Friday, December 19, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

Iran Urged To Be More Flexible

Western diplomats at the United Nations are urging Iran to be more flexible in talks with world powers on Tehran's nuclear program.
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U.S.: Top IS Leaders Killed In Iraq

The Pentagon says air strikes by the United States and its allies have killed "multiple" senior and mid-level Islamic State leaders.
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Iraqi Kurdish Troops Open Corridor To Sinjar

A senior Kurdish official says Iraqi Kurdish forces battling Islamic State jihadists have managed to open up a corridor to Sinjar Mountain to allow thousands of people from the country's Yazidi religious minority to flee the area.
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Iran Says 'Good Steps, Good Atmosphere' At Nuclear Talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says talks with six world powers on Tehran's nuclear program are being conducted "in a good atmosphere."
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Iran Rights Group Wants Access To United States

An Iranian human rights body has urged the United Nations to allow its inspectors to travel to the United States to investigate the rights situation there.
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U.K. Troops Cleared Of Iraq Torture

A British public inquiry has rejected allegations that British troops killed Iraqi prisoners and tortured or seriously abused others after a 2004 battle in southern Iraq.
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Iran: Ex-U.S. Marine On Hunger Strike

The family of a former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran says he is going on a hunger strike.
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Iran Allows Afghan Refugees To Study

Iranian authorities have agreed to allow the children of illegal Afghan immigrants to attend Iranian schools and universities.
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Britain May Increase Iraq Deployments

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has been quoted by a British newspaper as saying that his country is likely to increase the number of its forces in Iraq to "the very low hundreds."
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Millions Attend Iraqi Shi'ite Festival

Millions of Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims defied the threat of attacks by Sunni extremist militants on December 13 and thronged the streets of the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala for the climax of annual Arbaeen mourning rituals.
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