Cruz, O'Rourke trade attacks during testy 1st Texas debate

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Mueller Probe's Fate Hinges On Rod Rosenstein Convincing Trump He Was Just Joking

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Sexual Assault Groups Stop Work With Senators Over Treatment Of Christine Blasey Ford

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Pompeo: We will hold Iran accountable

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Abbas denies refusing talks with Israel

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‘Historic’ nuclear deal hailed in Tehran, slammed by Israel

In this photo released by the Government Press Office, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement to the press in Jerusalem, Friday, April 3, 2015. Netanyahu said that he and his Cabinet are united in "strongly opposing" a framework deal on curbing Iran's nuclear program. Iran and six world powers announced a set of understandings on such a framework on Thursday. They face a June 30 deadline for a final deal. (AP Photo/Kobi Gideon, GPO) ISRAEL OUTWell-wishers hailed Iran's nuclear negotiators as they returned to Tehran Friday from reaching a potentially historic framework deal with world powers, but Israel warned it was a "very dangerous" step. As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened security chiefs to prepare Israel's response, Iranians awaited the first reaction from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran and six world powers agreed the outlines of the deal aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear drive on Thursday — in a major breakthrough in the 12-year standoff between Iran and the West.


Moscow hails recognition of Iran’s right to civilian nuclear programme

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends press conference on the announcement of an agreement on Iran nuclear talks on April 2, 2015 in LausanneRussia on Thursday welcomed a framework deal curbing Iran's nuclear drive, hailing it as a recognition of Tehran's "unconditional right" to pursue a civilian nuclear programme. "This deal contains the principal put forward by Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is Iran's unconditional right to a peaceful nuclear programme," the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement.


Amnesty probing reports of Iraqi forces’ abuses in Tikrit

Smoke billows during a military operation by Iraqi forces and allied paramilitaries to retake the city of Tikrit from Islamic State group jihadists on March 30, 2015Amnesty International said Thursday it was investigating reports of serious human rights violations committed by Iraqi government and allied forces in the operation to retake the city of Tikrit. "We are very concerned by reports of widespread human rights abuses committed in the course of the military operation in the area around Tikrit," the rights watchdog's Donatella Rovera told AFP. Security forces backed by paramilitary groups and US-led air strikes recaptured Tikrit from the Islamic State group this week.


Yemen rebels seize presidential palace in Aden

Huthi movement fighters stand guard in Sanaa on April 1, 2015, during a demonstration against Saudi-led coalition's Operation Decisive Storm against the Huthi rebelsYemeni rebels seized President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi's palace in his former southern stronghold Aden Thursday, dealing a symbolic blow to the self-exiled leader despite a week of Saudi-led air strikes. As the war-torn country descended deeper into chaos, Al-Qaeda militants freed hundreds of inmates in a jailbreak. The advance by Iran-backed rebels deep into Aden, the last bastion of Hadi supporters, appeared to further douse prospects of his returning any time soon from neighbouring Saudi Arabia. "Dozens of Huthi militia and their allies arrived in armoured troop carriers and entered Al-Maashiq presidential palace," said a senior security official who witnessed their advance.


Bruising week for Syria’s Assad as troops suffer losses

Members of the Jordanian government forces patrol the border with Syria near the Nasib crossing in the town of Jaber, north of Mafraq, Jordan, Thursday, April 2, 2015. Syrian rebels and fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front have captured the only functioning border crossing with Jordan and three nearby military posts, prompting Syrian government bombing raids on the area, activists said Thursday. The Jordanian government closed the Nasib crossing Tuesday night for security reasons. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)BEIRUT (AP) — It was a bruising week for Syria's Bashar Assad. The rapid collapse of his forces on two fronts in the north and south brought the opposition its biggest victories in two years, raising serious questions about the president's ability to fend off increasingly sophisticated rebel campaigns.