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No breakthrough in Iran nuclear talks

Joint efforts by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and three other Western foreign ministers failed Sunday to advance faltering nuclear talks with the Iranian regime, with the target date for a deal only a week away, Associated Press reported.

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U.S. Senators want full disclosure of Iranian regime nuclear weapon program

Two influential U.S. senators have circulated a letter in the senate emphasizing that a lessening of U.S. sanctions should be conditional on the nuclear agreement making tough demands on the Iranian regime.

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Amnesty International issues Urgent Action to save Iranian juvenile offender

Iranian juvenile offender Rasoul Holoumi is at risk of execution for allegedly causing fatal injuries to a boy in a fight when he was 17 years old, Amnesty International said in an Urgent Action.

The authorities in Iran have sent hid death sentence to the Office of the Implementation of Sentences in city of Ahvaz, and could be carried out at any time.

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Iraq parliament postpones decision on new leaders

Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders.

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Iran: Four men lashed in public in Shiraz

Four men have been lashed in public in the Iranian city of Shiraz, the Iranian regime police has said.

Two of the men were sentenced to 74 lashes and three years in prison for stealing from houses and shops.

Two others received 80 lashes for eating in public during the holy month of Ramadan, Ahmad Ali Godarzi, police chief in in the southern province of Fars.

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Major differences persist in Iran nuclear talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday major differences persist between the Iranian regime and six world powers negotiating on Tehran's nuclear program.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Sunday it was crucial for the Iranian regime "to be more realistic about what is necessary" to reach a nuclear deal with six major powers that would end sanctions against the regime in exchange for curbs on its atomic work.

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Iraq without Nouri al-Maliki

By: Col. Wesley Martin*, Source: The Washington times

Commanding American service personnel during multiple tours of duty in Iraq was one of the greatest honors of my life. Developing an unbreakable bond with the fellow warriors while serving the cause of democracy is an honor. Unfortunately, over the past few years, the results of our risks and sacrifices have been completely undermined.

Back in 2005, Ibrahim al-Jafari became the first prime minister of a new, independent and democratic Iraq. He was soon forced out of power owing to ineffective leadership and was replaced by Nouri al-Maliki. Instead of working to correct past mistakes and to build Iraq’s then-still promising future, Mr. al-Maliki chose consolidation of power and alliance with Iran.

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Iran: 8 Facebook activists sentenced 8 to 21 years jail

The Iranian regime's judiciary has sentenced eight Facebook activists for 'plotting against national security', official state-run news agency IRNA reported.

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Iranian cleric detained in Saudi Arabia

NCRI - The Saudi police is holding an Iranian cleric in city of Medina for making provoking remarks. It is more than two weeks that he is not allowed to leave Saudi Arabia.

Cleric Ali A'arefi is a Friday Prayer Leader in the Iranian city of Jiroft, in southern province of Kerman.

Despite efforts by the Iranian regime officials in that country the Saudi authorities have refused to allow him to leave Saudi Arabia.

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Iraqi politicians: If Maliki remains PM nominee problems continue in Iraq

Most of Iraq’s Sunnis and Kurds demand Nouri al-Maliki leave office but he shows no sign of quitting as UN envoy warns that the country will descend into “chaos” unless Iraqi politicians move forward on forming a government, according to the Reuters.

Prominent Sunni Arab lawmaker Dhafer al-Ani said this week that "partition of Iraq will be the natural result" if the Shiite bloc could not put forward another candidate other than Maliki.

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New U.S. Senate bill would hold Iranian regime leaders accountable

U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill Thursday that would impose sanctions against the leaders including Ali Khamenei and Hassan Rouhani for violating human rights.

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U.S.: World powers and Iran are very far apart on some issues in nuclear talks

A senior U.S. administration official has told reporters on Saturday the six world powers and the Iranian regime are " very far apart on some issues", including on uranium enrichment.

The official who spoke on condition of anonymity added the Iranian regime has stuck to "inadequate and unworkable" positions in nuclear talks with six world powers despite a looming July 20th deadline.

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Bipartisan House majority: 'Permanent Iran sanctions relief demands congressional approval'

More than three-quarters of members of the U.S. House of Representatives are demanding President Obama consult with Congress on any final nuclear agreement with the Iranian regime as the deadline for negotiations nears.

“Any permanent sanctions relief demands congressional approval,” 344 lawmakers from both sides of the aisle wrote in a letter sent to Obama on Thursday.

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