Saturday, April 19, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

General Urges Iran To Pick New UN Envoy

A senior Iranian military official has called on Tehran to name a new envoy to the UN after Washington refused to issue a visa to its chosen ambassador.
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U.S. Law Signed To Deny Iran Envoy Visa

U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a law that blocks the granting of a U.S. visa for Iranian diplomat Hamid Abutalebi, who was selected by Tehran to be its new ambassador to the United Nations.
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Rohani: Iran Seeks Peace

Iran's President Hassan Rohani says Tehran has no intention of committing acts of aggression but is also ready to defend itself.
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Iraqi Immigrant Guilty Of Killing Wife

In the United States, a court in California has convicted an Iraqi immigrant of beating his wife to death.
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Security Forces Storm Tehran's Evin Prison

Dozens of Iranian security forces have stormed a section of Tehran's Evin prison where political prisoners are held, injuring a number of the detainees.
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U.S. Releasing Frozen Iranian Funds

The United States says it is taking steps to release a $450 million installment of frozen Iranian funds in response to Tehran meeting its commitment under the interim deal reached with world power in November.
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12 Dead In Iraq Attack

Officials in Iraq say at least 12 soldiers have been killed and more than 10 injured in an attack on a military base outside the northern city of Mosul.
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Bombers Strike Checkpoints In Ramadi

Officials in Iraq's conflict-torn Anbar Province say two suicide bombers have blown up vehicles packed with explosives, killing at least five people.
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Iran Says Missile Program Off-Limits In Nuclear Talks

An Iranian official says Tehran will not include its ballistic-missile program as part of talks with six world powers on an agreement to curb Iran's controversial nuclear program.
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Families Flee Possible Anbar Offensive

In Iraq, more than 1,000 families are reported to have fled the city of Fallujah ahead of possible government air strikes targeting Islamist militants.
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