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  • Kerry to visit Middle East, Moldova and attend NATO talks

    November 28, 2013 3:31 PM 27

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Jerusalem and Ramallah next week to discuss Israeli-Palestinian peace and to consult Israeli officials about Iran, the State Department said on Wednesday. During his trip from December 3 to December 6, Kerry will attend an annual meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Brussels and will become

  • Iran nuclear: UN invited to Arak heavy water plant

    November 28, 2013 12:55 PM 32

    Iran has invited the UN atomic agency to visit its Arak heavy water plant, agency head Yukiya Amano says. This invitation, the first time in than two years, is within the framework of a recent IAEA agreement with Tehran to clear up aspects of Iran's past and present nuclear work. Iran recently signed a deal with world powers to curb some nuclear activities

  • Hernandez opens up "irreversible" lead in hotly contested Honduras election

    November 27, 2013 11:00 PM 40

    Juan Orlando Hernández appears poised to claim the presidential election in Honduras, but his challenger is alleging electoral fraud MEXICO CITY – Juan Orlando Hernández of the establishment National Party proclaimed himself "president-elect" of Honduras after electoral officials called his lead in Sunday's presidential elections "Irreversible." If upheld

  • Is Iran already hedging on a key nuclear concession?

    November 27, 2013 6:03 PM 40

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told the country's legislature Wednesday that Iran will continue construction at its controversial nuclear facility at Arak, according to Reuters. A key provision of Iran's recent nuclear agreement, sealed just this weekend in Geneva with the United States and five other world powers, requires it to halt all "activities"

  • Andhra Pradesh Set to Evacuate 250,000 people as Cyclone Lehar Nears Coast

    November 27, 2013 2:53 PM 39

    HYDERABAD, Andhra Pradesh – The National Disaster Management Authority is planning to begin evacuations of at least 250,000 people in Andhra Pradesh as early as Wednesday night as Cyclone Lehar, the second big storm in a week to threaten the state, is expected to make landfall late Thursday afternoon. Lehar, which means “wave” in Hindi, might be downgraded

  • Iran FM says construction will continue at contested Arak nuclear reactor site, testing limits of deal

    November 27, 2013 12:26 PM 31

    DUBAI -- Iran will press on with construction at a nuclear reactor site at Arak, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said on Wednesday, despite an agreement with Western powers to halt activity. Iran said it would not make “any further advances of its activities” on the Arak reactor, according to text of the agreement. However, the specific

  • Russian police detain 15 Islamists in Moscow

    November 27, 2013 11:52 AM 41

    Russian police have said they detained 15 radical Islamists in Moscow who had been planning terrorist attacks. Police say the group belonged to a banned offshoot of the al Qaeda terror network. Russia's interior ministry on Wednesday said the 15 people detained were members of the Islamist jihad movement Takfir Wal-Hijra and had been discovered to have been hiding

  • Iran to continue enrichment activities at Arak nuclear site

    November 27, 2013 11:35 AM 40

    Addressing Iranian lawmakers on Wednesday, Mohammad Javad Zarif added based on the recent deal between Iran and the Sextet, construction work at Arak nuclear facility, in central Iran, will continue but no new fuel will be produced and no new equipment will be installed. “We will refrain from constructing new enrichment sites over the next six months

  • Australia PM Abbott aims to end Indonesia spying row

    November 27, 2013 2:52 AM 31

    The Australian prime minister has proposed closer discussions with Indonesian officials in an effort to heal a rift over spying allegations. Tony Abbott welcomed what he called a "warm statement" from the Indonesian president, but declined to commit immediately to a code of ethics. Indonesia has suspended military co-operation with Australia over reports

  • Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia to push for more democratic reform in Myanmar

    November 27, 2013 1:59 AM 42

    Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Australia to encourage global interest in further democratic reform in Myanmar. The country's opposition leader - described by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as one of the world's most inspiring figures in the past 100 years - will be in Australia for five days. "Australia supports the political and economic