France warns Iran over nuclear deal as deadline nears


ANKARA/PARIS - France warned on Wednesday it was ready to block a final deal between Iran and the six major powers on Iran's nuclear programme unless Tehran provided inspectors access to all installations, including military sites.


How Russia was warned against oil output cut as prices dived 27 May 2015

MOSCOW/LONDON - As Russia prepares to meet OPEC next week, a briefing paper from a Moscow think tank has shed light on how the government was warned against cutting oil output late last year even though global prices were plummeting.


Yemen war will end up harming Riyadh, Iran minister says 27 May 2015

KUWAIT - Iran's foreign minister urged rival Saudi Arabia to end its military campaign in Yemen, saying the war would "bring harm" to the kingdom, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported on Wednesday.


Iran nuclear deal unlikely by June 30 - French envoy 26 May 2015

WASHINGTON - An Iran nuclear deal is not likely by June 30 because technical details will remain to defined and Iran will not get sanctions relief before the end of the year in the best of cases, western ambassadors said on Tuesday.


Washington Post reporter goes on trial in Tehran behind closed doors 26 May 2015

DUBAI - Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial on espionage charges behind closed doors in Tehran on Tuesday, 10 months after he was arrested at his home and imprisoned, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. | Video

Iran, Oman discuss Yemen war, settle maritime borders 26 May 2015

DUBAI/MUSCAT - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed how to advance Yemeni peace efforts with his Omani counterpart on Tuesday, Iranian media reported, on a visit to a country that has often played a conciliatory role in Gulf conflicts.

Trial of Iranian-U.S. journalist in Tehran to be closed - family 26 May 2015

WASHINGTON - The trial in Iran of jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian will be closed to the public when it starts on Tuesday, his brother said on Monday. | Video


Houthis suffer first serious setback in south Yemen fighting - residents 25 May 2015

ADEN/CAIRO - Local Sunni Muslim militia ejected Shi'ite Houthi rebels from much of the southern Yemeni city of Dalea on Monday, residents and combatants said, inflicting the first significant setback on the Iranian-backed rebels in two months of civil war. | Video


Analysis - Iran will need to spend most of any post-sanctions windfall at home 25 May 2015

WASHINGTON/DUBAI - Iranians will demand their government spend a windfall from the lifting of economic sanctions on improving the quality of life at home, limiting the degree to which a future nuclear deal could fund Tehran's allies on Middle East battlefields.

Only Iran is confronting Islamic State, paramilitary chief says 25 May 2015

DUBAI - The general in charge of Iran's paramilitary activities in the Middle East said the United States and other powers were failing to confront Islamic State, and only Iran was committed to the task, a news agency on Monday reported.


Exclusive - Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine: witness

KHUTOR CHKALOVA, Russia - Russia's army is massing troops and hundreds of pieces of weaponry including mobile rocket launchers, tanks and artillery at a makeshift base near the border with Ukraine, a Reuters reporter saw this week.