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Kerry says Iran vow to defy U.S. is 'very disturbing' - Yahoo News

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: It seems everybody and their brother knew this was Iran's attitude going into the nuclear program talks, everybody and their brother knew Iran couldn't be trusted... EXCEPT the Obama Administration and the pompously ignorant John Kerry.

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a speech by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Saturday vowing to defy American policies in the region despite a deal with world powers over Tehran's nuclear program was "very disturbing".

"I don't know how to interpret it at this point in time, except to take it at face value, that that's his policy," he said in the interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television, parts of which the network quoted on Tuesday.

"But I do know that often comments are made publicly and things can evolve that are different. If it is the policy, it's very disturbing, it's very troubling," he added.

Ayatollah Khamenei told supporters on Saturday that U.S. policies in the region were "180 degrees" opposed to Iran's, at a speech in a Tehran mosque punctuated by chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel".

"Even after this deal our policy toward the arrogant U.S. will not change," Khamenei said.


Study abroad benefits from improving Cuba/US relations - The Daily Iowan

In the upcoming years, students will be able to get an up-close view of Cuba as never before.

In December 2014, President Obama announced the loosening of trade and travel restrictions with Cuba, which took effect on Jan. 16. This makes visiting Cuba much easier for Americans than in the last 54 years.


Obama Brazenly Responds to Netanyahu, Republican Critics of Iran Nuclear Deal |

Earlier Tuesday, Netanyahu had strongly criticized the nuclear deal, saying it was a “historic mistake of the world.”

Republican presidential candidates echoed the Israeli prime minister’s concerns, ripping the Iran deal hours after it was announced.

Obama responded, suggesting their disapproval was simply politics.

”I think it’s doubtful that we get a lot of current Republican elected officials supporting this deal,” he said in the interview. “I think there’s a certain party line that has to be toed, within their primaries and among many sitting members of Congress. But that’s not across the board. It’ll be interesting to see what somebody like a Rand Paul has to say about this. But I think that if I were succeeded by a Republican president — and I’ll be doing everything that I can to prevent that from happening — but if I were, that Republican president would be in a much stronger position than I was when I came into office, in terms of constraining Iran’s nuclear program.


18-day negotiation yields landmark Iran nuclear accord - Yahoo News

VIENNA (AP) — After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim world.

The accord will keep Iran from producing enough material for an atomic weapon for at least 10 years and impose new provisions for inspections of Iranian facilities, including military sites. And it marks a dramatic break from decades of animosity between the United States and Iran, countries that alternatively call each other the "leading state sponsor of terrorism" and the "the Great Satan."


Escape by top drug lord a strong blow to Mexico's government - Yahoo News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The capture of drug lord Joaquin Guzman was the crowning achievement of President Enrique Pena Nieto's government in its war against drug cartels, a beacon of success amid domestic woes. That makes the bold escape by "El Chapo" from a maximum security prison all the more devastating.

A widespread manhunt that included highway checkpoints, stepped up border security and closure of an international airport failed to turn up any trace of Guzman by Monday, more than 24 hours after he got away.


Mexican Drug Lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Escapes Prison for Second Time - NBC News

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman — one of the world's most notorious crime figures — escaped a maximum security prison on Saturday via a 1,600 yard tunnel dug under his shower cell, Mexico's top security official said.

The brazen jailbreak is the second time Guzman, the powerful head of Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel, has escaped a maximum security prison.

Guzman was last seen using the shower area at the Altiplano prison around 9 p.m. Saturday, the National Security Commission said in a statement. An alert was triggered when prison guards found his cell empty.


Eurozone Central Bank Now Controls Destiny of Greece’s Battered Banks - The New York Times

FRANKFURT — Now that Greek voters have said no to the economic demands of its international creditors, the fate of the country’s struggling banks is in the hands of the European Central Bank.

Greece’s banks, closed since last Monday because they are perilously low on cash, have been kept alive in recent weeks by emergency loans from the European Central Bank. On Monday, the central bank’s policy makers plan to convene to determine how much longer they are willing to prop up the Greek banks, now that the country has essentially said no to the unpopular dictates of the other eurozone countries.


Malaysia to deport four Westerners over nude photos on sacred peak - Yahoo News

Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) (AFP) - Four Western tourists were ordered deported from Malaysia on Friday after pleading guilty to obscenity charges for taking nude photos on a popular climbing peak, an act some in the country blamed for causing a deadly earthquake.

The defendants -- Eleanor Hawkins of Britain, 24, Dutchman Dylan Snel, 23, and Canadian brother and sister Lindsey, 23, and Danielle Petersen, 22 -- were arrested earlier this week in the wake of the deadly June 5 quake which killed 18 people on Mount Kinabalu.


Obama Scolds Supreme Court For Taking Up Obamacare Subsidy Case - Katie Pavlich

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Barack Obama, The President Of The United States, trashes the U.S. Supreme Court on an international stage.... That's not presidential, that's not what a real leader does. Whining to other world leaders and a global media/audience about the American justice system, on a case that may or may not go Obama's way? Really?  

Speaking during a press conference today in Germany as part of the G7 Summit, President Obama ripped the Supreme Court for taking up King v. Burwell, the case questioning the legality of Obamacare subsidies given to people living in states without state based exchanges. 

"This should be an easy case. Frankly, it probably shouldn't even have been taken up," Obama said


Chinese Hackers Steal 4 Million US Personnel Records: Officials

China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers, American officials said Thursday.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that data from the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department had been compromised.

"The FBI is conducting an investigation to identify how and why this occurred," the statement said.

The hackers were believed to be based in China, said Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican.