At root of Argentina spy intrigue: a deal with Iran

BUENOS AIRES - President Cristina Fernandez has portrayed Argentina's spy agency as sinister, accountable to no one, and possibly responsible for the mysterious death of a prominent prosecutor in his Buenos Aires apartment.

U.S. Senate panel advances Iran sanctions bill

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Banking Committee voted 18-4 on Thursday to advance a bill that would toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators fail to reach an agreement on Tehran's nuclear program by the end of June.

29 Jan 2015

Iran says nuclear talks with Europeans 'promising' but no progress

ANKARA - Iran said talks with France, Germany and Britain on Thursday on its nuclear program were "promising" but more work was needed to settle the 12-year standoff, the official IRNA news agency reported.

World, France, Germany 29 Jan 2015

Pelosi says Netanyahu speech to 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 29 Jan 2015

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.

World, United Nations 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

Japan, Jordan seek news on fate of Islamic State captives

AMMAN/TOKYO - Japan and Jordan scrambled on Friday to find out what had happened to two of their nationals being held by Islamic State, after a deadline passed for the release of a would-be suicide bomber being held on death row in Amman. | Video