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Tehran’s new UN envoy linked to US embassy hostage crisis

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The Iranian government has applied for a US visa for Hamid Aboutalebi, who was a member of the Muslim Students Following the Imam’s Line, a group that seized the US embassy on November 4, 1979. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Slovakia elects Andrej Kiska as president

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Landslide victory for millionaire-turned-philanthropist deals blow to prime minister Robert Fico ahead of 2016 general electionAndrej Kiska swooped in out of the blue to clinch Slovakia’s presidency by a landslide, dealing a heavy blow to the credibility of the prime minister, Robert Fico, ahead of a general election in 2016.A non-aligned centrist who made his fortune in the consumer-credit business, Kiska, 51, will be Slovakia’s first president since independence in 1993 without a past in the Communist party.

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Top US general to meet Israeli defence minister in Jerusalem

Martin Dempsey, joint chiefs of staff chairman, flies to Israel Defence minister Moshe Yaalon ridiculed US foreign policyThe United States’ top military officer will visit Israel next week, and will meet the defence minister who has angered Washington by criticising its strategies in the Middle East and Ukraine. General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff, will meet Israeli defence minister Moshe Yaalon in Jerusalem on Sunday, an Israeli government official said on Saturday. Another official said Dempsey was expected to stay through Tuesday.

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Putin calls Obama to discuss Washington proposal

The two leaders agreed that their chief diplomats should meet soon to explore it, the White House and Kremlin said

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Obama Meets With Saudi King in Effort to Mend Ties

President Obama’s meeting, at King Abdullah’s desert camp northeast of Riyadh, came amid strains over the civil war in Syria and negotiations with Iran.

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Half of voters have no idea who the Koch brothers are — so here’s a quick and dirty primer

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A recent George Washington University battleground poll of 1,000 registered “likely” voters found just over half (52 percent) had never heard of sleazy oil tycoons Charles and David Koch (pronounced “Coke,” guys!). The good news is 1-in-4 voters knew enough to have an “unfavorable” view of the billionaire bros. And Democrats in particular are wise to the Kochs’ dirty energy-loving 1 percentism, according to Politico: Among self-identified liberal Democrats, only 43 percent had never heard of the Kochs — 9 points lower than the general public. And 45 percent had a negative opinion of the two brothers — 20 points higher than the general public. Forty-three percent still sounds pretty high at Grist HQ, where we have a framed photo of the Kochs on our Wall of Shame next to Cruella de Vil and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. So here’s a quick rundown of their vital stats (check out this cool infographic too). The basics: Charles, 78, lives near Koch HQ in Wichita, Kan.; David, 74, lives in New York. They run America’s second-biggest private company, Koch Industries. They’re worth $40.3 billion. EACH.* Famous for: Inheriting their dad’s company, which owns oil, gas, and other businesses. Throwing money at the Tea Party. Being evil (see below). Brands they own (so maybe avoid them): Dixie cups, Brawny and Sparkle paper towels, Quilted Northern and Angel Soft toilet paper (all part of Georgia-Pacific); Lycra fiber, Stainmaster carpet. Eric Allix RogersAnti-green stuff: The Kochs have repeatedly attacked clean energy, fought climate action, and thumbed their noses at environmental regulations, even getting convicted five times in North America in the past 15 years. They could make $100 billion if the Keystone pipeline happens. And not only do they love fossil fuels, they steal them. According to Bloomberg, “In December 1999, a civil jury found that Koch Industries had taken oil it didn’t pay for from federal land by mismeasuring the amount of crude it was extracting.” Other evil stuff: Pouring millions into conservative political candidates’ campaigns. Trying to stop healthcare reform. Rigging prices, faking reports, lying to officials, and bribing people. Being staunchly anti-regulation and wanting to kill everything from Social Security to the FBI. Plus, there’s this: Phil Dubose, a Koch employee who testified against the company said he and his colleagues were shown by their managers how to steal and cheat — using techniques they called the Koch Method. And then there’s also: That time they lied about their direct connections to the Tea Party and tried to buy America’s major newspapers. Admittedly not as bad as: Attila the Hun, Genghis Khan, Chucky, Frank Underwood (maybe — hard to say). *There are actually two other Koch brothers who got beat out for interests in the family company. They mostly sail around and collect stuff.Filed under: Climate & Energy, Living

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Amnesty International Study Finds Executions Rose in 2013

Amnesty International’s report attributed most of the nearly 15 percent increase to “virtual killing sprees” carried out by Iran and Iraq, though the group considers China the world’s top executioner.

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Iran Standard Time: a day at the Kerman bazzar – in pictures

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Merchants navigate between the lazy and business savvy – seemingly contradictory traits that define the bazaar

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Lawrence Walsh

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Independent counsel who painstakingly investigated the Iran-Contra scandalAs the independent counsel investigating the Iran-Contra scandal, Lawrence Walsh, who has died aged 102, spent six futile years tying together the massive disregard for the law within Ronald Reagan’s US presidency. Walsh managed to precipitate 11 convictions, mostly for lesser offences dealing with the cover-up, but saw all of them either overturned on appeal or negated by presidential pardons issued by George Bush Sr.Iran-Contra was a two-pronged operation designed to circumvent the Boland amendment, which had stopped the US government from providing any further support to the insurgency of the rightwing “Contras” against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. In 1985, Reagan approved the illegal sale of arms to Iran, via Israel, ostensibly in exchange for the release of hostages held in Lebanon by Hezbollah.

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The end of our illusions about Russia

The West wants an economic partner. The Kremlin wants a sphere of uncontested influence

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Search for Malaysia plane resumes

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 resumes after weather conditions in the southern Indian Ocean improve.

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America, Inc. at it’s Finest

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