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UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 4:20 p.m.

Britain’s top diplomat raises detainee’s case in Iran talks

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson raised the case of a detained dual national on Sunday when he met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a two-day trip to Tehran.


Detainees on agenda as top British diplomat arrives in Iran

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrived in Tehran on Saturday, where he is was expected to discuss the fate of detained dual nationals, including a woman serving a five-year prison …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 4, 2017, 6:27 p.m.

Supreme Court allows full enforcement of Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to fully enforce a ban on travel to the United States by residents of six mostly Muslim countries.


Erdogan says U.S. sanctions on Iran weren’t binding for Turkey

Turkey’s president has argued that his country did not break a trade embargo on Iran as it hadn’t committed to abide by U.S. sanctions, and there were no United Nations …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 29, 2017, 3:02 p.m.

Turkish businessman describes $50M bribe at sanctions trial

A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testified at a New York trial Wednesday that he paid over $50 million in bribes to Turkey’s finance minister in 2012 to overcome a banker’s fears …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 8:15 p.m.

Turkish-Iranian gold trader pleads guilty, set to testify

A Turkish-Iranian gold trader will reveal a multibillion dollar conspiracy to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions at the trial of a Turkish banker in a case that prosecutors say has …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 26, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Hezbollah, on the rise in Lebanon, fends off Saudi Arabia

Even as Arab countries step up pressure on Hezbollah for its ties to Iran, the Lebanese Shiite militant group has cemented its status as a regional power, projecting military strength …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 25, 2017, 10 p.m.

Juror secrets are few as lawyers mine online ‘treasure trove’

As in any U.S. trial, jurors in the case of a Turkish banker accused of laundering money for Iran will be warned to stay off social media and not to …


Russia, Iran, Turkey agree to advance Syrian peace

The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran met Wednesday to discuss ways to advance a political settlement in Syria as the Islamic State group is nearing its defeat, while disparate …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 5:47 p.m.

Iran-based hacker charged with trying to extort HBO over stolen episodes, scripts

An Iran-based hacker plotted to extort HBO out of $6 million by threatening to release stolen episodes and scripts of hit shows, such as “Game of Thrones,” at one point …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 1:49 p.m.

Trump, Putin discuss Syria, North Korea, more in hour-plus call

President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed efforts to bring peace to war-torn Syria during an hour-plus phone call on Tuesday. Iran, North Korea and Ukraine also were on …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 20, 2017, 9:39 a.m.

Jury selection postponed in Iran sanctions case

A judge postponed jury selection in the trial surrounding a conspiracy to help Iran evade economic sanctions after the star defendant, an international gold trader who had been trying to …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 9:19 p.m.

Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

Saudi Arabia on Sunday asked fellow Arab nations to take a “serious and honest” stand against Iran, saying that showing leniency toward Tehran would only encourage it to press on …


Criticism of U.S. sanctions returns in Iran after earthquake

With Iranian-Americans abroad unable to send money directly to Iran to aid those affected by this week’s powerful earthquake that killed over 530 people, criticism of U.S. sanctions on Iran …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 3:24 p.m.

Iran to probe state-built homes destroyed by deadly quake

Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq that killed over …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 9:43 p.m.

U.N. agency report shows Iran meeting nuke deal commitments

The United Nations agency monitoring Iran’s compliance with a landmark nuclear treaty issued a report Monday certifying that the country is keeping its end of the deal that U.S. President …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 9:16 p.m.

Over 400 dead from earthquake in Iran-Iraq border area

Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills 207, injures 1,686

powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing 207 people and injuring 1,686 in the mountainous region of Iran alone, Iranian state media said.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 8:28 p.m.

Bahrain says militants hit oil pipeline, opening new front

An explosion ripped through a pipeline belonging to Bahrain’s state-run oil company and sent flames shooting up into the night sky, with government officials on Saturday blaming the blast on …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 10:44 a.m.

U.S. Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian

Iran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore “Iranian markings,” the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast …


Iran’s president accuses Saudis of meddling in Lebanon

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani criticized Saudi Arabia on Wednesday over what he called “unprecedented” interference in Lebanese affairs, adding his voice to those who suspect the Gulf kingdom forced Lebanon’s …


Saudis’ bolder moves to confront Iran echo across region

Saudi Arabia is more aggressively confronting its rival Iran on multiple fronts. It’s a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so far it has …


Iraqi VP calls Iran-backed militias his nation’s top threat

Iraq’s highest-ranking Sunni leader said Tuesday the growing influence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias looms as the nation’s most pressing future security threat and called for bolstering U.S. military aid to …


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Saudis accuse Iran of possible ‘act of war’ as regional tensions rise

Saudi Arabia on Monday accused archrival Iran of direct responsibility for a missile attack on the Saudi capital last week, issuing a stark warning that the strike may have constituted …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Bin Laden files back up U.S. claims of Iran ties to al-Qaida

The CIA’s release of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden appears to bolster U.S. claims that Iran supported the extremist network leading up …


Putin in Iran for talks with Tehran, Azerbaijan leaders

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Iran on Wednesday for trilateral talks with Tehran and Azerbaijan, a meeting that comes as the Islamic Republic’s nuclear deal is threatened by President …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 6:05 p.m.

Iran says supreme leader limiting ballistic missile range

Iran’s supreme leader has restricted the range of ballistic missiles manufactured in the country to 1,240 miles, the head of the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday, which limits their reach …


House set to OK Iran sanctions, block Hezbollah funds

The House is poised to pass bipartisan legislation that would hit Iran with new sanctions for its pursuit of long-range ballistic missiles and block the flow of money to Hezbollah …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Tillerson seeks Arab help in U.S. effort to isolate Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the Trump administration’s case for isolating and containing Iran in the Middle East and beyond to two Gulf Arab nations on Sunday, pushing …