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Lebanese parliament re-elects Berri as speaker


BEIRUT Shi'ite politician Nabih Berri, a close ally of the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, was re-elected as speaker of Lebanon's parliament for the sixth time since 1992 on Wednesday, securing the backing of 98 out of 128 lawmakers.

Iran sanctions could hit sale of Arclight's North Sea Midstream Partners - sources 11:49am BST

LONDON The sale of private equity firm Arclight's North Sea Midstream Partners (NSMP), an oil and gas pipeline firm, could be hit by renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran, financial sources said, as one of its major clients is part-owned by the Iranian Oil Company.


Iran slams U.S. sanctions push, Syria rejects idea of Iranian withdrawal 11:34am BST

LONDON Iran on Wednesday kept up a drumbeat of opposition to U.S. demands for sweeping change in its foreign policy and nuclear programme, and Tehran's ally Damascus dismissed out of hand a U.S. call for a withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria.


Oil falls as investors grow wary of OPEC commitment to supply deal 11:15am BST

LONDON Oil fell on Wednesday, under pressure from a potential increase in OPEC crude output to cool the market's recent rally and cover any shortfalls in supply from Iran and Venezuela.


Syria says Iranian withdrawal not up for discussion - report 10:35am BST

BEIRUT The withdrawal of Iranian forces is not up for discussion, the Syrian deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, after Washington demanded they pull out of Syria's conflict.


Iranian officials split over response to U.S. demands 10:35am BST

ANKARA For all of Iran's fierce verbal response to fresh U.S. threats of tougher sanctions, some senior officials in Tehran believe the door to diplomacy should stay open.


Trump factor leaves Macron scrambling ahead of Russia trip 10:21am BST

PARIS Emmanuel Macron heads to St Petersburg on Thursday seeking to win concessions from Vladimir Putin, but with Europe-U.S. ties strained over Iran, the Russian leader may have little incentive to offer the French president a diplomatic success.


U.S. Iran strategy reinforces conservatives, endangers region -France 9:12am BST

PARIS The U.S. decision to scrap the Iran nuclear deal and implement a tough strategy on the country will strengthen Tehran's hardliners and endanger the region as a whole, France's foreign minister said on Wednesday.


Brent rises on supply concerns, U.S.-China trade worries weigh 22 May 2018

NEW YORK Brent crude prices settled slightly higher on Tuesday after a volatile session in which potential supply concerns surrounding Venezuela and Iran jockeyed with comments from President Donald Trump, who said he was not pleased with U.S.-China trade talks.

Iran tells Europe to step up and save nuclear deal 22 May 2018

BEIRUT/BERLIN Iran poured scorn on threatened U.S. sanctions on Tuesday and told European powers to step up and salvage its international nuclear deal - though Germany signalled there was only so much it could do to fend off Washington's economic clout.

Pulitzer-winning author Philip Roth dies at 85, says agent

Author Philip Roth, who was both hailed and derided for laying bare the neuroses and obsessions that haunted the modern Jewish-American experience, died on Tuesday at the age of 85, his agent said. | Video