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  • ATHENS, Greece— Israel's prime minister says his country is discussing "intensively" with Cyprus the best ways to extract and market gas found in waters between the east Mediterranean neighbors. He said they also discussed the possibility of connecting Israel, Cyprus and Greece with an electricity cable. Netanyahu lauded Anastasiades' initiative to invite...

  • BERLIN— In the race to secure business deals with Iran, Germany was quickest out of the blocks. On Sunday, Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel became the first senior Western official to visit Iran following last week's agreement to ease sanctions on the Islamic nation in exchange for concessions on its nuclear program. Last year, Germany imported goods worth 295...

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and nervous allies, insisted on Wednesday the landmark agreement was the only alternative to a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East. Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference responding to critics at home and abroad after...

  • WASHINGTON, July 15- President Barack Obama, seeking to sell the Iran nuclear deal to skeptical U.S. lawmakers and the American public, insisted on Wednesday that the landmark agreement was the best way to avoid a nuclear arms race and more war in the Middle East. Obama made his case in a nationally televised news conference responding to critics at home and abroad...

  • *Iran deal like "pouring fuel on burning Middle East". JERUSALEM, July 15- Israel's nuclear affairs minister said his country was like the boy in the fairy tale who pointed out the emperor had no clothes, heaping scorn on the Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday and emphasising Israel's right to unilateral self-defence. Tuesday's agreement between six world powers and...

  • Iran deal "naked as emperor with no clothes", says Israel Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    JERUSALEM, July 15- Israel's nuclear affairs minister said his country was like the boy in the fairy tale who pointed out the emperor had no clothes, heaping scorn on the Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday and emphasising Israel's right to unilateral self-defence. Tuesday's agreement between six world powers and Iran has left Israeli officials scrambling for...

  • *Sanctions would "snap back" after 65 days if Iran violates deal. VIENNA, July 14- Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East. Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Iran...

  • *Sanctions would "snap back" after 65 days if Iran violates deal. VIENNA, July 14- Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East. Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations will be lifted in return for Iran...

  • WRAPUP 6-Iran, big powers clinch historic nuclear deal Tuesday, 14 Jul 2015 | 5:37 AM ET

    VIENNA, July 14- Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East, and which Israel called an "historic surrender." Under the deal, sanctions imposed by the United States, European Union and United Nations would be lifted in return for Iran agreeing...

  • *Israel still operating on 2014 budget. *Bank of Israel, IMF urge fiscal restraint. JERUSALEM, July 6- Israel's next budget will only run through the end of 2016, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wanted a spending plan lasting through 2017 that he hoped would give him more political stability.

  • JERUSALEM, June 30- Israel plans to leave its biggest offshore natural gas project, Leviathan, in the hands of a U.S.-Israeli consortium while opening the industry up to more competition, under a proposal announced on Tuesday. Texas- based Noble Energy and Israel's Delek Group, which own a number of recently discovered gas fields that supply factories and...

  • PARIS, June 30- French telecoms group Orange and Israeli mobile phone operator Partner Communications said on Tuesday they had agreed terms to end their licensing deal following a public row in Israel, but Orange said it was still committed to Israel. Israel protested to France after Orange's Chief Executive, Stephane Richard, said earlier this month he would...

  • VIENNA, June 28- Iran is backtracking from an interim nuclear agreement with world powers three months ago, Western officials suggested on Sunday, as U.S. and Iranian officials said talks on a final accord would likely run past a June 30 deadline. Securing an historic agreement would end a more than 12- year nuclear standoff between Iran and the West and open the...

  • *Zarif to return to Vienna on Monday. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to leave Vienna and return to Tehran for consultations with the country's leadership on the state of negotiations, Iran said. "Zarif will return to Tehran tonight and will come back to Vienna tomorrow," Iran's Tasnim news agency said, citing an unnamed Iranian official.

  • Israel's Bezeq Telecom takes over satellite TV unit YES Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    JERUSALEM, June 25- Bezeq Israel Telecom, Israel's largest telecoms group, has completed a deal to take full control of its satellite TV unit YES after the communications regulator determined it would not harm competition in the multi-channel TV market. Bezeq, already a shareholder, bought the remaining 50.2 percent of YES from Eurocom, a company controlled by...

  • *Graph on Israel's housing prices: http://link.reuters.com/wek34w. JERUSALEM, June 11- After huge success in slashing mobile phone rates, new Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon hopes to do the same with sky-high housing costs with reforms aimed at increasing supply and cooling demand by raising taxes on investment homes. The soaring cost of owning a home--...

  • JERUSALEM/ PARIS, June 8- Orange's CEO Stephane Richard has accepted an invitation from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Israel as he tries to end a diplomatic row sparked by his remarks about ending a licensing deal there. Israel protested to France after Richard said last week the 25 percent state-owned group planned to terminate an arrangement...

  • JERUSALEM, June 7- Orange's CEO Stephane Richard should come to Israel to explain his "hostile" remarks about ending the telecom company's licensing deal in the country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted as saying on Sunday. Israel protested to France after Richard said last week the 25 percent state-owned group planned to terminate an arrangement...

  • *Netanyahu fires Communication Ministry director-general. JERUSALEM/ TEL AVIV, May 20- Concerns about Israel's commitment to competition in the telecoms sector have grown after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the director-general of communications and took over the ministry himself. The prime minister named Mymon Shmila, a senior official...

  • *Graphic on UK election results/polls: http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/15/UK-election/index. html. Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives won an outright parliamentary majority in a major upset that came after months of polls, including nearly a dozen on election day itself, showed them neck-and-neck with the main opposition Labor Party.