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Obama's Letter to the Ayatollah

Matthew Lee & Julie Pace, Associated Press

How the Middle East Got to This Point

Conrad Black, National Review

In a rare outreach to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Barack Obama has written a letter about the fight against Islamic State militants, a common enemy in S...(full article)

So long as Iran sticks to the restrictions on its enrichment program, and the current sanctions remain in place, there is no hurry to end this negotiating process. What matters is ...(full article)

There is no evidence whatsoever that Standard Chartered has engaged in shoddy practices. It has broken no laws, flouted no international sanctions and done nothing wrong. The real ...(full article)

The entire kaleidoscope of countries and movements between Libya and Turkey and Pakistan and Yemen is perhaps more complicated than ever. This is an attempt to review how we got to...(full article)

This time, though, Iran promises it’s dealing in good faith. After all, it’s so much “more mature and modern” now that the rest of the world should really j...(full article)

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