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The Iranian navy boarded and briefly seized a Liberian-flagged oil tanker near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a US military official said Thursday.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani was warned against interfering in Lebanon, where a deadly port explosion has caused triggered a political crisis.

Beirut blast raises fears in Iraq of weapons stockpiles

Azhar Al-Rubaie

Beirut blast raises fears in Iraq of weapons stockpiles

In Iraq, where weapons are stored in urban centres and unexploded bombs litter border areas, fears of a catastrophe are acute.

Pompeo 'failed' to mitigate Yemen casualties in arms deal

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Pompeo 'failed' to mitigate Yemen casualties in arms deal

The report noted some '4,221 arms transfers involving Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates' since January 2017 - all below the threshold to ...

Iran's Rouhani hopeful US arms embargo push will fail

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Iran's Rouhani hopeful US arms embargo push will fail

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani expressed 'great hopes that America will fail' in a televised meeting of his cabinet on Wednesday.

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Iranian hard-liners in parliament reject president's nominee

Iranian lawmakers rejected Hossein Modares Khiabani's nomination for minister of trade and industries.

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UN council at odds over peacekeeping operation in Lebanon

US Ambassador Kelly Craft stressed the need for a new mandate at a closed council meeting on the UN peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon.

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US revises UN resolution to extend Iran arms embargo

The resolution's new draft states that the arms embargo on Iran will continue 'until the Security Council decides otherwise'.

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Iran 'wary' of political changes in Lebanon following blast

Tehran is cautious over developments taking place in Lebanon, where a deadly blast killed more than 170 people last week and prompted the ...

US military investigating claim of Iraq-Kuwait border blast

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US military investigating claim of Iraq-Kuwait border blast

An alleged blast that rocked the Iraq-Kuwait border is being investigated by the US military.

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Iran says 2 convicted of spying for Israel, UK

Two people have been convicted in Iran for allegedly spying on behalf Israel, the UK and Germany.

Iran shuts down newspaper which questioned official coronavirus statistics

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Iran shuts down newspaper which questioned official coronavirus statistics

Iranian authorities have shut down a newspaper which published comments by an expert who said that official figures on coronavirus ...

Fourth Lebanese minister resigns as security chiefs questioned

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Fourth Lebanese minister resigns as security chiefs questioned

Lebanese Finance Minister Ghazi Wazni resigned on Monday, bringing the embattled government closer to collapse, as a judge questioned security ...

Why the UAE seeks stronger ties with Iran

Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

Why the UAE seeks stronger ties with Iran

Comment: As the UAE moves out of Saudi Arabia's shadow, its developing ties with Iran are not as surprising as some might suggest, writes ...

UN set for showdown over Iran arms embargo push

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UN set for showdown over Iran arms embargo push

The UNSC is set to reject a US resolution calling for an extension of the Iranian arms embargo.

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Lebanese father, daughter shot dead in Tehran

A Lebanese man and his daughter have been shot dead in Tehran amid reports that the man was a Hezbollah activist.

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Iran demands UN hold US accountable for plane interception

Iran described the interception of a passenger plane by US fighter jets in Syria last month as 'unlawful' and 'adventuristic', calling on the UN ...

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Iraqi PM to visit Trump, signalling warming US ties

Iraq's PM Kadhimi will visit Trump in Washington on 20 August, signalling US-Iran ties are recovering seven months after breaking down over the ...

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Officials long warned of explosive chemicals at Beirut port

Lebanese authorities had raised the alarm on the dangerous stockpile of explosive material at Beirut's port at least 10 times prior to the ...

US says sending $15 million in aid to Lebanon

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US says sending $15 million in aid to Lebanon

The United States said it would be sending an immediate $15 million worth of humanitarian assistance to Lebanon.

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The Iraq Report: Beirut blast sends political shockwaves

The tragedy in Beirut has reignited calls by Iraqis for militant factions and groups linked to the government to remove their weapons stockpiles ...

Architect of Trump administration's hardline Iran policy quits

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Architect of Trump administration's hardline Iran policy quits

Brian Hook will move to the private sector after leading the Trump administration's 'maximum pressure' campaign on Iran.

Emergency aid heads to Lebanon as world offers support

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Emergency aid heads to Lebanon as world offers support

Multiple countries rallied around crisis-stricken Lebanon, showing support and dispatching emergency aid after the explosion that devastated ...

Iran's Rouhani offers aid to Lebanon after Beirut blast

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Iran's Rouhani offers aid to Lebanon after Beirut blast

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani offered medical support to Lebanon after a huge blast devastated capital Beirut.

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