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Still chance for diplomacy with Iran: U.S. officials

Sanctions and diplomacy may yet persuade Iran to give up its nuclear program, as its leaders have shown a rational “cost-benefit approach” in their calculations, senior US officials said. The top intelligence officials suggested Tuesday that military conflict with Iran was not inevitable, despite soaring tensions with Tehran and a…

Netanyahu claims victory in party primary

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed victory in the primary of his rightwing Likud party over his sole rival, the hardline settler Moshe Feiglin. “I thank you for the confidence and the renewed support that you have given me,” Netanyahu told a party gathering before the official results were…

Leave isolated Amazon natives alone, Peru says

Peruvian officials on Tuesday urged outsiders to stay away from isolated Amazon basin rainforest natives after pictures of “uncontacted” tribe members were published online. Mariela Huacchillo with the Peru’s office for Natural Protected Areas (SERNANP) told AFP that even indirect contact with the indigenous people could spread deadly viruses that…

China unfairly subsidizing auto parts exporters: U.S. industry

A US industry and union coalition accused China Tuesday of sweeping illegal subsidies to its auto-parts sector that threaten to destroy more than a million US jobs. Launching a campaign to press for trade action against Beijing, the Alliance for American Manufacturing and senior politicians said the Chinese subsidies threaten…

Pakistan helping Taliban: secret NATO report

The Pakistani security services are secretly helping Afghanistan’s Taliban, who assume their victory is inevitable once Western troops leave, a secret NATO document says, according to reports Wednesday. The leaked “State of the Taliban” report — seen by the BBC and The Times newspaper — was compiled from information gleaned…

Egypt Islamists stop protesters on way to parliament

CAIRO — Hundreds of Egyptian protesters demanding the end of military rule were prevented on Tuesday from reaching parliament by backers of the Muslim Brotherhood, which holds the majority in the assembly. “We are standing here as a human shield, because if the protesters go any further, they will clash…

Bahrain police fire tear gas on hunger strikers: activist

DUBAI — Bahraini police fired tear gas on hunger strikers protesting against their detention over last year’s Shiite-led pro-democracy protests, an activist said, adding that one of them was admitted to hospital Tuesday. Riot police “fired tear gas Monday on detainees on hunger strike in one of the cells,” the…

More Russia diplomats depart Canada: report

OTTAWA — Canada has expelled two more Russian diplomats following the arrest earlier this month of a Canadian soldier charged with leaking secrets to a foreign entity, a newspaper reported Tuesday. Canada’s Globe and Mail said the two diplomats had been removed from the list of envoys officially recognized by…

Mossad chief held talks on Iran in U.S. visit: CIA

WASHINGTON — The head of Israel’s intelligence service paid a secret visit to Washington last week to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, the CIA director and a top US lawmaker said Tuesday. Mossad chief Tamir Pardo flew to the US capital to consult with his American counterparts amid speculation over a…

Baboons wreak havoc at Zimbabwe border post

Troops of bag-snatching, truck-looting baboons are causing chaos at a border post between Zimbabwe and Zambia in daily raids for food,NewsDay reported on Tuesday. “Baboons are an issue that must be dealt with here because they destroy travellers’ goods,” the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority station manager at the Chirundu border post, Tichaona Phiri, told the newspaper. “Sometimes they bite or clap…

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