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U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots at Iranian vessel


WASHINGTON A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots toward an Iranian fast-attack craft that approached two U.S. ships, a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday, in the most serious of a number of incidents in the Gulf area this week. | Video


Oil up on U.S.-Iran scare, dlr; Saudi output stance cuts gains 25 Aug 2016

NEW YORK Oil prices rose 1 percent on Thursday on U.S.-Iran military tensions in the Gulf and speculation the dollar will fall on a monetary policy speech due from the U.S. Federal Reserve chair.


Iran minister defends encounter with U.S. warship 25 Aug 2016

BEIRUT Iran's defence minister said on Thursday four of his country's vessels accused of harassing a U.S. warship were only doing their job, and Tehran would contront any American ship that entered its waters.

Leader of Sunni militant organisation in Iran killed- Intelligence Minister 25 Aug 2016

BEIRUT The leader of a Sunni militant group in southeast Iran responsible for attacks against security forces and civilian targets has been killed, Iran's intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi was quoted as saying on Thursday by state media.


Iran vessels make 'high speed intercept' of U.S. ship - U.S. official 25 Aug 2016

WASHINGTON Four of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels "harassed" a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. defence official said, amid Washington's concerns about Iran's posture in the Gulf and in the Syrian civil war.


Special Report - Massacre reports show U.S. inability to curb Iraq militias 23 Aug 2016

WASHINGTONShi’ite militias in Iraq detained, tortured and abused far more Sunni civilians during the American-backed capture of the town of Falluja in June than U.S. officials have publicly acknowledged, Reuters has found.


Iran signals more willingness for OPEC action to boost oil price 23 Aug 2016

DUBAI/LONDON Iran is sending positive signals that it may support joint action to prop up the oil market, sources in OPEC and the oil industry said, potentially aiding efforts to revive a global deal on freezing production levels at talks next month.


Russia says future use of Iran air base depends on Syria circumstances 22 Aug 2016

DUBAI The Russian military said on Monday its aircraft operating from an Iranian air base to conduct strikes in Syria had completed their tasks, but left open the possibility of using the Hamadan base again if circumstances warranted.


Iran says will open new chapter in relations with Cuba 22 Aug 2016

HAVANA Kicking off a six-day tour of Latin America, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday in Havana his visit would open a new chapter in the Islamic Republic's relations with Communist-ruled Cuba.

German exports to Iran soar after removal of sanctions 22 Aug 2016

BERLIN German exports to Iran, mostly machines and equipment, jumped in the first half of the year following the removal of international sanctions against the Islamic Republic, official trade data showed on Monday.


French court suspends burkini ban, controversy goes on

PARIS A French court on Friday suspended a ban on women wearing full-body "burkini" swimsuits on a Mediterranean town's beach but the prime minister said the debate was not over, calling the outfit a symbol of a "backwards, deadly Islamism". | Video