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No Agreement Reached in Talks on Iran’s Nuclear Program

No Agreement Reached in Talks on Iran’s Nuclear Program

iStockphoto(ALMATY, Kazakhstan) — Iran and the major powers have failed to reach an agreement after two days of talks on Iran’s nuclear program taking place in Kazakhstan.
Iran had been negotiation with six world powers, the United States, Russia, Ch…

Kerry Urges Iraqis to Stop Iranian Aid to Syria

Kerry Urges Iraqis to Stop Iranian Aid to Syria

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State John Kerry made his first visit to Iraq on Sunday as America’s top envoy in an effort to convince leaders there that they must stop Iran from using Iraqi airspace to transport m…

Palestinians Frustrated by Obama’s Trip to the Middle East

Palestinians Frustrated by Obama’s Trip to the Middle East

(WASHINGTON) — President Barack Obama’s last day visiting Israel took him back to the West Bank for a cultural stop in Bethlehem. There he toured the Church of the Nativity, the biblical birthplace of Jesus, with Palestinian Authority President …

“Reality” Weighs Heavy on Obama’s Mideast Peace Efforts

“Reality” Weighs Heavy on Obama’s Mideast Peace Efforts

Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) — Middle East peace has been slow going for President Obama, as his administration’s relationship with Israel has unfolded under his presidency in fits and starts.In his first year in office, Obama brought…

Senior Cleric Killed in Damascus Suicide Bombing

Senior Cleric Killed in Damascus Suicide Bombing

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — A deadly suicide bombing inside a Damascus mosque on Thursday killed senior cleric Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Bouti, one of the most notable Sunni supporters of the current regime.According to the New York Times…

UN to Investigate Possible Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

UN to Investigate Possible Chemical Weapons Use in Syria

ABC News(ALEPPO, Syria) — U.S. officials do not believe that chemical weapons were used in Tuesday’s attack in Aleppo, Syria. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon announced on Thursday that the U.N. will investigate possible use of chemical weapons in t…

Obama Will Be All Ears in Israel

Obama Will Be All Ears in Israel

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama plans to do more listening than talking when he makes his first trip to Israel this week since first becoming commander in chief more than four years ago.Much has changed in the Middle East during t…

Poll: More Americans Sympathize with Israel than Palestinian Authority

Poll: More Americans Sympathize with Israel than Palestinian Authority

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many more Americans continue to side with Israel rather than the Palestinian Authority, but — with President Obama’s first visit there days away — most also prefer to leave peace negotiations to the two prota…

Sarai Sierra Murder Suspect Detained in Turkey

Sarai Sierra Murder Suspect Detained in Turkey

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Police in Turkey have detained a man suspected of killing Sarai Sierra, a New York mother of two who had traveled to the country to practice her photography hobby. The man was taken into custody Sunday in Istanbul an…

Auschwitz Survivor Using Facebook to Search for Twin

Auschwitz Survivor Using Facebook to Search for Twin

Courtesy Menachem Bodner(JERUSALEM) — A 72-year-old Auschwitz survivor has taken his search for his twin brother to Facebook. Menachem B., who wants to keep his last name private, last saw his brother 68 years ago when he was 4 years old. Menachem B.’…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Afghan Visit Met by Suicide Attacks

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s Afghan Visit Met by Suicide Attacks

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) — At least 18 people are dead following two suicide bomb attacks in Afghanistan on Saturday that coincided with US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to the country.
The first bomber struck the d…

Homeland Chair: Osama bin Laden’s Son-in-Law ‘Cooperating’

Homeland Chair: Osama bin Laden’s Son-in-Law ‘Cooperating’

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, has been “cooperating” and has already revealed “key intelligence” about the current status, personnel and finances of al Qaeda even before he was secretly spirited to New…

Syrian Rebels Detain Twenty UN Peacekepers

Syrian Rebels Detain Twenty UN Peacekepers

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(JAMLAH, Syria) — Twenty U.N. peacekeepers on the Syrian side of Golan Heights have been detained by a group of armed rebel fighters, the United Nations said today.A spokeswoman for Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said in a statement…

US General: An Iranian Nuke Would Spark Arms Race

US General: An Iranian Nuke Would Spark Arms Race

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A high-level U.S. military commander said Tuesday that if Iran is allowed to develop a nuclear weapon, another country in the region has already pledged to do the same.”At least one other nation has told me they wo…

Biden: America’s ‘Not Bluffing’ on Iran

Biden: America’s ‘Not Bluffing’ on Iran

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Tough talk from Vice President Joe Biden Monday, warning that the U.S. is determined to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.“Big nations can’t bluff,” said Biden at a meeting of the American…

Kerry to Encourage Consensus in Egypt

Kerry to Encourage Consensus in Egypt

Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(CAIRO) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Egypt on Saturday and urged political leaders to come to a political consensus.Kerry is on his first overseas trip since being named secretary of state. Th…

Another Senior Pakistani Journalist Killed

Another Senior Pakistani Journalist Killed

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Another senior Pakistani journalist has been killed, again in Pakistan’s northwest, ABC News confirms. Mehmood Jan Afridi, President of the Qalat Press Club, was in a shop when gunmen opened fire and killed him.
Two da…

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Warns of ‘Unmanagable Crisis’ in Syria

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Warns of ‘Unmanagable Crisis’ in Syria

BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The UN High Commission on Refugees chief António Guterres spoke to the UN Security Council on Wednesday and warned that a “moment of truth” was approaching in Syria.
Noting that the refugee …

Former Gen. Cartwright Says US Should Be Wary of North Africa

Former Gen. Cartwright Says US Should Be Wary of North Africa

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — While John Kerry is making Syria the focus of his first international trip, the newly-minted secretary of state has likely already discovered that Syria is only one among many volatile situations around the w…

Afghan President Hamid Karzai to US Special Ops: Get Out

Afghan President Hamid Karzai to US Special Ops: Get Out

MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered all U.S. Special Forces out of two key provinces within two weeks, accusing Afghan units under their jurisdiction of being responsible for the torture, abuse, and …

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