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Yemen truce expires after day of heavy fighting


SANAA/NAJRAN, Saudi Arabia A supposed ceasefire in the Yemen conflict expired a minute before midnight on Saturday after a day of heavy fighting between Saudi-backed forces and the Iran-allied Houthi movement.


Cautious Western insurers rebuild business ties with Iran 21 Oct 2016

LONDON Western insurers are slowly reaching deals with Iran as they seek to re-enter a multi-billion dollar market although the pace of business is hampered by banking restrictions ten months on from the lifting of international sanctions.

U.S. government sanctions Hezbollah operatives, fundraisers 20 Oct 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. Treasury moved to disrupt the fundraising and operation of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group on Thursday, imposing sanctions on four operatives and a firm that have assisted the organization, long seen as a terrorist outfit by Washington.


Exclusive - Iran steps up weapons supply to Yemen's Houthis via Oman: officials 20 Oct 2016

WASHINGTON Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, U.S., Western and Iranian officials tell Reuters, a development that threatens to prolong and intensify the 19-month-old war.


Iran sentences two U.S. citizens to 10 years in prison 18 Oct 2016

DUBAI/WASHINGTON An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, Iranian media reported on Tuesday, the latest sign of an intensifying crackdown against Iranians with ties to the West.


Vodafone enters Iranian market 18 Oct 2016

LONDON Vodafone has agreed a partnership with Iranian internet firm HiWeb to help modernise its network, the companies said on Tuesday, making the British company the latest Western firm to enter Iran after sanctions were lifted.


Saudi Arabia says prepared for ceasefire in Yemen if Houthis agree 17 Oct 2016

LONDON Saudi Arabia is prepared to agree to a ceasefire in Yemen if the Iran-allied Houthis agree, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday, adding that he was sceptical about efforts for peace after previous ceasefire attempts had failed.


U.S., Britain call for immediate ceasefire in Yemen 16 Oct 2016

LONDON The United States and Britain called on Sunday for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire in Yemen to end violence between Iran-backed Houthis and the government, which is supported by Gulf states. | Video

Saudi replaces Iraq envoy who riled Shi'ite militias 16 Oct 2016

DOHA Saudi Arabia on Sunday replaced its envoy to Iraq whose comments about Iranian involvement in Iraqi affairs led to diplomatic tension with Baghdad.


Saudi coalition attacked Yemen funeral based on wrong information - investigation 15 Oct 2016

RIYADH The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iran-backed Houthi movement in Yemen attacked a funeral there after receiving incorrect information from Yemeni military figures that armed Houthi leaders were in the area, an investigative body set up by the coalition said on Saturday.


Battle for Aleppo intensifies after ceasefire ends

BEIRUT The battle for control of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo intensified on Sunday with air strikes, ground offensives and shelling, the morning after a resurgence in fighting ended a Russian ceasefire, a monitor and rebel groups said.