Iran

Exclusive: New Iran U.N. envoy appointee expected to get U.S. visa - sources

UNITED NATIONS/ANKARA - Iran's newly appointed U.N. ambassador is set to receive a U.S. visa so he can take up that key post, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday, likely removing a major strain on Tehran's tense relations with Washington.

Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to U.S. Congress could hurt Iran talks

PHILADELPHIA - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's scheduled speech to the U.S. Congress in March could damage the Obama administration's attempts to broker a deal with Iran on nuclear weapons development, the senior U.S. House of Representatives Democrat said on Wednesday.

Politics, Israel 28 Jan 2015

Democrats hold off on new Iran sanctions vote -for now

WASHINGTON - Key Democratic U.S. senators said on Tuesday they would put off supporting new Iran sanctions for at least two months, after a threat by President Barack Obama to veto a bill he said could scuttle talks with Tehran over its nuclear program.

27 Jan 2015

Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan: Israeli military

JERUSALEM - At least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel returned fire, the military said, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

World, Syria, Israel 27 Jan 2015

Iran says Israel crossed 'red lines', vows to respond: IRNA

DUBAI - Iran has told the United States that an Israeli air strike which killed an Iranian general in Syria last week had crossed "red lines" and the Islamic Republic will respond, a senior official was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

World, Syria, Israel 27 Jan 2015

Democratic senators set resolution countering push for tougher Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON - Democratic U.S. senators introduced a resolution on Monday opposing more sanctions on Iran unless nuclear talks fail or Tehran breaks an agreement, countering a push for tougher sanctions backed by Republicans that President Barack Obama has pledged to veto.

26 Jan 2015

Talks to end Yemen's political crisis falter

SANAA - - Talks aimed at ending Yemen's political crisis faltered on Sunday when three of the country's main political parties quit negotiations with the Iranian-backed Shi'ite Houthi group, raising the prospect of growing chaos.

World, Yemen 25 Jan 2015

Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech as anti-Iran strategy

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.

Iran's foreign minister summoned to parliament over walk with Kerry

DUBAI - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is to appear before parliament following controversy over a promenade with his American counterpart during intense nuclear negotiations in Geneva, state media reported on Sunday.

World, Davos 25 Jan 2015

Exclusive: Some counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen frozen for now - U.S. officials

WASHINGTON - The United States has halted some counter-terrorism operations against al Qaeda militants in Yemen following a takeover of the country by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, U.S. officials said on Friday. | Video

World, Yemen 24 Jan 2015
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Islamic State purportedly sets new deadline for hostage swap

AMMAN/TOKYO - An audio message purportedly from a Japanese journalist being held by Islamic State militants said a Jordanian air force pilot also captured by the group would be killed unless an Iraqi female prisoner in Jordan was released by sunset on Thursday. | Video