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April 25, 2015

John Kerry urged the Houthis and "those who have influence over them" to enter negotiations (File-AFP)
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US Secretary of State encourages Houthis to come to the negotiating table.

April 23, 2015

The US returned dozens of Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled out of the Middle East. Image used for illustrative purposes. (AFP/File)
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The US returned dozens of Egyptian artifacts that were smuggled out of the Middle East.
US President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a previously unannounced appearance in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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A US raid against al-Qaeda in January killed two hostages being held by the extremist group, the White House said Thursday.
ISIS is reportedly also selling oil to customers at very low prices to finance its war machine and collects taxes (Image: AFP/File).
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U.S. authorities are deeply concerned about the financial capabilities of ISIS.

April 22, 2015

Obama has refused to use the term "genocide" to avoid angering his strategic ally, Turkey (File-AFP)
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Armenian leaders are told that the President will not use the term "genocide."
Amnesty said US officials responsible for the offenses should be brought to justice, not granted immunity from the Obama administration. (AFP/File)
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The international human rights group has demanded the disclosure of the names, locations and dates of operations under the CIA program, and accused the Obama administration of granting 'de facto amnesty' to CIA personnel involved in the torture.
Saudi Arabia announced the end of "Operation Decisive Storm" Tuesday night, hailing the campaign as a victory despite continued clashes on the ground in Yemen. (AFP/File)
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Following Saudi's announcement of the end of airstrikes in Yemen Tuesday, the US pushes for further progress toward peace talks and warns Iran against escalating the conflict with weapons supplies for the Houthis.

April 21, 2015

Meanwhile, new-well oil production has accelerated as drillers look to squeeze more oil from rigs (image: on file).
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Oil production from the fastest-growing US shale plays is set to fall some 45,000 barrels per day to 4.98 million bpd (mbpd) in May from April.
Floyd Mayweather
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Unbeaten US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has claimed that he is the greatest boxer of all time, not legend Muhammad Ali.
A surface to air missile paraded on Army Day in Tehran. (Image: AFP/Behrouz Mehri)
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Iran has rejected a call by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for unlimited access of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors to the Islamic Republic’s military sites.
U.S.-led coalition struck several Daesh positions across Iraq, the majority in the country's western Anbar province.  (AFP/File)
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U.S.-led coalition struck several Daesh positions across Iraq, the majority in the country's western Anbar province.
The guided missile destroyer USS Donald Cook. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)
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Two US warships follow the arrival of Sunday's aircraft carrier and guided-missile cruiser, as the US beefs up their presence in Yemen.

April 20, 2015

US undersecretary of commerce for international trade says a lot of work to be done before reaching a final agreement with Iran
18:32 GMT
A lot of international companies are knocking the doors of Iran for investment especially in the energy sector, Iranian officials recently said.
Rezaian and his wife, Iranian photojournalist Yaganeh Salehi.  (AFP/File)
16:46 GMT
The journalist, detained since July 2014, faces charges of espionage and "collaboration with hostile governments," according to his attorney.

April 18, 2015

Daesh reportedly killed three people in the car bombing on Friday. (Albawaba.com/File)
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Daesh claimed responsibility for a car bomb that exploded near the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraq city of Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomous region.

April 17, 2015

Several news agencies have reported one or more deaths in the incident. (Photo courtesy of http://www.ifpinfo.com/)
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A car bomb exploded near the U.S. Consulate in the northern Iraq city of Erbil in northern Iraq, the capital of Iraq's Kurdish autonomy zone.
Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, called the "mastermind of Islamic State in Iraq," was the King of Clubs on America's list of most-wanted Iraqis during the war. (AFP/File)
16:19 GMT
Former top aid to Saddam Hussein Izzat al-Douri was reportedly killed in Iraq while fighting for Daesh.

April 16, 2015

Tamer Hosny Live in Holland - Amsterdam 12 April / European Tour. (Image: Ashtar Studio)
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Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny is a raging success in Europe!
The former prime minister visited Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi last month to discuss regional issues. (AFP/File)
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Lebanon's former prime minister, Saad Hariri is set to visit Washington in the latest of a series of trips seeking talks with foreign officials about boosted support and protection for Lebanon amid regional turmoil.

April 15, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier sit on a round table during a meeting of G7 foreign ministers on April 15, 2015 in Luebeck, northern Germany. (AFP/File)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry met with representatives from the G7 countries to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, which should be finalized in the near future, as well as the crisis in Yemen.
US President Barack Obama (R) speaks during a bilateral meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the Oval Office of the White House on April 14, 2015 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Mandel Ngan)
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Following a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, US President Barak Obama pledged $200 million in humanitarian aid.
Iranian's council for human rights has called on the UN to investigate the recent sexual abuse of two teenage boys. (AFP/File)
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Iranian's council for human rights has called on the UN to investigate the alleged sexual abuse of two teenage boys.

April 14, 2015

The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution imposing an arms embargo against Houthi rebels. (AFP/File)
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The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution imposing an arms embargo against Houthi rebels.
Protesters gather outside Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo. (AFP/File)
08:30 GMT
The US particularly criticized Egypt's frequent use of mass trials and sentencing, following the recent conviction 37 defendants to life terms, including Egyptian-American activist Mohamed Soltan.

April 13, 2015

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Gulf Business compares what Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways offer versus their counterparts in the US.
Nicholas Slatten, center, was sentenced to life for his role in the 2007 slaughter in Baghdad. (AFP/File)
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Former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten was sentenced to life in prison. The other three guards will serve 30 years.
Four Blackwater security guards are awaiting sentences after being convicted on charges from the deaths of at least 14 unarmed Iraqis. (AFP/Spencer Platt)
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Four Blackwater security guards are awaiting sentences after being convicted on charges from the deaths of at least 14 unarmed Iraqis.
. The latest data break the strong performance of the US labor market in recent months, but also bring it in line with other indicators of economic activity.
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The US economy added a mere 126k jobs in March 2015, compared with a monthly average of 281k over the previous six months.