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US hopeful for Iran prisoner talks but imposes new sanctions

US hopeful for Iran prisoner talks but imposes new sanctions

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday he hoped for further dialogue with Iran to free prisoners but announced new sanctions as he vowed no let-up in pressure. Iran has also voiced a willingness for more prisoner swaps after the exchange Saturday of Xiyue Wang, a US scholar...

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From Baghdad to Basra, the faces of Iraq's 'October Revolution'

From Baghdad to Basra, the faces of Iraq's 'October Revolution'

They hail from Basra's poorest slums and Baghdad's best universities and count among their ranks artists, tribal dignitaries and desperate young men. Iraq's "October Revolution" reflects a diverse society. But the people hitting Iraq's streets since October 1 have one thing in common: they...

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Iran says it foiled

Iran says it foiled "very big" foreign cyber attack

Iran has foiled a major cyber attack on its infrastructure that was launched by a foreign government, the Iranian telecoms minister said on Wednesday, two months after reports of a U.S. cyber operation against the country. U.S. officials told Reuters in October that the United States had...

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With Netanyahu's fate in question, Israel poised for new election

With Netanyahu's fate in question, Israel poised for new election

Israel headed Wednesday towards a third national election in less than a year with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing the fight of his life for political survival after a criminal indictment. After giving its preliminary approval, and barring last-minute progress in deadlocked efforts...

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