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US admin to push MidEast peace until end of term: Kerry WASHINGTON: The United States will push for a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians until the end of President Barack Obama's mandate, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday.Speaking in Washington to J Street, a progressive pro-Israel group, Kerry said attacks like Monday's on an Israeli bus by a suspected Palestinian bomber only underlined the need for a negotiated solution."Despite the fact that we have spent time and effort to try to get there for these past few years I can tell you that for these next nine months we will not stop working to find a way," Kerry said.Kerry, however, insisted that pro-peace factions among both populations understand the importance of a viable Palestine alongside a secure Israel as the only basis for peace and democracy in the region."And so we will continue to advance the two state solution as the only solution, because anything else will ...

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US to deploy more forces to back Iraq's anti-IS war BAGHDAD: The United States will send Apache attack helicopters and more troops to Iraq, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in Baghdad Monday, as the coalition weighs retaking second city Mosul from the Islamic State group.President Barack Obama hailed the 2011 withdrawal of American troops from Iraq as a major accomplishment of his presidency, but the US has been steadily drawn back into the country since IS militants overran swathes of territory in 2014.Washington heads ...

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Iraq's Abadi, facing unrest, hopes anti-graft cabinet can be named in coming days BAGHDAD: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, threatened with mass protests over delays in tackling corruption, voiced hope on Monday that Iraq's parliament could vote "in the next few days" on a cabinet of non-party technocrats.On Saturday, powerful Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr warned he would call for major street unrest if the nation's leaders fail by Tuesday afternoon to name a technocratic cabinet geared to weeding out graft and mismanagement.Delays in naming a new government, and political ...

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US defence chief in Iraq to discuss fight against IS BAGHDAD: US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday for talks with Iraqi officials on the war against the Islamic State group.The US is leading an international coalition that is carrying out strikes against IS and also providing training and other assistance to forces fighting the militants in both Iraq and neighbouring Syria.Carter will meet officials including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Defence Minister Khaled al-Obeidi to discuss increasing ...

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New round of Yemen peace talks to open in Kuwait KUWAIT CITY: Yemeni rivals gather in Kuwait on Monday for UN-brokered peace talks, with parties involved cautiously optimistic despite multiple violations of a one-week-old ceasefire.The negotiations bringing together representatives of the Gulf-backed government and rebels supported by Iran aim to bring an end to 13 months of fighting that have devastated already-impoverished Yemen. UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived Sunday in Kuwait, where he spoke of "much tension" still gripping the war-torn country, KUNA ...

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Iran pushes U.S. for more access to global financial system DUBAI: Iran's main goal in its nuclear talks with world powers was to secure access to the global financial system, and the United States must now do more to remove obstacles to the banking sector, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday."Iran and the EU will put pressure on the United States to facilitate the cooperation of non-American banks with Iran," Zarif said in a joint news conference with the EU's Foreign Policy Chief ...

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Doha oil talks end without agreement: Qatari minister DOHA: High-stake talks in Doha on Sunday between major oil producing countries to forge a deal on capping production ended without agreement, Qatar's energy minister said.Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada said oil producers concluded after six hours of negotiations that they needed "more time"."The general conclusion was that we need more time to consult among ourselves in OPEC and non-OPEC producers," Sada said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2016 ...