Insight: Collateral damage - How Iran sanctions fears hurt humanitarian trade


LONDON/ANKARA - It should have been a routine delivery of vegetable oil to Iran for making margarine; instead the tanker spent months in the Gulf as banks held up payment for the cargo, fearing they would run foul of international sanctions.


Asian buyers take 25 percent more Iran oil in first half 31 Jul 2014

TOKYO - Iran's biggest clients took in a quarter more oil in the first six months of 2014 than in the same period of last year, with China and India holding to the higher volumes they started after the agreement that relaxed Western sanctions on Tehran.

Iran says Egypt dragging its feet on allowing aid to Gaza 30 Jul 2014

DUBAI - Iran criticised Egypt on Wednesday for delays in issuing permits to bring in aid to Gaza and to transport wounded women and children out of the area for medical treatment.

Iran frees US-Iranian, three journalists still held-source 30 Jul 2014

DUBAI - An Iranian-American man detained along with three journalists in Iran last week has been released, a source close to the individual said on Wednesday.

U.S. nuclear negotiator declines setting deadline on Iran deal 29 Jul 2014

WASHINGTON - The lead U.S. nuclear negotiator declined to give a final deadline on Tuesday for negotiating a final nuclear agreement with Iran, but said participants mean to finish the international talks at the end of the current four-month extension.

Iran leader calls Israel 'rabid dog', urges arms for Palestinians 29 Jul 2014

DUBAI - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a "rabid dog" for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.


As U.S. kicks off crude exports, Iran casts a shadow in Asia 27 Jul 2014

SINGAPORE - The United States faces an awkward rival in its first attempts in 40 years to export crude oil - Iran.

Iran detains four journalists, three of them Iranian-American, says CPJ 25 Jul 2014

ANKARA - The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday called on the Iranian government to immediately release four detained journalists, three of whom it said had U.S.-Iranian nationality.

Iranians tell Palestinians to fight against Israel: state TV 25 Jul 2014

ANKARA - Iranians took part in huge rallies across the country on Friday to show solidarity with Palestinians, urging them to keep up their struggle despite the Israeli assault on Gaza, Iranian state television reported.


IAEA says needs more money to monitor Iran nuclear deal extension - document 25 Jul 2014

STOCKHOLM - The U.N. atomic watchdog said it needs 1 million euros in extra funding to help pay for its monitoring of a four-month extension of an interim nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers.


Israel looks for missing soldier; Hamas says he may have been killed

GAZA/JERUSALEM - The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas said on Saturday it had no clear indication on the whereabouts of an Israeli soldier that Israel has accused it of abducting in the Gaza Strip, adding he may have been killed during an ambush. | Video