Senate support grows for new Iran sanctions
Congressional support for a new round of sanctions against Iran is growing, with a near filibuster-proof majority of senators now willing to approve fresh legislation, the Washington Post reported Saturday, citing unnamed senior Senate aides. There are no plans for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to allow a vote on any proposal in the near future, the aides said. The Obama administration has urged lawmakers not to impose new sanctions while the United States and five other world powers negotiate with Iran on a permanent deal to ensure that it cannot develop nuclear weapons. On Friday in Geneva, Iran's top nuclear envoy, Abbas Araghchi, signaled that the text of an initial agreement was being circulated among the negotiating countries for further approval.
Charges dropped in Navy sex case
A U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen accused in a sexual assault case will not face charges, the school announced Friday, leaving just one of three original defendants in the case remaining. A Naval Academy spokesman said charges against Midshipman Eric Graham of Eight Mile, Ala., were dismissed following a recommendation from prosecutors. Prosecutors initially accused three men of sexually assaulting a woman, also a midshipman, in 2012 at an off-campus house in Annapolis, Md. The men were all football players at the academy at the time of the alleged assault.
Teen who stopped bomber gets honor
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday that a teenage boy who sacrificed his life to stop a suicide bomber who wanted to attack his school should be honored with the nation's highest civil award of bravery. Aitzaz Hasan, 17, died Monday in a remote village in Hangu, a district in northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Pakistanis have praised the boy since his teacher told police that he saw Hasan chasing the bomber, who detonated his explosives, killing the teen.
Israel: The Israeli government on Friday published plans to build 1,400 new housing units in Jewish settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a move the chief Palestinian negotiator condemned as "a slap" to Secretary of State John Kerry's peace efforts.
South Sudan: South Sudanese troops on Friday retook the capital of the oil-producing state of Unity from rebels, the military said.
Central African Republic: President Michel Djotodia quit under pressure Friday after regional leaders held him responsible for failing to halt the continuing sectarian violence in the country.