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Dueling Narratives in Iran Over U.S. Relations

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran was protected by bodyguards as he left the airport in Tehran on Saturday. ATTA KENARE / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE — GETTY IMAGES Iran’s foreign minister said on Sunday that there was a “real chance” to reach an agreement with the United States over his country’s nuclear program, as long as Washington […]

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Netanyahu Dismisses Iranian President’s Remarks

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has dismissed as “media spin” a flurry of statements by the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, about the goals of his nation’s nuclear program and his willingness to engage in diplomacy regarding it, saying, “There is no need to be fooled by the words.” “The test is not […]

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Syria: Hezbollah Commits to an All-Out Fight to Save Assad

Supporters watched a live broadcast of Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, at a rally in the Bekaa Valley. BEIRUT, Lebanon — The leader of the powerful Lebanese militant group Hezbollah decisively committed his followers on Saturday to an all-out battle in Syria to defeat the rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad. He said the organization, founded to […]

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Iran ‘optimistic’ U.S. shifting its view on Tehran

Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi delivers a speech at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin February 4, 2013. Iran said on Sunday it was open to a U.S. offer of direct talks on its nuclear program and that six world powers had suggested a new round of nuclear negotiations this month, but […]

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Iranian Oops: US may have broken own sanctions by buying Tehran’s oil

There is a high probability that US sanctions against Iran have been violated by its own army. Part of the $1.55 billion in fuel the US bought from Turkmenistan for the Afghan army in the last five years may have originated in Iran. A report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) suggested […]

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Netanyahu denies wasting money on Iran attack plans

Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday dismissed allegations by predecessor Ehud Olmert that he wasted billions of dollars preparing for a strike on Iran that did not take place. Olmert, who once led the centrist Kadima party, told Israel’s Channel 2 television on Friday that 11 billion shekels […]

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U.S. Fears a Ground War in Gaza Could Hurt Israel and Help Hamas

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is increasingly concerned about the escalating violence in Gaza, believing that a ground incursion by Israel there could lead to increased civilian casualties, play into the hands of the militant Palestinian group Hamas and inflict further damage to Israel’s standing in the region at an already tumultuous time.

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Ahmadinejad hails imminent arrival of ‘Ultimate Savior, Jesus Christ’

Loathed in the West and weakened at home, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wrapped up his annual address to the U.N. General Assembly on a theological note Wednesday, hailing the imminent arrival of an “Ultimate Savior.”

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America’s Inevitable Retreat From the Middle East

The murder of four Americans in Libya and mob assaults on the United States’ embassies across the Muslim world this month have reminded many of 1979, when radical Islamists seized the American mission in Tehran. There, too, extremists running wild after the fall of a pro-American tyrant had found a cheap way of empowering themselves.

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Israel’s call for red line over Iran nuclear program just noise: Obama

US President Barack Obama says Israel’s call for drawing red line over Iran’s nuclear energy program is just “noise” he tries to ignore. Obama made the remarks in an interview with CBS channel on Sunday, saying the issue concerns US national security decisions, and that he will do what is right for the US people. 

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