a couple dozen young, aspiring entrepreneurs. It was a typical, crowded, buzzing, Nandos-like joint—good food cheap, easy to pull tables together so we could talk. These were men and women …

Posted on 28 June 2015 | 10:59 pm