Twin bomb blasts rock Beirut as violence seeps from Syria

Feb 20, 2014

Twin bomb blasts rock Beirut as violence seeps from Syria

Two suicide bombers blew up their cars near an Iranian cultural center in Beirut on Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding scores, including children in an orphanage, in the latest attack targeting Shiite areas in Lebanon. An al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for ...

Talks on Iranian nuclear program make tentative progress

Feb 20, 2014

Talks on Iranian nuclear program make tentative progress

Nuclear talks toward a lasting agreement between Iran and six powers appeared to make modest progress on the second day Wednesday, with Washington saying the negotiations were “constructive and useful.” Iranian state media said both sides were close to agreeing on a framework agreement ...

For Iran, any final nuclear deal still far off

Feb 18, 2014

For Iran, any final nuclear deal still far off

It took months of arduous bargaining before Iran and six world powers could agree on an initial nuclear deal. But the two sides might find the going even tougher Tuesday when they were to start confronting hurdles standing in the path of a final ...

Obama, Hollande speak out on Iran sanctions

Feb 12, 2014

Obama, Hollande speak out on Iran sanctions

President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday to come down like “a ton of bricks” on firms that violate sanctions against Iran, speaking at a joint news conference with French President Francois Hollande, who defended a trip by French businesses executives to Tehran. The United States ...

U.N. experts to quiz Iran on nuclear arms work

Feb 9, 2014

U.N. experts to quiz Iran on nuclear arms work

Iran is signaling that it will cooperate this weekend with U.N. experts visiting the country to investigate alleged nuclear weapons activity it has steadfastly denied, a potentially promising step in a probe that has been stalled for six years. But with Iran still denying ...

Feb 3, 2014

Clinton warns new Tehran sanctions could upend talks

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning Congress that new unilateral sanctions against Iran could upend sensitive international negotiations over its nuclear development, imploring lawmakers to work with the Obama administration in presenting a unified front to Tehran. Echoing President Barack Obama’s ...

Iran pledges to act in good faith on nuclear talks

Feb 3, 2014

Iran pledges to act in good faith on nuclear talks

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pledged Sunday good faith in talks to dispel Western fears over Iran’s nuclear program, after a rare meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Iran will enter the next round of talks later this month “with political ...

U.N. inspectors visit key Iran uranium mine

Jan 30, 2014

U.N. inspectors visit key Iran uranium mine

A group of U.N. inspectors visited a key uranium mine in southern Iran on Wednesday, as part of a deal to allow expanded monitoring of the country’s nuclear sites. Nuclear spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told the official IRNA news agency that the three-member team from ...

On charm offensive at Davos, Iranian leader sets lofty goals

Jan 24, 2014

On charm offensive at Davos, Iranian leader sets lofty goals

In a charm offensive to the global political and business elite Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani set lofty ambitions for his country, including becoming one of the world’s top 10 economies. The first Iranian leader in a decade to visit the World Economic Forum, ...