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Obama and Rouhani's telephone call of huge significance, says Iranian deputy

Masoumeh Ebtekar says first presidential phone conversation between US and Iran since 1979 is setback for hardliners<p>Iran's vice-president has said that the phone conversation between Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama was of huge global significance and represented a defeat for hardliners in both …

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Libya fighters surround foreign ministry

Armed men have surrounded Libya's foreign ministry in the capital, Tripoli, to push demands that officials who had worked for deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's government be banned from senior positions in the new administration.<p>At least 20 pickup vehicles loaded with anti-aircraft guns blocked the …

Syria lashes out at chemical arms use claims

Syria has dismissed US and British claims that it may have used chemical arms as a "barefaced lie" and its ally Russia has warned against using such fears to use military action.<p>"Statements by the US secretary of state and British government are inconsistent with reality and a barefaced lie," said …

Yemen blames al-Qaeda for troop deaths

Suspected Al-Qaeda fighters have killed five Yemeni soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint southeast of Sanaa, according to an official, while two assailants have reportedly been killed.<p>The attack on Saturday targeted an army checkpoint in the district of Rada, where the interior ministry said it …

Israelis welcome revised Arab peace plan

A recently revised Arab peace initiative has received positive responses in many Israeli quarters this week, with remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even being interpreted as a sign of support for a proposal he previously rejected.<p>Politicians and commentators on the left and the …

Obama and Rouhani make history with phone call, thawing three decade freeze between US and Iran

President Barack Obama revealed Friday that he talked with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, marking the first time leaders from the U.S. and Iran have directly communicated since the 1979 Iranian revolution.<p>"Just now I spoke on the phone with President Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran," he …