Friday, October 24, 2014


News and Features from the Middle East

U.S.: Iran Will Not Get Nuclear Weapon

The top U.S. negotiator in nuclear talks with Iran says Washington will not allow Tehran to obtain nuclear arms.
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Health Minister Says Ebola Could Enter Iran

Iranian Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi said on October 23 that the deadly Ebola virus is likely to enter Iran.
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Turkey OKs Peshmerga Passage To Kobani

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says some 200 Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga forces will be allowed to transit Turkey to help Syrian Kurds fight against Islamic State (IS) militants in the besieged town of Kobani.
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Iran, China Want Closer Military Ties

The Chinese defense minister has told the visiting head of the Iranian Navy that Beijing wants to strengthen military ties with Iran.
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Iraqi Kurds To Send Fighters To Kobani

The parliament of Iraq's Kurdish regional government has approved sending Kurdish fighters to the embattled Syrian town of Kobani.
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Blackwater Guards Guilty In Iraq Deaths

Four ex-employees of the Blackwater security firm have been found guilty in a U.S. court in connection with the 2007 Baghdad shooting deaths of at least 14 people
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Hundreds Of Iranians Protest Acid Attacks

Large crowds numbering in the hundreds have demonstrated in Tehran and Isfahan against several recent acid attacks on women that apparently occurred because they were not properly veiled.
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Thousands Of Iranians Protest Acid Attacks

Thousands of Iranians have demonstrated in Tehran and Isfahan against several recent acid attacks against women accused of not being "properly veiled."
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Yazidi Assault 'May Be Genocide'

A United Nations official says evidence strongly indicates that the Islamic State group's assault on Iraq's Yazidi religious minority is "an attempt to commit genocide."
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Kerry To Meet Merkel In Berlin

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on October 22, in a visit to mark next month's 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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