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U.S. wins an extension for Iran in its negotiations for a nuclear deal

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna on Nov. 20. Leonard Foeger / Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — Iran has been given another reprieve in the campaign to reach a nuclear agreement with the West. The P5+1 nations ( five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely United States, Russia, China, United […]

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Israel gets unexpected boost from ancient enemy amid the disturbing decline of top ally

The Israel-Egypt border at Sinai.

Special to By Norman Bailey Various regional developments are proceeding almost unnoticed in the Middle East, even by the Israeli press. Consider President al-Sisi’s isolation of Gaza. As usual, truly important developments are obscured by the daily crush of […]

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Tit-for-tat diplomat expulsions by Russia and West recalls Cold War


Special to By Miles Yu, A diplomatic war between Moscow and the West has flared up, the old fashioned Cold War way. The exchange occurred on the eve of the European Union’s meeting in Brussels to discuss further […]

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Obama team’s reaction to ISIL offensive got Hagel fired

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, resigns at the White House yesterday. / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has claimed its first high-level political casualty. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been forced to resign amid his disagreement over the war against ISIL in […]

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Israel investigates bribery charge against former defense minister Barak

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert, left, and his then defense minister, Ehud Barak. / Reuters

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has launched an investigation into allegations that a former defense minister accepted bribes for arms deals. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein has ordered a police investigation into allegations that former Defense Minister Ehud Barak accepted […]

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Israel intelligence: Iran funding North Korean nuclear program in exchange for expertise

Yuval Steinitz.

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has linked the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea. The intelligence community was said to have determined that Iran acquired missile and nuclear technology and expertise from North Korea. Officials said Teheran finances […]

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Now in control of Yemen’s capital, Iran-backed rebels named to key security positions

Iran-backed Houthi Shi'ite rebels with military vehicles captured at an army base in Sanaa on Sept, 22. / Mohammed Huwais /AFP

Special to CAIRO — The Shi’ite rebel movement, which controls most of Sanaa, has been appointed to senior posts in Yemen’s military and security forces. Officials said President Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has approved the inclusion of members of […]

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Former CIA director warns U.S. knows too little about Iran’s nuclear program

Former CIA director Michael Hayden.

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress, on the eve of the Nov. 24 deadline, has been warned against an inadequate Western nuclear agreement with Iran. A House panel was told that the U.S. intelligence community continues to lack data on […]

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Congress giving extra scrutiny to new Iraq military requests

ISIL fighters on top of a captured military vehicle with anti-aircraft guns in Raqqa, Syria. / Raqqa Media Center / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — Congress, skeptical of the military’s ability, has been closely examining Iraqi’s request for combat platforms. Congressional sources said the House and Senate were Iraq’s requests for main battle tanks and armored fighting vehicles. They said […]

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Iran flaunts sanctions, new U.S. R-44 helicopters ‘acquired through dealers’

An Iranian company displayed four new R-44 U.S. helicopters during the air exhibition on Nov. 20. /  Zohreh Saberi / Mehr News / AP

Special to NICOSIA — Iran has displayed its success in evading Western sanctions on aircraft exports. An Iranian company said it acquired four new U.S.-origin helicopters through fronts. Iran’s Helicopters Co. displayed the R-44 helicopters, designed for security and […]

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