Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge towards Turkey border


BEIRUT/ONCUPINAR, Turkey The Syrian army advanced towards the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. | Video


Israel may bank on Obama's successor for future U.S. aid pact - minister 08 Feb 2016

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON Israel may be unable to reach a new defence aid agreement with the Obama administration and could wait for the next U.S. president to secure better terms, a senior Israeli official said on Monday in a veiled rebuke signalling a snag in negotiations.

Iran hopes for agricultural boom post-sanctions 08 Feb 2016

DUBAI Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran's state grain buying agency said.


Groups urge Kerry to work for release of U.S. businessman held in Iran 08 Feb 2016

WASHINGTON Five Iranian-American groups wrote to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week, urging him to work for the release of an Iranian-American businessman who has been detained in Iran since October.


Iran says Peugeot to pay $446 million compensation for sanctions move 07 Feb 2016

DUBAI French car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroen will pay Iran over 400 million euros ($446 million) in compensation for losses after it quit the country due to sanctions, the managing director of the country's largest carmaker said on Sunday.

Iran-backed militia warns against sending Arab forces to Syria, Iraq 07 Feb 2016

BAGHDAD One of Iraq's most powerful Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias on Sunday warned that Arab forces sent to Syria or Iraq would "open the gates of hell", in comments clearly aimed at Sunni Arab countries that have said they might join such an operation.


Saudi King Salman calls for others not to interfere in kingdom 07 Feb 2016

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday called on other countries not to interfere in the kingdom's internal affairs in what appeared to be a rebuke to Riyadh's main foe Iran, which it accuses of attempting to stir unrest.

Several dual citizens in Iran face espionage charges - official 07 Feb 2016

DUBAI There are several detained dual citizens in Iran, most of whom face espionage charges, the judiciary spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, although he did not give details of any individual cases.


Hundreds more candidates allowed to contest Iran election 06 Feb 2016

DUBAI Iran's powerful election vetting body, the Guardian Council, decided on Saturday to allow hundreds more candidates to take part in a parliamentary election this month, in a move that rekindled the hopes of reformists and moderates.


Thousands flee as Russian-backed offensive threatens to besiege Aleppo 06 Feb 2016

BEIRUT Tens of thousands of Syrians fled an intensifying Russian assault around Aleppo on Friday, and aid workers said they feared the major city could soon fall under a full government siege.


Ten dead, more than 80 injured in Bavaria train crash

BAD AIBLING, Germany Ten people were killed and at least 81 injured on Tuesday when two passenger trains collided head-on at high speed in remote countryside in southern Germany. | Video