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Revived U.S. travel ban sows confusion, anger in Middle East


ANKARA/KHARTOUM A U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing partial implementation of President Donald Trump's travel ban has stirred anger and confusion in parts of the Middle East, with would-be visitors worried about their travel plans and their futures.


Iran says will act on U.S. court ruling on Trump's travel ban 28 Jun 2017

BEIRUT Iran said on Wednesday it would take "reciprocal action" in response to the U.S. Supreme Court allowing a partial implementation of President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries.  


Some would-be immigrants left in limbo after U.S. Supreme Court travel ban order 27 Jun 2017

WASHINGTON Without close family in the United States, Elly and her husband had few options for getting permission to immigrate to America from Iran. So when they won a U.S. government lottery last September for a so-called "diversity visa" allowing them to resettle in the United States, the couple was thrilled.


Iran's Zarif raps U.S. Supreme Court's partial revival of travel ban 27 Jun 2017

BERLIN Iran's foreign minister criticised on Tuesday a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to revive part of President Donald Trump's travel ban imposed on citizens from six majority Muslim countries, saying it would boost militants in the Middle East.


Iran urges Europe to help promote dialogue in Gulf 26 Jun 2017

BERLIN Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Monday for Europe to use its influence to defuse tensions in the Gulf where Saudi Arabia and its allies have cut ties with Qatar.

Iran says arrests 50 suspected of links to militant groups 25 Jun 2017

DUBAI Iranian authorities have rounded up at least 50 people suspected of links to militant groups in a Western province, a prosecutor said on Sunday, the latest in a wave of arrests following twin bomb and gun attacks in Tehran in early June.


Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar - close Jazeera, curb ties with Iran 23 Jun 2017

DUBAI/DOHA Four Arab states that imposed a boycott on Qatar have issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera television, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish base and pay reparations, demands so far reaching it would appear to be hard for Doha to comply. | Video


Hezbollah says future Israel war could draw fighters from Iran, Iraq, elsewhere 23 Jun 2017

BEIRUT Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Friday that a future war waged by Israel against Syria or Lebanon could draw thousands of fighters from countries including Iran and Iraq.


Iranians chant "Death to Israel", burn Islamic State's flag at rallies - TV 23 Jun 2017

ANKARA Hundreds of thousands of Iranians chanted "Death to Israel" in nationwide rallies on Friday at which they also burned flag of the Islamic State militant group which claimed responsibility for attacks in Tehran this month, state TV reported.

Factbox - Arab states issue ultimatum to Qatar to meet list of demands 23 Jun 2017

DUBAI Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.


Iraqi military pushes deeper into Mosul's Old City

MOSUL, Iraq Iraq's military pushed deeper into Mosul's Old City on Wednesday, taking two more districts from Islamic State and bringing it closer to total control of the city.