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Iran nuclear deal: Q&A

<b>What is likely to be in the agreement that is being negotiated?</b><p>This is a deal intended to defuse tensions and buy time for diplomacy. It would slow down the development of the Iranian nuclear programme on one hand and ease the build-up of sanctions on the other. It could release billions of dollars …

Israel says 'bad' Iran deal will bring war

Israel lobbying negotiators to reject any deal that would let Iran keep its ability to make nuclear weapon fuel.<p>Talks to rein in Iran's nuclear program were to resume Wednesday in Geneva as Israel prevailed upon negotiators to harden the deal to avert war.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …

From Iran to Syria: diplomacy, not war, can bear fruit

As the world anticipates the resumption of talks in Geneva over Iran's nuclear programme, the commentariat jury is out on how to assess progress so far. A deal seemed imminent between Iran, the permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany - the so-called P5+1. But at the last minute a …

US mulls sanctions against Ukraine

The United States may impose sanctions against Ukraine if security forces intensify a crackdown on anti-government demonstrators in the capital's Independence Square.<p>US lawmakers said on Wednesday they were considering legislation to deny visas to Ukrainian officials or to freeze their American …

Kiev protesters gather, EU dangles aid promise | Reuters

KIEV (Reuters) - Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in central Kiev, rebuilding barricades torn down by police, on Thursday as the European Union held out a promise of increased aid for Ukraine if it signed a trade and cooperation pact.<p>Pro-European integration protestors build new …

Afghanistan considers reintroduction of public stoning for adulterers

Afghan government officials have proposed reintroducing public stoning as a punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch said, even though the practice has been denounced both inside and outside the country as one of the most repugnant symbols of the Taliban regime.<p>The sentence for married …

Bangkok’s unlikely embrace of drone journalism shows the extent of the government’s problems

Thai newspapers covering ongoing protests in Bangkok have adopted a new reporting tool in recent weeks: small, camera-equipped helicopters they’re using to capture images of massive crowds.<p>Large political protests are nothing new to Thailand. Waves of demonstrators have taken to the streets in …

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Will the International Violence Against Women Act Get Passed This Time Around?

The International Violence Against Women Act, or IVAWA, is a bill that would make ending violence against women worldwide a U.S. foreign-policy priority. The global stats on what women endure speak for themselves: An estimated one out of every three women worldwide will be abused in her lifetime, …

Enslaved Women Were Held Captive With ‘Invisible Handcuffs,’ British Police Say

Three women who were held captive for decades in a British home were imprisoned by “invisible handcuffs,” authorities reportedly said.<p>Metropolitan Police Commander Steve Rodhouse. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)<p>Commander Steve Rodhouse of the Metropolitan Police said at a news conference in Central …

Los Angeles Needs More Women in Politics

Let us start form the beginning here, a quick history from a history buff/nut. Susan B. Anthony, we all remember her from 11th grade American history …

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Top Senate Democrats Criticize The Iran Nuclear Deal

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), one of the White House's key Senate allies, said in a statement that the disproportional nature of the agreement made it "more likely" that the Senate would move to impose new sanctions on Iran.<p>"Iran simply freezes its nuclear capabilities while we reduce the …

If deal with Iran fails, Congress plans tough sanctions

Distrust of Iran inspires punitive back-up measures<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers from both parties said Sunday they are skeptical that Iran will stick to a new nuclear deal and want Congress to prepare beefed up economic penalties to hit Tehran if the accord falls apart.<p>In an early morning …

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Zuckerberg says US 'really blew it' on surveillance programs

Mark Zuckerberg believes the United States "really blew it" on surveillance programs that have drawn intense criticism as lacking respect for citizens' privacy.<p>"I think that these things are always a balance, in terms of doing the right things and also being clear and telling people about what …

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