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Iran blasts Saudis over Yemen, agencies rush in aid

A top member of Iran’s parliament called Saudi Arabia’s King Salman a traitor to Islam on Thursday, a sharp escalation in rhetoric over Riyadh’s airstrikes against an Iranian-allied militia that has seized much of neighboring Yemen. Although a five-day humanitarian truce was largely holding, and aid was getting to some of the millions of Yemenis deprived of food, fuel and ...

US: Iran fired on Singaporean cargo ship in Persian Gulf

An Iranian naval patrol boat fired on a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Persian Gulf on Thursday in an apparent attempt to disable it over a financial dispute over damage to an Iranian oil platform, a U.S. official said. The Iranians initially fired warning shots after the MT Alpine Eternity refused to move into Iranian waters. The incident took place ...

France and Saudi Arabia: Iran nuclear deal must ensure not to destabilise the region

France and Saudi Arabia believe that any future deal between Iran and six major powers must ensure not to destabilise the region further and threaten Iran’s neighbours, the two countries said ahead of a summit in Riyadh on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia invited French President Francois Hollande, whose country is deemed to have a tough stance in Iran nuclear negotiations, to ...

Iran and Israel cooperate to monitor a ban on nuclear bomb tests

Iran and Israel have been cooperating under the auspices of an international body set up to monitor a ban on nuclear bomb tests, its director said Monday. Negotiated in the 1990s, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty enjoys wide global support but must be ratified by eight more nuclear technology states – among them Israel and Iran, as well as ...

Russia lifted a ban on supplying Iran with air defense missile systems

President Vladimir Putin Monday lifted a ban on supplying Iran with sophisticated S-300 air defense missile systems after Tehran’s landmark framework deal with the West over its nuclear program. A decree signed by Putin removed a ban on “the shipment from Russia to Iran” of the S-300 missiles and sparked fierce condemnation from Israel of Iran’s perceived newfound “legitimacy” on ...

U.S. made said Iran sanctions have to be phased out under a nuclear pact

The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognizing Israel. “The notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons in a verifiable deal onIran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal ...

A nuclear agreement will strengthen Tehran’s role in the region

A nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers will strengthen Tehran’s role in the region and rules out the specter of a regional war, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Monday. “There is no doubt that the Iranian nuclear deal will be big and important to the region,” Nasrallah said in a live interview with Syria’s Al-Ekhbariya TV. “The agreement, God willing, rules out the specter ...

Oil prices jumped more than 5 percent

Oil prices jumped more than 5 percent on Monday as traders reassessed how quickly Iran might increase exports after a preliminary nuclear deal and anticipated that a months-long rise in U.S. crude inventories may be slowing. Brent crude’s rally followed Thursday’s nearly 4 percent tumble after Iran and six world powers announced a framework agreement on the OPEC member’s nuclear program. But initial expectations of a ...

Israel says world powers and Iran would agree a “bad deal” on nuclear program

Israel said on Monday it was probable that world powers and Iran would agree a “bad deal” on Tehran’s nuclear program and it would do all it could to toughen any accord before talks resume this week. “We think it’s going to be a bad, insufficient deal,” Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said in an interview before meeting French officials in Paris. “It seems quite ...

Iran’s footballers face punishment of taking “selfie” with female fans

Iran’s footballers have been warned they could face punishment if they take “selfie” pictures with female fans who have turned out in large numbers at the Asian Cup. The head of the Iranian Football Federation’s moral committee said players risked being used as a “political tool” if snapped with women fans. Women are banned from attending men’s sports events in ...

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