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    HUMIRE: Iran propping up Venezuela's repressive militias

    The death of 22-year-old Venezuelan student Genesis Carmona at the hands of armed pro-government civilian militias, called "colectivos," bears a striking resemblance to the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, the Iranian student who was shot and killed in a similar fashion on the streets of Tehran.

  • In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani sits in a meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt at the Presidency compound in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Iran's official IRNA news agency quoted President Hassan Rouhani as saying his country is ready for final nuclear talks with world powers. The Tuesday remarks came during a meeting with visiting Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt. (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Mohammad Berno)

    AP source: Sanctions waived for Iran broadcaster

    The Obama administration is temporarily waiving sanctions on Iran's state broadcaster, a senior Obama administration official said. The move could be seen as a confidence-building measure as the U.S., Iran and five other world powers prepare to open talks this month on a final agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear program.

  • AP source: US waives sanctions on Iran broadcaster

    The Obama administration is temporarily waiving sanctions on Iran's state broadcaster, a senior Obama administration official said late Thursday. The move could be seen as a confidence-building measure as the U.S., Iran and five other world powers prepare to open talks this month on a final agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear program.

  • Iran, US, Europe start implementing nuclear deal

    Iran unplugged banks of centrifuges involved in its most sensitive uranium enrichment work on Monday, prompting the United States and European Union to partially lift economic sanctions as a landmark deal aimed at easing concerns over Iran's nuclear program went into effect.

  • European Union says it's suspending some sanctions following nuclear agreement with Iran

    European Union says it's suspending some sanctions following nuclear agreement with Iran.

  • This undated handout photo provided by the family of Robert Levinson after they received it in April 2011, shows retired-FBI agent Robert Levinson. In March 2007, Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists, smuggler and organized crime figures. Days later after a meeting with an admitted killer, he vanished. For years the U.S. has publicly described him as a private citizen who was traveling on private business. However, an Associated Press investigation reveals that Levinson was working for the CIA. (AP Photo/Levinson Family)

    American missing in Iran was CIA operative who went rogue

    In March 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists, smugglers and organized crime figures. Days later, after an arranged meeting with an admitted killer, he checked out of his hotel, slipped into a taxi and vanished. For years, the U.S. has publicly described him as a private citizen who traveled to the tiny Persian Gulf island on private business.

  • **FILE** In this photo released Nov. 24, 2013, by the Iranian Students News Agency, Iranians wave their national flag as they hold a poster of President Hassan Rouhani, while welcoming Iranian nuclear negotiators upon their arrival from Geneva at the Mehrabad airport in Tehran. The sanctions relief offered to Iran by the U.S. and five world powers is meager in the context of the economy of a nation of nearly 80 million people, but by boosting morale in the business community it has already begun to get the gears of commerce turning again in Iran. (Associated Press/ISNA, Hemmat Khahi)

    State mulling whether to invite Iran to upcoming Syria talks

    Following this month's breakthrough in talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program, the U.S., Russia and other world powers are now discussing whether to invite representatives from the Islamic republic to an upcoming peace conference aimed at ending Syria's civil war.

  • Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird

    Embassy Row: Canada strong and free

    In the words of its national anthem, Canada is standing strong and free against the Iranian nuclear agreement engineered by the Obama administration.

  • U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry gestures as he speaks to the media about the deal that six world powers and Iran have reached calling for Tehran to limit its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief, at the International Conference Center of Geneva on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)

    Iran nuclear deal faces uphill battle with Congress; Netanyahu sees a 'historic mistake'

    The Obama administration put on a full-court press Sunday to defend the deal the U.S. and key allies struck to try to halt Iran's burgeoning nuclear program — but the White House faces a tough sell with members of Congress who criticized the terms and said they'll still press for even tighter sanctions on the Islamic republic.

  • In this Nov. 12, 2013, photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a reception for U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy at the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Washington. The Obama administration is pleading with Congress to allow more time for diplomacy with Iran, but faces sharp resistance from Republican and Democratic lawmakers determined to further squeeze the Iranian economy and wary about yielding any ground in nuclear negotiations. Back from a week of nuclear talks in Geneva and tense consultations with nervous Middle East allies, Kerry was to present the administration’s case to his ex-colleagues in the Senate on Nov. 13 and ask them to hold off on a package of new, tougher Iran sanctions under consideration. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

    John Kerry heading to Geneva for Iran nuke talks

    Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Geneva to join negotiations about Iran's nuclear program, the State Department announced Friday, raising expectations that a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program could be in the works.

  • ** FILE ** Samantha Power. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Samantha Power on Iran: 'We have to test this regime'

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said Friday that Iran must be tested and that a working deal intended to curb its nuclear military capabilities is worth pursuing.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Heed Netanyahu on Iran's Rouhani

    Addressing the U.N. General Assembly last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's claim that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, calling Mr. Rouhani a "wolf in sheep's clothing" ("Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu: Iran leader Hassan Rouhani is a 'wolf in sheep's clothing,'" Web, Oct. 31).

  • President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Treaty Room Office in the White House residence. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

    Obama has 'head handed to him' in secret Iran sanction deal amid nuclear talks

    For all the tough talk on the international front the United States has quietly been easing some of the financial restrictions on Iran, a new investigation reveals. But, as one source suggested, the talks may have backfired — and now the White House is feeling vulnerable.

  • In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, center, attends a graduation ceremony of army cadets, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Oct. 5 2013. Iran's top leader hinted Saturday that he disapproved of the phone call between Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama during the Iranian leader's trip to New York last month, but he reiterated his crucial support for the president's policy of outreach to the West. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

    FRANKS: Behind Iran's charm offensive

    Rouhani is driven by the same hateful ideology

  • ** FILE ** Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presides over his weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Abir Sultan, Pool)

    Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu warns White House about Iran

    Mortified that the world may be warming up to Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking an unpopular message to the White House and the United Nations this week: Don't be fooled by Tehran's new leadership.

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