Saturday, November 01, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

Kerry, Ashton To Meet Zarif In Oman Over Iran Nuclear Crisis

Washington says that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Oman on November 9 through 10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear crisis.
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IAEA Tells Iran To Prove Nuclear Intent

The head of the UN nuclear agency says Iran needs to take “concrete actions” to prove that all of its nuclear activities are peaceful.
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Iran Rejects Western Criticism Of Human Rights Record

Iran has rejected Western criticism of its human rights record during a meeting of a UN human rights body in Geneva.
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Top Iraqi Shi'a Wants Aid For Sunni Tribes

A tribe elder in Iraq's western Anbar province has said Islamic State (IS) militants carried out execution-style killings of nearly 300 tribesmen.
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Iraqi Peshmerga Bolster Kurdish Defenders

update Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces have crossed from Turkey into Syria to join Syrian Kurds in the town of Kobani to fight against Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Iranian Lawmakers Look To Protect Vigilantes Of Islamic Justice

As Iran's parliament debates a bill that would give protection to citizens who take it upon themselves to defend Islamic values, critics warn that they risk fueling tension and normalizing violence against women.
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Iraqi Trio Detained In Switzerland Over Suspected Terror Plot

Swiss authorities say they arrested three Iraqi citizens in March who are suspected of providing support to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group and planning a terrorist attack in Europe.
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U.S. Commander Wants Advisers In West Iraq

The U.S. military's top officer has called for deploying U.S. advisers to Iraq's western Anbar Province to counter Islamic State fighters.
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Iran Claims To Foil Sabotage Attempt On Heavy Water Tanks

Iranian authorities claim they have thwarted a sabotage attempt on containers used for transporting heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors.
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Video Iraqi Kurdish Forces Enter Kobani

An initial contingent of about 10 Iraqi Kurdish fighters has entered the embattled Syrian town of Kobani to help their fellow Kurds push back Islamic State (IS) militants.
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