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Iran: Nuclear Deal Framework Reached

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that China, Germany, Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom, France and the European Union have agreed on the basis for the final text of a deal on Iran's nuclear program. Read more…

U.S.: 2 Women Arrested For Alleged Bomb Plot

Two women have been arrested in New York City for allegedly conspiring to build a bomb and to conduct a jihadist attack in the United States, Reuters reported April 2, citing a federal criminal complaint. Read more…

Kenya: Death Toll In University Attack Rises

The death toll of the al Shabaab attack on Garissa University has risen to 70, and 79 others have been reported wounded, CNN reported April 2. Read more…

Syria: Opposition Captures Main Border Crossing With Jordan

Syrian rebels from al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra captured Syria's only functioning border crossing with Jordan on April 1, The Daily Star reported. Read more…

Yemen: Saudi Arabia Open To Deploying Ground Troops In Aden

Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the United States, Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, announced on April 2 that Saudi Arabia is open to deploying ground troops in Aden, should the conflict in Yemen continue to escalate, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Hamas Fighters Team With Syrian Rebels to Expel Islamic State

Palestinian fighters affiliated with Hamas teamed with Syrian rebels to push Islamic State fighters out of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, AFP reported April 2. Read more…

Lebanon: Presidential Election Postponed Again

The Lebanese parliament again failed to elect a new president on April 2, The Daily Star reported. Read more…

Iraq: Security Forces Reclaim Salahuddin Province

Iraqi security forces have fully expelled Islamic State fighters from Tikrit city and from the wider Salahuddin province, Shafaq News reported April 2, citing Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi. Read more…

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