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  • Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran's Revolutionary Guard. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    President Hassan Rouhani said the last year’s nuclear deal “was the cheapest way to achieve Iran’s goals and interests.”

    Speaking in Tehran on Saturday at an iftar meal breaking the Ramadan fast, Rouhani said the pre-Iran nuclear-deal era is past and Iran now needs to take advantage of the new atmosphere to pursue its “national interests more than before,” Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

    The country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for student associations to establish a “unified anti-US and anti-Zionist front” among the Muslim world’s students, Tasnim News Agency reported. 

    “By using advanced means of communication and in cyberspace, general campaigns can be formed by Muslim students based on the opposition to the policies of the US and the Zionist regime of Israel so that when needed, millions of young Muslim students create a big movement in the Islamic world,” he said. 

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) is greeted upon his arrival at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, on August 24, 2016. AFP / STRINGER / Saudi Arabia

    US Secretary of State John Kerry met with his Gulf counterparts and a British minister in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, to discuss the conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Libya.

    The coordination with Washington’s major Middle East allies came on the eve of Syria talks in Geneva between Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

    After a 30-minute meeting with Saudi King Salman, Kerry was to focus on the conflict in Yemen with UN envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Britain’s Middle East undersecretary Tobias Ellwood, and his Saudi and United Arab Emirates (UAE) counterparts.

  • Jennifer Khordi took the breathtaking image at 840mm from 25 miles away in New Jersey (NJ), describing it as “one of the most amazing things I have ever seen”.

    The semi-professional photographer, who is from NJ, shared a series of photos of the incredible moon rising behind the World Trade Center in Manhattan on Instagram and Facebook.

  • A screen shot of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy patrol boat from a video taken by the crew of USS Nitze. US Navy Image

    The guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG-94) was followed and harassed by four Iranian patrol boats on Tuesday in the Persian Gulf, defense officials confirmed to USNI News.

    The destroyer was in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz when four Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy high-speed patrol boats came at the ship without responding to hails or warning flares fired from Nitze, according to a video of the incident provided to USNI News.

    “This is USS Nitze reporting from the Southern Arabian Gulf,” said a voice on the video reporting the ship’s location and speed.

    “We have visual contact with four Iranian… WPBs… Bridge to bridge COMMS were conducted but no response. Weapons uncovered… appears to be unsafe, unprofessional.”

  • Illustrative photo of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking on the phone at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, April 28, 2014. (Amos Ben Gershon/GPO)

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday night and discussed regional issues and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

    According to the Kremlin presidential website, “the two leaders exchanged opinions on issues surrounding the settlement in the Middle East and current aspects of the general situation in the region.”

    “It was agreed to continue intensive Russian-Israeli contacts at various levels,” the Kremlin said.

  • 'It's not exactly a secret that NSA has one or more Russian moles in its ranks," said former NSA analyst John Schindler. (iStock Photo)

    Recent events seem to indicate Russian moles have made off with every surveillance secret held by the United States, according to a former NSA analyst, which means the country probably has the ability to crack almost any form of virtual security, including that of American intelligence agencies.

    "It's not exactly a secret that NSA has one or more Russian moles in its ranks," John Schindler wrote in a Tuesday column for the Observer. He pointed especially to the case of Jeffrey Delisle, a Canadian navy junior officer arrested in 2012 for selling intelligence secrets to the GRU, or Russian military intelligence.

     

  • Hackers thought to be working for Russian intelligence have carried out a series of cyber breaches targeting reporters at The New York Times and other US news organizations, according to US officials briefed on the matter.

    The intrusions, detected in recent months, are under investigation by the FBI and other US security agencies. Investigators so far believe that Russian intelligence is likely behind the attacks and that Russian hackers are targeting news organizations as part of a broader series of hacks that also have focused on Democratic Party organizations, the officials said. 
       
      The Times said email services for employees are outsourced to Google. CNN requested comment from Google but didn't receive comment. The FBI declined to comment.
       
    • Israel's Consul-General in Istanbul Shai Cohen (left) meets with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director-General Dore Gold and Bureau Chief Gilad Cohen on March 21, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. (MFA)

      The Foreign Ministry on Monday issued a biting rejoinder to Turkey’s condemnation of Sunday night’s strikes on Hamas sites in Gaza, warning Turkey to “think twice” before criticizing others.

      The bitter exchange cast a shadow over a recently confirmed reconciliation pact between the countries and indicated how far Jerusalem and Ankara must still go before erasing years of soured relations.

      On Monday morning, Turkey’s foreign ministry said newly restored ties between Israel and Turkey have not changed Ankara’s position on the Palestinians, and condemned Israeli actions that it said “violate the law and human conscience.”

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