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U.S. senators look to new sanctions against Iran for missile development


MUNICH U.S. Republican senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanctions on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles and acting to "destabilise" the Middle East, a U.S. senator said Sunday.


Iran's Zarif says use of chemical weapons in Syria cannot be condoned 19 Feb 2017

MUNICH Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, pointing to Sunni Islamist militants in Syria fighting against its allies in Damascus, told the Munich Security Conference that the use of chemical weapons could never be condoned.


Iran pushes for dialogue with Gulf Arab states 19 Feb 2017

MUNICH Iran's foreign minister on Sunday stepped up efforts to improve ties with Gulf Arab Sunni states urging them to work with their Shi'ite rival to address "anxieties" and violence across the region.


Turkey detains 26 people after car bomb, governor says PKK responsible 18 Feb 2017

ISTANBUL Turkish police detained 26 people over a car bomb attack in the south-eastern town of Viransehir, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said on Saturday.

Car bomb in Turkey's southeast kills child - governor's office 17 Feb 2017

DIYARBAKIR A car bomb exploded in the garden of a housing complex in Turkey's southeastern town of Viransehir on Friday, killing a child and wounding 17 other people, the provincial governor's office told Reuters. | Video


Europe's steel industry adds Iranian imports to list of threats 16 Feb 2017

LONDON Iranian steel imports have become the latest threat to European steelmakers, their trade group said on Thursday, after imports from Iran rose by nearly eight times between 2013 and 2016.


Iran says Israel, not Tehran, biggest threat to global security - Tasnim 16 Feb 2017

ANKARA Iran on Thursday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's statement that its nuclear ambitions were a major security challenge and said its arch foe Israel was the biggest threat to global peace.

Rights group says Iraqi paramilitaries demolishing Sunni Arab homes 16 Feb 2017

BAGHDAD Human Rights Watch on Thursday accused Iranian-trained Iraqi paramilitary units battling Islamic State of demolishing hundreds of Sunni Arab houses near the city of Mosul, but a spokesman for the units blamed the militants for the damage.


Iran president eyes better ties with Gulf Arabs during trip 15 Feb 2017

BEIRUT Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country sought good relations with its Gulf Arab neighbours as he began a one-day trip to Oman and Kuwait on Wednesday, his first since taking power in 2013.


Ayatollah Khamenei criticizes Iran's president on economy ahead of vote 15 Feb 2017

BEIRUT Iran's president must do more to improve the economy, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday in a rare public criticism from the supreme leader three months before Hassan Rouhani runs for re-election.


Airport killing seen on CCTV, probe strains Malaysia-North Korea ties

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Monday his government's investigation of the killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, will be "objective", as tension rose between the countries.