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  • Syrian troops capture town near Lebanon border

    November 28, 2013 1:24 PM 83

    President Bashar Assad’s forces launched the push into the rugged Qalamoun region along the border in order to cut off rebel supply routes and stem the flow of fighters. The fighting has forced thousands of Syrians to flee to neighboring Lebanon. Militants from Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah group openly joined the war on the side of government forces

  • IAEA to visit nuclear-linked Iran site under new accord

    November 28, 2013 11:46 AM 55

    VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has invited U.N. inspectors to visit its Arak heavy-water production plant on December 8, the first concrete step under a new cooperation pact aimed at clarifying concerns about the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. U.N. nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano also said it would take some time to look into how Sunday's separate, landmark

  • Thanksgiving: A Very Brief Political History

    November 28, 2013 10:58 AM 51

    Of all the things Americans traditionally associate with Thanksgiving — turkey, family, football — politics doesn't rate high on the list. But the national holiday and the political world have intersected at times and generated some headlines to remember. But in 1939, when Thanksgiving was set to fall on Nov. 30, President Franklin Roosevelt moved it to the second-to-last

  • Iran says to produce more low-enriched uranium

    November 28, 2013 8:31 AM 43

    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran plans to increase its production of uranium enriched at a low level, its official news agency reported Thursday. IRNA quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s nuclear department, as saying machines which were earlier producing 20 per cent enriched uranium will be engaged in producing low-level enriched uranium. “Hence, the production

  • UN to send envoy to Bangladesh amid rising violence

    November 28, 2013 8:29 AM 191

    Source­s say envoy would carry 'strong messag­e' from the UN chief to hold 'free, fair, credib­le and inclus­ive' polls. DHAKA: A United Nations envoy will visit Bangladesh to hold talks with political parties about ending an election standoff that has sparked deadly violence, an official said Thursday. UN assistant secretary general for political Affairs

  • Iran says it plans to increase production of low-level enriched uranium

    November 28, 2013 8:19 AM 45

    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran plans to increase its production of uranium enriched at a low level, its official news agency reported Thursday. IRNA quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's nuclear department, as saying machines which were earlier producing 20 per cent enriched uranium will be engaged in producing low-level enriched uranium. "Hence, the production

  • Iran hard-liners criticize Geneva deal

    November 28, 2013 1:14 AM 43

    Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has publically supported nuclear negotiators and opposition to the deal seems limited, but opinion can shift quickly in Iran and Rouhani’s task will become more delicate as the country moves toward a final accord six months from now. In the debate broadcast live on state radio, Zarif tried to deflect criticism by noting

  • Stocks rise after some encouraging economic news

    November 27, 2013 7:59 PM 48

    (David Goldman, File/ Associated Press ) - FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, file photo, retired U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Duane Stubbs, right, of Morrow, Ga., shakes hands with retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Leland Smith, CEO of SolidHires, during a job fair for veterans at the VFW Post 2681, in Marietta, Ga. The Labor Department reports on the number

  • Israeli mother fined $150 for each day she does not have her son circumcised

    November 27, 2013 4:51 PM 45

    An Israeli mother has been ordered by a religious court to circumcise her son against her will or face fines of 500 shekels ($150) for every day the procedure is not carried out. The unprecedented ruling has been handed down by one of Israel’s rabbinical courts, which have legal jurisdiction over religious issues — including marriage and divorce — concerning

  • Latvia's PM resigns over supermarket roof collapse

    November 27, 2013 12:17 PM 39

    Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis resigned Wednesday, appearing to accept ultimate political responsibility over the collapse last week of a supermarket roof in the capital Riga that killed 54 people. At least 40 other people were wounded in the incident, one of Europe's worst roof-related disasters in several decades. Police have opened a criminal