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  • With deadline looming, Kerry heading to Vienna for Iran talks

    July 10, 2014 | 2:49 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Vienna for talks ahead of a July 20 deadline for an Iran nuclear deal.

    In a Twitter post on Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Kerry will head to the Austrian capital for consultations with Catherine Ashton, the...

  • For Iranian-born actors, Israel’s first Farsi movie carries echo of lost home

    July 8, 2014 | 12:41 pm

    An Iranian-Israeli director and a group of Iranian-born actors are making a movie in Farsi, the language of Iran.

    “Baba Joon,” a story of familial conflict between three generations of Iranian Jewish men set to hit theaters next year, is the first Farsi movie ever to be made in...

  • Can U.S. and Iran work together in Iraq?

    July 2, 2014 | 4:52 pm

    The recent military conquest of much of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has ignited a debate on Iran’s role. Analysts and pundits have asked: Should Washington work with Tehran to stem ISIL’s seemingly inexorable march? U.S.-Iran cooperation seems possible,...

  • L.A.’s Iranian-American community unhappy with U.S., Iran relations

    By Karmel Melamed

    June 25, 2014 | 12:50 pm

    Reactions have been strong and angry from the local Iranian community to outreach initiated by the Obama administration to the Islamic Republic of Iran for assistance in quashing Sunni militants in Iraq. The United States reportedly met with Iranian officials on June 15 in Vienna,...

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  • Iranian court sentences man accused of spying for Israel

    June 20, 2014 | 8:49 am

    An Iranian court sentenced a man to five years in prison on charges of spying for Israel.

    The man, whose name was not released, was arrested last August and charged with giving information to the person responsible for security at the Israeli Embassy in Thailand, Israel’s Army...

  • Elan Carr, Iraq vet and congressional candidate, fears Iraq is lost to Islamists

    By Jared Sichel

    June 19, 2014 | 7:00 am

    For Elan Carr, learning of last week’s capture of Mosul by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—a Sunni terrorist group—was especially painful.

    Now readying himself for November elections in which he, a Republican, will be fighting an uphill battle against Democrat Ted Lieu...

  • Iraq asks United States for air support to counter rebels

    June 18, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    Iraq has asked the United States for air support in countering Sunni rebels, the top U.S. general said on Wednesday, after the militants seized major cities in a lightning advance that has routed the Shi'ite-led government's army.

    However, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of...

  • Iran, six powers push to salvage momentum for nuclear deal

    June 17, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Iran and six world powers re-launched talks on Tuesday to try to salvage a deal on Tehran's nuclear activity by a July deadline, striving to prevent a long-time standoff from descending into a wider Middle East war.

    With time running short if a risky extension of the nuclear...

  • Israel concerned about any U.S.-Iran cooperation in Iraq

    June 16, 2014 | 1:49 pm

    Israel voiced concern on Monday at the prospect of its closest ally, Washington, cooperating with its what it considers its deadliest foe, Iran, to stave off a sectarian break-up of Iraq.

    But, Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz told Reuters, the United States and...

  • U.S. may discuss Iraq with Iran, not seeking atomic talks extension

    June 16, 2014 | 11:10 am

    The United States may discuss the security crisis in Iraq with Iran on the sidelines of this week's nuclear talks in Vienna, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, in what could mark a momentous step in U.S. engagement with its longtime adversary.

    The negotiations in the Austrian...

  • U.S. considers air strikes, action with Iran to halt Iraq rebels

    June 16, 2014 | 9:25 am

    The United States said it could launch air strikes and act jointly with its arch-enemy Iran to support the Iraqi government, after a rampage by Sunni Islamist insurgents across Iraq that has scrambled alliances in the Middle East.

    Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the...

  • Why higher Iran oil exports are not roiling nuclear deal

    June 12, 2014 | 3:05 pm

    At first glance, Iran appears to have exported more oil than allowed under a nuclear agreement with major powers, but rather than complaining, U.S. officials argue Tehran is skating just inside the deal's ambiguous limits.

    Iran's higher exports reflect its exploitation of a...

  • Sen. Ted Cruz: Israel could strike Iran in months

    June 11, 2014 | 10:38 am

    An Israeli strike against Iran “could happen in a matter of months,” Sen. Ted Cruz reportedly told a U.S. Jewish security group.

    Cruz (R-Texas) at a meeting of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, or JINSA, said Tuesday that Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei...

  • Israeli intelligence chief: Iran can build nuclear bomb within a year

    June 9, 2014 | 10:41 am

    Iran has the capability to build a nuclear bomb in less than a year, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said.

    Steinitz, speaking about Iran’s nuclear program at the Herzliya Conference on Monday, urged world powers to demand that Iran dismantle its nuclear program as...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 6, 2014 | 12:37 pm

    Rita Yahan-Farouz, formally known as Rita, is an Iranian-born singer and one of Israel’s biggest divas. She was born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran. Her family immigrated to Israel in 1970 and lived in a suburb outside of Tel Aviv.

     

    She began singing professionally during her...

  • Israel says Iran giving ‘false explanations’ to U.N. nuclear inquiry

    June 5, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    Israel has condemned as unacceptably slow Iran's cooperation with a U.N. watchdog inquiry into suspected nuclear bomb research and accused Tehran of providing "false" explanations for its disputed activities.

    Iran, which says its nuclear program is peaceful and that it is...

  • Obama lauds Iran talks, says unilateral action still an option

    May 29, 2014 | 8:54 am

    President Obama said the United States would not hesitate to use military action in support of an ally and defended his policy of engagement with Iran.

    Obama, in a major foreign policy speech on Wednesday at the graduation at the military academy in West Point, N.Y., sought a...

  • Iranian judge summons Facebook CEO for breach of privacy

    May 27, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    A conservative Iranian court opened a case against instant messaging services WhatsApp and Instagram while also summoning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over complaints of privacy violation, state news agency ISNA reported on Tuesday.

    The case underscores the growing struggle...

  • Iran cuts nuclear stockpile, engages with bomb probe, IAEA says

    May 23, 2014 | 10:46 am

    Iran has sharply cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile under an interim pact with world powers and has begun engaging with a long-stalled IAEA investigation into suspected weapons research, the U.N. nuclear agency said on Friday.

    The findings, in a quarterly report by the...

  • What’s a boycott worth?

    By Jared Sichel

    May 21, 2014 | 12:17 am

    If you walk up the red carpet and into the Beverly Hills Hotel on a Friday evening or Saturday morning, at the left side of the lobby, inside the Sunset Room, you’ll find an Orthodox Jewish prayer service.

    You’ll see the standard mechitzah dividing male and female worshippers,...

  • Hillary’s choice: Clinton seeks to differentiate herself from Obama on Mideast

    May 20, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    A month before her foreign policy autobiography, “Hard Choices,” hits the bookstores, Hillary Rodham Clinton made an easy choice: She pitched her diplomatic credentials to a friendly Jewish audience.

    Clinton’s speech to the American Jewish Committee on May 14 was meant to send a...

  • Why is Greece the most anti-Semitic country in Europe?

    May 20, 2014 | 10:21 am

    When the Anti-Defamation League published its global anti-Semitism survey last week, Greece, the cradle of democracy, captured the ignominious title of most anti-Semitic country in Europe.

    With 69 percent of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views, according to the survey, Greece was...

  • U.S. issues warning at nuclear talks, Iran sees ‘excessive demands’

    May 16, 2014 | 10:44 am

    Iran and six world powers are making little progress in arduous talks on ending their dispute over Tehran's nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Friday, fanning doubt about the prospects for a breakthrough by a self-imposed July deadline.

    Tehran also said the latest...

  • Is Iranian bomb research ‘mea Culpa’ needed for nuclear accord?

    May 14, 2014 | 8:35 am

    U.N. watchdog findings that Iran may have worked on designing an atomic bomb helped the West tighten sanctions on Tehran which ultimately forced it, U.S. officials say, to enter serious talks on reining in its nuclear program.

    But as Iran and six world powers enter a crucial...

  • No nuclear deal with Iran unless actions ‘verifiable,’ Obamas aide says

    May 13, 2014 | 1:26 pm

    Iran must agree to "verifiable action" to satisfy U.S. concerns about its nuclear program or else there will be no final deal, President Barack Obama's top national security aide said on Monday on the eve of a new round of talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna.

    Addressing...

  • Iran and IAEA end talks, unclear if progress made

    May 12, 2014 | 3:49 pm

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog and Iran ended a three-hour meeting on Monday without announcing any new action to allay concerns about Tehran's atomic activities, leaving it unclear whether headway was achieved.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicated after the talks...

  • Netanyahu says Iran’s nuclear program a ‘clear and present danger’

    May 12, 2014 | 9:20 am

    Iran's nuclear program is a clear and present danger and the country cannot be allowed to get the capability to make nuclear arms, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday.

    Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Monday described as "stupid and idiotic"...

  • Israel, U.S. divided over Iranian nuclear enrichment deal

    May 7, 2014 | 10:36 am

    Israel insists Iran be denied uranium enrichment capabilities under a potentially imminent nuclear deal, a demand that risks opening a new Israeli-United States rift, officials said on Wednesday.

    The dispute, a major topic for a visit to Jerusalem by U.S. National Security...

  • Iran on agenda for White House aide talks in Israel

    May 6, 2014 | 3:40 pm

    National Security Adviser Susan Rice will travel to Israel on Wednesday and Thursday for meetings with Israeli officials in which nuclear talks with Iran will be on the agenda, the White House said on Tuesday.

    Rice's visit, the first in her role as national security adviser,...

  • Iran’s foreign minister: Iran will not be demonized by Holocaust denial accusations

    May 6, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a parliament session broadcast live nationally reiterated his condemnations of the Holocaust and said he will not allow Iran to be demonized by accusations of Holocaust denial.

    “Iran is an independent, mighty and stable country, but...

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