Rouhani accuses Iranian hardliners of 'cheering on' other side in atom talks


DUBAI - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, growing frustrated with hardline resistance to a nuclear deal with the West, accused opponents on Saturday of effectively "cheering on" the other side in Tehran's gruelling negotiations with world powers.

At root of Argentina spy intrigue - a deal with Iran 29 Jan 2015

BUENOS AIRES - President Cristina Fernandez has portrayed Argentina's spy agency as sinister, accountable to no one, and possibly responsible for the mysterious death of a prominent prosecutor in his Buenos Aires apartment.

Iran says nuclear talks with Europeans "promising" but no progress 29 Jan 2015

ANKARA - Iran said talks with France, Germany and Britain on Thursday on its nuclear programme were "promising" but more work was needed to settle the 12-year standoff, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Exclusive: New Iran U.N. envoy appointee expected to get U.S. visa - sources 29 Jan 2015

UNITED NATIONS/ANKARA - Iran's newly appointed U.N. ambassador is set to receive a U.S. visa so he can take up that key post, diplomatic sources said on Wednesday, likely removing a major strain on Tehran's tense relations with Washington.

Two rockets from Syria strike Israeli-occupied Golan - Israeli military 27 Jan 2015

JERUSALEM - At least two rockets from Syria hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel returned fire, the military said, nine days after an Israeli air strike in Syria killed an Iranian general and several Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas.

Iran says Israel crossed 'red lines', vows to respond - IRNA 27 Jan 2015

DUBAI - Iran has told the United States that an Israeli air strike which killed an Iranian general in Syria last week had crossed "red lines" and the Islamic Republic will respond, a senior official was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

Ex-CIA officer convicted in New York Times leak case 27 Jan 2015

WASHINGTON - A former CIA officer was convicted in federal court in Virginia on Monday of leaking classified information to a New York Times reporter about a failed U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear weapons programme, the U.S. Justice Department said.

Iraqi security forces recapture villages near Iran border 26 Jan 2015

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces and pro-government militias took control of about two dozen villages from Islamic State fighters in the eastern province of Diyala near the border with Iran, security sources and local officials said on Monday.


Talks to end Yemen's political crisis falter 25 Jan 2015

SANAA - - Talks aimed at ending Yemen's political crisis faltered on Sunday when three of the country's main political parties quit negotiations with the Iranian-backed Shi'ite Houthi group, raising the prospect of growing chaos.


Netanyahu defends planned Congress speech as anti-Iran strategy 25 Jan 2015

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended on Sunday a planned speech to the U.S. Congress about Iran, saying he had a moral obligation to speak out on an issue that poses a mortal threat to Israel.


Islamic State says beheads Japanese hostage Goto

BEIRUT/TOKYO - Islamic State militants released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who the al Qaeda offshoot had been holding hostage.