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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

Brazil Police Report Massive Tax Fraud Scheme

By Stan Lehman | The Associated Press

Brazil's Federal Police agency said Friday it has begun legal proceedings against companies allegedly involved in a fraud scheme that has cost the public coffers almost $2 billion in unpaid fines and taxes.

Half Million People March Against Violence in El Salvador

Latin American Herald Tribune

In El Salvador on Thursday some 450,000 people turned out nationwide to participate in the March for Life, Peace and Justice and reject violence, President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said in his speech at the end of the demonstration in this capital.

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.

Off the Radar

Arabs Inch Closer to Old Dream of Joint Arab Force

By Hamza Hendawi | The Associated Press

Arab leaders meeting this weekend in this Egyptian Red Sea resort are moving closer than ever to creating a joint Arab military force, a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power.

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

Japan, Portugal PMs Discuss Boosting Ties

By Masaaki Kameda | The Japan Times

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told visiting Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho on Friday that shoring up ties with a country that plays central role in Portuguese-speaking nations around the world is in line with what he calls “diplomacy that takes a panoramic perspective of the world map.”

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

Brazil Police Report Massive Tax Fraud Scheme

By Stan Lehman | The Associated Press

Brazil's Federal Police agency said Friday it has begun legal proceedings against companies allegedly involved in a fraud scheme that has cost the public coffers almost $2 billion in unpaid fines and taxes.

Half Million People March Against Violence in El Salvador

Latin American Herald Tribune

In El Salvador on Thursday some 450,000 people turned out nationwide to participate in the March for Life, Peace and Justice and reject violence, President Salvador Sanchez Ceren said in his speech at the end of the demonstration in this capital.

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.

Off the Radar

Arabs Inch Closer to Old Dream of Joint Arab Force

By Hamza Hendawi | The Associated Press

Arab leaders meeting this weekend in this Egyptian Red Sea resort are moving closer than ever to creating a joint Arab military force, a sign of a new determination among Saudi Arabia, Egypt and their allies to intervene aggressively in regional hotspots, whether against Islamic militants or spreading Iranian power.

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

Japan, Portugal PMs Discuss Boosting Ties

By Masaaki Kameda | The Japan Times

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told visiting Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho on Friday that shoring up ties with a country that plays central role in Portuguese-speaking nations around the world is in line with what he calls “diplomacy that takes a panoramic perspective of the world map.”