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US says fate of nuclear pact up to Iran as talks resume

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is signaling that Iran shouldn't expect major new concessions from the United States as a new round of indirect nuclear talks is set to resume. ...

Israeli spymaster visits Bahrain to discuss Mideast security

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency visited Bahrain for talks with officials on Thursday, the Bahrain state-run news agency reported. ...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: May 3 The Los Angeles Times on pushing Congress to enact sensible gun reform measures: ...

Air Force: Missile test launch from California aborted

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — A test launch of an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile was aborted before liftoff early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Califor...

US, Japan, South Korea diplomats review North Korea strategy

LONDON (AP) — The United States, Japan and South Korea are plowing ahead with efforts to push North Korea back to nuclear negotiations despite the North's rejection of any such pressure. ...

Flurry of diplomatic contacts fuel Iran deal speculation

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of diplomatic contacts and reports of major progress suggest that indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran may be nearing an agreement. That’s despite efforts by U.S. offici...

G-7 ministers to hold first in-person talks in 2 years

LONDON (AP) — Foreign and development ministers from the Group of Seven leading industrial nations will be meeting in London this week in their first face-to-face discussions in two years, with U.S. S...

US officials in Mideast to reassure jittery allies over Iran

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top Biden administration officials and U.S. senators crisscrossed the Middle East on Monday, seeking to assuage growing unease among Gulf Arab partners over Amer...

US eyes major rollback in Iran sanctions to revive nuke deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is considering a near wholesale rollback of some of the most stringent Trump-era sanctions imposed on Iran in a bid to get the Islamic Republic to return to ...

Saudi crown prince defends austerity steps, social loosening

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman laid out a vigorous defense of his domestic policies and the thinking behind his push to transform Saudi Arabia economically and soc...

Opinion: Oxygen is more important than uranium

Dr. Mubarak Ali, a progressive Pakistani historian, recently wrote on social media that the mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic in India and Pakistan proves that "oxygen is more important tha...

Taiwan's National Security Bureau keeps tabs on Chinese navy

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Chen Ming-tung (陳明通) said on Monday (April 26) he is aware of China’s latest warships in Hainan and noted the communi...

Analyst: Missile motor test likely caused blast in Israel

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A mysterious blast heard in central Israel appears to have come during a rocket engine test conducted at a secretive military base associated with the country's miss...

China's latest warships pose regional and US threat: Taiwan analyst

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Three new Chinese navy warships demonstrate the communist country's intention to become a major maritime power and challenge the United States, according to a senior a...

UN warns COVID-19 is `roaring back' as Yemen faces famine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Thursday that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in Yemen is getting even worse with the COVID-19 pandemic “roaring back” in recent weeks ...