Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), EU envoy Catherine Ashton (C) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meet in Muscat November 10

VIENNA—Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that has caused alarm among bodyguards stationed outside the negotiating room, according to a member of the Iranian diplomatic team who spoke to the Farsi-language press.

J Street Loses Pumpkin Carving Contest for Second Straight Year

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The anti-Israel Middle East lobbying group J Street has once again been crowned the loser of its office building’s annual pumpkin carving contest in what insiders are describing as a demoralizing loss for a group that has few victories to its credit.

This year, J Street entered into the contest a pumpkin it called ‘The Walking Dead’, a title that many described as a metaphor for the group itself.