Friday, May 29, 2015


News and Features from the Middle East

Baghdad Hotel Blasts Kill 10

Car bombs have exploded near two of Baghdad's most luxurious hotels, killing at least 10 people, authorities said.
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Pentagon Looking At Ways To Improve Iraq Training, Equipping

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said U.S. defense policy officials and military officers are looking for ways to improve and speed up the program to train and equip Iraqi forces.
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Iraq Exhumes Hundreds Of IS Victims

Iraqi authorities say they have exhumed the remains of 470 of people believed to have been summarily killed by Islamic State (IS) militants near the city of Tikrit last year.
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Iran Hopes For Deal In 'Reasonable' Time

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he hopes Tehran and world powers can reach a final nuclear deal "within a reasonable period of time," but warned against making "excessive demands" of Iran.
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Lead U.S. Iran-Talks Envoy Leaving

The Obama administration's lead nuclear negotiator is leaving her post this summer.
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Kerry To Meet Iranian Counterpart

The U.S. State Department says Secretary of State John Kerry plans to travel to Geneva for a May 30 meeting with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif for another round of nuclear talks.
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Syria Calls For More Iraqi Coordination In Fight Against IS

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem says Damascus wants more coordination with Baghdad to combat Islamic State (IS) militants.
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Washington Post Reporter's Tehran Trial Starts

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian went on trial behind closed doors in Iran May 26 on charges of spying, in a case U.S. authorities are calling "absurd."
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Iraqi Forces On Ramadi Outskirts

Iraqi forces took up positions around the capital of the majority-Sunni province of Anbar on May 27, seizing two districts after clashes with Islamic State (IS) fighters.
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Reporter's Iran Trial Not 'Transparent'

The United States has criticized the "complete lack of transparency" in the trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been detained in Iran for almost 10 months on charges that include "espionage."
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