Top U.S. general says Iran deal lowers near-term atomic arms risk


WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military officer supported a proposed nuclear deal with Iran on Wednesday, saying it reduced the risk of Tehran developing atomic arms while buying time to work with allies to confront the Islamic Republic over other "malign activities."


Fabius, visiting Tehran, invites Rouhani to France 29 Jul 2015

DUBAI - On the first visit to Iran for 12 years by a French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius conveyed an invitation from President Francois Hollande to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to visit France in November.

Gulf Arab power UAE chides EU over opening to Iran 29 Jul 2015

DUBAI - Gulf Arab power the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday criticised the European Union for seeking Iranian cooperation in stabilising the region, saying that an "aggressive" Tehran was helping to polarise the countries there,


Saudi-led warplanes bomb Houthi bastion in north Yemen 29 Jul 2015

SANAA/ADEN - Saudi-led warplanes bombed targets in Yemen's northerly Saada province, a bastion of Iranian-allied Houthi forces, local officials said on Wednesday, and a U.N. official accused both sides in the conflict of failing to respect international law.


EU's Mogherini in Iran to discuss nuclear deal, region - TV 28 Jul 2015

ANKARA - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the nuclear deal reached between Tehran and major world powers this month will help fight terrorism and bloodshed in the Middle East, Iran's state TV reported.


Kerry warns U.S. Congress scrapping Iran deal would mean path to nuclear weapon 28 Jul 2015

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry intensified efforts on Tuesday to beat back criticism of the Iran nuclear deal and convince U.S. lawmakers that rejecting it would give Tehran a fast track to a weapon and access to billions of dollars from collapsed sanctions.

Lawyer calls for release of Washington Post reporter in Iran 28 Jul 2015

DUBAI - Iran should free Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian because there was no evidence to support charges, including spying, made against him, the Iranian-American reporter's lawyer was quoted by Iran's Tasnim news agency as saying on Tuesday.


EU's Mogherini in Tehran to talk nuclear deal, regional issues - TV 28 Jul 2015

ANKARA - The European Union's top diplomat arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to discuss implementation of a nuclear deal reached between Iran and six major powers aimed at curbing the country's nuclear work in return for the lifting of sanctions, state TV reported.


Attack halts flow in natural gas pipeline from Iran to Turkey 28 Jul 2015

ANKARA - Saboteurs attacked a pipeline carrying natural gas from Iran to Turkey in Turkey's eastern province of Agri late on Monday, halting the flow, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and state gas company Botas said.


Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of making threats to neighbours 27 Jul 2015

DUBAI - Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Monday accused Iran of making threats against Riyadh's ally, Bahrain, which he said showed that the Islamic republic was harbouring hostile designs against its Middle Eastern neighbours.


Calais migrants undaunted by extra French riot police

CALAIS, France - Migrants massed around the entrance to the Channel Tunnel said on Thursday they would keep trying to sneak across to Britain, undaunted by the arrival of 120 extra riot police on the French side.