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UN Nuclear Inspector Seeking Results in Talks with Iran

The chief U.N. nuclear inspector begins another to visit to Iran on Monday, saying his “highest priority” is getting answers to allegations of military dimensions to the Iranian nuclear program. Speaking before he left Vienna on…

China Urges All Sides in Syria to End Violence

China’s Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun has called on all sides in Syria to end the violence and allow elections to proceed peacefully. Zhai – who spoke in…

Syrian Troops Fire on Protesters in Damascus

China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Zhai Jun met with Syrian President President Bashar al-Assad Saturday, as the latest government offensive against opposition towns and cities entered a second week. Meanwhile, anti-government protesters stepped up their demonstrations against the regime, with large crowds turning out in both Damascus and …

US Moving to Undercut Iran Oil Markets

The U.S. government is trying to shrink the market for Iranian oil to deprive Tehran of funds for its nuclear program. And Iranian consumers are feeling the effects. As the world’s third-…

Syrian Troops Shell Homs Following UN Condemnation

Activists say Syrian troops are shelling rebel-held areas in the central city of Homs, just one day after the U.N. General Assembly condemned the regime for violating human rights in its crackdown. The activists said tank fire and artillery shelling Friday hit four neighborhoods in the central …

Iran Touts Uranium Enrichment Advances

Iran hailed its advanced nuclear capabilities Wednesday by unveiling what it says are a new generation of centrifuges to speed up uranium enrichment and its first domestically…

UN Rights Chief ‘Outraged’ by Syrian Attacks

UN Rights Chief ‘Outraged’ by Syrian Attacks

The United Nations human rights chief said Monday she is outraged by what she called the Syrian government’s serious violations of civilian rights. The U.N. High Commissioner for …

Niger Refuses to Extradite Gadhafi Son to Libya

Niger has refused to extradite to Libya the son of slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi, saying Saadi Gadhafi risks death in the country his father ruled for four decades. Niger government spokesman Marou Amadou…

Explosions Rock Northern Syrian City, 28 Dead, 235 Wounded

Explosions Rock Northern Syrian City, 28 Dead, 235 Wounded

Syrian state television says twin explosions at security compounds in northern Syria Friday killed at least 28 people and wounded 235 others as a government crackdown on opposition protests spiked nationwide. The blasts targeted a military intelligence building and …

Turkey Wants International Conference on Syria

Turkey is calling for renewed international efforts to end bloodshed in neighboring Syria, where a government assault on the city of Homs, a center of dissent, is intensifying. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu…

Syria’s Assad Learns Lessons from Arab Spring, Recent History

With Russia and China blocking a U.N. resolution condemning the crackdown on protests in Syria, the prospects for a quick end to the conflict seem bleak.  President Bashar al-Assad can also rely on support from some other key players in the region. …

US Closes Syria Embassy, Says UN Veto Emboldens Assad

The United States has closed its embassy in Syria, warning that President Bashar al-Assad is increasing his campaign of violence against opponents following the Russian and Chinese veto …

UN Security Council Still Discussing Syrian Resolution

U.N. Security Council diplomats continue talks Thursday aimed at convincing Russia to support a resolution that endorses an Arab League plan to end months of deadly violence…

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