Politics

‘Enough is Enough,’ Source Familiar With Saudi Thinking Says

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia’s position toward Iran is that “enough is enough,” a source familiar with the Saudi government’s thinking said on Sunday after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran over the execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric and Riyadh cut diplomatic ties with Tehran. The source, who spoke on condition of

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At Issue in U.N. Syria Ceasefire Plan: Who Is a Terrorist?

By Arshad Mohammed and Louis Charbonneau WASHINGTON/UNITED NATIONS, Dec 31 – A U.N. plan to suspend Syria’s nearly five-year-old civil war calls for listing which militant groups may be fought despite an eventual ceasefire, one of the toughest issues vexing diplomats trying to end the conflict. A U.N. draft discussion paper obtained by Reuters includes

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Israeli Court Cuts Ex-PM Olmert’s Jail Term, Clears Main Charge

By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM, Dec 29 – Israel’s top court slashed former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s prison sentence to 18 months from six years on Tuesday after overturning the main count in his 2014 bribery conviction. Olmert, 70, will begin serving his term on Feb. 15, according to live reports from the Jerusalem courtroom, making

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Iran Threatens Response to New U.S. Visa Restrictions

By Sam Wilkin DUBAI, Dec 28 – Iran will take reciprocal measures in response to any breach of this year’s nuclear deal, the Foreign Ministry warned on Monday, after Tehran said new U.S. visa restrictions contravened the historic agreement. Iran has started to restrict its nuclear program under the terms of the July 14 deal

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U.S. Sees Bearable Costs, Key Goals Met for Russia in Syria So Far

By Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, Dec 28 – Three months into his military intervention in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved his central goal of stabilizing the Assad government and, with the costs relatively low, could sustain military operations at this level for years, U.S. officials and military analysts say. That assessment

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Turkish Police Round Up Syrian Refugees

By Melih Aslan ISTANBUL, Dec 27 – Ghada’s five children cried out in terror when police broke into their run-down Istanbul flat at dawn and ordered the 36-year-old Syrian’s family onto a bus, without saying why. The family of seven from the northern Syrian city of Aleppo was among a group of refugees rounded up

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How Pakistan’s Military Helped Revive Talks with India

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Dec 27 – The quiet involvement of Pakistan’s powerful military in its foreign policy this year paved the way for reviving a stalled dialogue with India, officials said, a thaw leading to the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier in almost 12 years. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise

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Daesh “Gets Tougher” in Face of Air Strikes

BAGHDAD, Dec 27 – A new message purporting to come from the leader of Daesh said air strikes by Russia and a U.S.-led coalition had failed to weaken the group. “Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more

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U.N. Mulls ‘Light’ Options to Monitor Possible Syria Truce

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Dec 22 – The United Nations is mulling “light touch” options for monitoring a possible ceasefire in Syria that would keep its risks to a minimum by relying largely on Syrians already on the ground, diplomatic sources said. The U.N. Security Council on Friday unanimously called on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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