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Iran to fuel centrifuges in new step away from nuclear deal

Iranian president: Tehran will start injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges in latest step away from nuclear deal


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

U.S. bolsters Saudi defense against Iran with jets, missiles

The U.S. is deploying dozens more fighter jets and additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia, beefing up efforts to defend the kingdom against Iran even as President Donald Trump repeatedly …


Iran says missiles strike its oil tanker off Saudi Arabia

Iran said Friday two missiles struck one of its oil tankers traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia, a mysterious assault not immediately corroborated that still …


Saudi Arabia agrees to limited cease-fire in Yemen

Saudi Arabia has agreed to a limited cease-fire in several areas of Yemen including the capital Sana’a, which is controlled by the Iranian-backed Houthi rebel group, a Yemeni government official …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019

UK, France, Germany blame Iran for Saudi oil attacks

Britain, France and Germany joined the United States on Monday in blaming Iran for attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, but the Iranian foreign minister pointed to claims …


Iran’s Guard says ready for ‘any scenario’ amid US standoff

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard says it is ready for combat and ‘any scenario’ as tensions with US soar.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

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

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

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

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


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

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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019

Royal Navy warship becomes first to escort British tankers through Gulf strait

The British navy has begun escorting vessels traveling through the Strait of Hormuz after Iranian forces seized a British-flagged tanker.


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019

Pentagon chief aims to ensure safe passage in Persian Gulf

The U.S. military intends to protect American commercial ships against Iranian threats in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz but will not provide naval escorts in every case, the …


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 …


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: Fri., July 19, 2019

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

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019

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 …


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 …