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Iran's Zarif not worried about pushback from hardliners on nuclear deal

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Abu Dhabi - Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he does not fear opposition from hardliners as he leads negotiations to reach a comprehensive agreement about Iran's nuclear program with world powers by the end of July.

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Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet Wednesday, U.S. says 15 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet on Wednesday to try to extend peace talks beyond an April 29 deadline, the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Rebel videos show first U.S.-made rockets in Syria 15 Apr 2014

LONDON - Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be U.S. anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country's civil war.

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Saudi spy chief, architect of Syria policy, replaced 15 Apr 2014

RIYADH - Saudi Arabian intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the architect of Riyadh's attempts to bring down Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has been removed from his post, state media reported on Tuesday.

U.S. adopts harsher tone in U.N. envoy dispute with Iran 15 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - The United States adopted a harsher tone toward Iran's proposed U.N. ambassador on Tuesday, calling Tehran's choice of Hamid Abutalebi "unacceptable" and tying him to the 1979-1981 U.S. hostage crisis in Tehran.

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Saudi Arabia - reported poison gas use by Syria is challenge to world 15 Apr 2014

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Tuesday said the "grave news" that President Bashar al-Assad's forces had carried out two poison gas attacks last week was a challenge to "international will".

Suspected militants kill deputy governor in central Yemen - officials 15 Apr 2014

SANAA - Suspected al Qaeda militants shot dead the deputy governor of Yemen's central al-Bayda province on Tuesday, a security official said.

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Turkey says Twitter agrees to close some accounts, no tax deal yet 15 Apr 2014

ISTANBUL - Twitter will close some accounts in Turkey but will not for now set up an office there as the government wants, a senior Turkish official said late on Monday after talks over a dispute which saw the government ban the site for two weeks.

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Guardian, Washington Post win Pulitzers for U.S. spying coverage 15 Apr 2014

NEW YORK - The Guardian US and Washington Post were awarded the most prestigious Pulitzer prize on Monday for coverage of secret surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency that sparked wide debate over government spying. | Video

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Iran asks for U.N. committee meeting on U.S. ban on envoy 15 Apr 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Iran requested on Monday a special meeting of a U.N. committee on the United States' refusal to grant a visa to Tehran's new U.N. ambassador appointee, describing the decision as a dangerous precedent that could harm international diplomacy. | Video

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