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Iran denies harassing U.S. warships in Gulf, warns of clashes


DUBAI Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.


U.N. envoy calls on powers to salvage Syrian ceasefire 25 Mar 2017

GENEVA U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia, Turkey and Iran on Saturday to salvage the tattered ceasefire in Syria that would also help keep peace talks on track.

Third plane bought under sanctions deal arrives in Iran 25 Mar 2017

DUBAI An Airbus A330 airliner arrived in Tehran on Saturday, the third of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of sanctions on Iran last year.


Russia, Turkey, Iran must hold talks to stop Syria violence - U.N. 24 Mar 2017

GENEVA Russia, Iran and Turkey need to convene more Syrian ceasefire talks as soon as possible to bring the situation on the ground under control, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday.


U.S. senators set bipartisan bill to tighten sanctions on Iran 23 Mar 2017

WASHINGTON Iran would face tighter U.S. sanctions over ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities under a bill announced on Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators, echoing a harder line on Tehran espoused by Republican President Donald Trump.


Trump sends holiday greetings to Iranians, does not mention travel ban 22 Mar 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought to ban travellers from Iran and other Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, issued a holiday greeting on Wednesday to Iranians celebrating the New Year holiday known as Nowruz.


Exclusive - Iran steps up support for Houthis in Yemen's war: sources 22 Mar 2017

LONDON/ANKARA/DUBAI Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen's rebel Houthi movement, stepping up support for its Shi'ite ally in a civil war whose outcome could sway the balance of power in the Middle East, regional and Western sources say. | Video


Iranian navy endangering international navigation in Gulf - U.S. commanders 22 Mar 2017

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH U.S. Navy commanders accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by "harassing" warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash.


Iran's Khamenei warns he will confront any interference in May election 21 Mar 2017

BEIRUT Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Tuesday he would confront anyone trying to interfere in Iran's May presidential election, in which conservative hardliners will seek to defeat moderate President Hassan Rouhani.


Israel says 2016 killing of top Hezbollah commander was inside job 21 Mar 2017

NETANYA, Israel The chief of Israel's armed forces said on Tuesday the death last year of the top Hezbollah military commander was an assassination by the Iranian-backed Lebanese group itself.


EU leaders renew fraying Union's vows on 60th anniversary

ROME Europeans must contain their squabbling and carping about the EU if the Union is to survive, leaders warned on Saturday as they marked the 60th anniversary of its founding in Rome by signing a formal declaration of unity. | Video