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US Senate foreign affairs expert indicted

In this March 23, 2015 file photo, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ speaks in Garwood, N.J. Menendez has been indicted on federal corruption charges.(AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez, the son of Cuban immigrants who rose to become one of the highest-ranking Hispanic members of Congress, was charged Wednesday with accepting nearly $1 million worth of gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend in exchange for a stream of political favors.

Posted on 2 April 2015 | 1:27 am

Hugo Chavez’ favorite daughter makes UN debut as US bashed

Maria Gabriela Chavez, the daughter of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, speaks with Xavier Lasso, Ecuador's ambassador to the United Nations, Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at United Nations headquarters. Chavez is Venezuela's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations. (AP Photo/Cara Anna)UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With more than a million Twitter followers and no diplomatic experience, the favorite daughter of Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez made her debut Wednesday as her country's deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.

Posted on 2 April 2015 | 12:09 am

35 dead in Yemen after airstrikes hit factory vicinity

Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, hold up their weapons to protest against Saudi-led airstrikes, during a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions in both north and south Yemen early Wednesday, setting off explosions and drawing return fire from anti-aircraft guns. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions Wednesday across Yemen as a missile strike on a dairy factory killed 35 workers, authorities said, as both sides disputed who fired on it.

Posted on 1 April 2015 | 11:13 pm

Zarif says ‘seize the moment’ as Iran talks hit final stretch

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif walks through a courtyard at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel during an extended round of talks on April 1, 2015 in LausanneIran's foreign minister Wednesday told world powers to "seize the moment" and drop "excessive demands" as marathon high-stakes nuclear talks headed into another long bruising night of hard bargaining. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius arrived back in Switzerland to rejoin the negotiations saying the talks were in the final stretch. Fabius was re-joining US Secretary of State John Kerry and their counterparts from Germany and Britain. "Iran has shown its readiness to engage with dignity and it's time for our negotiating partners to seize the moment," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters late on a seventh day of talks in Lausanne.

Posted on 1 April 2015 | 10:10 pm

Tikrit victory boosts Iraq fight to defeat IS

Iraqi security forces celebrate on a street in Tikrit, on April 1, 2015Iraq vowed Wednesday to reclaim the entire country from jihadists after retaking Tikrit from the Islamic State group, as its forces fought to consolidate control of the city. Speaking from a newly-recaptured area of central Tikrit after a month-long operation that was Baghdad's biggest success yet against IS, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the government was "determined to liberate every inch of Iraqi land". Interior Minister Mohammed al-Ghaban told journalists in Tikrit that there were "a few pockets (of IS fighters) remaining in some of the neighbourhoods".

Posted on 1 April 2015 | 9:49 pm

Iran extensions underscore Obama’s dilemma in talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s willingness to extend Iranian nuclear talks at least twice this week has laid bare the dilemma he faces as he pursues a high-stakes accord.

Posted on 1 April 2015 | 9:48 pm

US stocks ease for second day; price of crude oil soars

Trader Frederick Reimer works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. U.S. stocks moved lower in early trading Wednesday, extending losses from the day before. A report indicating that U.S. businesses slowed their pace of hiring last month weighed on the market. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)A batch of discouraging economic news deepened investors' concerns about corporate earnings, pulling major U.S. stock indexes down on Wednesday for the second day in a row.

Posted on 1 April 2015 | 9:04 pm

Obama unveils sanctions program to fight cyberattacks

President Barack Obama ordered a new sanctions program which could block assets of US and foreign hackers and of companies that seek to profit from cyberattacksPresident Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered a new sanctions program that could block assets of US and foreign hackers and of companies that seek to profit from cyberattacks. Obama said the threat from cyberattacks was a "national emergency" and that the sanctions could help strike back against those involved in attacks on US targets. "Starting today, we're giving notice to those who pose significant threats to our security or economy by damaging our critical infrastructure, disrupting or hijacking our computer networks, or stealing the trade secrets of American companies or the personal information of American citizens for profit," Obama said in a blog post on the Medium website.

Posted on 1 April 2015 | 8:11 pm

France’s Fabius returning to Iran nuclear talks: foreign ministry

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (C) walks with others during a break in a meeting with world powers seeking to pin down a nuclear deal with Iran at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel, on March 31, 2015 in LausanneLausanne (AFP) – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius is returning Wednesday to Switzerland to crunch nuclear talks with counterparts from Iran and other major powers, the French foreign ministry said as negotiations headed into a another night of hard bargaining.

Posted on 1 April 2015 | 7:25 pm

Gulf countries in tough UN talks with Russia on Yemen

Tribal gunmen loyal to the Huthi movement brandish their weapons in the capital Sanaa on April 1, 2015, during a demonstration against the Saudi-led coalition's operationGulf countries are locked in tough negotiations with Russia on a UN draft resolution to impose an arms embargo and sanctions on Yemen, diplomats said Wednesday. The resolution would seek to re-launch a political dialogue that broke down after Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels pressed ahead with an offensive, forcing President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has been negotiating with the five permanent Security Council members and Jordan on a text after Saudi Arabia launched an air campaign on Yemen on March 26, without a UN mandate.

Posted on 1 April 2015 | 7:19 pm

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Obama Told Iran Nuclear Negotiators to Disregard Deadline in 11th Hour – New York Times


New York Times

Obama Told Iran Nuclear Negotiators to Disregard Deadline in 11th Hour
New York Times
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — If American negotiators are ultimately able to conclude a “political understanding” with Iran on its nuclear program, as they said they were striving to do Thursday morning, the seeds might have been planted earlier in the week.
Progress made, but can an Iran nuclear framework deal be reached?CNN
US prepared to 'walk away' from Iran nuclear talksAljazeera.com
One foot out the door? Iran talks enter double overtime, White House repeats Fox News
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Posted on 2 April 2015 | 2:13 am

How did France become more hawkish on Iran than the US? – CNN


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How did France become more hawkish on Iran than the US?
CNN
So it has surprised some to see it emerge as the tough-talking bad cop in nuclear negotiations with Iran. A decade ago, conservatives loved to mock France as a symbol of weakness, 'effete' liberal internationalism and what they regarded as "Old Europe" …
Iran deal could unlock huge economic potentialCNNMoney
Oil jumps after US output drop as Iran talks dragReuters
Deal or No, Iran Will Remain a Nuclear ThreatPolitico
Quartz -NPR (blog) -Foreign Policy (blog)
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Posted on 2 April 2015 | 2:07 am

Why the Iran Deal Is Irrelevant – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Why the Iran Deal Is Irrelevant
Wall Street Journal
Iran knows it has nuclear negotiators' immunity: No matter how or when Iran debauches any agreement, the West, abjectly, will request—what else?—more talks. Iran's nuclear-bomb and ballistic-missile programs will go forward, as North Korea's
Putting Iran's Nuclear Program in ContextCouncil on Foreign Relations (blog)
What else is Iran hiding?Washington Post
Experts: Iran Housing Nuke Materials in North Korea, SyriaWashington Free Beacon
Daily Beast -NBCNews.com -WND.com
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Posted on 1 April 2015 | 11:15 pm

Menendez charges put Iran legislation in doubt – The Hill


The Hill

Menendez charges put Iran legislation in doubt
The Hill
The Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote April 14 on the bill he co-authored with Corker calling for Senate review of an Iran deal. If Menendez is out of the picture long-term, it could sap Democratic support for legislation that the White House
Limited Progress On Iran Talks Unlikely To Impress Even Senate DemocratsHuffington Post

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Posted on 1 April 2015 | 10:19 pm

Options for the US if Iran breaks a nuclear deal – Reuters Blogs (blog)


Reuters Blogs (blog)

Options for the US if Iran breaks a nuclear deal
Reuters Blogs (blog)
The success of any nuclear framework agreement negotiated by Iran and the P5+1 (United States, Britain, Russia, Germany, France and China) this week ultimately will be determined not by the signing of a final accord in June but by Tehran's fidelity to …

Posted on 1 April 2015 | 5:27 pm

No, the Iran nuclear negotiations aren’t Munich in 1938 – Washington Post (blog)


Washington Post (blog)

No, the Iran nuclear negotiations aren't Munich in 1938
Washington Post (blog)
Negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program are nearing their end, and though there are still areas of disagreement, it looks more likely than not that some kind of deal will be worked out. Even though we don't yet know what the deal will contain

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Posted on 1 April 2015 | 3:56 pm

Howard Dean: US Should Walk Away from Iran Negotiations – National Review Online


National Review Online

Howard Dean: US Should Walk Away from Iran Negotiations
National Review Online
In a move that stunned the hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe, liberal former Vermont governor Howard Dean agreed that the U.S. should now walk away from the nuclear negotiation table with Iran. Talks in Lausanne, Switzerland over the Islamic theocracy's …
Howard Dean: Yeah, It's Time to Walk Away From the Iran NegotiationsTown Hall
Howard Dean: Obama should walk away from Iran talksThe Hill (blog)
Don't let Obama's first-term advisers off the hook on IranWashington Post (blog)
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Posted on 1 April 2015 | 3:08 pm

Saudi Defense Minister to Congress: ‘Iran Can’t Be Trusted’ – Washington Free Beacon


Washington Free Beacon

Saudi Defense Minister to Congress: 'Iran Can't Be Trusted'
Washington Free Beacon
LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Saudi Arabia's newly installed defense minister told members of Congress on a recent trip to the oil-rich nation that “Iran can't be trusted,” according to a readout of the meeting provided by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R., Fla

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Posted on 1 April 2015 | 2:11 pm

Bibi Blasts Iran Talks After Iranian General Says ‘Israel’s Destruction Is Non … – Washington Free Beacon


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Bibi Blasts Iran Talks After Iranian General Says 'Israel's Destruction Is Non
Washington Free Beacon
Yesterday an Iranian general brazenly declared and I quote: 'Israel's destruction is non-negotiable', but evidently giving Iran's murderous regime a clear path to the bomb is negotiable. This is unconscionable. I agree with those who have said that
Double overtime: Faltering Iran nuclear talks extended againWashington Post
Benjamin Netanyahu: Iran deal endangers 'the peace of the world'Politico

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Posted on 1 April 2015 | 12:28 pm

Bibi: Iran Says ‘Israel’s Destruction Is Non-Negotiable’ – The Weekly Standard (blog)


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Bibi: Iran Says 'Israel's Destruction Is Non-Negotiable'
The Weekly Standard (blog)
"Yesterday an Iranian general brazenly declared and I quote: 'Israel's destruction is non-negotiable', but evidently giving Iran's murderous regime a clear path to the bomb is negotiable. This is unconscionable. I agree with those who have said that
Does Israel have a military option vs. Iran nuclear program?CNN
Israel's Netanyahu Lashes Out At Iran After Hard-Liner's CommentsNBCNews.com
Netanyahu Slams Iran Nuclear Talks, Calls for 'Better Deal'ABC News
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Posted on 1 April 2015 | 12:28 pm