• Kerry says deal will keep Iran from getting weapon

    By Chris Casteel Washington Bureau ccasteel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    WASHINGTON — The deal reached with Iran is the only way to keep that country from developing nuclear weapons and avoid military action, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. “If you think Iran is the worst country in the world — a lot of people do — then you don’t want them to have a nuclear weapon,” Kerry told reporters. “You’re better off with the deal.” Kerry and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, who represented the United States in negotiations with Iran and other countries, are now working to persuade key members of Congress to support the deal ahead of an expected vote in mid-September. Some of the reporters at Monday’s briefing work for newspapers in states with Democratic lawmakers who are still

  • Syria's 2 main opposition groups agree on 'roadmap'

    By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's two main political opposition groups agreed on Thursday on a unified "roadmap" for a political solution to the country's long-running civil war, representatives of the groups said. The two parties have been trying for years to reach a common understanding on how to end the war in Syria. Their agreement came as the U.N. envoy, Staffan de Mistura, was in Damascus to press efforts to find a political solution to the country's war. But violence continued on the ground and suspected Islamic State militants fired at a Turkish military outpost from inside Syrian territory on Thursday, killing a Turkish soldier and wounding two others.