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IMF sharply cuts Iran, Saudi growth forecasts for 2019

Oct 16, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The International Monetary Fund expects Iran's economy to contract by a massive 9.5% in 2019, while the growth forecast for Saudi Arabia is cut to just 0.2%

Iran alleges foreign government behind 'treacherous' ship attack

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Tehran says the Iranian-flagged Sabiti oil tanker was hit by two separate explosions off the Red Sea port of Jeddah

A handout picture made available by the National Iranian Oil Tanker Company (NITC) on October 14, 2019, shows the reported damage in the hull of the Iranian-flagged Sabiti tanker. Iran released pictures showing two gaping holes in the hull of an oil tanker it alleges was attacked off Saudi Arabia last week. Tehran says the Iranian-flagged Sabiti tanker was hit by two separate explosions off the Red Sea port of Jeddah.  National Iranian Oil Tanker Company (NITC) / AFP AFPForum

Russia, Saudi Arabia seal key oil deal

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit follows attacks on Saudi oil installations that Riyadh and Washington have blamed on Moscow ally Tehran

PUTIN IN SAUDI ARABIA. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L), Saudi Brigadier General Yussef Saleh al-Salim (2nd L), Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Salman, during a welcome ceremony in Riyadh on October 14, 2019. AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD

Pakistan's Khan arrives in Iran as tensions rise in Gulf

Oct 13, 2019 - 3:37 PM

(UPDATED) Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's trip to Iran comes after both the US and Saudi Arabia had asked him to mediate with Iran to defuse tensions in the Gulf

MEDIATE. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to visit Iran as part of initiatives 'to promote peace and security in the region.' Photo by Alexey Druzhnin/AFP

Iran tanker hit by suspected missile strikes off Saudi coast

Oct 11, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The National Iranian Tanker Company says the hull of the Sabiti was hit by two separate explosions off the Saudi port of Jeddah, saying they were 'probably caused by missile strikes'

Iran releases detained Russian journalist

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:57 PM

An Iranian government spokesman says she was being held over alleged visa violations but the Russian embassy says she had been accused of working for Israeli security services

YULIA YUZIK. Photo from https://www.instagram.com/p/BV0iS08h5CE/

In first, Iraq PM points finger at Israel on base attacks

Oct 01, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi says his government had 'indications' Israel was behind some attacks on paramilitary bases this summer

Members of the "Liwa al-Tafuf" 13th Brigade of Iraq's Shiite Muslim Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation units) paramilitary show off their skills during a graduation ceremony at a training centre in the central Iraqi city of Karbala on August 30, 2019.  Mohammed SAWAF / AFP

Saudi prince says war with Iran would gut world economy

Sep 30, 2019 - 11:29 PM

'If the world does not take a strong and firm action to deter Iran, we will see further escalations that will threaten world interests,' Prince Mohammed bin Salman tells the CBS program '60 Minutes'

CROWN PRINCE. File photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is known by his initials MBS. AFP photo

British-flagged tanker heads into Dubai port after Iran release

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:16 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Despite the vessel's clearance, its legal case is still open in Iran's courts,' says the Hormozgan province's maritime organization

STENA IMPERO. A grab from images released by Iran Press on September 27, 2019 show the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which had been held off the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas for more than two months, setting sail as it heads towards the Persian Gulf's international waters, according to the Hormozgan province's maritime organization. AFP PHOTO / IRAN PRESS

Iran leader says Europe untrustworthy, condemns 'hostility'

Sep 26, 2019 - 9:56 PM

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's remarks follow a failed European push to arrange a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly

SUPREME LEADER. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivering a speech on the 25th anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran on June 4, 2014. File photo by Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/Handout/AFP

U.S. ramps up Iran pressure as European summit bid flounders

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:45 PM

On US President Donald Trump's last scheduled day at the annual UN summit of world leaders, his administration says it is imposing sanctions on Chinese companies that have purchased Iranian oil

NEW SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump vows pressure on Iran as Europeans seek U.N. breakthrough

Sep 25, 2019 - 12:05 AM

In a speech to world leaders full of praise of unilateralism and criticism of China, Donald Trump makes clear he will not ease economic pressure on Iran – a condition set by Hassan Rouhani for any meeting

TRUMP AND UN. US President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 24, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Trump says Rouhani meeting not scheduled as speculation swirls

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Speculation is rife over whether the leaders of the two arch-foes will meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York

SPECULATION. This combination of file pictures shows US President Donald Trump and a file handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency showing President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. Handout, Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Iranian presidency

FIFA orders Iran to allow women free access to football stadiums

Sep 23, 2019 - 10:32 PM

This comes after a woman killed herself after being arrested trying to access a football stadium to watch the team she supported

RULE CHANGE. Iran has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums since 1981, with clerics arguing they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men. Photo from FIFA.com


Rouhani heads to U.N. in bid to win Iran support against 'cruel' U.S.

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:46 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says his delegation is heading to the UN gathering despite reluctance from President Donald Trump's administration to issue them visas

HEADED TO UN. In this file photo, President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters on September 22. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Iran says seized British-flagged tanker 'free' to leave

Sep 23, 2019 - 6:04 PM

Stena Bulk, the company that owns Stena Impero, says that it expects the vessel to be released soon, but expresses caution about the situation

SEIZED. This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018. File photo by Nico Kemps/VesselFinder.com/AFP

UK's Johnson says Iran behind attacks on Saudi oil sites

Sep 23, 2019 - 3:30 PM

'I can tell you that the UK is attributing responsibility with a very high degree of probability to Iran for the Aramco attacks,' Boris Johnson says

BORIS JOHNSON. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers his speech at the Convention of the North, in the Magna Centre in Rotherham, norhtern England on September 13, 2019. Photo by Christopher Furlong/AFP

U.S. emphasizes diplomacy in standoff with Iran

Sep 23, 2019 - 8:22 AM

Ahead of the annual UN General Assembly, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo puts aside threats of US military retaliation against Iran for the attack on a Saudi oil complex

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Community Summit on September 22, 2019 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. Photo by Thomas B. Shea/AFP

Foreign forces raise Gulf 'insecurity' – Iran's Rouhani

Sep 22, 2019 - 3:17 PM

President Hassan Rouhani adds that Iran would present to the United Nations a regional cooperation plan for peace

ROUHANI. A file handout picture made available by the Iranian presidential office shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivering a speech on April 9, 2019. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran issues 'battlefield' warning as U.S. deploys troops

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:23 PM

This comes as tensions escalate between Iran and the Unites States after a weekend attack on a Saudi Aramco plant

MAIN BATTLEFIELD. Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander Saturday, September 21, 2019, warned any country that attacks the Islamic republic will see its territory become the "main battlefield" as he opened an exhibition of captured drones. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

U.S. sending more troops to Gulf, Trump announces Iran sanctions

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:39 AM

The new sanctions are imposed for the additional reason of 'terrorism,' the Treasury says, adding Iran's central bank provided 'billions of dollars' to two groups blacklisted by the US

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on September 20, 2019. Photo by Alex Edelman/AFP

Saudi vows quick recovery despite damage to oil plant

Sep 20, 2019 - 11:20 PM

'We will have production at the same level as before the strike by the end of this month – we are coming back stronger,' says Fahad al-Abdulkareem, a general manager for Saudi Aramco

AFTERMATH. A destroyed installation in Saudi Arabia's Khurais oil processing plant is pictured on September 20, 2019. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Pompeo favors 'peaceful resolution' to crisis after Saudi oil attack

Sep 20, 2019 - 8:16 PM

'We'd like a peaceful resolution. I think we've demonstrated that. I hope the Islamic Republic of Iran sees it the same way,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Saudi oil attacks an Iranian 'act of war' – Pompeo

Sep 19, 2019 - 1:16 PM

'This was an Iranian attack,' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells reporters on September 18, calling it 'an act of war'

POMPEO IN SAUDI ARABIA. In this handout photo by the Saudi Royal Palace, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah on September 18, 2019. Photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Trump orders government to 'substantially increase' Iran sanctions

Sep 18, 2019 - 9:30 PM

The United States already enforces widespread sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy, including attempting to shut down its major oil export industry

IRAN SANCTIONS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump holds a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Saudi says oil attacks from north, sponsored by Iran

Sep 18, 2019 - 7:57 PM

(UPDATED) 'The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored by Iran,' says Saudi defense ministry spokesman Turki al-Maliki

SAUDI OIL ATTACKS. This satellite overview handout image obtained September 16, 2019 courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Abqaig on September 14 2019 in Saudi Arabia. AFP PHOTO / Planet Labs Inc. / HO

Iran denies role in Saudi attacks in message to U.S. – state media

Sep 18, 2019 - 5:51 PM

The formal memo 'emphasized that Iran has not played any role in this attack,' the official IRNA news agency says

IRAN DENIES ATTACKS. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows President Hassan Rouhani (C) chairing a cabinet meeting in the capital Tehran on September 18, 2019. Handout photo by the Iranian Presidency/AFP

Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia after U.S. blames Iran

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Vice President MIke Pence says Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on his way to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia to 'discuss our response'

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo waves before boarding his plane departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 17, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. intel indicates Saudi Arabia oil attacks staged from Iran – report

Sep 17, 2019 - 9:27 PM

'But Saudi officials said the US didn't provide enough to conclude that the attack was launched from Iran, indicating the US information wasn't definitive,' the Wall Street Journal reports

SAUDI OIL ATTACKS. This satellite overview handout image obtained September 16, 2019 courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Abqaig on September 14 2019 in Saudi Arabia. AFP PHOTO / Planet Labs Inc. / HO

Iran leader rules out U.S. talks as tensions rise over Saudi attacks

Sep 17, 2019 - 3:07 PM

(UPDATED) Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says the US has adopted a policy of 'maximum pressure' on Iran because it believes it cannot bring the Islamic republic to its knees through other means

NO DEALS? A handout picture released by the official website of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him during a meeting in Tehran on September 17, 2019. Handout photo from Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/AFP

Iranian government pardons convicted Filipino drug mule

Sep 17, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Ernie Tamonde, a religious singer, is back home in North Cotabato. He insists on his innocence

U.S. singles out Iran, readies response to Saudi oil attacks

Sep 17, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Trump says he is ready to help key ally Saudi Arabia counter the weekend drone attacks, which triggered a record leap in global oil prices, but would await a 'definitive' determination on who was responsible

This satellite overview handout image obtained September 16, 2019 courtesy of the US Government shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Khurais oil field on September 15, 2019 in Saudi Arabia. Drone attacks on key Saudi oil facilities have halved crude output from OPEC's biggest exporter, catapulting oil prices by the largest amount since the first Gulf War. The crisis has focused minds on unrest in the crude-rich Middle East, with Tehran denying Washington's charge that it was responsible.Brent oil prices leapt 20 percent on Monday to chalk up the biggest intra-day daily gain since 1991.  HO / US Government / AFP

Iran seizes new boat near vital oil shipping lane

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:11 PM

A naval patrol of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has intercepted the vessel carrying 250,000 liters of fuel near the Strait of Hormuz

Erdogan hosts Putin, Rouhani for Syria summit

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will host Presidents Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani in Ankara for the latest summit on the Syrian conflict

SYRIA SUMMIT. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin at press conference after a trilateral meeting in Tehran on September 7, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Iraq denies links to drone attack on Saudi oil plants

Sep 15, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi says 'Iraq is constitutionally committed to preventing any use of its soil to attack its neighbors'

A picture taken on May 10, 2016 shows over Shaybah, the base for Saudi Aramco's Natural Gas Liquids plant and oil production in the surrounding Shaybah field in Saudi Arabia's remote Empty quarter desert close to the United Arab Emirates, on May 10, 2016. Despite collapsed global oil prices, production is expanding at Shaybah, as it is in other units of the company at the centre of the kingdom's Vision 2030 drive for diversification away from oil. The Saudi government plans to sell less than five percent of the company in what officials say will be the world's largest-ever share offering, while transforming Saudi Aramco into "a global industrial conglomerate". By 2020 the company says it will have tripled its gas processing capacity from levels at the turn of the century. / AFP PHOTO / IAN TIMBERLAKE

Drone strikes on Saudi Arabia ripple across oil market, diplomacy

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:43 PM

Here is what we know about the implications of the strike on the world's largest oil processing facility and nearby Khurais, which hosts a massive oil field

Saudi races to restore oil supply after strike blamed on Iran

Sep 15, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The Aramco CEO says that 'work is underway' to restore full production, and Saudi's energy minister says oil reserves will be tapped to offset the drop

SAUDI ARAMCO. In this file photo taken on January 25, 2016, Saudi and Foreign investors stand in front of the logo of Saudi state oil giant Aramco during the 10th Global Competitiveness Forum in the capital Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Iran refutes U.S. accusations over Saudi attacks

Sep 15, 2019 - 5:02 PM

'The Americans have taken the policy of 'maximum pressure' which has apparently turned into 'maximum lying' due to their failures,' says a foreign ministry spokesman

Trump says Iranian leadership 'wants to meet'

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:38 AM

The US president has repeatedly indicated he is ready to meet with President Hassan Rouhani, who is expected to attend the UN General Assembly in New York this month

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. File photos by Atta Kenare and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

3 Australians detained in Iran

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The news of the trio's detention comes after Australia announced that it would join a US-led mission to protect shipping through the Strait of Hormuz

Protestors boo Hong Kong anthem during football World Cup qualifier

Sep 11, 2019 - 7:34 AM

Ear-splitting booing all but drowns out 'March of the Volunteers', the anthem the semi-autonomous territory shares with mainland China, at what was Hong Kong's first home game after a summer of upheaval

People turn their back and boo while holding up placards during the Chinese anthem at the start of the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying football match between Iran and Hong Kong at Hong Kong Stadium on September 10, 2019. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

UK says Iran broke word with oil transfer to Syria

Sep 10, 2019 - 11:33 PM

Britain's Foreign Office says it will raise the issue at the United Nations, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab warning that it is part of a 'pattern of behavior...designed to disrupt regional security'

GRACE 1. Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. File photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas blown out by Iran, in danger of finishing dead last

Sep 08, 2019 - 9:54 PM

The Philippines fails to crack the winning column in the FIBA World Cup against its Asian rival as Iran proves to be on another level

WINLESS. Gabe Norwood and Gilas Pilipinas end their FIBA World Cup journey in agony. Photo from fiba.basketball


Iran game to test how Gilas Pilipinas measures up in Asia

Sep 08, 2019 - 7:39 PM

Gilas Pilipinas faces a familiar foe in Iran as it tries to avoid ending its FIBA World Cup campaign winless

LAST STAND. CJ Perez and Gilas Pilipinas go for one last chance to get a win in the FIBA World Cup. Photo from fiba.basketball


Atomic watchdog chief in Iran for high-level talks

Sep 08, 2019 - 3:01 PM

The International Atomic Energy Agency official's visit comes a day after Iran announced its latest step in reducing its commitments to a 2015 nuclear deal

Towering Iran stands in way of Gilas Pilipinas' last-gasp bid

Sep 07, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The Philippines takes on an Iran side fielding a full-strength roster with its one-two punch of Hamed Haddadi and Nikkah Bahrami back in the fold

GIANT PROBLEM. Gilas Pilipinas battles a familiar foe in Hamed Haddadi when it faces Iran. Photo from fiba.basketball


Iran says boat seized in Strait of Hormuz, Filipinos arrested

Sep 07, 2019 - 5:20 PM

(5th UPDATE) The group is suspected of operating a fuel-smuggling ring, Iran's semi-official news agency says

An image grab taken from the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN) state television channel on August 7, 2019, shows what they say is the boat of a fuel-smuggling ring in the Strait of Hormuz that Iran seized and arrested the Filippino crew on board. "Coast guards successfully seized a foreign ship in the Strait of Hormuz," said Major Hossein Dehaki, the coast guard chief in the southern province of Hormozgan. Dehaki said the group was suspected of operating a fuel-smuggling ring and the confiscated shipment had been intercepted close to Sirik county in the Strait of Hormuz. IRINN / AFP AFP

Iran fires up advanced centrifuges in latest nuclear step

Sep 07, 2019 - 4:47 PM

The country's Atomic Energy Organization says it would give UN inspectors access to monitor its nuclear sites

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi answers the press in the capital Tehran on July 17, 2018. - Iran has lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice against the United States' reimposition of sanctions, the foreign ministry said on July 17. The complaint came in response to Washington's decision in May to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iran to unveil details on nuclear commitment cuts

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Iran's atomic energy organization is set to announce Tehran's third round of cuts in its nuclear commitments since May

NOT LEAVING. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. Photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/AFP

7 crew members from tanker seized by Iran to be released

Sep 04, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero has a total crew of 23 on board

STENA IMPERO. This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018.  File photo by Nico Kemps/VesselFinder.com/AFP