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Kerry to visit Ukraine next week: State Department

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Kiev on Thursday for talks with President Petro Poroshenko and other Ukrainian officials, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. President Barack Obama this week voiced deep concern about renewed fighting between Russian-backed separatist and government forces in eastern Ukraine and said the United States is considering all options short of military action to isolate Russia. “The Secretary’s visit will highlight the United States’ steadfast support for Ukraine and its people,” the State Department said in a statement. It said Kerry will then travel to Germany from Feb. 6 to 8 for the 51st Munich Security Conference.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 11:55 pm

Dems still miffed about Israeli leader’s address to Congress

Rep. Nancy Pelosi, left, D-Calif., the leader of the House Democrats, and Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter, right, applaud as President Barack Obama addresses House Democrats, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Gralish, Pool)PHILADELPHIA (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is still upset over Republicans' decision to ask the leader of Israel — an archenemy of Iran — to address Congress in March right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 9:37 pm

Kurd allies fighting IS in north Iraq hampered by rivalries

In this Thursday Jan. 29, 2015 photo, a Kurdish peshmerga fighter fires a weapon towards positions of the Islamic State group who are 500 meters or half a mile away, overlooking the strategic town of Sinjar, northern Iraq. Peshmerga fighters representing the lawful authorities of Iraqi Kurdistan fume against what they see as the recklessness of their allies in militias drawn from neighboring Syria and Turkey making progress painful and raising doubts about whether these groups can work together. At stake is ownership of Sinjar, the town that once was home to many of Iraq’s Yazidi religious minority. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)SINJAR, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces in recent weeks have retaken parts of the strategic Iraqi town of Sinjar, whose Yazidi population was driven out in a humanitarian disaster last year that triggered U.S. intervention. But sniping among Kurdish factions makes the hold on the town seem shaky and is threatening the wider fight against Islamic state militants.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:19 pm

Kerry to visit Ukraine, Germany next week

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Ukraine next week to show U.S. support for the government as Ukrainian troops fight pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:11 pm

Clashes in Egypt’s Sinai after jihadists kill 30

An Egyptian member of the armed forces patrols outside al-Maza military airport where the bodies of the members of security forces who were killed in North Sinai province during an attack the day before were flown on January 30, 2015 in CairoEgypt's army and jihadists clashed in Sinai Friday, leaving two children dead, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi flew home early from an African summit after militant attacks killed at least 30 people. Health officials said a six-month-old baby was hit in the head by a bullet during the clashes and a six-year-old was killed in a rocket blast in the Sinai Peninsula. Friday's violence came a day after jihadists targeted security forces with rockets and a car bomb in North Sinai province in simultaneous attacks claimed by an affiliate of the Islamic State group.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 7:54 pm

Hezbollah: we don’t want war with Israel but do not fear it

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, speaks via video link to his supporters during a ceremony marking the death of six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general who were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria’s Golan Heights last week, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Nasrallah said his group will no longer abide by any rules of engagements suggesting he has the right to retaliate to any future Israeli attack at the place and time Hezbollah choses. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) – The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere. "We do not want a war but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between the two, and the Israelis must also understand this very well," Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said. Nasrallah was speaking at an event to commemorate the deaths of six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general killed by an Israeli air strike in Syria on Jan. 18. The Iranian-backed Hezbollah hit back on Wednesday with a rocket attack that killed two Israeli soldiers on the frontier with Lebanon.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 6:20 pm

Bomb blast at Shiite Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills 56

People help a person injured in a bomb blast as he arrives at a local hospital in Shikarpur, Pakistan, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. A bomb ripped through a mosque in Pakistan belonging to members of the Shiite minority sect of Islam just as worshippers were gathering for Friday prayers, killing dozens of people and wounding many others, officials said. (AP Photo/Khalid Hussain)ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, in the deadliest act of anti-Shiite violence in two years.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 4:42 pm

Hezbollah warns Israel it won’t tolerate more attacks

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, speaks via video link to his supporters during a ceremony marking the death of six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general who were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria’s Golan Heights last week, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 30, 2015. Nasrallah said his group will no longer abide by any rules of engagements suggesting he has the right to retaliate to any future Israeli attack at the place and time Hezbollah choses. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Friday that this week's deadly cross-border attack on Israeli soldiers was a message that it will no longer tolerate any Israeli attacks against its members.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 4:39 pm

Argentina’s Fernandez dents credibility by playing victim

Argentina's President Fernandez addresses the nation during a televised speech in Buenos AiresBy Richard Lough BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – President Cristina Fernandez hunkered down in her presidential residence for a week before speaking about the mysterious death of a state prosecutor who claimed she sought to whitewash Iran's alleged involvement in a 1994 bomb attack on Argentine soil. It was not Alberto Nisman, whose body was found in a pool of blood with a single bullet to the head a day before he was to detail his investigations, and to whose family Fernandez offered no condolences. "Twenty one years after the attack and today somebody comes up with a baseless claim that we wanted to derail the investigation," Fernandez said in her hour-long televised address, dressed all in white and seated in a wheelchair. "Let them say what they want, let them make any allegations they want, let judges summon me, I'm not bothered." Nisman's death has triggered one of the biggest political crises of Fernandez's seven-year rule and may bolster the opposition's chances of a win in October's presidential election.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 4:38 pm

Israel to build 450 new West Bank settler homes: NGO

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem after the 1967 Six-Day war and the international community considers Jewish settlements -- such as this one at Har Homa -- to be an obstacle to any future peace deal with the PalestiniansIsrael on Friday published tenders to build 450 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, a watchdog said, in a plan denounced by the Palestinians as a "war crime". Settlements watchdog Peace Now tied the move to Israel's March 17 general election in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud is competing with other rightwing parties for the settler vote. "It is a pre-election grab to establish facts on the ground made by the Netanyahu government," a Peace Now statement said. It said the inevitable US condemnation would add to strains over Netanyahu's acceptance of a controversial invitation to address Congress on Iran that has sparked a bitter row with the White House.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 2:37 pm

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Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Cover-Up – NPR (blog)


NPR (blog)

Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Cover-Up
NPR (blog)
Shortly before Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead with a bullet in his head, he accused Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez, and others in her government of covering up what he said was Iran's involvement in the 1994 bombing of a …

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Posted on 31 January 2015 | 12:45 am

Obama has agreed to 80 percent of Iran’s demands in nuclear talks, Israeli … – Jerusalem Post Israel News


Jerusalem Post Israel News

Obama has agreed to 80 percent of Iran's demands in nuclear talks, Israeli
Jerusalem Post Israel News
The practical significance of the American compromises in the talks is that Iran will be permitted to keep over 7,000 centrifuges, enough for the Iranians to produce enough enriched material to sprint toward the bomb within a matter of months.
Report: Obama Agrees to 80 Percent of Iran's Demands in Nuke TalksBreitbart News
Obama's Pivot to IranForeign Policy (blog)
Obama, Netanyahu and Iran: Why Israel's leader won't back down on Congress Fox News
Jewish Daily Forward -The Atlantic
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 6:25 pm

How Iran Is Coping With Sagging Oil Prices – Newsweek


Newsweek

How Iran Is Coping With Sagging Oil Prices
Newsweek
Matthew M. Reed considers how the collapse in the oil price is affecting Iran—and its defense of its nuclear program. What impact has the fall in global oil prices had on Iran? The oil price collapse since June has had only a modest impact on Iran—so

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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 6:04 pm

A Free Couch To Crash On In Iran – Huffington Post


A Free Couch To Crash On In Iran
Huffington Post
A reasonable scene most anywhere in the West, but far less so in Tehran, the heart of the Islamic Republic of Iran, where all of the above is forbidden, demonized and criminalized. It's no secret that there's a subculture in Iran and in much of the

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 5:50 pm

Iran’s interest in Lebanon has nothing to do with Israel – Haaretz


Haaretz

Iran's interest in Lebanon has nothing to do with Israel
Haaretz
Is this what Iran had in mind when one of its Revolutionary Guard leaders promised to exact revenge for the January 18 operation in Syria, attributed to Israel, which killed an Iranian general and six Hezbollah operatives? The exchanges of fire between …
Iran calls for assassination of Netanyahu's childrenFox News
Israel, Iran and Hezbollah: A dangerous triangleAl-Arabiya
Iran says Israel crossed 'red lines', vows to respond: IRNAReuters
Newsmax.com -euronews
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 5:19 pm

Iran sanctions bill passes Senate panel – The Hill


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Iran sanctions bill passes Senate panel
The Hill
Members of the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would impose sanctions on Iran if a comprehensive agreement to roll back its nuclear program is not reached by June 30. The bill, co-authored by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert …
Senate Panel OKs Threat of New Iran SanctionsDefenseNews.com
US Senate panel advances Iran sanctions billReuters
Senate Banking Committee Advances Iran Sanctions BillU.S. News & World Report
Fox News -National Review Online (blog)
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 5:03 pm

Congress does Obama a favor on Iran: Column – USA TODAY


NJ.com

Congress does Obama a favor on Iran: Column
USA TODAY
J.) introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act of 2015. The bill would lay a tough new round of sanctions on Tehran should negotiators fail to limit Iran's nuclear program. The act has strong bipartisan support, with eight Republican and six
Letter: Menendez push for more sanctions on Iran undermines Obama's goalNJ.com
Obama to veto new Republican legislation against Irani24news
Obama would veto bill for congressional approval of Iran deal: spokesmanReuters
Spartanburg Herald Journal -DEBKA file
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 4:00 pm

Iran Should Free Amir Hekmati – Politico


Politico

Iran Should Free Amir Hekmati
Politico
This faithfulness, this time to his family, guided his decision to make a trip thousands of other Iranian-Americans make each year; a trip to visit relatives in Iran. Amir's grandmother's health was faltering. With a proper visa, he left for his first

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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 3:19 pm

Nasrallah confirms Hezbollah, Iran bolstering presence along Golan border – Jerusalem Post Israel News


Jerusalem Post Israel News

Nasrallah confirms Hezbollah, Iran bolstering presence along Golan border
Jerusalem Post Israel News
The speech commemorated the deaths of six Hezbollah fighters and an Iranian general killed by an Israeli air strike in Syria on Jan. 18. The Iranian-backed Hezbollah retaliated on Wednesday with a rocket attack that killed two Israeli soldiers on the
Iran warns of new rules of engagement with IsraelThe Times of Israel
Iran's Revolutionary Guards take lead on foreign affairsBBC News
Is Iran Preparing for a Two-Front War Against Israel?Commentary Magazine
FrontPage Magazine -Press TV -The Daily Star
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 2:44 pm

Iranian film on prophet Muhammad set for premiere – The Guardian


The Guardian

Iranian film on prophet Muhammad set for premiere
The Guardian
A multimillion-dollar biopic about the childhood of the prophet Muhammad – Iran's most expensive and lavish film to date – is set to premiere on Sunday. Tehran's Fajr international film festival, which coincides with the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic …
Iran's most expensive film is about the prophet Muhammad, but he won't get Washington Post (blog)
Iran prepares for premiere of film on Prophet MuhammadIrish Times
Iran responds to caricatures with 'I love Muhammad' campaignAl-Monitor

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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 11:38 am