Afghan soldiers seek refuge in Pakistan after losing border military posts

By Asif Shahzad ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Forty-six Afghan soldiers sought refuge in Pakistan after losing control of military positions across the border following advances by Taliban insurgents, Pakistan’s army said on Monday. Hundreds of Afghan army soldiers and civil officials have fled to neighbouring Tajikistan, Iran and Pakistan in recent weeks after Taliban offensives in […]

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U.S. expected to take initial steps soon in aftermath of Cuba protests: officials

By Matt Spetalnick, Daphne Psaledakis and Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is expected to soon announce initial steps as part of the Biden administration’s review of Cuba policy and in response to Havana’s crackdown on the biggest street protests in decades, State Department officials said on Monday. The senior officials’ comments further […]

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Exclusive: U.N. expert backs probe into Iran’s 1988 killings, Raisi’s role

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. investigator on human rights in Iran has called for an independent inquiry into allegations of state-ordered executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988 and the role played by President-elect Ebrahim Raisi as Tehran deputy prosecutor. Javaid Rehman, in an interview with Reuters on Monday, said that […]

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US seizes Iranian state news websites

US law enforcement seized the websites of two Iranian state-controlled news groups, Press TV and Al-Alam, and of the Al-Masirah TV channel of Yemen’s Huthis, statements posted on the websites showed Tuesday. Each site displayed a single page with a statement that it “has been seized by the United States Government” and making reference to […]

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The United States just brought down Iran state news

Politico is reporting that Iran state-run news has been taken down, apparently by the United States. “The U.S. seized roughly three dozen websites, the majority of which are linked to Iranian disinformation efforts, said a U.S. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case had not yet been officially announced by the American […]

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Ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi succeeds reformist Rouhani as Iran’s president

Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi has been elected Iran’s new president with more than 61.95 percent of the vote, electoral officials announced on Saturday. Voter turnout was estimated at 48.8 percent, the lowest ever recorded for a presidential election after reformists called for a boycott. Ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi unsuccessfully challenged moderate reformist President Hassan Rouhani in […]

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A ‘new day’ in Israel after Netanyahu unseated

Israel awoke Monday with Jewish nationalist Naftali Bennett at the head of a precarious coalition government that faces stark challenges, after 12 years under right-wing Benjamin Netanyahu. The watershed moment in Israeli politics saw an ideologically disparate eight-party bloc, ranging from right to left to Arab Islamic conservatives, band together to unseat the bombastic veteran […]

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Biden-Putin to hold first summit in Geneva

US President Joe Biden and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will hold their first summit next month in Geneva, both sides said Tuesday, setting the stage for a new chapter in their fraught relationship. The meeting in the Swiss city will be on June 16, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said. “The leaders will discuss […]

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Kremlin views Blinken and Lavrov meeting as ‘positive signal’

US Secretary of State meets Russian counterpart in Iceland – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) receives Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov prior to their meeting. – Ron Przysucha/US Department of State /dpa The Kremlin said on Thursday that it saw “positive signals” towards a possible summit between the presidents of Russia and the United […]

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Iran promises Hamas support in the fight against Israel

Iran has promised the Palestinian Hamas movement its support in the fight against Israel in the Gaza conflict. In a telephone conversation with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, the commander of the al-Quds Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, General Esmail Qa’ani, assured Hamas of his full support on Saturday, Iranian state media reported. For his […]

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Israel’s Netanyahu fails to form government by deadline, prolonging political deadlock

Benjamin Netanyahu’s deadline for forming a new Israeli government expired early on Wednesday, with the country’s longest-serving prime minister having failed to break more than two years of political deadlock. There was also no guarantee that, after the conservative incumbent was unable to assemble a new coalition, parties outside his caretaker government could bridge their […]

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US denies reports Iran poised to free four Americans

A senior White House official on Sunday denied reports from Tehran that an agreement had been reached with Iran for the release of four Americans detained there. “I can tell you, unfortunately, that report is untrue,” White House chief of staff Ron Klain said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “There is no agreement to release […]

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Iran, US agree to prisoner swap and release of frozen funds – pro-Iranian Lebanese TV

DUBAI (Reuters) -Iran will free four Americans accused of spying in exchange for four Iranians held in the United States and the release of $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds, a pro-Iranian Lebanese TV channel reported on Sunday, citing unnamed Iranian officials. Iranian state television, citing an official, confirmed the Al Mayadeen report. The White […]

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US intel report says North Korea could resume nuclear tests this year

North Korea could resume nuclear tests this year as a way to force President Joe Biden’s administration to enter into dialogue, US intelligence experts said in a report released Tuesday. “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may take a number of aggressive and potentially destabilizing actions to reshape the regional security environment and drive wedges […]

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Iran rejects ‘step-by-step’ lifting of sanctions

(Reuters) – Iran’s government wants the United States to lift all sanctions on its country and rejects any “step-by-step” easing of the restrictions, Iranian state broadcaster Press TV reported on Saturday. The two countries said on Friday they would hold indirect talks in Vienna from next week as part of broader negotiations to revive the […]

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U.S., Israel discuss Iran in first meeting of strategic group

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. and Israel officials focused on concerns about Iran during the first virtual meeting of a bilateral strategic group on Thursday, the White House said, an issue on which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has differences with the new Biden administration. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, and his […]

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Biden is already carving out a different Middle East policy from Trump — and even Obama

The Biden administration hasn’t wasted time in making a significant shift in US policy toward the Middle East. Over the past week, the US has launched reprisal strikes against Iranian targets in Syria and released damning intelligence overtly linking the crown prince of Saudi Arabia to the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Both decisions represent […]

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