The first order of business should be a negotiated cease-fire and a transition in Syria that recognizes the role of Iran and other regional parties, not arming the rebels or launching military attacks, writes Seyed Hossein Mousavian.
Iranian nuclear experts have said they are considering suspending 20% enrichment for six months in what American officials described as “the most substantive conversation they ever had” with the Iranians, reports Laura Rozen.
Negotiators from Iran and six world powers have announced they will further discuss a new international proposal to curb Iran’s 20% enrichment and nuclear-breakout capacity in exchange for some sanctions relief, writes Laura Rozen.
Western diplomats have announced they will put sanctions relief on the table when they meet with Iranian negotiators in Kazakhstan, offering the Iranians a “clear pathway” to further relief and a civilian nuclear program, reports Laura Rozen.
Israel has announced that 15 Palestinians had been killed since the start of its military operation in Gaza. Western defense sources expressed concern about the potential for the conflict to rapidly escalate, reports Laura Rozen.
Israel and Iran attended a European nonproliferation conference in Brussels this week. Laura Rozen reports that Israeli and European diplomats downplayed the significance of the meeting and said that Israeli and Iranian officials had no direct contact.
Ben Gilbert writes from the scene of today's bombing in Beirut, which preliminary reports say killed at least eight people and wounded more than 70. An apartment block close to the bomb appeared to have collapsed. The bomb's target was not immediately clear, although security official Wissam Al-Hassan was reported killed in the blast.
Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan has faulted western countries’ insistence on a UN Security Council resolution in part for the breakdown of the Syria mediation efforts he pursued as joint UN/Arab League Syria envoy earlier this year, reports Laura Rozen. Military intervention also isn't the answer and would make things worse, Annan added.
A former Texas used-car salesman pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring with Iran in a plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy to the United States, US law-enforcement officials announced. Tehran denies involvement.
Iran's foreign minister has said nuclear weapons wouldn't increase regional stability, reports Laura Rozen. Ali Akbar Salehi said that Iran acquiring nuclear bombs would increase the threats it faces, and not be a deterrent to nuclear powers with larger stockpiles. On Syria, Salehi said that Iran supports UN and regional initiatives to resolve the conflict.
South Sudan's Minister of Agriculture visited Israel May 15 with a message for refugees to come home. The trip coincided with one of the tougher discussions in Israel about whether to detain refugees. Yuval Goren talks to Dr. Betty Achan Ogwaro.
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