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post 01 April 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog The Rolex ticks at Iran nuclear talks

Geneva, under UN auspices, was the Iranians choice to hold talks, but what about the date? With a deadline of midnight 31 March a new danger arose: the April Fool's Agreement.

article 01 April 2015 World, Iraq
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Death sentence: alarming global rise in capital punishment

A mentally-ill British grandfather is among more than 19,000 people on death row in Pakistan, according to human rights group Amnesty International.

post 31 March 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Iran nuclear deal could have unintended consequences for US

For the Saudis, Iran - not Islamic State - is the greatest danger in the Middle East. So nuclear détente between Iran and the US will not be cost-free.

post 30 March 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Iran nuclear talks: another 36 hours to make harmony

The mood music coming out of Iran nuclear talks in Lausanne may be positive, but there are more variations to be played through before a harmonious finale can be achieved.

article 29 March 2015 World, Iran
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Yemen conflict: Arab League agree to joint military force

Arab leaders announce the formation of a unified regional force to counter security threats, as conflicts rage in countries such as Yemen and Libya.

post 29 March 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Nuclear deal: Netanyahu's call to halt 'Iran-Lausanne-Yemen axis'

Diplomats are trying to decrease tension in Lausanne and put a brake on Iran's nuclear programme. The fear is what could happen if the talks fail.

article 28 March 2015 World, Iran
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Yemen president calls on military to protect state buildings

Explosions rock the largest arms depot in Yemen's southern city of Aden as Houthi fighters challenge forces loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

article 26 March 2015 World, Iran
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Saudi Arabia launches air strikes in Yemen against rebels

Saudi Arabia is contributing 100 warplanes and 150,000 soldiers to the military operation in Yemen, despite opposition from Iran and China, as the country slides toward civil war.

post 03 March 2015
Read more from Lindsey Hilsum on her blog Why Netanyahu wants to scupper a US deal with Iran

Israel is much more frightened by Iran than by the Islamic State group - which explains why he will today warn the US against any nuclear deal with Tehran.

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