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Iran Wants Sanctions Relief up Front Before Deal

The Iranian regime apparently believes it can extract additional concessions from world powers as the deadline for a March 31 deal approaches, according to a report by Bloomberg News from Lausanne, Switzerland. Iran wants UN sanctions to be lifted up front--not kept in place for several years while international monitors measure Iranian compliance, as the U.S. and other powers (Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany) have said was a non-negotiable provision.
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Syria’s Assad Denies War Crimes, Says He Is Ready for Dialogue with U.S.

According to the Associated Press, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is open to discussing cooperating with the United States—years after President Obama's chemical weapons "red line" debacle—but demands respect as a legitimate ruler despite cementing power in an election the State Department openly called a "sham."
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Turkish Pres Mulls Entering Yemen Fray: Iran ‘Has Begun Annoying Us’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged his full support to the Sunni Arab coalition currently fighting the Shiite Houthi rebels that have taken over Yemen's capital, Sanaa. Stating that Iranian attempts to "dominate the region" have "begun annoying us," Erdogan noted that Turkey is ready to further involve itself in the conflict "if there is a role to play."

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