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Diplomatic stalemate fuels dangerous Saudi-Iran standoff

Abu Dhabi - The dangerous rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, played out in proxy wars and mystery strikes, is destined to fester as long as neither reaches across the gulf that divides them, observers say.

Trump official vows Syria pullout won't impact Iran

Washington - A senior US administration official insisted Wednesday that President Donald Trump's pullout from Syria will not change his hard line on Iran, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad.

Pakistan says talks with Riyadh, Tehran 'encouraging'

Islamabad - Pakistan's foreign minister said Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan's talks with Tehran and Riyadh had been "encouraging" after visits to try to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf.

Iran president's brother starts 5-year jail term: report

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother entered prison Wednesday to begin a five-year sentence after he was convicted of corruption, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported, citing his lawyer.

US charges Turkey's Halkbank with evading Iran sanctions

New York - US federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Turkey's state-run Halkbank Tuesday for allegedly participating in a multi-billion-dollar scheme to evade economic sanctions on Iran.

IMF sharply cuts Iran, Saudi growth forecasts

Dubai - The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday sharply downgraded growth projections for Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two largest Mideast economies, citing the impact of US sanctions, geopolitical tensions and low oil prices.

Oil, Iran top agenda as Putin visits Saudi Arabia

Apo - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday, where he was set to seal oil agreements and try to use his influence to defuse tensions boiling in the Gulf.

Op-Ed: Incident with Iranian oil tanker may have involved missiles

Iran's national oil company said that two explosions occurred on one of its tankers while it was 60 miles off the coast of Saudi Arabia opposite the Saudi port city of Jiddah.

Deadly protests set stage for Iran, US tug-of-war over Iraq

Baghdad - Iraq's deadliest wave of protests since the 2003 ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein has made the country vulnerable to a battle for influence between its two main competing allies, the United States and Iran, analysts say.

Iran tanker hit by suspected missile strikes off Saudi coast

Tehran - Suspected missile strikes hit an Iranian oil tanker off the Saudi coast on Friday, its owner said, the first Iranian vessel targeted since a spate of attacks in the Gulf Washington blamed on Tehran.

Iran women freely attend football match for first time in decades

Tehran - Waving flags and snapping selfies, thousands of Iranian women on Thursday attended a football match freely for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the country over its controversial stadium restrictions.

Khamenei says nuclear weapons forbidden for Iran

Tehran - Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday that Iran could have taken the step to develop nuclear weapons but will not because their use is "haram", or forbidden in Islam.

Filmmaker sheds new light on Britain's role in 1953 Iran coup

London - Filmmaker Taghi Amirani calls them the documents that changed the fate of his country, casting light on Britain's role in organising the overthrow of Iran's leader six decades ago.

For Iran, Iraq's unrest is plot to undo bilateral ties

Tehran - Since they erupted a week ago, deadly protests in Iraq have been tracked closely in Iran where they are seen as a plot to undermine ties between the neighbours.

Australian bloggers held in Iran return home in possible swap

Sydney - An Australian travel-blogging couple held in Iran on spying charges have been freed and returned home, authorities said Saturday, in a possible swap for an Iranian student wanted in the US.

Australian couple charged with spying in Iran released

Sydney - An Australian travel-blogging couple who were detained in Iran on spying charges have been released and returned home, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said Saturday.

Iran claims 'victory' after bank compensated by Britain

Tehran - Iran claimed a "victory" on Friday after one of its banks received compensation from British authorities over "illegal" sanctions.According to the UK daily The Times, London paid Bank Mellat "1.25 billion pounds sterling ($1.54 million) with interest"....

Iran's Rouhani blames Trump for failed France bid to initiate contact

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday blamed his US counterpart Donald Trump for the failure of French efforts to initiate a historic phone call between them last week at the United Nations.

Top Iran general says destroying Israel 'achievable goal'

Tehran - The commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Monday that destroying arch-rival Israel was an "achievable goal"."This sinister regime must be wiped off the map and this is no longer ...

US rejects Iran FM hospital visit unless American freed

Washington - The State Department said Saturday that it would only allow Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to visit the country's ambassador in a US hospital if Tehran releases a detained American citizen.

British-flagged tanker docks in Dubai after Iran release

Dubai - The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero docked in Dubai on Saturday after sailing from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas where it was held for more than two months, according to pool footage and a tracking website.

At UN, Malaysia PM seeks to curb use of sanctions

New York - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday urged greater international control of sanctions, criticizing US attempts to force all countries to stop doing business with Iran."We do not know under what laws sanctions are applied.

Iran's Rouhani says US offered to lift sanctions for talks

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Friday that European leaders at a UN summit in the US said Washington was ready to lift sanctions in exchange for talks on a 2015 nuclear deal.

British-flagged tanker sets sail after Iran release

Tehran - The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which had been held off the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for more than two months, set sail Friday and reached international waters, the provincial maritime organisation and its owner said.

Seized oil tanker sets sail: Iran authorities

Tehran - The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which had been held off the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for more than two months, set sail Friday, an Iranian shipping organisation said.

Tanker seized by Iran 'preparing to leave' harbour: Swedish owner

Stockholm - British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, seized by Iran more than two months ago, was preparing Friday to leave harbour after being given final clearance by Iranian authorities, its Swedish owner said.

US-Iran tensions ratchet up further despite UN efforts

New York - Tensions between the United States and Iran escalated on Thursday as Washington deployed more troops to the Gulf and Tehran challenged its arch-enemy to provide evidence it attacked Saudi oil facilities.

Show 'evidence' Iran attacked Saudi oil facility: Rouhani

New York - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani challenged the US and others Thursday to provide evidence to back up their accusations that Tehran carried out this month's attack on a Saudi oil facility."Those who make the allegations must provide the needed proof.

Iran leader says Europe untrustworthy, condemns 'hostility'

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader accused European governments of "hostility" Thursday, saying their actions showed they cannot be trusted.

Iran seizes 8.8 tonnes of narcotics destined for Europe

Tehran - Iran has seized 8.8 tonnes of narcotics destined for Europe and uncovered one of the country's largest trafficking rings, police said Thursday.
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