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Iranian President Sends Letter to Obama as Nuclear Talks Near Deadline

By Paul Richter | Los Angeles Times

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote a letter Thursday to President Obama and leaders of the other five countries engaged in talks aimed at a nuclear deal, urging them to overcome differences so that an agreement can be reached by the end of the month.

Opinion

Obama’s Iran Policy Is Lost at Sea

By Claudia Rosett | The Wall Street Journal

How can the U.S. hope to keep tabs on Tehran’s nuclear program when we can’t even track its oil tankers?

U.S. Foreign Policy Founders on Ignorance and Arrogance

By William Pfaff | The Japan Times

If it's true that President Barack Obama is unable to dominate the neoconservative faction in the State Department and the Pentagon, it makes the political nonsense involving Mideast myth-addicted members of the U.S. Congress pale in comparison.

The Americas

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Argentina President Has Iran Cover-up Charges Dismissed

By Uki Goñi | The Guardian

A federal court of appeals dismissed charges against the Argentinian president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, on Thursday, regarding an alleged conspiracy to shield Iranian officials’ from prosecution over their alleged role in the deadly 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community centre.

Cuba, U.S. to Launch Human Rights Dialogue Tuesday

By Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez | The Associated Press

Cuba and the United States will debate human rights at a meeting in Washington on Tuesday in another sign of the thaw between the countries as they try to re-establish normal diplomatic relations after a 50-year freeze.

Off the Radar

Japan FM to Visit Cuba

Latin American Herald Tribune

Japanes Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is planning a visit to Cuba in late April, national public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday.

St. Lucia to Open Embassy in Taiwan

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of St. Lucia is set to open an embassy in Taiwan eight years after the countries agreed to end a decade-long rupture of diplomatic ties.

Europe

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UK Prime Minister, Opposition Leader in Live TV Interviews

By Gregory Katz | The Associated Press

It wasn't quite a debate, but back-to-back live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband were billed Thursday as the unofficial campaign kickoff six weeks before Britain's general election.

Opinion

Syriza Stumbles

By David Gordon and Thomas Wright | Foreign Affairs

Greece's new leaders have effectively united Europe against them. To repair the damage and keep the country's economy afloat, they need to rethink their message and adjust their demands.

Off the Radar

Africa

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Nigerian Military Claim to Destroy Boko Haram Headquarters

By Michelle Faul | The Associated Press

Nigeria's military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria. It was not possible to verify Friday's victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Middle East

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Turkey Passes Tough New Security Law

By Emre Peker | The Wall Street Journal

Turkey’s government has passed a controversial new security law, centralizing and expanding police powers amid widespread concerns the measures will be used to crack down on political dissent.

Iraqi Sunni Tribe Wages Costly Battle Against IS Group

By Vivian Salama | The Associated Press

The consequences of the al-Jabouri tribe's decision to ally with Iraq's Shiite-led government against their fellow Sunnis in the Islamic State group are etched on row after row of gravestones in this palm-shaded town by the Tigris River.

Opinion

Saudi Arabia’s Big Gamble?

By Simon Henderson | Foreign Policy

With a new king and a young, untested defense minister, Riyadh has plunged headlong into war in Yemen. At stake is nothing less than the kingdom's position of leadership in the Arab world.

Asia / Pacific

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Seoul Urges Pyongyang to Release 2 South Korean Detainees

By Kim Tong-Hyung | The Associated Press

South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals.

Opinion

Shinzo Abe’s Optimistic Vision

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to restore “animal spirits” in the long-moribund Japanese economy. That kind of muscular talk makes some critics anxious, but Abe gave a compelling explanation Thursday of how he’s trying to push Japan out of its 15-year “doldrums.”

Off the Radar

Sri Lanka's Sirisena Meets China's Xi Amid New Look at Ties

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

Sri Lanka's new president held talks Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation.

North Korea's Neighbors Push to Resume Six-Party Talks

Reuters

Russia and China discussed resuming six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program this week, while a South Korean diplomat said five of the participants had agreed on conditions to present to Pyongyang for restarting the negotiations.

Top News

Iranian President Sends Letter to Obama as Nuclear Talks Near Deadline

By Paul Richter | Los Angeles Times

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani wrote a letter Thursday to President Obama and leaders of the other five countries engaged in talks aimed at a nuclear deal, urging them to overcome differences so that an agreement can be reached by the end of the month.

Opinion

Obama’s Iran Policy Is Lost at Sea

By Claudia Rosett | The Wall Street Journal

How can the U.S. hope to keep tabs on Tehran’s nuclear program when we can’t even track its oil tankers?

U.S. Foreign Policy Founders on Ignorance and Arrogance

By William Pfaff | The Japan Times

If it's true that President Barack Obama is unable to dominate the neoconservative faction in the State Department and the Pentagon, it makes the political nonsense involving Mideast myth-addicted members of the U.S. Congress pale in comparison.

Top News

Argentina President Has Iran Cover-up Charges Dismissed

By Uki Goñi | The Guardian

A federal court of appeals dismissed charges against the Argentinian president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, on Thursday, regarding an alleged conspiracy to shield Iranian officials’ from prosecution over their alleged role in the deadly 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community centre.

Cuba, U.S. to Launch Human Rights Dialogue Tuesday

By Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez | The Associated Press

Cuba and the United States will debate human rights at a meeting in Washington on Tuesday in another sign of the thaw between the countries as they try to re-establish normal diplomatic relations after a 50-year freeze.

Off the Radar

Japan FM to Visit Cuba

Latin American Herald Tribune

Japanes Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is planning a visit to Cuba in late April, national public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday.

St. Lucia to Open Embassy in Taiwan

Latin American Herald Tribune

The government of St. Lucia is set to open an embassy in Taiwan eight years after the countries agreed to end a decade-long rupture of diplomatic ties.

Top News

UK Prime Minister, Opposition Leader in Live TV Interviews

By Gregory Katz | The Associated Press

It wasn't quite a debate, but back-to-back live televised interviews of Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband were billed Thursday as the unofficial campaign kickoff six weeks before Britain's general election.

Opinion

Syriza Stumbles

By David Gordon and Thomas Wright | Foreign Affairs

Greece's new leaders have effectively united Europe against them. To repair the damage and keep the country's economy afloat, they need to rethink their message and adjust their demands.

Off the Radar

Top News

Nigerian Military Claim to Destroy Boko Haram Headquarters

By Michelle Faul | The Associated Press

Nigeria's military claims it has destroyed the headquarters of Boko Haram in Gwoza, a town in northeast Nigeria. It was not possible to verify Friday's victory that comes the day before critical presidential elections.

Opinion

Off the Radar

Top News

Turkey Passes Tough New Security Law

By Emre Peker | The Wall Street Journal

Turkey’s government has passed a controversial new security law, centralizing and expanding police powers amid widespread concerns the measures will be used to crack down on political dissent.

Iraqi Sunni Tribe Wages Costly Battle Against IS Group

By Vivian Salama | The Associated Press

The consequences of the al-Jabouri tribe's decision to ally with Iraq's Shiite-led government against their fellow Sunnis in the Islamic State group are etched on row after row of gravestones in this palm-shaded town by the Tigris River.

Opinion

Saudi Arabia’s Big Gamble?

By Simon Henderson | Foreign Policy

With a new king and a young, untested defense minister, Riyadh has plunged headlong into war in Yemen. At stake is nothing less than the kingdom's position of leadership in the Arab world.

Top News

Seoul Urges Pyongyang to Release 2 South Korean Detainees

By Kim Tong-Hyung | The Associated Press

South Korea on Friday urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage, the latest in a series of arrests in the North of foreign nationals.

Opinion

Shinzo Abe’s Optimistic Vision

By David Ignatius | The Washington Post

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants to restore “animal spirits” in the long-moribund Japanese economy. That kind of muscular talk makes some critics anxious, but Abe gave a compelling explanation Thursday of how he’s trying to push Japan out of its 15-year “doldrums.”

Off the Radar

Sri Lanka's Sirisena Meets China's Xi Amid New Look at Ties

By Christopher Bodeen | The Associated Press

Sri Lanka's new president held talks Thursday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid a push to recalibrate his predecessor's strongly pro-China policies and a review of major Chinese projects in the island nation.

North Korea's Neighbors Push to Resume Six-Party Talks

Reuters

Russia and China discussed resuming six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program this week, while a South Korean diplomat said five of the participants had agreed on conditions to present to Pyongyang for restarting the negotiations.