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Amid differences, Israel's Netanyahu to seek reassurances from Obama on Iran

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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu meet for a new round in their often-tense relationship on Wednesday, facing differences over Iran diplomacy and Middle East peace efforts as well as complications from the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants.

Iranian man executed for heresy: rights group

DUBAI - A former psychologist has been executed for heresy in Iran after eight years in detention, human rights groups said, in the latest example of what activists say is a worrying rise in the use of death penalty by the Islamic Republic.

World, Davos 30 Sep 2014

Exclusive: NY targets Commerzbank employees in sanctions accord - sources

NEW YORK - New York's financial regulator wants some Commerzbank AG employees to be fired as part of a settlement over allegations the German lender improperly processed transactions with Iran and other countries facing U.S. sanctions, according to people familiar with the matter.

Iran to give military grant to Lebanese army: official

Beirut - Iran is to give a military grant to the Lebanese Army, the head of Iran's national security council said on Tuesday, boosting security forces that are already backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States.

World, Saudi Arabia 30 Sep 2014

Israel PM tries to shift focus from Islamic State to Iran at U.N

UNITED NATIONS - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from the Islamic State militant group and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat than "militant Islamists on pickup trucks." | Video

Israel's Netanyahu: Iran poses greater threat than Islamic State

UNITED NATIONS - Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from the Islamic State militant group and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat than "militant Islamists on pickup trucks." | Video

Exclusive: NY targets Commerzbank employees in sanctions accord - sources

NEW YORK - New York's financial regulator wants some Commerzbank AG employees to be fired as part of a settlement over allegations the German lender improperly processed transactions with Iran and other countries facing U.S. sanctions, according to people familiar with the matter.

No breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks, sides agree to keep talking

UNITED NATIONS - Iran and six world powers made little progress in overcoming significant disagreements in the most recent round of nuclear talks, including on uranium enrichment, Iranian and Western diplomats close to the negotiations said on Friday. | Video

World, Davos, United Nations 27 Sep 2014

In 'Parts Unknown,' Anthony Bourdain is not a man on a mission

LOS ANGELES - Anthony Bourdain's television travelogue "Parts Unknown" goes to Iran to discover how people live behind the geopolitical smoke screen and to small-town Massachusetts to chronicle the heroin scourge.

Commerzbank to be investigated over money laundering charges: WSJ

- Germany's second-largest lender Commerzbank AG is being investigated by the Manhattan U.S. attorney for alleged violations of money-laundering laws, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Hong Kong democracy protesters and officials mark uneasy National Day

HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, some of them jeering National Day celebrations, as demonstrations spread to a new area of the city, ratcheting up pressure on its pro-Beijing government. | Video