As the world held its breath, a historic deal is reached

As the world held its breath, a historic deal is reached

It was a scene we’ve seen before: the world’s top diplomats huddled for crunch Iran nuclear talks as the world held its breath, but this time there was a sigh of relief. At 2:00 am (0100 GMT) at the posh Intercontinental hotel in Geneva, lavishly dressed party guests at a karaoke bar stepped daintily past […]

Deal leaves Iran with no path to nuclear bomb

Deal leaves Iran with no path to nuclear bomb

Iran struck a historic deal Sunday with the United States and five other world powers, agreeing to a temporary freeze of its nuclear program in the most significant agreement between Washington and Tehran in more than three decades of estrangement. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani endorsed the agreement, which commits Iran to curb its nuclear activities […]

New nuke deal with Iran leaves Israel with few options

New nuke deal with Iran leaves Israel with few options

After feverishly trying to derail the international community’s nuclear deal with Iran in recent weeks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu now has little choice but to accept an agreement that he has derided as deeply flawed. Netanyahu believes the six-month deal leaves Iran’s military nuclear capabilities largely intact, while giving Iran relief from painful economic […]

Secret talks led to historical deal limiting Iran’s nukes

Secret talks led to historical deal limiting Iran’s nukes

The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran’s nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned. The discussions were kept […]

Right wingers cheer France’s role in killing agreement on Iran nukes

Right wingers cheer France’s role in killing agreement on Iran nukes

American right-wing leaders, more accustomed to standing in line to jeer at France, praised Paris Sunday for stonewalling an agreement between Western powers and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program. “Vive la France!” exclaimed Senator John McCain, a frequent and outspoken voice on national security issues. “France had the courage to prevent a bad nuclear agreement […]

Talks fail over Iran’s disputed nuke program

Chances of a deal appeared to diminish as the day went on.

Talks fail over Iran’s disputed nuke program

France’s foreign minister says marathon six-power talks with Iran have failed to reach a deal meant to cap some of Tehran’s nuclear program. Laurent Fabius says the talks, which ended early Sunday, managed to narrow differences without eliminating them. He says there are “still questions to be dealt with” in future rounds. The talks are […]

Treasury Department cleared U.S. business with Iran

Treasury Department cleared U.S. business with Iran

The Treasury Department has granted nearly 10,000 special licenses to American companies over the past decade so they could sell some types of products in Iran and other countries the U.S. considers terrorist sponsors, The New York Times reported Thursday. Companies such as Kraft Food and Pepsi and some of the largest U.S. banks benefited, […]

Obama claims NATO supports missle defense system

Obama claims NATO supports missle defense system

President Barack Obama announced Friday that NATO has agreed to his plans for a new, expanded missile defense system for Europe that would cover all NATO member countries and the United states. The U.S. has a missile defense system based mainly in North America, and is planning one for its European allies. “For the first […]

Leaked documents show Iraq is a weak, divided nation

Leaked documents show Iraq is a weak, divided nation

The enormous cache of secret war logs disclosed by the WikiLeaks website paints a picture of an Iraq burdened by persistent sectarian tension and meddling neighbors, suggesting that the country could drift into chaos once U.S. forces leave. The reports, covering early 2004 to Jan. 1, 2010, help explain why Iraq’s struggle to create a […]

Obama’s nuke summit advances his international role

Obama’s nuke summit advances his international role

In two weeks of concentrated and personal nuclear diplomacy, Barack Obama has made a start on the statesman’s resume envisioned by those with great hopes for his presidency. When Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, many analysts, observers and American voters shared a common question, “Why?” The young president was praised as an […]