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Critics round on Malta after banker charged in U.S. with evading sanctions


FRANKFURT Lawmakers and campaigners have criticised Malta's authorities for lax controls of a bank whose Iranian chairman was arrested on U.S. charges of evading sanctions and money laundering.


U.S. makes contingency plans in case Iran nuclear talks fail 7:50pm GMT

WASHINGTON The United States has had constructive talks about the Iran nuclear deal with Britain, France and Germany but is making contingency plans should they fail, the lead U.S. negotiator said on Wednesday.


Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, warns Iran 3:41pm GMT

JERUSALEM Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said on Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. | Video


Iran played significant role in defeating Islamic State in region - Supreme Leader 3:25pm GMT

BEIRUT/LONDON Iran played a significant role in defeating Islamic State in the Middle East and has brought stability to most of the region, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday.


U.S. arrests Iranian over alleged $115 million sanctions evasion scheme 11:27am GMT

An Iranian who chairs a Maltese bank has been arrested on U.S. charges that he participated in a scheme to evade U.S. sanctions and funnel more than $115 million paid under a Venezuelan construction contract through the U.S. financial system, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.


Iranian leader says Tehran has defused regional threats 20 Mar 2018

LONDON Iran has defused all regional threats against the country, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, as tension rises between Tehran and Washington over the influence of the Islamic Republic in the Middle East.

Iran denies Saudi allegations of harbouring bin Laden's son 20 Mar 2018

LONDON Tehran denied on Tuesday allegations made by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that Iran was harbouring Osama bin Laden's son and supporting him as the new leader of al Qaeda.


In New Year's greeting to Iranians, Trump slams Tehran government 20 Mar 2018

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump sent greetings on Monday to Iranians celebrating the New Year's holiday known as Nowruz, but used the message to attack Iran's government, particularly its powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.


On eve of Trump-Saudi meeting, Riyadh calls Iran nuclear deal flawed 19 Mar 2018

WASHINGTON Saudi Arabia called the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers a "flawed agreement" on Monday, on the eve of a meeting between the Saudi crown prince and U.S. President Donald Trump who have both been highly critical of Iran.


Oil dips as Wall Street dives; tensions over Iran support crude 19 Mar 2018

NEW YORK Oil prices slipped on Monday as Wall Street slid more than 1 percent and energy market investors remained wary of growing crude supply, although tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran gave prices some support.


Facebook's Zuckerberg acknowledges mistakes on user data, vows tougher curbs

SAN FRANCISCO/LONDON Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that his company made mistakes in mishandling data belonging to 50 million of its users and promised tougher steps to restrict developers access to data. | Video