Gunmen kill 25, including 12 Revolutionary Guards, in attack on Iran military parade

State television said the assault, which wounded more than 60 people, targeted a stand where Iranian officials had gathered in ...
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Gunmen attack Iran military parade, killing at least 24

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Gunmen attacked an annual Iranian military parade Saturday in the country's oil-rich southwest, killing at least ...
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Iran: Attackers who killed 12 members of Revolutionary Guard connected to Israel and U.S.

State media reports 60 wounded, 24 killed in attack on military parade in city of Ahvaz ■ Foreign Minister Javad ...
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Committee gives Kavanaugh accuser more time

WASHINGTON (AP) — The high-stakes brinkmanship over whether Brett Kavanaugh's accuser would testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee came to ...
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Survivor pulled from capsized Tanzanian ferry as death toll reaches 207

By Jackson Njehia UKARA, Tanzania (Reuters) - Divers on Saturday rescued a man from the wreck of an overcrowded Tanzanian ...
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China cancels U.S. trade talks: WSJ

China has canceled upcoming trade talks with the United States and will not send vice-premier Liu He to Washington next ...
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Jerusalem panel meets amid Israel-EU settlement row

Mahmud Abbas (L) and the Moroccan King Mohammed VI (2nd R) attend the al-Quds (meaning Jerusalem) Committee Meeting in Support of Middle East Peace Process on January 17, 2014 at the royal palace in MarrakeshMarrakech (Morocco) (AFP) – Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned on Friday against Israel using peace talks as a "cover" to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank. Abbas was speaking in Morocco at a meeting of the Al-Quds (Jerusalem) Committee amid heightened concern by Arab and Western nations over new Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The US-brokered peace talks must "not serve as a cover for the expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories," said Abbas.


Exclusive: Russia steps up military lifeline to Syria’s Assad – sources

Forces loyal to President al-Assad walk with weapons in Aleppo town of NaqarenBy Jonathan Saul LONDON (Reuters) – In recent weeks Russia has stepped up supplies of military gear to Syria, including armored vehicles, drones and guided bombs, boosting President Bashar al-Assad just as rebel infighting has weakened the insurgency against him, sources with knowledge of the deliveries say. Moscow, which is trying to raise its diplomatic and economic influence in the Middle East, has been a major provider of conventional weapons to Syria, giving Assad crucial support during the three-year civil war and blocking wider Western attempts to punish him with sanctions for the use of force against civilians. Syria has even said some countries formally opposed to Assad have begun discussing security cooperation with his government. Several sources told Reuters that Assad's forces had since December received deliveries of weaponry and other military supplies, including unmanned spy drones known as UAVs, which have been arranged by Russia either directly or via proxies.


Kerry insists no place for Assad in Syria’s future

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Friday that President Bashar al-Assad has no place in Syria’s future and he said the United States had options to step up pressure on him. Kerry will lead a U.S. delegation to Switzerland next week for peace talks between the Syrian government and rebels aimed at ending the country’s civil war. Syrian opposition groups are meeting in Istanbul to vote on whether to attend the U.N.-backed talks in Montreux on January 22. “I believe as we begin to … get into this process, that it will become clear there is no political solution whatsoever if Assad is not discussing a transition and if he thinks he is going to be part of that future.

IAEA asks member states to pay extra cost of Iran nuclear deal

An Iranian operator monitors the nuclear power plant unit in BushehrBy Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog said on Friday it needed extra money from member states to fund the 6 million euro ($8.2 million) cost of verifying a landmark nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will play a pivotal role in checking that Iran lives up to its part of the interim deal by curbing its disputed uranium enrichment activity in exchange for some easing of international sanctions that are severely damaging its oil-dependent economy. Israel, the United States and other western governments have long suspected Iran of using its nuclear energy program as a cover to develop atomic weapons. Tehran denies this, saying it needs nuclear power to generate electricity.