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U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May

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UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war.

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U.N. invites Syrian parties to Geneva peace talks in May 24 Apr 2015

UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations envoy to Syria said on Friday he will begin meeting in May with the country's government, opposition groups, and regional powers including Iran to assess by the end of June whether there is any hope brokering an end to the war.

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U.S. pro-Israel lobby opposes push to toughen Iran nuclear bill 24 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - An influential pro-Israel lobbying group is pressuring U.S. lawmakers not to support amendments to toughen a bill that lets Congress review a nuclear agreement with Iran, hoping to avoid a partisan battle that could doom the legislation.

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Iran says nuclear talks making gradual headway 24 Apr 2015

VIENNA - Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers are making good but slow progress as they work towards a June 30 deadline for a final deal, Tehran's senior negotiator said on Friday.

Iranian ships moving away from Yemen - U.S. official 23 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - Iranian ships are moving northeast away from Yemen, a U.S. official said on Thursday after a convoy of Iranian cargo ships prompted U.S. concerns that Tehran was sending weapons into the region.

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Diplomats press on in Vienna for final Iran nuclear deal 23 Apr 2015

VIENNA - U.S. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman and Tehran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi met in Vienna on Thursday in the latest push to secure a final nuclear deal by a June 30 deadline, Iranian media said.

Iran's military nuclear activity visible under deal - Moniz 23 Apr 2015

WASHINGTON - The United States and five other world powers would be able to detect any military capabilities of Iran's nuclear programme for at least 10 years under a framework deal agreed upon earlier this month, the U.S. energy secretary said on Thursday.

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China's Xi says he backs fair, balanced agreement on Iran 23 Apr 2015

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday that China would push for a "fair and balanced" nuclear agreement, a day after talks resumed between Iran and the European Union.

U.S. concerned Iranian ships may carry arms to Yemen - Pentagon chief 23 Apr 2015

MOFFETT FIELD, California - The United States is concerned a group of Iranian cargo ships may be carrying advanced weapons to Yemen, Defence Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday, as he called on Iran to avoid "fanning the flames" of the conflict with arms deliveries.

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Timing of sanctions relief may be deal breaker as Iran talks resume 22 Apr 2015

VIENNA - The timing of sanctions relief is the main sticking point in nuclear talks that resumed on Wednesday with a meeting between delegates from Iran and the European Union.

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More fighting, air strikes in Yemen, civilian death toll exceeds 550

ADEN - Fighting between Yemen's warring factions raged in southern and central parts of the country and air strikes hit Houthi militia forces in Aden on Friday, but there were no fresh moves towards dialogue.