Nuclear deal could sharpen political tensions in Iran

Jul 2, 2015

Nuclear deal could sharpen political tensions in Iran

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A final deal to resolve the Iranian nuclear dispute could heighten domestic political tensions with two major elections looming in the Islamic Republic, analysts and officials said. Easing economic sanctions if a deal is reached will bolster President Hassan Rouhani’s position within Iran’s complex ...

Jul 2, 2015

IAEA says Iran has reduced its uranium stockpile, but questions remain

Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium (LEU) gas dropped below the maximum level required under a 2013 interim nuclear agreement with world powers, a U.N. report showed Wednesday, but a U.S. think tank suggested Tehran had not entirely met its obligations. The International Atomic Energy ...

Jun 30, 2015

One year later, Islamic State's 'caliphate' extends its global reach

The Islamic State group’s so-called caliphate entered its second year Monday with the jihadis expanding their territory in Syria and Iraq and their global reach by claiming to be behind attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait. The extremist group headed by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced ...

Syrian Kurds take aim at IS 'capital' of Raqqa

Jun 24, 2015

Syrian Kurds take aim at IS 'capital' of Raqqa

Backed by U.S.-led airstrikes and buoyed by battlefield successes, Kurdish fighters kept up an offensive through northern Syria on Tuesday, driving Islamic State militants out of a town near the extremists’ de facto capital of Raqqa. The capture of Ein Issa came just hours ...

Jun 20, 2015

Female Iran VP scolds 'sanctimonious' hardliners over sport spat

One of Iran’s female vice presidents launched a furious attack Saturday on “sanctimonious” hard-liners whose threats of violent confrontation at a volleyball match prompted a clampdown on women spectators and led to vicious slurs aimed at females in Internet forums and on posters. The ...

Final nuclear deal with Iran 'within reach,' Rouhani says

Jun 15, 2015

Final nuclear deal with Iran 'within reach,' Rouhani says

President Hassan Rouhani said a final nuclear deal is “within reach” as Iran and world powers face a June 30 deadline for an agreement. Rouhani told a press conference on Saturday that negotiations between Iran and the six-nation group — the U.S., Russia, China, ...