Mideast / S. Asia

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Obama invites Netanyahu, Abbas for direct talks; Jerusalem moratorium ends Sept. 26

WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has invited Israel and the Palestinian Authority to resume direct negotiations. Officials said President Barack Obama has scheduled the launch of direct talks between Israel and the PA for Sept. 2 in Washington . They said Obama has granted a one-year deadline for the success of the talks, meant […]

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Outlaw state Sudan wants own reactor by 2020

CAIRO — Sudan, deemed a terrorist sponsor, has announced a nuclear program. The Khartoum regime said it would acquire and install a nuclear reactor by 2020. Official said the reactor would be used for the generation of electricity. “The Electricity and Dams Ministry has already started preparing for the project to produce power from nuclear […]

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Untold story: Ahmadinejad's regime and Iran's culture are like oil and water

Untold story: Ahmadinejad's regime and Iran's culture are like oil and water

By Sheda Vasseghi, FreePressers.com Iran’s secular culture and heritage is the complete opposite of Islamic teachings. It has become very clear that the two do not mesh, let alone compromise.  In recent decades, it has taken Iranians a bloody revolution, a tragic war, and generations of lost dreams to realize that. Now “experts” on Iran’s […]

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Congress wants probe of Turkish charity linked to flotilla, Al Qaida, Hamas

WASHINGTON — Congress has been pressing for an investigation of a Turkish charity linked to groups deemed terrorist. Leading members of the House and Senate have urged the administration of President Barack Obama to conclude an investigation into Turkey’s Foundation for Human Rights and Humanitarian Relief. They said the foundation, known by the Turkish acronym, […]

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Russia — with China — spurn sanctions, resume gasoline shipments to Iran

MOSCOW — Russia, amid U.S. sanctions, has pledged to resume fuel exports to Iran. Russia’s LukOil has vowed to resume fuel sales to Iran in partnership with China. LukOil, the largest energy contractor in Russia, said the exports would not be blocked by U.S. pressure to halt gasoline sales to Teheran. Industry sources said LukOil […]

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Pakistan: From hell to worse and, once again, it is the U.S. that is leading aid effort

Pakistan: From hell to worse and, once again, it is the U.S. that is leading aid effort

By John Metzler Bennington, VT — The chaos which had befallen modern Pakistan is near unrivaled. Ethnic and inter-religious strife, terrorism, natural disasters and all ineffective governance, all marinated in callous corruption characterize this teetering state. While the Obama Administration has looked to and supported Pakistan as a tenuous but vital anchor in a region […]

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Bolton: Israel has until Aug. 21 to stop Bushehr

Bolton: Israel has until Aug. 21 to stop Bushehr

WASHINGTON — A former senior U.S. official has warned that Israel has less than a week to attack Iran without generating a massive nuclear fallout. Former U.S. envoy to the United Nations, John Bolton, asserted that Israel has until Aug. 21 to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. He said from that point on Bushehr would become […]

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Iraq reports civilian casualties doubled in July; Exiting U.S. military disputes data

Iraqi policemen search a car at a checkpoint in central Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Aug. 2, 2010. Two bombings and a drive-by shooting killed eight people Monday, a reminder of Iraq’s ongoing instability on a day when President Barack Obama planned to outline progress toward the impending end of U.S. military operations in the country. / […]

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Rockets, apparently fired from Egypt, hit cities

TEL AVIV — Israel has come under its worst rocket attack since the Hamas war in 2009. At least five rockets were fired toward the southern Israeli port city of Eilat on Aug. 2. Officials said the Grad BM-21 rockets were believed to have been fired from neighboring Egypt. “There were a number of explosions […]

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Arabs on Iran: The U.A.E. ambassador tells the truth, and perhaps more

Arabs on Iran: The U.A.E. ambassador tells the truth, and perhaps more

The world’s most open secret is that the Arab countries of the Middle East fear a nuclear Iran as much, and perhaps more, than Israel does. The surprise is when an official dares to speak this truth in public, which is why the comments this week by United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef […]