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EU Could Snub US-Mideast Meeting Over Iran Concerns

European Union countries appear ready to snub an international conference on the Middle East in Poland next month over concerns it is part of a U.S. drive to ramp up pressure on Iran. EU diplomats on Friday raised questions about the real agenda of the Feb. 13-14 conference, saying that it was organized at very short notice and noting that Iran ...

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US Syria Withdrawal Risks Vital Strategic Interests

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria may bring to a close an open-ended and strategically unclear military commitment and likely put at risk vital national security interests, according to some analysts. “I guess the problem is that whereas our involvement doesn’t necessarily make things better, our lack of involvement doesn’t either,” said Mark Katz, ...

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US Syria Withdrawal Risks Vital Strategic Interests

The U.S. withdrawal from Syria may bring to a close an open-ended and strategically unclear military commitment, but it will also likely put at risk ...

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Despite US warning, Iran launches satellite and fails

Iran announced the failure of its satellite launch, which the US warned against, on Tuesday.

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Lebanon arrests US man for crossing illegally from Israel

The army says the man, whom it named as Colin Emery, is suspected of crossing illegally from Israel.

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Israeli exchange student killed in Australia

Australian police say the killing of Israeli university student Aiia Maasarwe was "random and opportunistic".

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Giuliani: Trump Campaign May Have Colluded With Russia, but Not Trump

Rudy Giuliani, one of U.S. President Donald Trump's lawyers, is acknowledging that some officials with Trump's 2016 campaign may have colluded with Russia to help him win, but says that Trump himself did not. "I never said there was no collusion ...

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Iran says US illegally detained reporter Marzieh Hashemi

A US-born journalist working for Iranian media was allegedly subjected to "violent and abusive" treatment.

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US Federal Workers Take On Odd Jobs to Make Ends Meet

When her paychecks dried up because of the partial government shutdown, Cheryl Inzunza Blum sought out a side job that has become a popular option in the current economy: She rented out a room on Airbnb. Other government workers are driving for Uber, relying on word-of-mouth and social networks to find handyman work and looking for traditional ...

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Israel police investigate 'sex-for-judgeships' allegations

Police arrest a top lawyer as part of an inquiry into claims appointments were traded for sexual favours.

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Iran State TV’s English Channel Says Anchorwoman Held in US

A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television’s English-language service has been arrested after flying into the U.S., the broadcaster ...

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Parkland Pushes Back Against Arming Teachers

Parents, teachers and students are pushing back on a report released recently in Parkland, Florida — the site of a mass shooting at a high school last February — that recommends arming teachers to secure schools. “I don’t agree we should arm ...

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Netanyahu: Israel struck Iranian weapons depot at Damascus airport

In a rare acknowledgment of Israeli operations in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country's air force struck Syria over the weekend.

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US Condemns Failed Iranian Attempt to Put a Satellite in Orbit

The United States is criticizing Iran's failed attempt Tuesday to launch a satellite into orbit. Iranian officials say the launch failed when the rocket carrying the satellite did not reach the proper speed to propel it into orbit. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned Iran for what he calls its "defiance of the international ...

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Nonfiction: Jason Rezaian Recounts His 544 Days of Captivity in Iran

In “Prisoner,” the former Tehran bureau chief for The Washington Post shows that the most innocent activities in Iran could get you accused of spying.

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Germany accuses army linguist of spying for Iran over Afghan missions

The Afghan-German man is suspected of handing over secrets about operations in Afghanistan.

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Pompeo’s Anti-Iran Tour Faces Obstacles of a Fractious Middle East

Touring eight countries in one week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to build a regional coalition against Iran. The obstacles are formidable.

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Cargo plane crashes in Iran, killing at least 15

A Boeing 707 cargo plane crashed in Iran Monday, killing at least 15 people on board, according to Iranian state media.

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How a hacked phone may have led killers to Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi probably thought his messages to a dissident were cloaked in security. In reality the messages were compromised -- along with the rest of the phone, which was allegedly infected with a piece of malware made in Israel but linked to a growing number of countries.

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Israel to scour Danube in search for Holocaust remains

Hungary and Israel aim to recover remains of Jews murdered and thrown into the river in 1944.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iran 'tried to get jailed mum to spy on UK'

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband says Iran made the offer to his wife in exchange for her freedom.

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Iran cargo plane crash 'leaves 15 dead' near Tehran

Only one of the 16 people on board the cargo plane is known to have survived, Iran's army says.

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Trump: I Never Worked for Russia'

U.S. President Donald Trump declared Monday, "I never worked for Russia," days after news reports suggested he might be beholden to Russia and ...

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Pompeo in Saudi Arabia to Discuss Khashoggi's Death, Alliance Against Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in Saudi Arabia where he is expected to demand justice for Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi-born journalists murdered ...

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Pompeo: Saudi Leaders Committed to Accountability in Khashoggi Killing

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman acknowledge "accountability needs to take place" in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Pompeo spoke Monday after meeting with the Saudi leaders in Riyadh. The top U.S. diplomat said both the king and crown prince "reiterated their ...

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Iran summons Polish diplomat over planned Warsaw conference

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned Poland's Charge d'Affaires Wojciech Unolt on Sunday over an "anti-Iranian conference" that Warsaw is hosting, according to Iranian state media.

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Trump Warns Turkey of Economic Devastation if It Attacks Kurds in Syria

President Donald Trump is warning Turkey it would face economic devastation if it strikes at the Kurds when U.S. forces pull out of Syria.   "Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey," Trump said in a tweet late Sunday. Without giving any ...

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