TPP trade deal: New Zealand publishes text online

Trade ministers from the 12 TPP member countries in Atlanta, Georgia, where they reached agreement on the deal last month after secret negotiations. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Release offers first detailed look at 12-state Trans-Pacific Partnership, world’s largest free trade agreement

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Diplomats: Provisional Iran deal to be ready Sunday, announced Monday

US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, center, meet with foreign ministers and representatives of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union during the current round of nuclear talks with Iran, being held in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2015 (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry and US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, center, meet with foreign ministers and representatives of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union during the current round of nuclear talks with Iran, being held in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2015 (Carlos Barria/Pool via AP)

Netanyahu: Israel won’t accept West’s ‘capitulation’ to Iran; Kerry ‘hopeful’ nuclear deal will be reached

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Obama details ‘historic’ nuke deal with Iran, Jerusalem slams ‘dangerous capitulation’

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015, to talk about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The president said the Iran nuclear deal -- if completed -- will make US, allies and the world safer. (photo credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015, to talk about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The president said the Iran nuclear deal — if completed — will make US, allies and the world safer. (photo credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President says agreement cuts off ‘every path’ to a bomb; Officials in Israel: It legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program; Zarif: No facilities closing; Joy in streets of Tehran

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Netanyahu voices outrage that nuclear talks go on while Iran vows to destroy Israel

In infuriated statement, PM pans emerging ‘unconscionable’ deal, says cessation of Tehran’s aggression ‘should be nonnegotiable’

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US suggests Syria violated Chemical Weapons Convention

A UN chemical weapons expert, inspects the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.

A UN chemical weapons expert, inspects the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. A UN chemical weapons expert, inspects the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. Photo: REUTERS

State Department says chlorine might have been weaponized, but not included in agreement to rid Syria of its most deadly chemical arms.

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For first time, Palestinians back framework peace agreement

Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator, during a news conference in Ramallah in the West Bank on January 2, 2012. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/ FLASH90)

Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator, during a news conference in Ramallah in the West Bank on January 2, 2012. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi/ FLASH90)

Top negotiator Saeb Erekat says PA willing to press on past April if preliminary deal in place

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Iran nuclear agreement a ‘historic mistake,’ Netanyahu says

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on November 24, 2013. Photo by Miriam Alster/FLASH90

Prime minister promises that Israel will stop nuclear weapons program; President Peres says pact to be judged by results, not words; ministers lambaste agreement

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US Pres. Obama in Israel: ‘Peace Must Come to Holy Land’

“Peace must come to the Holy Land,” proclaimed US President Barack Obama after stepping down on to the tarmac at Ben Gurion Int’l Airport.

By Chana Ya’ar

First Publish: 3/20/2013, 1:53 PM

“Peace must come to the Holy Land,” proclaimed US President Barack Obama on Wednesday after stepping down on to the tarmac at Ben Gurion Int’l Airport.

“We will never lose sight of an Israel at peace with its neighbors,” Obama insisted, making clear his determination to again try to revive the moribund peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Obama’s visit to the region in this, his second term, differs from his previous tour of the Middle East when he skipped Israel altogether and instead headed to Egypt, to make a speech from Cairo that some analysts believe may have contributed to the region wide Arab Spring uprisings.

Straight and to the point, the American president told Israelis on the tarmac Wednesday morning, “Our alliance is eternal. It is forever.”

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu responded in the red-carpet welcoming ceremony by thanking Obama for standing up for Israel’s right to defend its own existence.

“This is an historic moment,” Netanyahu said. “You have chosen to come to Israel as the first foreign visit of your second term, you the leader of the United States, the world’s greatest democracy, have chosen to come to our somewhat smaller but no less vibrant democracy in the heart of the Middle East, the one and only Jewish state of Israel.

“On behalf of the government and the people of Israel, I come here today with a simple message for you and the American people:   Thank you. Thank you for standing by Israel at this time of historic change in the Middle East.

“Thank you for unequivocally affirming Israel’s sovereign right to defend itself by itself against any threat. Thank you for enhancing Israel’s’ ability to exercise that right through generous military assistance, revolutionary missile defense programs, and unprecedented security and intelligence cooperation.

“Thank you, Mr. President, for upholding the Jewish people’s right to a Jewish state in our historic homeland, and for boldly defending that right at the United Nations. And thank you for strengthening the unbreakable alliance between our two nations during your Presidency.

“The people of Israel are honored to have you visit our country.  We warmly welcome you as a cherished guest. We deeply appreciate your friendship. And we share your hope that the Middle East will enjoy a future of freedom, prosperity and peace.

“Mr. President, Baruch HaBa L’Yisrael: welcome to Israel.”

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