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In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wearing a protective face mask, attends a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Khamenei said Wednesday that the offers being made at the Vienna talks over his country's tattered nuclear deal "are not worth looking at." (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

U.S. presses ahead for nuclear talks in face of Iranian threats

- The Washington Times

Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday slammed the latest U.S. offer for renewed nuclear diplomacy, but the White House was undeterred, with officials saying they are preparing for “a long process,” even as Tehran ramps up its uranium enrichment to near bomb-grade levels.

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, police keep a watch on demonstrators who tried to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn't be used, inadequate training and an intelligence division that had few set standards. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Watchdog lays bare Capitol Police’s riot security failures

- Associated Press

A blistering internal report by the U.S. Capitol Police describes a multitude of missteps that left the force unprepared for the Jan. 6 insurrection — riot shields that shattered upon impact, expired weapons that couldn’t be used, inadequate training and an intelligence division that had few set standards.

American soldiers wait on the tarmac in Logar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Biden to pull all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

- The Washington Times

All U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by this summer’s 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, President Biden announced Tuesday, potentially putting American forces at risk of renewed Taliban attacks in the short run while sparking long-term fears that the country may once again become a breeding ground for terrorists.

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- Associated Press

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Syria rejects watchdog investigation into 2018 gas attack

Associated Press

Syria on Wednesday rejected as fabricated the results of an investigation by the global chemical weapons watchdog, which found “reasonable grounds to believe” that a Syrian air force helicopter dropped a chlorine cylinder on a Syrian town in 2018,

Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony commemorating fallen soldiers, at the military cemetery at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

On Memorial Day, Israel mourns, reflects on vets' trauma

- Associated Press

Israel marked its national Memorial Day for fallen soldiers on Wednesday, in a year when national attention has been focused on the plight of veterans suffering from psychological trauma.

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVD-19, listens to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their talks in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Iran president calls 60% enrichment an answer to 'evilness'

- Associated Press

Iran's president on Wednesday called Tehran's decision to enrich uranium up to 60% after saboteurs attacked a nuclear site "an answer to your evilness," linking the incident to ongoing talks in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal with world powers.