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Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Seven Months after Failing to Meet Deadline

Louis Charbonneau and Fredrik Dahl | Reuters

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year on Monday to resolve their 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more months to overcome the deadlock that has prevented them from clinching an historic deal.


Schools, Prisons and Councils will be Required to Fight Radicalisation, Theresa May Says

The Telegraph

Schools, prisons and councils are to be required by law to put in place measures to stop would-be extremists from being drawn into terrorism, the Home Secretary has announced.


Floods Kill at Least 32 in Southern Morocco

ABC News

Days of unusually heavy rain pounded Morocco’s south and unleashed deadly floods that killed 32 people, the Interior Ministry said Monday.


Deal Gives Russia Greater Control over Abkhazia

Vladmir Isachenkov | Associated Press

Russia further tightened its control over Georgia’s breakaway province of Abkhazia on Monday with a new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties, a move that has drawn outrage in Georgia.


Relationship between Israel and Jordan Grows Warier Amid Tensions in Jerusalem

William Booth and Taylor Luck | Washington Post

The rising animosity between Jordan and Israel, whose governments are tethered by a peace treaty, could undermine U.S.-led efforts to fight Islamist extremists. It also threatens a multibillion-dollar natural gas deal that is important to both countries.


Report: China Building ‘Airstrip Capable’ Island in Disputed Waters

Katie Hunt | CNN

China is building an island in the South China Sea that could accommodate the country’s first airstrip in bitterly contested waters, according to satellite images.


Fear for Afghan Women’s Rights as Troops Withdraw

Lynne O’Donnell | Associated Press

With U.S. and NATO combat troops set to withdraw by the end of the year and many international organizations also scaling back operations, they fear that the Afghan government will be under less pressure to uphold women’s rights.


Technology & the Environment

Climate Fund Receives $9.3bn Pledge


Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.


How a Superchilled Telescope Will Look Back at the Dawn of the Universe

Eric Niller |

Once in place, the Webb, with its 21-foot mirror, will be 100 times more powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, able to capture images of very dim, very old light. It will also probe the atmospheres of exoplanets to check for oxygen, water, and maybe even alien pollution.


On Our Flashpoint Blog

Water Security in Central Asia: The Aral Sea

Consensus for American Security

Water security and hydro-infrastructure in Central Asia play a fundamental role in regional stability.


Iran’s Negotiating Team: Who’s Who
Marylin Carino


Nuclear fusion laser cleans up coal emissions
Caroline Julia von Wurden
The Naval Research Laboratory is developing a way to clean up coal emissions from a laser developed for nuclear fusion.


Partnering for Prosperity: The State of U.S.-EU Relations
Sophia Dahodwala
In the wake of Russian aggression, ISIL, climate change, Ebola, trade negotiations, elections in the European Union and the United States, and new leadership in the European Commission, U.S.-EU cooperation comes at a time when partnership is more important than ever.


Challenges in Nuclear Verification: The IAEA’s Role on the Iranian Nuclear Issue
Marylin Carino
Yukiya Amano, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, spoke at the Brookings Institution to discuss the challenges in verifying Iran’s nuclear program.


Amidst Concerns Over Repression, Egypt Means Business
Giancarlo Lima
A significant delegation of U.S. companies recently completed a two-day visit to Egypt which was designed to explore possible investment opportunities for U.S. companies.


Getting the old band back together? A possible partnership between ISIS and al-Qaeda
Matt Suber
ISIS and al-Qaeda are now in direct competition to carry the banner of jihad. It would be a significant development if al-Qaeda and ISIS were to reemerge as partners in Syria.


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