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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans will likely lose Monday's Senate showdown over halting federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Yet the political offensive by abortion foes has just started, prompted by a batch of unsettling videos that has focused attention on the group's little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers.
US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to assure Middle East allies Sunday that the Iran nuclear deal would make them safer, as he began a regional tour in Egypt. Kerry met his counterpart Sameh Shoukry to patch up troubled relations between the two countries with a pledge of support. Egypt and other regional states such as Saudi Arabia are suspicious of Iran, which they see as bent on destabilising them.
As Croatia gears up for exploration of oil and gas in the Adriatic sea, green groups have raised concerns about the environment and economy of the tourism-dependant country's islands and pristine coastline. The government in September is set to sign contracts with two energy groups which have been granted the right to explore and drill for oil and gas in the Adriatic for a period of up to 30 years. "It is a very important project for Croatia," Barbara Doric, head of the hydrocarbon agency told AFP.