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Syrian FM: Foreign troops will be sent back “in coffins”

  By: Edward Yeranian Source: VOA News CAIRO – Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem warned Saudi Arabia not to send troops to his country, threatening, during a press conference Saturday, that troops would be sent back home in coffins. The audience of journalists, top government officials and other invitees applauded politely as veteran Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem spoke defiantly about U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Geneva and about continuing military operations “until terrorists are defeated.” Muallem insisted that the Syrian government would not agree to any cease-fire on the ground, despite U.N. efforts, so long as Islamic State, al-Qaida and other...

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US says Saudi was warned about executing Shi’ite cleric

By: VOA News Source: VOA News The Obama administration had warned Saudi Arabian officials about the potential consequences of executing the Shi’ite cleric whose death has roiled the Mideast and set off worldwide protests, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday. “There have been direct concerns raised by U.S. officials to Saudi officials about the potential damaging consequences of following through on the execution — on mass executions, in particular, the execution of” Nimr al-Nimr, Earnest said during a Monday news briefing. “This is a concern that we raised with the Saudis in advance, and unfortunately, the concerns that we expressed to the Saudis...

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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012 file photo obtained from the Iranian Mehr News Agency, Iranian army members prepare missiles to be launched, during a maneuver, in an undisclosed location in Iran. President Barack Obama may have to decide this year whether to use military force to fulfill his vow to prevent Iran from being able to build nuclear weapons, foreign policy experts say. But America’s economic and military realities argue intensely against attacking the Islamic Republic and for muddling through by, perhaps, further tightening sanctions that have cut deeply into Tehran’s economy. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour, File)

US hesitates on Iran missile sanctions

By: William Gallo Source: VOA News The White House is delaying plans to impose sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile program, according to a U.S. media report. U.S. officials had planned to announce earlier this week the sanctions against 12 people and companies in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates. But The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday the decision had been delayed. The sanctions “remain on the table,” according to officials, but the paper said it is now not clear when or if they will move forward. The officials also stressed that imposing such financial penalties would not violate the agreement reached this year to scale back Iran’s...

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