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UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 2:22 p.m.

Gibraltar releases Iran supertanker that US sought to seize

Gibraltar on Thursday allowed a detained Iranian supertanker to leave the British overseas territory despite a last-minute U.S. attempt to seize the vessel, potentially defusing tensions between London and Tehran …


UAE’s ambitions backfire as it finds itself on front line of U.S.-Iran tensions

One of America’s staunchest allies in the Middle East and a driving force behind President Donald Trump’s hard-line approach to Iran is breaking ranks with Washington, calling into question how …


UK joins US Strait of Hormuz mission; Iran slams sanctions

Britain said Monday that it would join a U.S.-led naval security mission in the Strait of Hormuz, where Iran’s seizure of merchant vessels has raised tensions with the West. Earlier, …


UAE and Iran hold rare talks in Tehran on maritime security

For the first time in six years, officials from Iran and the United Arab Emirates met in Tehran to discuss maritime security amid an increase in tensions in the Persian …


Diplomats recommit to saving Iran deal, oppose U.S. sanctions

Diplomats from Iran and five world powers recommitted Sunday to salvaging a major nuclear deal amid mounting tensions between the West and Tehran since the U.S. withdrew from the accord …


Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign on Iran faces key test

President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran is at a crossroads as his administration decides whether to end one of the last remaining components of the 2015 nuclear deal.


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 12:45 p.m.

US officials: Iran test-launched a medium-range missile

Iran test-launched a medium-range ballistic missile inside its borders, U.S. officials said Friday, defying Trump administration demands that it curtail the weapon program and demonstrating its intent to further push …


Iran’s president hints at quid pro quo for seized UK ship

President Hassan Rouhani suggested on Wednesday that Iran might release a U.K.-flagged ship if Britain takes similar steps to release an Iranian oil tanker seized by the British Royal Navy …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 4:57 p.m.

US citizens and Iranian relatives sue over travel ban

A group of American citizens and legal residents trying to bring Iranian spouses and other family to join them in the United States has filed a federal lawsuit saying they …


UK: Europe-led mission will protect vital shipping in Gulf

Britain announced plans Monday to develop and deploy a Europe-led “maritime protection mission” to safeguard shipping in the vital Strait of Hormuz in light of Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged …


UPDATED: Mon., July 22, 2019, 11:01 a.m.

Trump denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’

President Donald Trump on Monday denied Iran’s claim that it dismantled an elaborate U.S. spy ring tasked with monitoring key military sites, dismissing the reports as “totally false” and “more …


Britain mounts diplomatic response for Iran to release tanker

Britain mobilized a diplomatic broadside – but no immediate military action – against Iran on Saturday in retaliation for its seizure of the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, in the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 5:36 p.m.

Reined-in rate-cut expectations, Iran tensions hit S&P 500

U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May.


UPDATED: Fri., July 19, 2019, 8:55 p.m.

Iran’s seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation

Iran has seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions with the West


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 10:11 p.m.

Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew

Iran’s state TV says Revolutionary Guard forces have seized a foreign oil tanker with 12 crew accused of smuggling oil


Top diplomat: Iran must build missiles for defense

Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday that his country has no choice but to manufacture missiles for defense purposes – comments that come after a remark by the top diplomat that …


US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker two days ago, leading the U.S. to …


Some Iranian women take off hijabs as hard-liners push back

The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran’s streets without a compulsory headscarf, or hijab.


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 11:30 a.m.

EU works to save unraveling nuclear agreement with Iran

European Union nations threw their diplomatic weight behind the unraveling Iran nuclear deal on Monday, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under U.S. pressure.


Britain sending destroyer to Gulf amid Iranian threats

Iran on Friday demanded the British navy release an Iranian oil tanker seized last week off Gibraltar, accusing London of playing a “dangerous game” and threatening retribution, while London announced …


From hot sauce to pop gloss, US products seep into Iran

At a trendy restaurant in Iran’s capital, customers sip Coca-Cola through bending straws as waiters bring caddies to their tables full of Heinz ketchup and two types of Tabasco sauce. …


Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block tanker in Gulf

The British navy said Thursday it stopped three Iranian paramilitary vessels from disrupting the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz in a brief but tense …


Caught between US and Iran, Europe struggles with diplomacy

France on Tuesday sent a top diplomat to Tehran to urge Iran to scale back its recently increased uranium enrichment activities, a mission underscored by a call from Europe for …


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 9:01 p.m.

Iran breaches key uranium enrichment limit in nuclear deal

Iran on Monday began enriching uranium to 4.5%, just breaking the limit set by its nuclear deal with world powers, while it is still seeking a way for Europe to …


Top official says Iran ready for higher uranium enrichment

A top aide to Iran’s supreme leader says the Islamic Republic is ready to begin enriching uranium beyond the level set by Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers


British singer Joss Stone says she was deported from Iran

British soul singer Joss Stone says she was deported from Iran after arriving in the Islamic Republic as part of a worldwide concert tour, even though she didn’t plan to …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Gibraltar detains Syria-bound supertanker with Iranian oil

Authorities in Gibraltar said they intercepted Thursday an Iranian supertanker believed to be breaching European Union sanctions by carrying a shipment of Tehran’s crude oil to war-ravaged Syria.


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Rouhani: Iran will enrich uranium to ‘any amount we want’

Iran’s president warned that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to “any amount that we want” beginning on Sunday, putting further pressure on European nations to save its faltering …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 5:01 p.m.

Iranians say US sanctions hurt the people, not government

While opinions differ across Tehran’s Grand Bazaar about the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran over its unraveling nuclear deal, there’s one thing those in the beating heart of …


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 7:39 p.m.

OPEC extends oil production cuts amid weaker demand outlook

OPEC on Monday decided to extend its deal to cut production for another nine months in an attempt to keep oil prices from sagging as the oil cartel faces a …