Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the divisive Shiite leader who is facing a power grab from challenger Haider al-Abadi, warned military commanders not to interfere in the political confrontation. Many in Baghdad and in the international community support Abadi. Meanwhile, an aid helicopter crashed while on a mission to help stranded members of a religious minority group. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading
In our news wrap Tuesday, Israel widened the scope of its military barrage in Gaza, with strikes on its only power plant, the home of the leader of Hamas and a Hamas-run TV station. There were reports of possible cease-fire agreements, but efforts were eventually quashed. Also, police in China reportedly shot and killed dozens of gang members who had used knives to stage attacks on two towns. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican members of Congress scrambled Tuesday to seal a $225 million boost to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.
But the House and Senate are at odds over process. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — World powers and Iran still face significant gaps in their negotiations to curb Tehran’s nuclear program, foreign ministers said Tuesday while forging ahead with efforts to secure a deal that could finally bridge a decades-long diplomatic chasm between the Islamic republic and the West.
Kerry, who joined the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany on the weekend to add diplomatic muscle to the talks, said the negotiations would continue until at least Sunday. In the meantime, he said, he would consult with President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress on where the talks are if no pact is agreed on by July 20. Continue reading
In our news wrap Monday, a new video surfaced from the militant group Boko Haram in which the group’s leader claims responsibility for attacks never reported by the Nigerian government. The militant leader also offered to trade in kidnapped schoolgirls for jailed fighters. Also, Secretary of State John Kerry met one-on-one with his Iranian counterpart in continuing talks on Iran’s nuclear program. Continue reading
VIENNA — The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats searched Monday for a breakthrough in nuclear talks, their efforts complicated by crises across the Middle East and beyond that have Washington and Tehran aligned in some places but often opposed. The … Continue reading
For years, Iran has been an archenemy of the United States. Now, with alliances blurred in the Mideast, the two countries are talking about how to stop an offensive in Iraq by al-Qaida-inspired insurgents. Continue reading
Kerry noted the failure of the United States to secure a continuing military arrangement with Iraq’s government after U.S. combat forces left. “We didn’t have operational theater capacity at the time” of the surge in violence spawned by al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State militants, he said in an interview on NBC. Continue reading