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OPEC officials fail to agree on how to curb oil supplies


VIENNA/DUBAI OPEC officials meeting in Vienna to work out the details of their plan to reduce oil production failed to reach agreement after hours of talks on Friday, amid objections by Iran which has been reluctant to even freeze its output, OPEC sources said.


European Union reaches out to Iran over Afghan refugees 26 Oct 2016

TEHRAN Promises of more help for Afghan refugees made by the European Union aid chief on his visit to Iran this month were not enough to dissuade Mariam Haidari from wanting to head to Europe.


In Lebanon deal, Iran wins and Saudi retreats 26 Oct 2016

BEIRUT A veteran Christian leader is set to fill Lebanon's long-vacant presidency in a deal that underlines the ascendancy of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement and the diminished role of Saudi Arabia in the country.


Exclusive - U.S. House to vote on Iran Sanctions Act renewal as soon as November 25 Oct 2016

WASHINGTON The Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives plan a vote as soon as mid-November on a 10-year reauthorisation of the Iran Sanctions Act, congressional aides told Reuters on Tuesday, setting up a potential showdown with the White House and Senate.

U.S. says troubled by reports of another U.S. citizen jailed by Iran 25 Oct 2016

WASHINGTON The United States is troubled by reports that an Iranian-American man may have been sentenced by Iran to 18 years in prison, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday, a week after an Iranian-American businessman and his father were also jailed by an Iranian court.


Yemen truce expires after day of heavy fighting 22 Oct 2016

SANAA/NAJRAN, Saudi Arabia A supposed ceasefire in the Yemen conflict expired a minute before midnight on Saturday after a day of heavy fighting between Saudi-backed forces and the Iran-allied Houthi movement.


Cautious Western insurers rebuild business ties with Iran 21 Oct 2016

LONDON Western insurers are slowly reaching deals with Iran as they seek to re-enter a multi-billion dollar market although the pace of business is hampered by banking restrictions ten months on from the lifting of international sanctions.

U.S. government sanctions Hezbollah operatives, fundraisers 20 Oct 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. Treasury moved to disrupt the fundraising and operation of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group on Thursday, imposing sanctions on four operatives and a firm that have assisted the organization, long seen as a terrorist outfit by Washington.


Exclusive - Iran steps up weapons supply to Yemen's Houthis via Oman: officials 20 Oct 2016

WASHINGTON Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, U.S., Western and Iranian officials tell Reuters, a development that threatens to prolong and intensify the 19-month-old war.


Iran sentences two U.S. citizens to 10 years in prison 18 Oct 2016

DUBAI/WASHINGTON An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, Iranian media reported on Tuesday, the latest sign of an intensifying crackdown against Iranians with ties to the West.


Clinton email problem resurfaces as FBI announces review

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK The FBI said on Friday it was investigating more emails as part of a probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email system, in a new twist to the U.S. presidential campaign just 11 days before Election Day.