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U.S. weighs bigger role in Yemen's war, boosting aid to allies


WASHINGTON The United States is considering deepening its role in Yemen's conflict by more directly aiding its Gulf allies battling Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, officials say, potentially relaxing a U.S. policy that limited American support.


Iran's Rouhani seeks deals with new friend Russia 27 Mar 2017

MOSCOW Iran's president met Russia's prime minister on Monday in a bid to develop a warming relationship that has been greatly strengthened by both sides' involvement on the same side of the war in Syria.

Bahrain breaks Iran-linked 'terrorist' cell behind bus attack -report 26 Mar 2017

DUBAI Bahrain said on Sunday it had broken an Iranian-linked "terrorist cell" suspected of involvement in a bomb attack on a police bus in February and plotting to assassinate senior officials, state news agency BNA reported.


Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights abuses and Israel ties 26 Mar 2017

DUBAI Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, in a tit-for-tat reaction to a move by Washington.


Iran denies harassing U.S. warships in Gulf, warns of clashes 25 Mar 2017

DUBAI Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.


U.N. envoy calls on powers to salvage Syrian ceasefire 25 Mar 2017

GENEVA U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia, Turkey and Iran on Saturday to salvage the tattered ceasefire in Syria that would also help keep peace talks on track.

Third plane bought under sanctions deal arrives in Iran 25 Mar 2017

DUBAI An Airbus A330 airliner arrived in Tehran on Saturday, the third of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of sanctions on Iran last year.


Russia, Turkey, Iran must hold talks to stop Syria violence - U.N. 24 Mar 2017

GENEVA Russia, Iran and Turkey need to convene more Syrian ceasefire talks as soon as possible to bring the situation on the ground under control, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday.


U.S. senators set bipartisan bill to tighten sanctions on Iran 23 Mar 2017

WASHINGTON Iran would face tighter U.S. sanctions over ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities under a bill announced on Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators, echoing a harder line on Tehran espoused by Republican President Donald Trump.


Trump sends holiday greetings to Iranians, does not mention travel ban 22 Mar 2017

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought to ban travellers from Iran and other Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, issued a holiday greeting on Wednesday to Iranians celebrating the New Year holiday known as Nowruz.


Trump son-in-law met executives of sanctioned Russian bank; will testify

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON A Russian bank under Western economic sanctions over Russia's incursion into Ukraine disclosed on Monday that its executives had met Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a top White House adviser, during the 2016 election campaign. | Video