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BEIJING (AP) — China's new leader Xi Jinping will confer with President Barack Obama next month in California, months earlier than their expected first meeting, as both sides seek to stem a drift in relations, troubled by issues from cyberspying to North Korea.
Posted on 21 May 2013 | 4:41 am
By Arshad Mohammed SHANNON, Ireland (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Oman on Tuesday for Raytheon Co's signing of an estimated $2.1 billion arms deal and to consult on Syria and Iran, U.S. officials said. Oman is expected to sign a letter of intent to purchase a ground-based air defense system that would help protect against cruise missile or drone attacks, a senior U.S. State Department official told reporters aboard Kerry's plane. …
Posted on 21 May 2013 | 12:47 am
By Khaled Yacoub Oweis and Dominic Evans AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas have fought their biggest battle yet for Syria's beleaguered president, prompting international alarm that the civil war may spread and an urgent call for restraint from the United States. About 30 Hezbollah fighters were killed on Sunday, Syrian activists said, along with 20 Syrian troops and militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad during the fiercest fighting this year in the rebel stronghold of Qusair, near the Lebanon border. …
Posted on 20 May 2013 | 9:26 pm
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's wave of bloodshed sharply escalated Monday with more than a dozen car bombings across the country, part of attacks that killed at least 95 people and brought echoes of past sectarian carnage and fears of a dangerous spillover from Syria's civil war next door.
Posted on 20 May 2013 | 9:25 pm
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama told his Lebanese counterpart on Monday he was concerned about Lebanese Hezbollah militants fighting in Syria to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the White House said. Obama and Lebanese President Michel Suleiman spoke by telephone the same day Syrian activists said about 30 Hezbollah fighters and 20 Syrian soldiers and militiamen loyal to Assad had been killed in the fiercest fighting this year in the rebel stronghold of Qusair. Lebanon has maintained a policy of "dissociation" from Syria's 2-year-old conflict. …
Posted on 20 May 2013 | 7:32 pm
By Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD (Reuters) – More than 70 people were killed in a series of car bombings and suicide attacks targeting Shi'ite Muslims across Iraq on Monday, police and medics said, extending the worst sectarian violence since U.S. troops withdrew in December 2011. The attacks increased the number killed in sectarian clashes in the past week to more than 200. Tensions between Shi'ites, who now lead Iraq, and minority Sunni Muslims have reached a point where some fear a return to all-out civil conflict. No group claimed responsibility for the bombings. …
Posted on 20 May 2013 | 6:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department appointed a special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism Monday as a new report documents a global increase in incidents of anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial.
Posted on 20 May 2013 | 6:01 pm
Funnels of dirty gray smoke erupted silently from the center of Qusayr, followed seconds later by the ground-shaking thump of exploding artillery shells as the Syrian Army and Hezbollah pressed on today with a grueling offensive to capture the strategic Syrian rebel-held town.
Posted on 20 May 2013 | 5:17 pm
SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday it is crucial for Syrian opposition envoys to engage in peace talks without setting preconditions, apparently referring to demands for President Bashar al-Assad’s removal. Lavrov also reiterated that Iran must be invited to the conference that Russia and the United States are trying to organize to seek a resolution to the more than two-year-old conflict that has killed at least 80,000 people. Days after U.N. …
Posted on 20 May 2013 | 4:02 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's election overseers said Monday they will bar candidates who are physically weak from running in next month's presidential election, a reference to a former leader seen as a threat to hard-liners.
Posted on 20 May 2013 | 3:45 pm
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'Cooperation in Iran's interest to clarify peaceful nuclear intent' – IAEA chief
After last week's failure for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran to agree a deal on Tehran's nuclear program, the UN watchdog told RT that it must gain access to Iran's nuclear facilities. The urgency of which to reach an agreement …
Legislator: Amano Influenced by False Reports on IranFars News Agency
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Posted on 21 May 2013 | 4:32 am
Freedom of religion scarce in Iran, China
Eight nations officially listed by the U.S. government as “Countries of Particular Concern” are highlighted for having played host to “severe violations” to religious freedom during 2012: Myanmar, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan …
India gets pat on back, while US slams China, Iran for religious bigotryFirstpost
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Posted on 21 May 2013 | 2:15 am
Will Israel bomb Iran because of nuclear threat?
Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen explores what might happen if Iran continues with its nuclear programme. Iran insists it does not want nuclear weapons but Israel and the United States – both of which have nuclear armouries – refuse to believe its denials.
Posted on 20 May 2013 | 11:31 pm
Could This Be Obama's Iran-Contra?
This might be the worst Washington scandal since Iran-Contra, in which 14 members of President Ronald Reagan's administration were indicted, including U.S. Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. Of those charged, 11 were convicted. Some convictions …
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Posted on 20 May 2013 | 8:19 pm
Iran's 'Zahra' Tells Alternate Tale Of Presidential Campaign
The sponsors of those protests, known as the Green Movement, have been effectively silenced inside Iran, but not online. The heroine of a graphic novel about the violent suppression of dissent in 2009 is now launching a virtual campaign of her own.
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Posted on 20 May 2013 | 8:04 pm
In Iran, disputes over foreign policy divide presidential candidates
TEHRAN — Relief for Iran's ailing economy will be the top priority of Iranians on June 14, when they vote to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president. Foreign policy, however, will take on extra significance in the election, as Iran struggles to undo …
Nuclear Iran Unlikely to Tilt Regional Power Balance, Says ReportAntiwar.com
West reached impasse over Iran's nuclear program: Iranian MPPress TV
France: West should sanction Iran 'decisively'Jerusalem Post
Tehran Times -Fars News Agency -Ynetnews
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Posted on 20 May 2013 | 6:41 pm
Iran Election Overseers May Bar Former President
Iran's election overseers said Monday they will bar candidates who are physically weak from running in next month's presidential election, a reference to a former leader seen as a threat to hard-liners. Ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani's entry in …
Iran Plan for Low-Key Election May Be Threatened by RafsanjaniBloomberg
Iran to list approved presidential candidatesFRANCE 24
Could Rafsanjani be disqualified from Iran's presidential race for his age?Washington Post (blog)
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Posted on 20 May 2013 | 6:19 pm
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How Iran's Syria Policy Is Making it Lose the Regional Popularity Contest
For years, Iran, and especially Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, enjoyed the unwavering support of the Arab general public, especially following the 2006 war in Lebanon. Many perceived Iran as the outspoken guardian of the Muslim world; …
Iran, Russia, Hezbollah Top Backers in Syrian Regime's SuccessU.S. News & World Report
'Syrian conflict is a war targeting Iran'RT
Russia urges Iran participation in Geneva conference on SyriaPress TV
Strategy Page -Trend.az
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Posted on 20 May 2013 | 6:00 pm
Gold crush: US ready to shut down gold sales to Iran
The U.S. is trying to stop the gold rush to Iran in a bid to undermine the Islamic Republic's plummeting currency, but critics say the move is more likely to hurt ordinary citizens than the rogue regime's leadership. A top Treasury Department official …
Sanctions Are No Medicine for the Iran-US StandoffHuffington Post
Iran's carpet weavers return to the loomFinancial Times
Treasury's Cohen in Middle East to Discuss Iran, Syria SanctionsWall Street Journal
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Posted on 20 May 2013 | 4:43 pm
Mich. family fights for man's release from Iran prison – USA Today
His family said Hekmati went to Iran to visit his two grandmothers who live there and was taken by force during the third, and final, week of his visit. He appeared on video about four months later in Iranian custody, and since then, his family has …
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Posted on 20 May 2013 | 2:26 pm