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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, left, greets Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, on his arrival to attend an Arab summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, South Sinai, Egypt, Saturday, March 28, 2015. In a speech to Arab leaders, Yemen's embattled president on Saturday called Shiite rebels who forced him to flee the country "puppets of Iran," directly blaming the Islamic Republic for the chaos there and demanding airstrikes against rebel positions continue until they surrender. (AP Photo/MENA)They aim to create a joint Arab military force to deal with "challenges" facing the region.


2015-03-29 07:27:01 -0600

Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending the new state law that's garnered widespread criticism over concerns it could foster discrimination and said it wasn't a mistake for the state to have enacted it.


2015-03-29 07:42:46 -0600

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renews his denunciations of an Iranian nuclear dealIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday denounced as "dangerous" a nuclear accord that world powers are negotiating with Iran, saying it goes beyond what his government had feared. "The dangerous accord which is being negotiated in Lausanne (Switzerland) confirms our concerns and even worse," Netanyahu said in remarks at a meeting of his cabinet broadcast on public radio. The premier warned that Iran could be in a position to "conquer" the Middle East through what he called the "axis" of control it has over the capitals of Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Netanyahu angered the White House when he addressed a joint session of the Congress to warn against a nuclear deal with Iran in the lead-up to Israel's March 17 general election.


2015-03-28 18:50:48 -0600