Washington Post reporter goes on trial behind closed doors in Tehran

DUBAI - Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial on espionage charges behind closed doors in Iran on Tuesday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. | Video

Trial of Iranian-U.S. journalist in Tehran to be closed - family 12:19am BST

WASHINGTON - The trial in Iran of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be closed to the public when it starts on Tuesday, his brother said on Monday. | Video


Houthis suffer first serious setback in south Yemen fighting - residents 25 May 2015

ADEN/CAIRO - Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city of Dalea on Monday, residents and combatants said, inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil war. | Video


Analysis - Iran will need to spend most of any post-sanctions windfall at home 25 May 2015

WASHINGTON/DUBAI - Iranians will demand their government spend a windfall from the lifting of economic sanctions on improving the quality of life at home, limiting the degree to which a future nuclear deal could fund Tehran's allies on Middle East battlefields.

Only Iran is confronting Islamic State, paramilitary chief says 25 May 2015

DUBAI - The general in charge of Iran's paramilitary activities in the Middle East said the United States and other powers were failing to confront Islamic State, and only Iran was committed to the task, a news agency on Monday reported.


Iran says OPEC unlikely to change output ceiling - Mehr news agency 24 May 2015

DUBAI - OPEC is unlikely to change its production ceiling when the group meets in June, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Sunday, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency.

Iran's Yemen-bound aid ship docks in Djibouti, WFP to deliver aid cargo 22 May 2015

London - An Iranian aid ship docked on Friday in Djibouti, where its cargo will be inspected by the United Nations before being moved to conflict-torn Yemen, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Iran aid ship reaches Djibouti waters, waits to enter port - activist 21 May 2015

LONDON - An Iranian aid ship has reached the outskirts of Djibouti's port and is waiting for a permit to enter after Tehran agreed to an international inspection of the vessel with goods for Yemen, an activist on board said on Thursday.


Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition 21 May 2015

BEIRUT - Lebanon's Hezbollah says the Middle East is at risk of partition and sees no end to the war in Syria, where it is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad against insurgents supported by his regional enemies.


Iran's Khamenei rules out interviews with nuclear scientists 21 May 2015

ANKARA - Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday Tehran would not accept "unreasonable demands" by world powers over its disputed nuclear programme and ruled out letting inspectors interview its atomic scientists.