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Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel - Somali official

BOSASSO, Somalia Somali pirates hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel on Tuesday to use as a base to attack bigger, more valuable ships, the mayor of a Somali town said, part of an upsurge in attacks following years of relative calm.

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Iran condemns UK attack, criticises Western security ties to Gulf 23 May 2017

LONDON Iran condemned a suicide attack at a pop concert in Manchester that killed 22 people, but in an apparent swipe at Western security cooperation with Gulf Arab states said "artificial alliances" would not eliminate such threats.

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Trump says concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer 22 May 2017

JERUSALEM U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that shared concern about Iran was driving Israel and many Arab states closer and demanded that Tehran immediately cease military and financial backing of "terrorists and militias". | Video

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Rouhani says regional stability impossible without Iran 22 May 2017

DUBAI/LONDON Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday stability could not be achieved in the Middle East without Tehran's help, responding to criticism of the Islamic Republic from U.S. President Donald Trump who is visiting the region.

Rouhani says hopeful Europe won't follow Trump's lead on Iran 22 May 2017

PARIS Iran welcomes cooperation at all levels to bring stability to the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart on Monday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump lambasted Tehran again as he tours the region.

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Trump sets out Mideast vision - backing Arab strongmen against Iran 22 May 2017

DUBAI The images from the same night broadcast around the Middle East speak as loudly as the words. On the one hand: the young people of Iran, dancing in the streets to mark the re-election of a pragmatist, men and women together.

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Trump says Iran must stop funding and training 'terrorists and militias' immediately 22 May 2017

JERUSALEM U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that Iran must immediately stop its financial and military support for "terrorists and militias" and he reiterated that it never be permitted to possess atomic arms.

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Iran accuses U.S. of 'Iranophobia', arming 'dangerous terrorists' 22 May 2017

DUBAI Iran accused the United States on Monday of selling arms to "dangerous terrorists" in the Middle East and of spreading "Iranophobia" aimed at encouraging Arab states to purchase arms, state television reported.

Iran foreign minister scorns Trump after speech, arms deal 21 May 2017

BEIRUT Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday criticised U.S. President Donald Trump for sealing an arms deal and other investments worth hundreds of billions of dollars with Saudi Arabia, Tehran's arch-rival in the Middle East.

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Brooding Iran hardliners say they must still be heard after Rouhani win 21 May 2017

LONDON Iranian hardliners indignant at President Hassan Rouhani's re-election vowed on Sunday to press their conservative agenda, with some saying his caustic campaign trail attacks on their candidate would bring a backlash.

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Trump meets Pope in Vatican, vows not to forget his message

VATICAN CITY U.S. President Donald Trump met Pope Francis, one of his most high profile critics, at the Vatican on Wednesday and after an exchange of gifts he promised he would not forget the pontiff's message during their half-hour discussion.