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Assad awaits U.S. ‘actions’ after Kerry comments

Syria’s President Bashar Assad said Monday he was waiting for action from Washington after Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged talks with Damascus were necessary to end the country’s conflict. Kerry’s spokeswoman clarified his remarks, stating that U.S. policy was unchanged and Assad had no role in the country’s future, while several countries that back the opposition vowed they would ...

Israel heads to polls to decide Netanyahu’s fate

Israelis head to the polls Tuesday in hotly contested elections that are widely seen as a referendum on premier Benjamin Netanyahu, who on the eve of the vote vowed to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state. Netanyahu also pledged to strengthen construction in East Jerusalem settlements as he appealed to hard-line voters in a frenzied, final day of campaigning ...

Egypt’s president boisterous after billions of dollars in deals signed at economic conference

Egypt’s president claimed broad support from the international community for his vision of the future on Sunday, in a boisterous speech to an investor conference that saw billions pledged to boost an economy left battered by four years of turmoil following a popular uprising. A jubilant Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi acknowledged Egypt’s road to recovery will be long and costly, but described ...

The Tony Abbott factor: what western Sydney voters really think about the PM

Incompetent, an international embarrassment and a fool: these are just a selection of the words chosen by western Sydney voters to describe how they feel about Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Focus groups conducted exclusively for Fairfax Media last week reveal the depth of dissatisfaction with Mr Abbott among a key bloc of NSW voters just a fortnight before they go ...

Egypt Basks in World Support at Investor Conference

Egypt’s president claimed broad support from the international community for his vision of the future on Sunday, in a boisterous speech to an investor conference that saw billions pledged to boost an economy left battered by four years of turmoil following a popular uprising. A jubilant Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi acknowledged Egypt’s road to recovery will be long and costly, but described ...

Kerry says U.S. must negotiate with Assad

In a stunning reversal of policy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Washington will have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Assad for a political transition in Syria and is exploring ways to pressure him into agreeing to talks. Kerry, who made the comments during an interview with CBS News in Egypt, did not repeat the standard ...

Future-Hezbollah dialogue up in the air following diatribes

The fate of the 3-month-old dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah hung up in the air Sunday as the two sides engaged in fresh diatribes, putting a new round of talks set for this week in jeopardy. MP Mohammad Raad, head of Hezbollah’s bloc in Parliament, Sunday implicitly struck back at former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, a day after ...