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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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Congressional leaders get classified briefing on Iran

Congressional leaders are receiving a classified briefing on Iran as members of both parties demand more information on the White House’s claims of rising threats in the Middle East.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

Saudi Arabia on Thursday blamed Tehran for a drone attack by Yemen’s rebels that knocked out a key oil pipeline and a newspaper close to the palace called for the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Trump’s Iran moves trigger warnings, demands from Congress

The White House’s sudden moves in the Mideast sparked alarm from Congress on Wednesday as Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump off war with Iran and lawmakers in both parties …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

US pulls nonessential staff from Iraq amid Mideast tensions

The U.S. on Wednesday ordered all nonessential government staff to leave Iraq, and Germany and the Netherlands both suspended their military assistance programs in the country in the latest sign …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was hit by drones

An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit by drones, the Saudi energy minister said, as regional tensions flare just days after what the kingdom says was an …


Britain warns US-Iran conflict could break out ‘by accident’

Britain warned Monday that armed conflict might be sparked “by accident” amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran, as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks with …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Tankers reported damaged off UAE on major oil trade route

Two Saudi oil tankers and a Norwegian-flagged vessel were damaged in what Gulf officials described Monday as a “sabotage” attack off the coast of the United Arab Emirates. While details …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019

Trump’s Iran policy put to test as end to nuclear deal looms

President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Iran Wednesday, just days after the U.S. dispatched an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf over what it described as …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

Iraq planning $53B megaproject with ExxonMobil, PetroChina

Iraq is planning a $53 billion megaproject with global energy giants ExxonMobil and PetroChina to use seawater from the Persian Gulf to boost oil production, Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi announced …


Here, there, everywhere, Tillerson trip all about terrorism

Through seven nations across three different parts of the world, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson devoted himself to his president’s overarching foreign policy mission: Defeating terrorism. His trip concluded Thursday …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Tillerson aims to ease Qatar crisis with shuttle diplomacy

The Trump administration tossed aside its aversion to mediating a weeks-long Persian Gulf dispute Monday, as the top U.S. diplomat flew to the region hoping to corral Qatar and its …


Anti-Qatar bloc threatens further steps against Gulf state

Four Arab countries isolating Qatar vowed Friday to take additional steps against the energy rich Gulf state after it refused to accept their demands over allegations that it supports extremist …


Germany, Iran call for negotiations in crisis with Qatar

Germany’s foreign minister says the crisis over Gulf Arab state’s dispute with Qatar will only get worse the longer it lasts, and appeals on all sides to engage in direct …


Tillerson calls on Arab nations to ease blockade on Qatar

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Arab nations on Friday to immediately ease their blockade on Qatar, warning that the Persian Gulf crisis is hindering U.S. efforts to fight …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Trump sides with Saudis, other Arab nations against Qatar

President Donald Trump sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries Tuesday in a deepening diplomatic crisis with Qatar, appearing to endorse the accusation that the oil-rich Persian Gulf nation …


Two Abu Dhabi banks to merge into largest Gulf Arab bank

Stockholders at two Abu Dhabi banks have agreed to a plan to merge the firms, which would create the biggest bank in the Gulf.


Echoes of 1991 Gulf War linger on in Mideast, analysis shows

The 1991 Gulf War saw only 100 hours of ground fighting as U.S. forces entered Kuwait to end the Iraqi occupation, but echoes of that conflict have lingered for decades …


Iran releases 10 detained US sailors who strayed into country’s waters

Iran has freed 10 U.S. sailors seized on two U.S. Navy vessels in Iranian waters in the Persian Gulf after determining that the encroachment was due to a failure of …


Intolerable heat forecast for Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON – If carbon dioxide emissions continue at their current pace, by the end of century parts of the Persian Gulf will sometimes be just too hot for the human …


U.S. to Iran: American warships to remain in Gulf

The Obama administration today brushed aside Iran’s warning to keep U.S. aircraft carriers out of the Persian Gulf, dismissing its threats as a consequence of hard-hitting American sanctions on the …