Middle East
  • The comments by Ali Asghar Soltanieh are a rare instance of Iran acknowledging concerns about the Parchin site, which the IAEA suspects was used to test explosives.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 9:30 AM EST
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  • Officials say Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. have held discussions about providing Taliban leaders safe passage to participate in peace negotiations.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 9:30 AM EST
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  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012 photo, an Afghan visitor sits next to a damaged statue at the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul.

    The museum is slowly rebuilding, thanks to international efforts to return thousands of looted treasures — and to heroic Afghan staff members who hid its most priceless works during the war years

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 9:00 AM EST
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  • In this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to reporters during a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, unseen, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.

    Morsi alluded to the fate of authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Yemen that have been overthrown by Arab Spring uprisings.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 8:00 AM EST
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  • Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi speaks during the Laylat al-Qadr at Egypt Al-Azhar Conference Center in Nasr City in Cairo August 12, 2012.

    The shake-up was the latest step by President Mohammed Morsi to reshape institutions that were long the monopoly of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 6:30 AM EST
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  • The President of the Syrian National Council Abdulbaset Sieda, second left, receives applause from German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, left, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates Reem al-Hashimi, second right, and from former Syrian Vice Oil Minister Abdo Hussameddin, right, after his speech to a gathering of Syrian opposition representatives and diplomats hosted at the Germany foreign ministry in Berlin, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

    Abdelbaset Sieda said that Syria would need a program similar to the post-World War II reconstruction effort if the Assad regime falls.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 5:30 AM EST
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  • In this Thursday, July 14, 2011 file photo, newly graduated Afghan national police officers march during a graduation ceremony at a National Police training center in Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, July 14, 2011.

    The surge of assaults by Afghan soldiers and police will not derail drawdown plans, but in the meantime, NATO will "do everything it takes" to stop attacks.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 06, 2012, 5:00 AM EST
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