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Iran Nuclear Talks Likely to Extend Into Next Week

Iran Nuclear Talks Likely to Extend Into Next Week Unspecified ‘Roadblock’ Delays Planned Signing Ceremony by Jason Ditz, November 08, 2013 After hopes of reaching a deal today gave way to reports of some additional talks on Saturday leading to a weekend signing ceremony, an unspecified “roadblock” has emerged in the talks. It doesn’t appear…

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24 Killed, 84 Wounded in Iraq Bombings Targeting Worshippers, Shoppers

24 Killed, 84 Wounded in Iraq Bombings Targeting Worshippers, Shoppers by Margaret Griffis, November 08, 2013 In Mosul, 12 people were killed on a commercial street during a late-day bombing that also left 56 wounded. Bombs at two homes left five wounded. In Baghdad, two bombs planted near a mosque left five dead and 15…

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Assad Likely to Remain in Power, Many Rebels Admit

Assad Likely to Remain in Power, Many Rebels Admit Leadership Demands for Resignation ‘Outdated’ by Jason Ditz, November 08, 2013 While most of the rebel leadership is refusing to attend peace talks, insisting that they want Assad to unilaterally resign and hold a conference instead focusing on who gets which positions in the new regime.…

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Senate Panel Passes Bill Seeking Drone Data

Senate Panel Passes Bill Seeking Drone Data Bill Calls for Annual Report on Drone Deaths by Jason Ditz, November 08, 2013 It wasn’t generally reported when the bill made its way through the Senate Intelligence Committee, but the Intelligence Authorization Act of 2014, which passed committee vote earlier this week and is moving on to…

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Israel’s Nuclear Ambiguity Prodded

OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM , Nov. 7 2013 (IPS) – As Palestinian-Israeli peace talks and nuclear talks on Iran’s disputed nuclear program continue, a unique international conference, “A Middle East without Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs)”, was held in Jerusalem. The topic is taboo because Israel maintains a veil of “studied ambiguity” on its alleged nuclear…

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Afghan Troop Deaths Soar in Latest Report

Afghan Troop Deaths Soar in Latest Report Pentagon Insists Transition Remains ‘On Track’ by Jason Ditz, November 08, 2013 Over 12 years into the occupation of Afghanistan, the Pentagon reports remain as upbeat as ever, insisting that the situation is well in hand and their latest transition is “on track.” The boundless optimism lasts until…

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Why Netanyahu Is So Enraged by a Deal with Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry’s last minute decision to make a surprise visit to Geneva, Switzerland, where negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran are rapidly progressing, led to an enormous amount of speculation that a first-step deal was imminent and may even be signed today. Details of the first-phase deal are limited and speculative, but…

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