Thursday, March 5, 2015

U.S. Ambassador In South Korea Recovering After Bloody Attack

By Steven Borowiec and Lauren Raab, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

SEOUL, South Korea — Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries Thursday after being attacked in Seoul by an assailant carrying a blade, officials said.

Lippert, 42, who was taken to Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, apparently suffered wounds to his face and wrist, according to media reports.

Police said the attacker used a blade about 10 inches long and shouted that North and South Korea should be reunified, according to reports.

A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said Lippert was seated at a table at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts when he was attacked, not giving a lecture as some reports had stated.…

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Iran Dismisses Netanyahu’s ‘Lies’ As Trivial To Nuclear Talks

By Golnar Motevalli and Ladane Nasseri, Bloomberg News (TNS)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran dismissed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress as a “repetition of lies,” as some of the nation’s newspapers mocked his appearance in Washington.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said Netanyahu would be “better off respecting the international community and stop spreading lies and making unfounded allegations.”

In his long-anticipated speech on Tuesday, Netanyahu told U.S. lawmakers that an emerging diplomatic deal over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program would “all but guarantee” that Iran obtains atomic weapons.…

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Obama: Netanyahu Offered No ‘Viable Alternative’ To Iran Talks

Washington (AFP) – U.S. President Barack Obama said there was “nothing new” in Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress Tuesday, insisting the Israeli Prime Minister did not offer a better option than negotiations.

Netanyahu “did not offer any viable alternatives,” Obama said speaking from the Oval Office.

Netanyahu earlier, before an impassioned joint meeting of Congress, pilloried talks with Iran, which if successful would be a key plank of Obama’s foreign policy legacy.

Receiving a warm welcome from Obama’s Republican foes, Netanyahu insisted the deal “doesn’t block Iran’s path to the bomb. It paves Iran’s path to the bomb.”

Obama has refused to meet Netanyahu during his visit to the U.S.…

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