The Iran Puzzle

One of the Obama administration’s biggest diplomatic ambitions was to establish better relations with Iran, a nation with which the United States has been at odds since the fall of the shah and the rise of a powerful theocratic government in Tehran in 1979. The most important manifestation of that …

Middle East

Ayatollah Khamenei: Muslims obliged to fight Israel

<b>Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Muslims today are obliged to fight Israel with whatever means they have as he</b> …

Ali Khamenei

Feds entitled to seize Iran-tainted skyscraper

A U.S. government lawyer has urged a jury to conclude a charity must give up majority ownership of a Manhattan skyscraper, saying it is secretly …

Middle East

Iran nuclear deal must be allowed to thrive

T Douglas Reilly draws on his experience with the International Atomic Energy Agency to praise the Iran nuclear deal, while David Gleeson wonders why Tehran is so often cast as the villain on the world stage<p>The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal) is …

Middle East

U.S. jurors hear closing arguments over Iran-linked office tower

(Reuters) - Lawyers for the United States on Monday urged jurors to allow the U.S. government to seize a Manhattan office tower from a non-profit for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.<p>In closing arguments at the end of a month-long trial in Manhattan federal court, Assistant U.S. Attorney …

Middle East

Where to Draw the Line Against Iran’s Mideast Takeover

The ayatollahs are seeking to complete a land route that will greatly consolidate their influence over the Middle East. It’s time to stop them.<p>Recent weeks have witnessed a growing competition in eastern Syria between U.S.-backed forces and Iranian-led militias, putting the two rival countries on a …

Middle East

Tillerson Lets Slip He Wants Regime Change in Iran

And Rouhani is furious.

Foreign Policy

Saudi demands from Qatar 'very provocative': Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A list of 13 demands submitted by four Arab states to Qatar as a condition to lift their boycott on the Gulf country is "very provocative" because some items challenge Doha's sovereignty, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday.<p>Saudi Arabia, the United Arab …

Middle East

Tehran: Israel doesn't know how to identify our missiles

Iran quoted senior Israel Defense Ministry officials as saying that some of the Iranian missiles fired at ISIS in Syria "failed and did not reach …


Fire breaks out at Isfahan refinery in Iran, injuring 10 workers

LONDON (Reuters) - A fire broke out on Monday at a sulfur storage tank in Iran's Isfahan oil refinery, injuring around 10 workers, the refining company's spokesman was quoted as saying by state television.<p>"Due to the high temperature, some sulfur caught fire, but it was soon extinguished... Around …

Middle East

Trump is right to focus on Iran's support of terrorism

Despite the criticism directed at the Trump White House, the administration is to be commended for important changes in U.S. policy toward Iran since …

Middle East

Iran urges Europe to help promote dialogue in Gulf

BERLIN (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Monday for Europe to use its influence to defuse tensions in the Gulf where Saudi Arabia and its allies have cut ties with Qatar.<p>Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has voiced support for Qatar in its confrontation with Saudi …

World News

Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urges Muslims in Kashmir to 'repudiate oppressors'

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei bashed the attacks at Bahrain, Kashmir and Yemen that occurred during the holy month of Ramadan, saying …

Middle East

Trade chokepoints risk food price spikes

Dependence on key agricultural transport hubs is growing, warns Chatham House<p>The growing importance of global trade in agricultural commodities has …

Strait of Hormuz

Mongolians vote to elect new president

Mongolian people cast their votes in a presidential election marred by corruption scandals.

Iran Elections

Rights groups censure Trump’s travel ban

<b>Rights groups are decrying the US Supreme Court’s partial reinstatement of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.</b><p>"The implication on the ground is …

John F. Kennedy

Stop provoking Syrian army: Lavrov to US

<b>Russia has called on the US to avoid engaging in provocative measures towards Syrian government forces.</b><p>According to a statement released by the …


Italy rescues 2 failing banks at taxpayers' cost

​Italy’s government has inked a controversial deal to wind up two failed regional banks.

Middle East

This is what 3 years of Daesh occupation did to Mosul: Drone footage

Dramatic drone footage of Iraq’s Mosul after three years of occupation by the Daesh terrorist group

Islamic State (ISIS)

Israeli jets target multiple targets across Gaza Strip

Israeli fighter jets carry out multiple airstrikes on various positions throughout the Gaza Strip.


Scotland, Wales outraged at £1bn deal to keep May in power

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing backlash from Scotland and Wales over her deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), …


Syria’s President Assad and family visit wounded troops in Hama

See exclusive footage and photos of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family while visiting injured army personnel in their homes.


Several EU states seek mandate to negotiate gas pipeline plan with Russia

Thirteen EU member states voice support for a proposal to enable the bloc to negotiate a planned pipeline plan with Russia.


Russia eliminated 99% of own chemical weapons: Moscow

Russia says it has so far eliminated 99 percent of its own chemical weapons.


Cyprus president seeks peace deal in Switzerland

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades says he hopes to clinch a reunification deal.

Middle East

Syrian army forces seize areas in Homs, Dayr al-Zawr

Syrian government forces and their allies make fresh territorial gains across the war-ravaged Arab country.


Indians celebrate Eid al-Fitr in India

Muslims in India are marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr mosque for the Eid prayers.


Police, protesters clash after Eid prayers in Kashmir

Indian government forces fire tear gas to disperse protesters after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Kashmir.


Firefighters battle intense wildfire in Utah

The blaze, which prompted evacuations of over a thousand people in the state of Utah, has been mostly restrained.

Middle East

Oblivious to History, Trump's Turning Up the Heat on Iran. He Should Look at the 1953 CIA Coup.

So sensitive was this operation that not all documents have been declassified for public view, even after the passing of almost 64 years.<p><i>In 1979, just as the Shah of Iran was overthrown and the the reign of the ayatollahs began, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative named Kermit Roosevelt,</i> …