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Exclusive: State Department quietly warning region on Syrian WMDs
The State Department has begun coordinating with Syria's neighbors to prepare for the handling of President Bashar al-Assad's extensive weapons of mass destruction if and when his regime collapses, The Cable has learned.

US, EU, Arab States Push for UN 'Peacekeeping' Forces in Syria
If Syrian authorities agree to a ceasefire, UN troops will be sent in. Otherwise, Western powers insinuate military aid to opposition

Obama on Syria: U.S. can't be a bystander
As fighting continues in Syria, President Obama indicted that the U.S. could beef up its role there, saying the U.S. cannot be a "bystander" as Syrian President Basha al-Assad continues the "slaughter of innocents."

Syria Opposition Group Boycotts Tunis Meeting, Rejects Escalated Militarization
A Syrian opposition group announced it was boycotting the international "Friends of Syria" conference in Tunis, as it complained of exclusion and fearing escalated militarization.

Syria rebels get arms from abroad: opposition source

Hamas ditches Assad, backs Syrian revolt
Leaders of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas turned publicly against their long-time ally President Bashar al-Assad of Syria on Friday, endorsing the revolt aimed at overthrowing his dynastic rule.

US senators discusses held contractor with Raul Castro
A senior US senator has met with Cuban President Raul Castro over the ongoing detention of an American contractor.

U.N. sees spike in Iran's uranium production

Iran not co-operating on nuclear programme, says IAEA

Iran: IAEA report proves "peaceful nature" of nuclear programme
Iran on Friday said the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear programme proves it is of a peaceful nature, Tehran's envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog, Ali-Asqar Soltanieh said.

Israel claims Iran able to target US in 2-3 years
Israel believes that within 2-3 years Iran will have intercontinental missiles able to hit the United States, an Israeli minister said in remarks aimed at raising awareness of the threat it believes a nuclear Iran would pose to the world, Reuters reported.

Calm Down. Iran's Missiles Can't (and Won't) Hit the East Coast
Israel is claiming that Iran is this close to developing a missile that can hit American soil. But missile and intelligence experts say Tehran has a long, technically complex road to travel before it can threaten Manhattan.

Mainscream Media: Iran hysteria stirring up in US

Despite War Drums, Experts Insist Iran Nuclear Deal Possible

U.S. Agencies See No Move by Iran to Build a Bomb
Even as the United Nations' nuclear watchdog said in a new report Friday that Iran had accelerated its uranium enrichment program, American intelligence analysts continue to believe that there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb.

EU ban on Iran oil may be bonus to Tehran's fields
Europe's ban on Iranian oil, aimed at piling pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme, may end up breathing new life into the country's ageing oilfields, Western and Iranian oil experts said on Friday.

Death toll rises to 24 from Afghan anti-US protests
Anti-US protesters tried to storm a US consulate and march on NATO headquarters in Kabul on Friday as violent demonstrations over the burning of Korans pushed into a fourth day, killing 24 people.

Gingrich: Obama Should Not Apologize for Koran Burning
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said President Obama "surrendered" Thursday when he apologized to the Afghan government for the burning of several Korans at an American military base near Kabul.

German army pulls out of Afghan base over Qur'an unrest

Deadly violence as commander warns against 'vengeance'
A large crowd swarmed a military base and numerous demonstrations turned deadly Friday in Afghanistan, the fourth day of fallout after NATO troops burned Qurans at a military base, officials said.

Malaysian Muslims denounce burning of Koran in Afghanistan

Pakistan calls on Taliban to hold peace talks

Thousands of tribesmen protest US drone strikes
MIRANSHAH: Thousands of tribesmen on Thursday rallied against US drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal belt, demanding compensation for damage and losses, witnesses said.

Families of slaughtered children to sue the CIA
President Barack Obama condoned America's drone program last month, dismissing allegations that it's caused more harm than good. In Pakistan, the families of civilians killed in these strikes are pleading with the UN to tell America otherwise.

A licence to kill —Saad Hafiz
Judging from the recent polls, American voters seem pretty gung-ho on the use of unmanned drones to go after terrorists, which makes it unlikely that the US will agree to stop or scale down drone operations in Pakistan, especially in an election year

At least 55 killed in wave of bombings across Iraq
A wave of bombings across Iraq killed dozens of people Thursday morning, security officials said, in a grim indication of the strength of the insurgency two months after the U.S. military completed its withdrawal.

Two British journalists held in Libya

Prisoner of Zintan: Gaddafi son in Libyan limbo
In a secret location, somewhere among the sandstone and concrete buildings of the straggling mountain town of Zintan, Libya's most prominent prisoner awaits his fate.

Fresh fighting in Sudan's Darfur
Fresh fighting in Sudan's Darfur region has killed 12 government soldiers, according to a rebel statement received on Friday, but an official said 10 civilians were the victims.

Mali clashes displace nearly 130,000, UN warns
Nearly 130,000 people have been displaced by fighting between Tuareg rebels and government forces since mid-January in Mali, the UN has warned.

WikiLeaks US army 'mole' Bradley Manning enters no plea at start of his court martial
Bradley Manning, the US Army private accused of leaking classified documents to Wikileaks has chosen not to enter a plea at the start of his court martial.

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