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As U.S. kicks off crude exports, Iran casts a shadow in Asia

Rouhani addresses the audience during a meeting in AnkaraBy Florence Tan SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The United States faces an awkward rival in its first attempts in 40 years to export crude oil – Iran. Iran, whose economy has been throttled by Western sanctions that have halved its crude shipments, is now selling higher quality and cheaper oil to China that leaves little room for the U.S. crude to enter the world's top energy consumer. While buyers in Japan and South Korea have been willing to trial a U.S. grade of the super-light crude known as condensate, China has already locked in annual contracts with Tehran and is not expected to take any U.S. oil in the short-term. With U.S. producers looking to open a trade route to sell surplus condensate from the U.S. shale boom, worries about quality and legal issues have added to doubts about how much of the oil the rest of Asia can take.

Posted on 28 July 2014 | 7:26 am

Iran’s Zarif steps up Gaza diplomacy, offers aid

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gives a press statement in Vienna, on July 18, 2014Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif conducted a hefty round of telephone diplomacy late Sunday to rally support and humanitarian aid for Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip. He spoke with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and regional leaders, stressing that the priority was to get food and medical aid into areas worst hit by Israel's military offensive, Iran's official IRNA news agency said.

Posted on 27 July 2014 | 5:48 pm

Turkish court orders arrest of 12 more police officers in wiretap probe

Turkey's Prime Minister and presidential candidate Tayyip Erdogan speaks during an election rally in DiyarbakirBy Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish court on Saturday ordered the formal arrest of 12 more police officers, including the former head of Istanbul's intelligence unit, pending charges they may have illegally wiretapped Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, media said. The detention of 115 police officers in overnight raids earlier this week ratcheted up a power struggle between Erdogan and his erstwhile ally, Fethullah Gulen, an influential Islamic scholar based in Pennsylvania, whose followers took up key posts in the police and judiciary during Erdogan's 11 years in power. Fuat Ali Yilmazer, who oversaw intelligence for Istanbul police and is accused of forming and leading a criminal gang, was among those formally arrested, CNN Turk reported. He has accused them of a litany of crimes, including organizing 2013 mass anti-government protests and using the corruption charges in an attempt topple him in a coup.

Posted on 26 July 2014 | 8:23 pm

Mashaba appointed to coach South Africa

Ephraim 'Shakes' Mashaba has been named coach of South Africa in succession to sacked Gordon IgesundEphraim 'Shakes' Mashaba was named coach of South Africa Saturday in succession to sacked Gordon Igesund. National youth coach Mashaba was not present at the announcement in Soweto as he is in Mali with the under-20 squad. South African Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan urged the public and media to be patient during a media conference. The humble 63-year-old former Orlando Pirates defender is a former caretaker coach and permanent coach of Bafana Bafana (The Boys).

Posted on 26 July 2014 | 7:14 pm

Australia PM defends treatment of migrants held on boat

A picture released by the Australian Prime Minister's office on July 23, 2014 shows Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaking at a press conference in CanberraAustralian Prime Minister Tony Abbott Saturday said his government's treatment of a boatload of 157 asylum-seekers who have been kept at sea for weeks would underline its resolve to stop people-smuggling. Abbott, who came to power in September promising to "stop the boats" bringing asylum-seekers from countries such as Iran and Afghanistan, said Canberra would not dodge its international and legal obligations. "What we do is always in accordance with our international obligations, it's always in accordance with our legal obligations, it's always in accordance with safety at sea," he told reporters in the capital. "Because every boat that comes is exposing its passengers to potentially lethal risk.

Posted on 26 July 2014 | 8:37 am

Iran rallies for Gaza, Rouhani slams world ‘silence’

Iranian protestors burn Israeli flags during a demonstration in Tehran on July 25, 2014Iranians rallied nationwide on Friday in a show of support for Palestinians as archfoe Israel pursued its deadly campaign against the Gaza Strip. Demonstrations were held in Tehran and more than 700 towns and cities across the country on the last day of prayer and rest of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan, state television reported. In the capital, footage showed demonstrators, carrying placards proclaiming "Death to Israel" and "Death to America", converging from nine different points on Tehran University in the city centre. Iran holds Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) rallies in support of the Palestinians every year on the last Friday of Ramadan, but this year's demonstrations came on the 18th day of Israel's deadly campaign against rocket-firing militants in Gaza.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 9:34 pm

AP ANALYSIS: Old story, new twists in Gaza war

CAIRO (AP) — The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 9:04 pm

Iraq’s top cleric sends subtle message to Maliki: step aside

U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrive to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in ArlingtonBy Raheem Salman and Isra' al-Rubei'i BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq's most influential Shi'ite cleric urged political leaders on Friday to refrain from clinging to their posts – an apparent reference to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who has defied demands that he step aside. Speaking through an aide who delivered a sermon after Friday prayers in the holy city of Kerbala, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani said leaders should show flexibility so that political deadlocks could be broken and Iraq could confront an insurgency. Maliki has come under mounting pressure since Sunni militants led by the hardline Islamic State swept across northern Iraq last month and seized vast swathes of territory, posing the biggest challenge to Maliki's Shi'ite-led government since U.S. forces withdrew in 2011. Critics say Maliki is a divisive figure whose alienation of Sunnis has fueled sectarian hatred and played into the hands of the insurgents, who have reached to within 70 km (45 miles) of the capital Baghdad.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 8:16 pm

Pro-Gaza rally held in Berlin under close police watch

A demonstrator on a lamp post waves the Palestinian flag during a rally for Al-Quds Day, an event intended to express solidarity with the Palestinian people, on July 25, 2014 in Berlin, GermanyAbout 1,000 pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through Berlin Friday, closely watched by police for any banned anti-Semitic slogans and separated from pro-Israel rallies. More than 1,000 officers were on guard in the rainy capital for the rally against Israel's Gaza offensive that has killed more than 845 people, most of them Palestinian civilians. "We are keeping the groups apart," a police spokesman told AFP. Protesters shouted slogans such as "Israel, child killers" and "Stop killing the innocents" but avoided chants against "Jews".

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 6:19 pm

Hezbollah chief makes rare public appearance for Gaza

Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah makes a rare public appearance to show solidarity with Gaza on the annual Iran-led Jerusalem Day commemoration on July 25, 2014 in BeirutLebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah made a rare public appearance on Friday to show solidarity with Gaza on the annual Iran-led Jerusalem Day commemoration, an AFP correspondent reported. It was only the fifth public appearance by the head of the Shiite militant group, who has topped Israel's wanted list since even before their deadly conflict in 2006. Nasrallah appeared on stage from behind a curtain to wild applause from the thousands in the crowd at the indoor venue in a southern suburb of the Lebanese capital.

Posted on 25 July 2014 | 6:16 pm

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Washington Post reporter from Marin detained in Iran – San Jose Mercury News


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Washington Post reporter from Marin detained in Iran
San Jose Mercury News
Iran confirmed it is holding the four, including two freelance photographers, but did not disclose details about why they were being held. The Washington Post said its correspondent, Jason Rezaian, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, were detained Tuesday …
Washington Post Reporter, 3 Others Detained in IranLatin Post
Iran confirms arrest of Washington Post reporterPress TV
Washington Post reporter, wife arrested in IranManila Standard Today
CCTV -News & Observer
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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 3:21 pm

US Pushes to Expedite Some Humanitarian Shipments to Iran – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

US Pushes to Expedite Some Humanitarian Shipments to Iran
Wall Street Journal
Today, Washington is pushing some of them to speed things up. In recent weeks, U.S. officials have been reaching out to a handful of European companies and asking them to expedite the sale of medical goods to Iran, a market they were struggling to gain …

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 3:12 pm

Take the win in Iran – Jackson Sun


Take the win in Iran
Jackson Sun
With Barack Obama's approval ratings getting dragged down by a floundering foreign policy, we might miss one of his biggest successes in a place no one expected — Iran. Whether we extend the interim anti-nuke deal or reach a longer-term agreement to …

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 2:21 pm

Why Gulf states seek status quo from Iran nuclear negotiations – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

Why Gulf states seek status quo from Iran nuclear negotiations
Christian Science Monitor
Jerusalem — When Israel calls for stripping Iran of all but a few symbolic centrifuges or kilograms of enriched uranium, it warns that is necessary not just because a nuclear Iran presents an existential threat to the Jewish state, but because an
Commentary: Iran still focused on ballistic missilesAlexandria Town Talk

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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 12:24 pm

Iran General: We Will Hunt Down Israelis House To House – Daily Caller


Daily Caller

Iran General: We Will Hunt Down Israelis House To House
Daily Caller
The deputy commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards vowed revenge against Israel for its ongoing military incursion into Gaza, which has already killed hundreds of Palestinians and dozens of Israelis. “You [people of Israel] are trees without any roots
Iran knows better than to jeopardize the nuke talksAl-Arabiya
Iran to send medical aid to Gaza pending Egypt consentThe Daily Star
World July 28, 17:58ITAR-TASS
Press TV -Algemeiner -Ahlul Bayt News Agency – abna.ir
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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 1:55 am

Politics|Justice Dept. Moves to Shield Anti-Iran Group’s Files – New York Times


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Politics|Justice Dept. Moves to Shield Anti-Iran Group's Files
New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has gone to court to protect the files of an influential anti-Iran advocacy group, saying they likely contain information the government does not want disclosed. The highly unusual move by the Justice Department …
The Justice Department Doesn't Want Anyone Looking Into This Anti-Iran The Wire
New York Times Warns of “Hard Line” Opponents of Iran's NukesFrontPage Magazine
Justice Department orders secrecy for files of anti-Iran advocacy groupBoing Boing
Newsmax.com -Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) (blog)
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Posted on 28 July 2014 | 1:13 am

Rep. Mike Rogers: Gaza conflict "intertwined" with Iran nuclear talks – CBS News


Politico (blog)

Rep. Mike Rogers: Gaza conflict "intertwined" with Iran nuclear talks
CBS News
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., warned that the extension of nuclear talks with Iran, which freed up $2.8 billion in frozen oil export revenues for Tehran, means that more money will be funneled to militants in the Gaza
Rogers: Iran aiding HamasPolitico (blog)
Rogers: Iran Aiding, Arming Hezbollah and HamasWashington Free Beacon
Rep. Mike Rogers: Iran Aiding Hamas in GazaNewsmax.com
JP Updates
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Posted on 27 July 2014 | 11:38 pm

As US kicks off crude exports, Iran casts a shadow in Asia – Reuters


Reuters

As US kicks off crude exports, Iran casts a shadow in Asia
Reuters
Iran, whose economy has been throttled by Western sanctions that have halved its crude shipments, is now selling higher quality and cheaper oil to China that leaves little room for the U.S. crude to enter the world's top energy consumer. While buyers
Iranian vessels cleared for oil exportsUPI.com
US begins crude exports, faces competition with IranDaily News & Analysis

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Posted on 27 July 2014 | 9:29 pm

Can Iran build bridges to regional foes? – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

Can Iran build bridges to regional foes?
Christian Science Monitor
Islamic State extremists in Iraq have created a common enemy in the region. But Iran has to tackle deep distrust – and keep nuclear talks on track – to forge a new relationship with its Arab neighbors.
Let's display Iran's pacifism to the world through art and culture: RouhaniTehran Times
Tehran to Continue Supporting Stability, Security in Iraq – Iranian PresidentRIA Novosti
Rouhani: Iran supports stability, security in IraqAPA
Iran Book News Agency
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Posted on 27 July 2014 | 5:26 pm

Report: Four journalists detained in Iran, three of them Americans – CNN


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Report: Four journalists detained in Iran, three of them Americans
CNN
Tehran, Iran (CNN) — Concern is growing for the well-being of four journalists, three of them American citizens, apparently detained in Iran this week, according to The Washington Post. The newspaper reported Thursday that its Tehran correspondent
Iran confirms arrest of Post correspondentWashington Post
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian held in IranBBC News
Washington Post Reporter Apparently Detained in IranNew York Times
The Guardian -Fox News -SFGate
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Posted on 26 July 2014 | 12:49 am