Monday, March 02, 2015


News and Features from the Middle East

Iranian Flight Lands In Yemen After Deal

An Iranian flight has landed in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, a day after officials from the Shi'ite-militia-controlled city signed an aviation agreement with Tehran.
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Israel PM To Oppose U.S.-Iran Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left Israel for Washington to present his arguments against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.
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IS Militants Attack Samarra

Islamic State (IS) militants have launched an attack on the northern Iraq city of Samarra where security forces and Shi'ite militia groups have been assembling ahead of an anticipated offensive against IS positions.
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Kurdish Fighters Rout IS Militants From Town Near Iraq

Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led coalition air strikes have fought their way into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State militants, only days after the group abducted dozens of Christians in the region.
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Iran Cleric Cites 'Final Steps' In Nuclear Talks

Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers leader said the "final steps" were being taken in Iran's talks with six global powers aimed at reaching an agreement curbing Tehran's disputed nuclear program.
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Report Warns Iraq Minorities Being Wiped Out

Human Rights organizations warn that the Islamic State (IS) extremist group has targeted minority communities in Iraq in a “systematic strategy to remove them permanently” from large parts of the country.
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Argentina President Cleared Of Cover-Up

A judge has dismissed the charges against Argentina's President, Cristina Fernandez, and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman over the alleged cover-up in a 1994 terrorist attack.
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U.S. Lawmakers Criticize Human Rights Abuses In Iran

Several U.S. lawmakers criticized the “atrocious” human rights situation in Iran, including the high number of executions, the discrimination against Baha’is and the crackdown on freedom of expression.
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Air Strikes On IS Fighters In Iraq

The U.S.-led coalition says it conducted 14 air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria in the past 24 hours.
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Kerry To Meet Russia, Iran FMs Soon

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with his Russian and Iranian counterparts in Switzerland on March 2.
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