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  • OBAMA SAYS HE WANTS TEHRAN TO COMMIT TO' DOUBLE-DIGIT' NUMBER OF YEARS FREEZE ON NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT AND FOR THAT TO BE VERIFIABLE.

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement. In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned...

  • *Speculation over Iran nuclear deal, higher Libyan output weigh. *Coming Up: American Petroleum Institute report on Tuesday. NEW YORK, March 2- Brent futures fell 5 percent, its most in a month, on Monday as speculation of a nuclear deal that could lift Iran's sanctions and boost its oil exports brought worries about high supplies back to the market.

  • *Speculation over Iran nuclear deal drove prices down earlier. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a deal on Iran's nuclear programme could be concluded this week if the United States and other Western countries had sufficient political will and agreed to remove sanctions on Tehran. Iranian oil exports have been restricted by sanctions for...

  • *Speculation over Iran nuclear deal drove prices down earlier. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a deal on Iran's nuclear programme could be concluded this week if the United States and other Western countries had sufficient political will and agreed to remove sanctions on Tehran. Iranian oil exports have been restricted by sanctions for...

  • *Iran Foreign Minister: nuclear deal possible this week. *'Long way to go' to reach Iran nuclear deal- Kerry. LONDON, March 2- Brent crude oil fell more than 2 percent to around $61 a barrel on Monday after Iran said a deal on its nuclear program could be agreed this week if the West lifts sanctions, which could boost the country's oil exports.

  • *Iran Foreign Minister: nuclear deal possible this week. *'Long Way To Go' to reach Iran nuclear deal- Kerry. LONDON, March 2- Brent crude oil fell more than 2 percent to around $61 a barrel on Monday after Iran said a deal on its nuclear programme could be agreed this week if the West lifts sanctions, which could boost the country's oil exports.

  • *Iran Foreign Minister: nuclear deal possible this week. LONDON, March 2- Brent crude oil fell almost 2 percent towards $61 a barrel on Monday after Iran said a deal on its nuclear programme could be agreed this week if the West lifted sanctions, which could boost the country's oil exports. Brent crude hit a low of $61.18 a barrel and was at $61.30 by 1220 GMT, down $1.28.

  • *No March bookings of Iran oil shipments by India so far- trade. *MRPL buys from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia to replace Iran oil- source. India, Iran's top client after China, shipped in about 102,200 barrels per day of crude and condensate from Tehran in February, the lowest since July 2013, and down 63 percent from January and 62 percent from a year ago, according to tanker...

  • SANAA, Yemen— A suspected U.S. drone strike Saturday in central Yemen killed three men believed to be al-Qaida militants, security officials said. The U.S. has launched several strikes in recent weeks, reflecting Washington's resolve to keep fighting the militants despite Yemen's political paralysis. Meanwhile Saturday, the Shiite rebels who control Yemen's...

  • Asian imports of Iranian crude fall nearly 22 pct Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 3:47 AM ET

    *Iran sales to Asia below 1 mln bpd in Jan, first time since Oct. *Cautious optimism on Iran's nuclear deal with West. Imports by Iran's four biggest buyers- China, India, Japan and South Korea- averaged 982,525 bpd last month, the first time the level had dropped below the 1 million bpd mark since October last year, government and trade data showed.

  • Call them Islamic extremists Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 2:34 PM ET
    In this image made from video posted on a social media account affiliated with the Islamic State group on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants attack ancient artifacts with sledgehammers in the Ninevah Museum in Mosul, Iraq.

    The US needs to stop tiptoeing around religious sensitivity when it comes to terrorist acts in the name of Islam, says David Phillips.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 24- The Argentine spy at the center of a scandal over last month's death of a state prosecutor was accused on Tuesday of importing tonnes of contraband merchandise during his final years as head of the country's counterintelligence office. Antonio Stiuso was forced out of the SI intelligence service in December, weeks before state prosecutor...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 23- Argentine President Cristina Fernandez's popularity has been driven down by the mysterious death of an investigator who accused the populist leader of trying to cover up a deadly 1994 bombing, a poll showed on Monday. Alberto Nisman was shot dead the night of Jan 18, four days after leveling his allegation against Fernandez.

  • CNBC Update: Iran negotiations & Ukraine  Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 11:42 AM ET

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on Iranian nuclear negotiations and a rise in the number of auto loans.

  • TEHRAN, Iran— Iran is concerned by a Russian cybersecurity firm's report suggesting a new family of malicious programs and worms is infecting computers there and elsewhere in the world, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday. Without naming the United States as the source of the malware, the report by Kaspersky Lab said one of the programs has elements...

  • Brother: Lawyer seeking to represent jailed Post reporter Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 3:34 AM ET

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— A lawyer chosen to represent a Washington Post correspondent detained in Iran has been unable to complete formalities to defend him, the reporter's brother said Wednesday as he appealed to the judiciary and the country's top leader to examine the case. Iranian-American Jason Rezaian was detained in Tehran on July 22 along with his...

  • President Barack Obama called for "swift work" by Beijing to narrow their differences on cyber issues, the White House said, as the two sides start planning for Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington in September. The White House added: "The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to coordinate closely on security challenges, including by jointly...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- President Barack Obama in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for "swift work" to narrow the countries' differences on cyber issues, the White House said. The White House added that "The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to coordinate closely on security challenges, including by jointly encouraging Iran to...

  • ANKARA/ NEW YORK, Feb 7- Iran's foreign minister has warned the United States that failure to agree a nuclear deal would likely herald the political demise of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani, Iranian officials said, raising the stakes as the decade-old stand-off nears its end-game. Secretary of State John Kerry at several meetings in recent weeks,...