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    Don’t let the deadline drive the deal

    By Dennis Ross As  both a practitioner and also a student of high stakes negotiations, I am well-acquainted with the use of deadlines to push toward agreements in difficult talks.…

    China tells its Muslims to forget Ramadan

    China tells its Muslims to forget Ramadan

    China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in mainly Muslim Xinjiang province from fasting during Ramadan and ordered restaurants to stay open. China’s ruling Communist party is officially atheist…

    Despite bombing, Sunni-Shia frictions in Kuwait are few

    Despite bombing, Sunni-Shia frictions in Kuwait are few

    The Friday suicide attack against a Kuwaiti Shia mosque, which killed 27 worshippers, has resulted in a flourishing of Sunni-Shia unity in Kuwait in strong contrast to the general trend…

    Gov’t says it will revive mothballed LNG plans

    Gov’t says it will revive mothballed LNG plans

    Iran last week announced plans to revive its mothballed liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, in hopes of taking advantage of Europe’s desire to make itself less dependent on Russian gas.…

    Turk border traffic is back to normal, but no deal signed

    Turk border traffic is back to normal, but no deal signed

    Turkish and Iranian truck traffic across the border between the two countries has returned to normal, an Iranian transport official has announced, although a dispute over transit fees remains unresolved…

    UK court: Bank Mellat can sue Iran for all it wants

    UK court: Bank Mellat can sue Iran for all it wants

    The High Court of Justice of the United Kingdom has ruled the British government shafted Bank Mellat when it imposed sanctions on the bank and has said Bank Mellat can…

    The Oil Patch

    The Oil Patch

    MILD SLIDE — There is now clearly a downward trend that began two months ago.  But it is not very pronounced or very steep.  The message doesn’t suggest another price…

    Venezuela gets $550m line of credit from Iran

    Venezuela has received from Iran a $500 million credit line to fund joint investments and help improve the supply of goods “necessary for the Venezuelan people,” President Nicolas Maduro said…