U.S.-Israel ties fraying over Netanyahu speech, Iran talks


WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM - As relations between President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu hit a new low over the Israeli prime minister’s planned speech to Congress and a looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, there are growing signs it could damage the broader U.S.-Israeli alliance.

Obama to veto bill letting Congress weigh in on Iran deal

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama would veto a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Senate allowing Congress to weigh in on any deal the United States and other negotiating countries reach with Iran on its nuclear capabilities, the White House said on Saturday.

Politics, World 28 Feb 2015

Netanyahu takes Iran campaign to Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Benjamin Netanyahu took his campaign against a nuclear deal with Iran to Jerusalem's sacred Western Wall on Saturday, on the eve of his departure to Washington to address Congress on the issue.

World, Israel 28 Feb 2015

Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week: U.S. official

WASHINGTON - Talks on curbing Iran’s nuclear program have made substantial progress, a senior U.S. official said on Friday as the White House braced for an onslaught of criticism next week from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

World, Politics, Israel 27 Feb 2015

U.S. bill would require congressional review of any Iran deal

WASHINGTON - U.S. senators introduced legislation late on Friday requiring congressional review of any deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

27 Feb 2015

Iran nuclear talks advancing, no deal likely next week: U.S. official

WASHINGTON - Negotiations on an agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program have advanced substantially, but difficult issues remain and a senior U.S. official said he did not expect a deal in the coming week.

Politics, World 27 Feb 2015

Argentine judge says no evidence government tried to derail bombing probe

BUENOS AIRES - There is no evidence that President Cristina Fernandez tried to whitewash Iran's purported involvement in a deadly 1994 bombing, an Argentine judge told Reuters in an interview on Thursday after dismissing the case. | Video

27 Feb 2015

Argentine judge throws out cover-up allegation against president

BUENOS AIRES - An Argentine judge on Thursday dismissed allegations that President Cristina Fernandez tried to cover up Iran's purported involvement in the deadly bombing of a Jewish center in 1994.

26 Feb 2015

UAE court sentences six Iranians to life in jail over British businessman's kidnap

DUBAI - A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced six Iranians, three of them in absentia, to life in prison for kidnapping a British businessman who went missing in Dubai in 2013, newspapers reported on Thursday.

26 Feb 2015

Iran stages war games, boats hit mock-up U.S. ship

BEIRUT - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards staged war games in the Strait of Hormuz on Wednesday, including a gunboat attack on a model U.S. warship, in Tehran's latest display of military muscle in a Gulf shipping channel vital to world oil exports. | Video

25 Feb 2015

Russians to march in memory of murdered critic of Putin

MOSCOW - Opposition supporters will march through Moscow on Sunday in memory of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, whose murder has increased concern about Russia's future among opponents of President Vladimir Putin. | Video