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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 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: 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: 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 …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

Kushner tries to sell Mideast plan to skeptical audience

Kushner seeks support from absent and protesting Palestinians for $50 billion economic support plan.


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

Iran says ‘idiotic’ new U.S. sanctions shut doors of diplomacy

Iran warned Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions targeting its supreme leader and other top officials meant “closing the doors of diplomacy” between Tehran and Washington amid heightened tensions, even as …


UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019, 9:11 p.m.

Pompeo in Mideast talks on building a coalition against Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks Monday with leaders in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates about countering the military threat from Iran by building a broad, …


White House unveils $50 billion Palestinian economic plan

The White House has unveiled the economic portion of its much-anticipated “deal of the century” peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians


UPDATED: Mon., June 17, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Tensions rise as Iran speeds up enrichment, U.S. sends troops

Iran will surpass the uranium-stockpile limit set by its nuclear deal in the next 10 days, an official said Monday, raising pressure on Europeans trying to save the accord a …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 4:39 p.m.

Japan premier warns US, Iran ‘accidental conflict’ possible

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe traveled to Tehran on Wednesday to warn that an “accidental conflict” could be sparked amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S., a message that …


US says Egypt, Jordan and Morocco to attend peace workshop

A White House official said Tuesday that Egypt, Jordan and Morocco have confirmed their attendance at a U.S. conference this month in Bahrain, where it will unveil the economic portion …


Top Iran diplomat warns US it cannot ‘expect to stay safe’

Iran’s foreign minister warned the U.S. on Monday that it “cannot expect to stay safe” after launching what he described as an economic war against Tehran, taking a hard-line stance …


US commander says he believes Iranian threat ‘is very real’

Iran has chosen to “step back and recalculate” after making preparations for an apparent attack against U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region, but it is too early to conclude …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m.

In UAE, Trump’s adviser warns Iran of ‘very strong response’

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser warned Iran on Wednesday that any attacks in the Persian Gulf will draw a “very strong response” from the U.S., taking a hard-line approach …


Pentagon nominee focuses on China despite Mideast tensions

Tensions may be high in the Middle East, but the man chosen by President Donald Trump to run the Pentagon is turning his focus to China.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Jordan stands by 2-state Israel-Palestinian solution

Jordan on Wednesday stood by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, exposing a rift with the United States as the Trump administration tries to rally Arab support for a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 3:46 p.m.

Trump team faces tough audiences as it sells Mideast plan

President Donald Trump’s top Mideast advisers face skeptical audiences as they start a tour of the region to rally support for their ‘economy-first’ plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace


Iraq offers to mediate in crisis between its allies Iran, US

Iraq offered to mediate in the crisis between its two key allies, the United States and Iran, amid escalating Middle East tensions and as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers …


Iran’s foreign minister in Pakistan amid tensions with US

Iran’s foreign minister lashed out at President Donald Trump on Friday during a critically timed visit to Pakistan amid a simmering crisis between Tehran and Washington and ahead of next …


Trump says US to send 1,500 more troops to Middle East

The U.S. will bolster its military presence in the Middle East with an additional 1,500 troops, President Donald Trump said Friday amid heightened tensions with Iran.


Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

A senior German diplomat headed Thursday to Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from …


US officials: Plan may send up to 10,000 troops to Mideast

The officials said no final decision has been made yet, and it’s not clear if the White House would approve sending all or just some of the requested forces. Officials …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Iran supreme leader criticizes politicians amid US tensions

Iran’s supreme leader publicly chastised the country’s moderate president and foreign minister, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

Trump officials to Congress: Goal is deterring Iran, not war

As questions mount over President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran, top national security officials headed to Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief Congress. But skeptical Democrats sought out a second …


UPDATED: Mon., May 20, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium, reports say

Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s atomic program, nuclear officials said Monday, just after President Donald Trump and Iran’s foreign minister traded threats …


Iraqi Shiite figures warn US-Iran war could ‘burn’ Iraq

Leading Iraqi Shiite figures warned Monday against attempts to pull their country into a war between the U.S. and Iran, saying it would turn Iraq into a battlefield yet again, …


Saudi Arabia says no to war with Iran but vows strong response

Saudi Arabia does not want a war with Iran but will respond “with strength and determination” if Iran decides to start one, a top Saudi official said on Sunday.


Iran’s top diplomat presses efforts to save nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign minister traveled Friday to China on his Asian tour aimed at keeping world markets open to Tehran amid an intense sanctions campaign from the U.S. as tensions across …


Trump says Iran, too, may be confused about war signals

After two weeks of mixed signals on Iran, from high-profile U.S. military moves to administration assertions that it’s not angling for war, President Donald Trump said Friday that even the …