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28th Sep 2013

UN: IAEA says talks with Iran “very constructive”

The UN atomic agency said on Friday it held “very constructive” talks with Iran, announcing a future meeting between the two parties. Following a flurry of meetings at the UN General Assembly this week in New York, Herman Nackaerts, chief … Continued

27th Sep 2013

Iran calls on Israel to join nuclear non-proliferation treaty

Iran’s President Hassan Rohani on Thursday called on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty and put its widely suspected nuclear arms under international control. “No nation should possess nuclear weapons,” Rohani, whose country is accused by western countries of seeking … Continued

13th Sep 2013

IAEA envoy says Iran willing to cooperate on nuclear issue

Iran’s new envoy to the UN nuclear agency said on Thursday he would cooperate with it to find a way to “overcome existing issues once and for all.” But Ambassador Reza Najafi, at his first board meeting of the International … Continued

11th Sep 2013

Iran’s President Rouhani says ‘win-win’ possible in nuclear talks with the west

  Iran’s new president has said a “win-win” deal with world powers over its nuclear program is possible, but time for an agreement is “limited.” His remarks come ahead of his address at the UN General Assembly this month. Iranian … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Iran reassigns nuclear tasks responsibility to foreign ministry

Iran has tasked its foreign ministry with leading planned international nuclear talks. Tehran hopes the ministry, led by career diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif, will be capable of ending a deadlock in negotiations. New Iranian President Hassan Rouhani confirmed Thursday that … Continued

4th Sep 2013

Syria: Searching for the truth in Syria

The US government, France and the German intelligence service all agree that Syrian President Assad’s troops used chemical weapons. But how can they be so sure? Critics say there’s no definite proof. The pictures show dozens of bodies, children’s among … Continued

3rd Sep 2013

France: Syrian Govt ‘used’ chemical weapons

A French intelligence report claims there was “massive use of chemical agents” in an attack in east Damascus last month. The classified information was released on Monday after Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (pictured above on right) presented evidence to prominent … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Arab League urges action against Syrian government

Arab League member countries have issued a resolution calling on the international community to take the “necessary measures” against the Syrian government after the alleged use of chemical weapons by regime troops. Arab foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Sunday, … Continued

2nd Sep 2013

Syria’s opposition “disappointed” over delay in US attack

Syria’s main opposition bloc said Sunday it was disappointed with US President Barack Obama’s decision to seek approval from Congress to launch strike against the Syrian government, but said it believed lawmakers would vote in favor of an attack. “We … Continued

31st Aug 2013

Turkey banks on Washington’s support for an invasion, despite a ‘no-war’ vote by the UK Parliament

Ankara, (Hurriyet Daily News):  Turkey has been chastened by the U.K.’s decision not to participate in military action against Syria over alleged chemical weapons use, but is still hoping to proceed with an intervention together with U.S. support. “The Americans, … Continued

31st Aug 2013

Syria: UN inspectors depart Syria as Obama mulls ‘limited, narrow’ military intervention

A team of UN inspectors investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria has left the country. This comes after US President Barack Obama said Washington was considering a “limited” military mission there. The 13 UN inspectors reportedly left … Continued

31st Aug 2013

US and France press on with Syria strike plans as NATO opts out

The suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria demands an international response but NATO will not take part, alliance head Anders Fogh Rasmussen told Danish media on Friday. “I see no NATO role in an international reaction to the (Syrian) … Continued

30th Aug 2013

Syria attack: Where does Hizbullah stand?

  The Resistance, for its part, has so far chosen to hold its cards close, remaining quiet about its options. (Photo: Marwan Bu Haidar)   By Ibrahim al-Amin It’s kind of the Americans and Europeans to ask the people they’re … Continued

30th Aug 2013

Syria: US could forego UN for Syria strike as Russia, Britain bolster army presence

Russia will send two ships to the east Mediterranean to strengthen its naval presence because of the “well-known situation” in Syria, Interfax news agency said on Thursday, as the United States stopped seeking a United Nations mandate for its planned … Continued

29th Aug 2013

UK’s Syria stance reminiscent of Iraq invasion

The UN Security Council has failed to agree on a British draft resolution authorizing military force in Syria, which Russia called premature. Critics in the UK warn against a repeat of the unauthorized invasion of Iraq. Russian and Chinese opposition … Continued

29th Aug 2013

Obama lays out case for possible military strike in Syria

US President Barack Obama has laid out justifications for a possible military strike on Syria. He has said that he’s “concluded” the Syrian regime was behind a deadly chemical weapons attack. Obama explained Wednesday how he would use a limited … Continued

28th Aug 2013

Iran has ‘Plan B’ for post-Assad Syria

A US military strike in Syria will have repercussions across the region, and will certainly raise hackles in Iran. But ultimately, say analysts, Tehran will call the West’s bluff, as it always does. After last week’s horrific chemical attack on … Continued

28th Aug 2013

Syria: Western nations ready for military intervention in Syria

Western nations are prepping for possible military intervention after claiming the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on civilians. With opposition in the UN, a strike would likely not have international approval. US Secretary of State Chuck Hagel said Tuesday that … Continued

27th Aug 2013

US, Germany hit out at chemical weapons use in Syria

  US Secretary of State John Kerry has called the use of chemical weapons in Syria a “moral obscenity.” Germany has said that, if proven, the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons “cannot be without consequence.” Kerry on Monday described … Continued

27th Aug 2013

Syria: UN investigators collect samples from chemical attack site

UN chemical weapons inspectors in Syria met and took samples from victims of an apparent poison gas attack in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus on Monday after the UN team themselves survived a sniper attack that hit a vehicle in … Continued

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