Oman’s plan to build a $1 billion natural-gas pipeline from Iran is the latest sign that Saudi Arabia is failing to bind its smaller Gulf neighbors into a tighter bloc united in hostility to the Islamic Republic.
Ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and six world powers face no “insurmountable barriers,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says in article in Foreign Affairs magazine. Also says: * Iran will endeavor to resolve outstanding issues * Will work to “gradually” ease tensions with U.S. * NOTE: Three rounds of talks held in Vienna, a fourth round scheduled for mid-May
Indonesia’s army chief said he didn’t apologize for the country’s decision to name a navy ship after two marines who bombed a Singapore building in 1965, and comments to a broadcaster in the city-state were misinterpreted.
Ukraine accused Russia of fueling terrorism in its eastern regions as a move against separatists in the town of Kramatorsk stalled on the eve of an international conference aimed at defusing the crisis.
The U.S. urged China to reduce currency interventions and let markets play a bigger role in setting the value of the yuan, in a report that declined to name any major trading partner a foreign-exchange manipulator.
Ukraine’s offensive against pro- Russian separatists may have escalated the conflict to the point where NATO could be compelled to mount a stronger show of force to deter any Russian moves beyond eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine unleashed an offensive to dislodge militants from cities in the eastern Donetsk region as authorities in the capital Kiev said Russian special forces were identified among the anti-government groups.