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France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears

Negotiators of Iran and six world powers face each other at a table in the historic basement of Palais Coburg hotel in ViennaBy Parisa Hafezi and John Irish ANKARA/PARIS (Reuters) – France warned on Wednesday it was ready to block a final deal between Iran and the six major powers on Iran's nuclear program unless Tehran provided inspectors access to all installations, including military sites. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, last week ruled out international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to nuclear scientists under any agreement. Iran's military leaders echoed his remarks.

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 8:57 pm

Coalition raids on rebels in Yemen capital kill 43

Yemeni men inspect a damaged vehicle following a reported airstrike in Sanaa, on May 27, 2015Saudi-led coalition warplanes killed 43 soldiers on Wednesday when they targeted a rebel troop headquarters in the Yemeni capital as the United Nations tried to reschedule postponed peace talks. The coalition campaign of air strikes against Iran-backed Shiite Huthi rebels and allied forces loyal to former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh began on March 26 in an effort to restore UN-backed President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to power. On Wednesday, warplanes launched a raid on the command headquarters of special forces loyal to Saleh in southern Sanaa, as well as on an arms depot in the Fajj Attan neighbourhood overlooking the city, residents said.

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 8:05 pm

Iran says nuclear talks could go beyond June 30 deadline

Iran denies it is trying to produce atomic weapons and insists the Bushehr reactor and its other nuclear facilities are purely for peaceful energy needsTalks between Iran and world powers aimed at finalising a deal over Tehran's nuclear programme could go beyond a June 30 deadline, a senior Iranian negotiator said on Wednesday. US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet in Switzerland this weekend as part of a push to seal the deal, US officials said. With the issue of access to military sites emerging as a potential deal-breaker, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei praised the work of his nuclear negotiators after they came under heavy criticism from conservatives in parliament.

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 7:23 pm

Biden defends US cooperation on Russia amid Ukraine tensions

Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the conflict in Ukraine, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at the Brookings Institute in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday defended the Obama administration's decision to cooperate with Russia on areas of "clear mutual interest," even as the West tries to punish Moscow for its actions in Ukraine.

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 6:22 pm

German court rejects Yemenis’ claim against US drone strikes

A man holds a sign reading "Defend virtues, stop the drone war" in front of the court in Cologne, Germany, where three Yemenis are taking legal action against the government, May 27, 2015The three plaintiffs said they survived a 2012 US drone strike that killed two of their relatives and that the fear of another attack had turned their family lives into "a constant nightmare from which we can't wake up". The court said it agreed that in principle Germany had a duty to protect people against danger to life and limb emanating from its territory. "In addition, the agreements on the deployment of friendly forces in Germany provide for only very limited influence by German authorities on the use of the properties by foreign troops," a court statement said.

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:57 pm

Emboldened in Syria and Iraq, Islamic State may be reaching limits of expansion

Militant Islamist fighters take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa provinceBy Peter Graff LONDON (Reuters) – With its two biggest victories in nearly a year in Iraq and Syria, Islamic State has energized its fighters, littered the streets of two cities with the bodies of its enemies and forced Washington to re-examine its strategy. The near simultaneous capture this month of Ramadi west of Baghdad and Palmyra northeast of Damascus has reinforced the sway of the self-proclaimed caliphate of all Muslims closer to the ramparts of Islam's two great historic capitals. In both Iraq and Syria they have lost ground in recent months as well as gained it.

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:41 pm

Israeli air force chief unfazed Egypt may get Russia’s S-300

By Dan Williams HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) – The chief of Israel’s air force on Wednesday played down worries voiced by some fellow officials about the possibility of Egypt acquiring advanced Russian-made air defenses. The Russian news agency TASS said in March Egypt would receive the Antey-2500 missile system, an S-300 variant, and put the value of the contract at more than a billion dollars. Neither Egypt nor Russia has formally confirmed it.

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:31 pm

U.S. says no extension for Iran nuclear talks: State Department

The United States will not consider an extension to reach an agreement on curbing Iran’s nuclear program, the State Department said on Wednesday, despite indications from France and Iran that talks may stretch into July. “We’re not contemplating any extension beyond June 30,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said at a news briefing. Rathke said the United States believes the world powers working with Tehran can achieve their goal of reaching an agreement by the self-imposed deadline.

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:29 pm

Kerry to meet Iran FM in Geneva Saturday: US

US Secretary of State John Kerry boards his airplane prior to departure from Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington, May 19, 2015US Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva this weekend to meet with his Iranian counterpart amid a push to seal a landmark nuclear deal by June 30, US officials said Wednesday. Kerry will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in the Swiss city on Saturday, State Department press office director Jeff Rathke told reporters. Kerry's trip to Geneva will come as part of a new overseas tour which will first take him to Nigeria to attend the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as the country's new president.

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:25 pm

Saudi execution surge ‘very disturbing’: UN rapporteur

Christof Heyns, UN Special Raporteur on Extrajudicial Summary and Arbitrary Executions, addresses journalists in Srinagar, India, on March 26, 2012A surge in executions by Saudi Arabia is "very disturbing" and bucks the global trend, a UN special rapporteur told AFP on Wednesday. "It is certainly very disturbing that there is such a fast pace of executions at the moment," Christof Heyns, whose mandate includes extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said in a telephone interview from South Africa. Heyns, who submits annual reports to the UN Human Rights Council and General Assembly, said Riyadh's use of the death penalty "is just so way out of line" with global trends where the number of executions and states which apply the death penalty is decreasing.

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 5:11 pm

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France: no Iran nuclear deal if military site inspections are blocked – The Guardian


The Guardian

France: no Iran nuclear deal if military site inspections are blocked
The Guardian
Iran and world's six major powers, which also include the US, China, Russia, Britain and Germany, reached a tentative agreement on the framework of a comprehensive deal in April. Under its terms, restrictions will be placed on Iran's enrichment of
Jason Rezaian Trial in Iran May Be More About Leverage Than JusticeNew York Times
France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nearsReuters
Iran nuclear talks driving wedges in TehranCBS News
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Posted on 27 May 2015 | 4:49 pm

Other Foreigners Detained in Iran – New York Times


New York Times

Other Foreigners Detained in Iran
New York Times
Shane M. Bauer, Joshua F. Fattal, and Sarah E. Shourd: In July 2009, the three Americans were arrested as they hiked near the Iran-Iraq border. They were accused of spying. Ms. Shourd was released in September 2010 and the two men were released a …

Posted on 27 May 2015 | 4:49 pm

The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli-Hezbollah War? – Huffington Post


Huffington Post

The Iran Talks Game Changer: An Israeli-Hezbollah War?
Huffington Post
The deciding factor may be an Israeli calculation that war will shift momentum in the U.S. Congress decisively against the pending nuclear deal with Iran — a deal that critics say will increase Iran's maneuverability in the region, including its

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Posted on 27 May 2015 | 3:43 pm

Video exposes division among Iran officials in nuclear talks – WRAL.com


Video exposes division among Iran officials in nuclear talks
WRAL.com
Differing statements from Iranian officials over what's acceptable for Tehran at the talks with six world powers have accompanied the negotiations since the start of international attempts nearly a decade ago to reach a diplomatic solution over Iran's

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Posted on 27 May 2015 | 3:09 pm

Netanyahu: Nuclear Iran Far Exceeds ISIS Danger – Christian Broadcasting Network


Christian Broadcasting Network

Netanyahu: Nuclear Iran Far Exceeds ISIS Danger
Christian Broadcasting Network
"As horrific as ISIS is, once Iran, the preeminent terrorist state of our time, acquires nuclear weapons, it will be a hundred times more dangerous, a thousand times more dangerous and more destructive than ISIS," Netanyahu told Sen. William Cassidy, R
Fresh from Israel visit, Walker bashes Iran dealUSA TODAY
Iran accord alarms many liberals, tooCharleston Post Courier
Nuclear-Armed Iran 1000 Times More Dangerous Than ISIS, Says NetanyahuHeadlines & Global News
Hurriyet Daily News -Defense One -Israel Hayom
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Posted on 27 May 2015 | 1:37 pm

Yemen war will end up harming Riyadh, Iran minister says – Yahoo News


Washington Free Beacon

Yemen war will end up harming Riyadh, Iran minister says
Yahoo News
KUWAIT (Reuters) – Iran's foreign minister urged rival Saudi Arabia to end its military campaign in Yemen, saying the war would "bring harm" to the kingdom, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.
U.S. Intelligence: Iran Sending More Fighters to YemenWashington Free Beacon
Obama's open-ended Iran-GCC doctrinegulfnews.com
A Policy to Defeat Both ISIL and IranPolitico

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Posted on 27 May 2015 | 10:31 am

Lebanon and the Start of Iran and Saudi Arabia’s Proxy War – The New Yorker


The New Yorker

Lebanon and the Start of Iran and Saudi Arabia's Proxy War
The New Yorker
But, in retrospect, the events of May, 2008, were one of the opening salvos in the proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. While the two powers were already fighting through proxies in Iraq, Hezbollah's brief takeover of Beirut—and the events that

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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 11:18 pm

How an ayatollah’s daughter came to preach peace between Israel and Iran – CNN


CNN

How an ayatollah's daughter came to preach peace between Israel and Iran
CNN
After all, she grew up the daughter of one of Iran's most prominent ayatollahs. She spent her summers in the city of Isfahan playing with the children of other prominent ayatollahs, including those of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Ayatollah's daughter preaches Israel-Iran peaceWDSU New Orleans

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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 10:32 pm

Anti-Islamic State Cartoon Contest Launched in Iran – VICE News


Washington Post (blog)

Anti-Islamic State Cartoon Contest Launched in Iran
VICE News
Cartoonists from the around the world have been invited by Iran's House of Cartoon, which is sponsored by the municipality of Tehran, to send in their art work based on the theme "crimes committed by the Islamic State," according to Iran's state-run
Iran holds an anti-Islamic State cartoon contestWashington Post (blog)
Iran Holds Anti-Islamic State Cartoon ContestWashington Free Beacon
PHOTOS: Iran Holds ISIS Cartoon Caricature ContestHeavy.com
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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 4:43 pm

Russia just made another agreement with Iran that will raise eyebrows in the West – Business Insider


Business Insider

Russia just made another agreement with Iran that will raise eyebrows in the West
Business Insider
"We gave permission for the delivery of food products from six Iranian companies: four dairy producers, and two poultry producers," Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Inspection Service press secretary Yulia Melano said on Monday, according to RIA …
Russia says it is not 'right time' to deliver missiles to IranFinancial Times
Russia confirms sale of S-300 missile systems to IranYahoo News
Delivery of Russian S-300 missiles to Iran 'to be done at the soonest Jerusalem Post Israel News
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Posted on 26 May 2015 | 4:09 pm