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Obama says Israeli interference in US affairs over Iran deal unprecedented

barack ObamaUS President Barack Obama said Israeli interference in internal US affairs ahead of a Congressional vote on the Iranian nuclear deal was unprecedented.

In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, an excerpt of which was published Saturday ahead of the full interview Sunday, Obama was asked if he thought it was “appropriate of a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American affair.”


Japan remembers Nagasaki atomic bomb, 70 years on

Nagasaki memorialhe Japanese city of Nagasaki is marking 70 years since the dropping of an atomic bomb by the United States.

A ceremony there observed a minute's silence, followed by speeches by the Nagasaki mayor and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  A cathedral that was destroyed by the bomb but later rebuilt celebrated a remembrance Mass.

At least 70,000 people died in the attack, which came three days after another bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.


Deadly typhoon Soudelor slams into Taiwan

Typhoon in TaiwanTyphoon Soudelor has battered Taiwan with fierce winds and rain, leaving six people dead and a trail of devastation as continues its path towards mainland China.

After making landfall on the east coast in the early hours of Saturday morning, it swept across central Taiwan ripping up trees, snapping wind turbines and triggering a landslide in one remote village in the northern region of Taoyuan.


Father of toddler killed in West Bank arson has died

Father of dead palestinian toddler dies of arson woundsThe father of a Palestinian toddler killed in a firebomb attack blamed on Jewish extremists has died of wounds sustained in the same incident, his family said Saturday.

In the pre-dawn attack on July 31, assailants hurled firebombs into a bedroom of the Dawabsheh family's home in the West Bank village of Duma. Ali Dawabsheh, 18 months, perished in the flames, while his 4-year-old brother and parents were seriously hurt.


Islamic State executed 2,000 Iraqis in Nineveh: defense minister

ISIS exectues IraquisMore than two thousand Iraqis in the northern province of Nineveh have been executed by Islamic State militants controlling the area, the defense minister said on Friday in a recorded statement.

Ministry officials could not confirm when or how the deaths had occurred and Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the government's claims.

Access is severely restricted in large parts of Iraq's north and west, which Islamic State militants have controlled since sweeping across the Syrian border in mid-2014 in a bid to establish a modern caliphate.


Truck bomb in Afghan capital kills 15, wounds hundreds

Kabul truck bombA truck bomb exploded near an army compound in the center of the Afghan capital on Friday, killing at least 15 people and wounding close to 250, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, which shook the center of Kabul and ripped through homes and shops, and was heard from miles around the city. Sources told Al Jazeera that the target of the attack had been a nearby Afghan military base.


U.S. says Israel rebuffing talks to beef up security cooperation

Israel rebuffing security talksIsrael has repeatedly rebuffed offers by the United States to discuss boosting security cooperation in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal, Obama administration officials said Thursday.

The Israeli cold shoulder is the latest measure of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wrath over the nuclear accord, underscoring the unprecedented tensions that have grown between the United States and its closest ally in the Middle East.


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