Monday, March 30, 2015


News and Features from the Middle East

Lavrov, Kerry Discuss Progress Toward Iran Nuclear Deal

The Kremlin said on March 30 that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have met in Lausanne, Switzerland to discuss the status of negotiations with Iran on its nuclear program as well as “key regional and international issues” in the Middle East.
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Iraqi Ground Forces, U.S. Air Strikes Focus On IS-Held Tikrit

Iraqi security forces continued to battle Islamic State militants in central Tikrit early on March 30 as the United States and its allies provided air support.
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Iran Nuclear Talks Intensify

Representatives of Iran and six world powers are intensifying talks in Switzerland, as a deadline to reach a deal on Tehran's nuclear program looms.
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Iran Talks Intensify; Kerry Nixes Trip

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has cancelled plans to return to the United States for an event honoring Edward Kennedy in order to remain at the ongoing Iran nuclear talks in Switzerland.
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Iran Blamed For Yemen Conflict

A Saudi-led coalition of 10 Sunni Arab states continued to launch air strikes early on March 29 against Shi’ite rebels in Yemen that allegedly are backed by Iran.
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Iran: Accord 'Highly Likely' At Nuke Talks

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has said that there is a “90 percent probability” Tehran and six world powers will adopt a political declaration in their negotiations before an end-of-March deadline.
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Iranian Screenwriter, TV Producer Jailed

A former screenwriter and producer with Iran’s state-controlled television has been in jail in Tehran for the past two months.
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Iran’s Foreign Minister Says Progress Made In Nuclear Talks

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says progress has been made in nuclear talks in Lausanne aimed at reaching an initial agreement aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
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Who Has A Stake In Yemen Fight

Saudi Arabia's military intervention against Iranian-backed militants in Yemen has raised the stakes in a region already wracked by multiple conflicts, and reverberates well beyond the Middle East. Here's a look at who has a stake in the fight.
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Arab League Summit Opens With Focus On Yemen

A summit of Arab League nations started March 28 in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi calling for the creation of a joint Arab military force to confront regional security threats.
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