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U.N. Brokered Yemen Peace Talks Struggle Amid Disputes

DUBAI, Dec 17 – U.N.-sponsored Yemeni peace talks in Switzerland appeared to be struggling amid differences over government demands for the release of senior officials held by the Iran-allied Houthis, sources close to the talks said on Thursday. The dispute comes amid fresh fighting between the Houthis and forces loyal to the Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu

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Iran’s October Missile Test Violated U.N. Ban, Expert Panel States

By Louis Charbonneau UNITED NATIONS, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Iran violated a U.N. Security Council resolution in October by test-firing a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, a team of sanctions monitors said, leading to calls in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday for more sanctions on Tehran. The White House said it would not

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IAEA Set to Close 12-Year Investigation into Iran’s Nuclear Weapons

By Francois Murphy and Shadia Nasralla VIENNA, Dec 15 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog is expected on Tuesday to close its 12-year investigation into whether Iran had a secret nuclear weapons programme, a key step towards normalising Tehran’s international status after a landmark deal with major powers. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) produced

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Saudi Announces 34-state Muslim Military Alliance Against Terrorism

By Noah Browning DUBAI, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Tuesday announced the formation of a 34-state Islamic military coalition to combat terrorism, according to a joint statement published on state news agency SPA. “The countries here mentioned have decided on the formation of a military alliance led by Saudi Arabia to fight terrorism,

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Syrian Rebel Group Says Saudi Meet Must Rule Out Concessions

RIYADH, Dec 9 – The powerful Islamist insurgent group Ahrar Al Sham said on Wednesday that a Syrian opposition meeting in Saudi Arabia must insist that President Bashar Al Assad face justice and that Syria’s “institutions of oppression” are dismantled. The group, whose founders had links to Al Qaeda, is taking part in the meeting

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Iran Arrests 53 People for Running pro-Daesh Websites

ANKARA, Dec 7 – Iran’s cyber police chief said on Monday officers had arrested 53 people for running websites supporting the Daesh militant group, Tasnim news agency reported. Kamal Hadianfar said most had been based “in provinces near border areas,” without specifying where. Shiite Muslim power Iran said last month it had broken up a

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Saudi-Iran Rivalry Sets Scene for OPEC Showdown Over Output

By Alex Lawler, Vladimir Soldatkin and Shadia Nasralla VIENNA, Dec 7 (Reuters) – It used to be said of OPEC that it was like a teabag – it only worked in hot water. If that is so, conditions on world oil markets could hardly be more difficult as prices languish at almost seven-year lows near

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U.N.-Backed Yemen Peace Talks to Convene on Dec. 15

ADEN, Yemen, Dec 5 (Reuters) – United Nations-backed peace talks aimed at ending eight months of civil war in Yemen between an Iranian-allied militia group and the embattled Saudi-backed government will convene on Dec. 15, Saudi-owned TV quoted Yemen’s foreign minister as saying. “Consultations on the implementation of Resolution 2216 will be held on Dec.

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Iran Says Future of Syria’s President Assad a ‘Red Line’

DUBAI, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A top advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader on Sunday said the future of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad could only be determined by the Syrian people and this was a “red line” for Tehran. Assad’s fate is a sticking point in talks between world powers aimed at finding a political solution

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Iraq’s PM Finds Himself Caught in The Crossfire, Again

By Suadad Al Salhy WEB EXCLUSIVE This past weekend has seen Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi at the center of yet another political storm following the announcement by U.S. officials that they planned to deploy more troops on the ground. Abadi has received messages—both direct and indirect—from Shiite political partners alluding to the risks

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