Chief negotiator rejects report claiming he quit over Israel’s ‘lack of commitment to peace talks’
Gaza fisherman find British cannon in remains of WWI warship. Hamas proudly displays finding, points it at Tel Aviv: ‘symbol that resistance will continue until Palestine is freed’
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is hitting the road again, this time on a damage-control mission to the Middle East and Europe where rancor is high over U.S. strategies in Syria, Egypt and Iran as well as American surveillance activities revealed by ex-NSA analyst Edward Snowden.
Head of Russian intelligence lands in Cairo, defense minister will follow in what seems as policy to fill in vacuum left by Obama admin after US aid freeze
Iranian supreme leader hasn’t been seen in public in three weeks, concerns about his health and possible power struggle growing. Reports in Syria: He met with delegation of Muslim clerics
US Secretary of State John Kerry is heading back to the Middle East as efforts to hold Syria peace talks bog down, Israeli-Palestinian negotiations stumble and rare tensions with key ally Saudi Arabia flare into the open. With the Obama administration taking fire at home and abroad for what is perceived to be its indecisive Syria policy and Arab unease about its outreach to Iran, Kerry is hitting the road again seeking to ease tensions and soothe allies vital to its Middle East ambitions. The November 3 to 11 trip will take in Saudi Arabia, Poland, Israel, Bethlehem, Amman, Abu Dhabi, Algeria and Morocco.
Day after report that IDF attacked air defense base near Latakia, Obama administration official says Israeli warplanes targeted Hezbollah-bound missiles; Al-Arabiya says IDF also attacked in Damascus
Iran and six world powers ended an expert-level meeting over Tehran’s disputed nuclear activities on Thursday, but there was no immediate word on whether they had come any closer to an elusive breakthrough deal. The two-day meeting was meant to prepare for the next round of political negotiations on November 7-8, building on a diplomatic opening created by the election of Hassan Rouhani as new Iranian president. Rouhani, a pragmatist and a former chief nuclear negotiator for Iran, took office in August promising to try to resolve the dispute after years of confrontation and secure an easing of sanctions that have damaged Iran’s oil-dependent economy. Western diplomats had said the talks at the U.N. complex in Vienna could help define the contours of any preliminary agreement on scaling back Iran’s uranium enrichment in return for an easing of sanctions.