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Iran supports European plan to bolster nuclear deal

President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Iran supports a plan by European countries to bolster a nuclear deal that Tehran reached with the West in 2015 and from which the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 8:40 p.m.

U.S. to send troops to Saudi Arabia, hold off on striking Iran

The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 11:57 a.m.

Saudis show media scorched, shrapnel-blasted oil facility

The heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry remained wrapped in scaffolding Friday as workers sought to repair the charred innards and shrapnel-blasted arteries caused by drone-and-cruise-missile attacks that raised tensions …


Longtime Middle East diplomat, Spokane native advises crowd to ‘ignore history at our own peril’

Citing broken promises, U.S. attacks on foreign oil infrastructure and imperialism in the region, former Ambassador to Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, Ryan Crocker advised Americans to learn their own country’s …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

Feds cite Islam focus in review of Duke-UNC language grant

The Trump administration is threatening to cut grant funding to a Middle East studies program run by the University of North Carolina and Duke University.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

Iran diplomat warns of ‘all-out war’ if hit for Saudi attack

Iran’s top diplomat said Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry will result in “all-out war,” further pushing up tensions across …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 4:36 p.m.

Trump strains to balance diplomacy, military threat to Iran

The Trump administration is trying to balance diplomacy with fresh talk of military action in response to the attack on the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry


U.S. should look to the past, allies, before taking action in Middle East former Ambassador Crocker says

U.S. leaders may want to look at America’s own history in the Middle East and wait for more information before acting on the news that Saudi oil infrastructure was attacked …


Iran urges U.S. to ‘put warmongers aside’ after Bolton firing

Iran’s president urged the U.S. on Wednesday to “put warmongers aside” as tensions roil the Persian Gulf amid an escalating crisis between Washington and Tehran in the wake of the …


Iranian president: First lift sanctions, then let’s talk

Iran’s president back-pedaled Tuesday on possible talks with Donald Trump, saying the U.S. president must first lift sanctions imposed on Tehran, otherwise a meeting between the two would be a …


Israel’s shadow war with Iran bursts into the open

The long shadow war between Israel and Iran has burst into the open in recent days, with Israel allegedly striking Iran-linked targets as far away as Iraq and crash-landing two …


Iran says oil on tanker pursued by US sold; buyer unnamed

Iran on Monday announced that the 2.1 million barrels of crude aboard an Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. has been sold to an unnamed buyer as the ship, …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019, 11:27 a.m.

Iranian tanker sought by US heading toward Greece

An Iranian supertanker with $130 million worth of light crude oil that the U.S. suspects is tied to a sanctioned organization has left Gibraltar and was heading Monday east into …


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 …


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.