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10:13am

Sun June 16, 2013
The Protojournalist

World's Shortest Business Brief: The Smoffice

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10:01am

Sun June 16, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. To North Korea: Dismantle Nuke Program, Then We'll Talk

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 12:23 pm

The North and South Korean delegations meet at the border village of Panmunjom last week. The talks quickly fell apart.
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The White House says it's open to "senior-level" talks proposed by North Korea, but only if Pyongyang lives up to its U.N. obligations to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Sunday that North Korea must meet "its obligations to the world." The U.S. will judge Pyongyang by "its actions and not its words," she said.

Earlier Sunday, Pyongyang proposed the high-level discussions with the U.S. just days after its direct talks with rival South Korea fell apart.

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9:22am

Sun June 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Jordan Says It's Ready If Syria Becomes Danger

Originally published on Sun June 16, 2013 11:41 am

Secretary of State John Kerry (left) meets with Jordan's King Abdullah at the Dead Sea last month.
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Jordan's King Abdullah says his country stands ready to respond to any threat from a spillover of the civil war in neighboring Syria, a day after the U.S. announced it would leave fighter jets and Patriot missiles in his country after joint military exercises end this week.

"If the world does not help as it should, and if the matter becomes a danger to our country, we are able at any moment to take the measures to protect the country and the interest of our people," Abdullah said, speaking to graduating military cadets.

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7:41am

Sun June 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Iran's President-Elect Meets With Caution In West

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 8:27 am

Iranians celebrate the victory of moderate presidential candidate Hasan Rowhani (portrait) at Vanak square in northern Tehran on Saturday.
Atta Kenare AFP/Getty Images

Hasan Rowhani's stunning presidential election victory in Iran has opened the door for improved relations with the West, but the U.S. and Israel remain cautious about making progress on their key demand — dismantling Iran's nuclear program.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said the international community "must not give in to wishful thinking or temptation and loosen the pressure on Iran for it to stop its nuclear program."

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7:22am

Sun June 16, 2013
The Two-Way

Syrian Strife Draws In Neighbors, Global Players

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 9:49 am

A Syrian rebel aims his sniper rifle at Syrian government forces in the Sheikh Maqsud district of Aleppo, in April.
Dimitar Dilkoff AFP/Getty Images

The conflict in Syria may be first and foremost a civil war, pitting the Shiite-dominated regime of President Bashar Assad against mostly Sunni insurgents. But the region's turbulent geopolitics have turned it into a proxy fight that has drawn in the rest of the region as well as the U.S and other global powers.

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