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Ceasefire between Israel and Hamas holds after intense fighting

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Iran invite to Syria talks withdrawn after boycott threat

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad welcomes Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, before a meeting in DamascusBy Louis Charbonneau and Parisa Hafezi UNITED NATIONS/ANKARA (Reuters) – U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon withdrew a last-minute invitation to Iran to attend peace talks on Syria on Monday after the Syrian opposition threatened to boycott this week's conference if President Bashar al-Assad's main sponsor took part. Ending nearly 24 hours of confusion that dismayed diplomats who have spent months cajoling Assad's opponents to negotiate, Ban's spokesman said Iran was no longer welcome at the initial day of talks at Montreux, Switzerland on Wednesday. But the uproar over Iran, which has provided Assad with money, arms and men, underlined the difficulties of negotiating an end to a bloody, three-year civil war that has divided the Middle East and world powers. Ban, his spokesman said, made the invitation to Iran after Iranian officials assured him they supported the conclusion of a U.N. conference in 2012, known as Geneva-1, which called for a transitional administration to take over power in Syria – something neither Assad nor Tehran have been willing to embrace.


Arab bloggers aim to boost cyberactivism

Egyptian anti-government bloggers work on their laptops from Cairo's Tahrir square on February 10, 2011"Discussions today included digital security and how to defend ourselves through the Internet," Leila Nachawtai, a media coordinator at the launch of the Fourth Arab Bloggers Summit, told AFP. Bloggers and social media activists from across the Middle East and North Africa are taking part in the four-day meeting "to debate and develop new strategies to deal with the rising challenges," organisers said in a statement.


Red Cross ready to step up Syria aid, help prisoner swaps

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The Red Cross is ready to deliver aid to besieged towns in Syria and facilitate prisoner exchanges if the warring sides agree to confidence-building measures at peace talks in Switzerland, a senior official told Reuters on Monday. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Friday he had handed Russia plans for a ceasefire with rebel forces in Syria’s biggest city, Aleppo, and was ready to exchange lists on a possible prisoner swap. “The ICRC has a very clear stand on this. We can offer to play a role of neutral intermediary in the event of an exchange of prisoners provided this is done according to our modalities,” Robert Mardini, head of operations for the Near and Middle East at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told Reuters in an interview in Geneva.

Iran curbs enrichment as nuclear deal takes effect

Unidentified IAEA inspectors and Iranian technicians disconnect the connections between the twin cascades for 20 percent uranium production at the nuclear power plant of Natanz on January, 20, 2014Iran halted production of 20 percent enriched uranium on Monday, marking the entry into force of an landmark deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear programme. After nearly a decade of negotiations between Western powers and Iran over its nuclear drive, which the West suspected was aimed at developing weapons despite Tehran's denials, the two sides reached the interim agreement in November. And the powers kept to their part of the deal, with both the European Union and United States announcing they were easing crippling sanctions on Iran. The move came as the United Nations invited Iran to a peace conference on the war in Tehran's ally Syria, despite objections from Arab and Western nations.


Geneva deal doesn’t stop Iran’s bid for a bomb: Israel

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) listens to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on January 20, 2014A global interim agreement to halt Iran's nuclear programme, which went into force Monday, will not stop Tehran trying to develop a military atomic capability, Israel's prime minister said. Addressing parliament just hours after the deal took effect, Benjamin Netanyahu said the Geneva agreement did not go far enough, and urged the world to seek a complete halt to the "Iran nuclear train" in the planned permanent arrangement. "The interim agreement which went into force today does not prevent Iran from realising its intention to develop nuclear weapons," he said in a special session also addressed by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.