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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

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

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

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

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/

Iran rules out direct U.S. talks

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:46 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says any dialogue with the US will have to fall within the framework of the group of major powers that agreed the landmark nuclear deal with Iran in 2015

US-IRAN TALKS. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addresses parliament in the capital Tehran on September 3, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran confirms space center blast but slams Trump tweet

Sep 03, 2019 - 8:21 AM

Iran admits that an accident occurred at the space center and says we 'don't know why the US president would... post a satellite photo, kind of treating the subject gleefully'

This handout image obtained August 30, 2019, courtesy of Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies, shows close up view of a satellite image collected at 11:12 a.m., local time, on August 29 of failed Iranian rocket launch at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Semnan, Iran. - President Donald Trump said today that the United States had nothing to do with the apparent failure of an Iranian space rocket launch. (Photo by Handout / Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SATELLITE IMAGE ©2019 MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

Escalation ends, but Israel-Hezbollah tensions remain

Sep 02, 2019 - 11:09 PM

Burnt fields can be seen in the border area and a new military checkpoint is set up outside the Israeli community of Avivim

ESCALATION ENDS. This picture taken on September 2, 2019 from the southern Lebanese town of Maroun al-Ras shows the area of Avivim in northern Israel on the other side where Israel and the Lebanese Shiite muslim Hezbollah group exchanged fire along the border the previous day. Photo by Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP

Iran unveils new reconnaissance and attack drone

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:25 PM

The drones are capable of 'surveillance and reconnaissance missions and continuous flight for precision missions'

Iran's Rouhani warns Macron of looming nuclear step

Sep 01, 2019 - 3:24 PM

Rouhani's chief of staff says the next step would be taken 'in the event Iran's demands are not met'

IRAN'S LEADER. In this file handout picture by the Iranian presidential office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the 'nuclear technology day' in Tehran on April 9, 2019. Photo by HO/Iranian Presidency/AFP

Trump says U.S. 'not involved' in Iranian rocket failure

Aug 31, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Trump tweets a high-resolution picture of Semnan Space Center, with annotations pointing to damaged vehicles and the launch gantry, saying it involved Iran's Safir satellite rocket

This image obtained August 30, 2019, shows a close-up view of a satellite image collected at 11:12 a.m., local time, on August 29 of failed Iranian rocket launch at the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Semnan, Iran. Handout photo of satellite image copyright of Maxar Technologies/AFP

U.S. must observe nuclear deal if it wants talks – Iran

Aug 29, 2019 - 2:02 PM

'If (the US) wants to come back to the room there is a ticket that they need to purchase, and that ticket is to observe the agreement,' Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says

MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Islamic World Forum in Kuala Lumpur on August 29, 2019. (Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Netanyahu warns Hezbollah, Lebanon to 'be careful'

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:33 PM

Addressing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, Benjamin Netanyahu says that 'he knows very well that the state of Israel knows how to defend itself well, and to repay its enemies'

'BE CAREFUL.' Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in Jerusalem on May 27, 2019. File photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Iran dampens down prospect of Trump-Rouhani meeting

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'You must retreat from all illegal, unjust and wrong sanctions against the nation of Iran,' says President Hassan Rouhani

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

Iran turns to Asian allies for relief from U.S. sanctions

Aug 27, 2019 - 12:02 PM

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's Asian tour starts in Beijing and includes stopovers in Japan and Malaysia

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - November 09, 2016: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the joint press conference with Foreign Minister of Romania, Lazar Comanescu.

Trump ready to meet Iranian president in potential breakthrough

Aug 26, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'I knew everything he (Macron) was doing and I approved everything he was doing,' says US President Donald Trump, adding that the French president 'asked for my approval'

TRUMP ON IRAN. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump speaks to the press aboard Air Force One in flight on June 29, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran foreign minister in dramatic visit to G7 summit

Aug 25, 2019 - 11:12 PM

(UPDATED) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's presence is not announced and represents an attempt by French host Emmanuel Macron to find a way to soothe tensions between Iran and the US

ZARIF IN BIARRITZ. The airplane which carried Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stands on the tarmac at the airport of the French seaside resort of Biarritz, south-west France, during the G7 summit in Biarritz, on August 25, 2019. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

Iran satirist gets 11 years for U.S. cooperation – report

Aug 25, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Kioomars Marzban faces charges of 'assembly and collusion against national security, cooperation with a hostile state, spreading propaganda against the system, and insulting sanctities and officials'

Israeli jets hit targets in Syria to prevent Iranian drone attack – army

Aug 25, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns arch-foe Iran it had no immunity from his state's military

MORE ATTACKS. Syrian civilians flee from a a conflict zone in Syria's rebel-held northwestern region of Idlib, where government bombardment has killed hundreds since late April. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Iran unveils homegrown missile defense system

Aug 22, 2019 - 8:51 PM

President Hassan Rouhani attends the unveiling ceremony for the mobile surface-to-air system and orders it to be added to Iran's missile defense network

HOMEGROWN. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidential office shows Iranian-made air defense missile system Bavar 373 (believe in farsi) during a ceremony in Tehran on August 22, 2019. Photo by Handout/Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran warns U.S. against seizing tanker

Aug 19, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) Washington's attempts to seize an Iranian tanker which has departed Gibraltar 'would have grave consequences,' Iran foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi says

WARNING. Abbas Mousavi, spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry, gives a press conference in the capital Tehran on May 28, 2019. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Gibraltar rejects U.S. demand to detain Iranian oil tanker

Aug 18, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Gibraltar's government says it could not seek a court order to detain the supertanker because US sanctions against Iran were not applicable in the European Union

Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. - Gibraltar's Supreme Court ruled today to release an Iranian supertanker seized last month on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, despite a last-minute US request to detain the vessel. (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO / AFP)

Yemen Huthi rebels appoint 'ambassador' in Tehran

Aug 18, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Ibrahim Mohammed Mohammed al-Dailami is appointed as an 'ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary for the republic of Yemen to the Islamic republic of Iran'

Iran tanker in limbo off Gibraltar as U.S. issues warrant

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:42 PM

The US Justice Department alleges the tanker Grace 1 is part of a scheme 'to unlawfully access the US financial system to support illicit shipments to Syria from Iran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps'

Picture shows Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar on August 15, 2019. Gibraltar's Supreme Court ruled today to release an Iranian supertanker seized last month on suspicion of shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions, despite a last-minute US request to detain the vessel. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP

Iran says tanker freed by Gibraltar poised to set sail

Aug 16, 2019 - 5:57 PM

The Grace 1 will be renamed and switched to the Iranian flag for its onward journey, an official says

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

Gibraltar orders Iranian tanker release despite U.S. detention bid

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:22 PM

(UPDATED) The Grace 1 'is no longer subject to detention,' Gibraltar Chief Justice Anthony Dudley says in court

Iran says in touch with Britain over seized tanker

Aug 13, 2019 - 8:16 PM

A court in Gibraltar is to decide the fate of Grace 1 supertanker on Thursday, August 15, when an order for its detention lapses

DETAINED. A British Royal Navy ship (back right) patrols near supertanker Grace 1 suspected of carrying crude oil to Syria in violation of EU sanctions after it was detained off the coast of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019. File photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Iran says U.S. Gulf mission will 'increase insecurity'

Aug 08, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The US has been seeking to form a coalition whose mission – dubbed Operation Sentinel – it says is to guarantee freedom of navigation in the Gulf

IRAN ON US GULF MISSION. In this file photo, Iranian Defense Minister Amir Hatami attends the VII Moscow Conference on International Security MCIS-2018 in Moscow on April 4, 2018. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Iran 'favors' talks despite Trump snub

Aug 06, 2019 - 8:37 PM

'Iran favors talks and negotiations and, if the US really wants to talk, before anything else it should lift all sanctions,' says President Hassan Rouhani

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

Iran says U.S. acting alone as allies 'ashamed'

Aug 05, 2019 - 6:32 PM

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also confirms he turned down an offer to meet President Donald Trump in July despite the threat of US sanctions against him

MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF. In this file photo, Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reacts upon arrival for the third day of the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) at the Bayerischer Hof hotel in Munich, southern Germany, on February 19, 2017. File photo by Christof Stache/AFP

Iran seizes 3rd foreign ship in less than a month

Aug 04, 2019 - 6:52 PM

The identity of the latest vessel seized and the nationality of its detained crew has not yet been revealed

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Canada resident home after Iran jail escape – foreign ministry, family

Aug 04, 2019 - 3:14 PM

'Canada welcomes the news that Saeed Malekpour has been reunited with his family in Canada,' a foreign ministry spokesman says in a statement

GETTING HOME. This January 22, 2012 photo shows supporters demonstrating for the release of Saeed Malekpour, in Phillips Square in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. File photo by Virginie Salmen/AFP

Iran says sanctions show U.S. 'afraid' of top diplomat

Aug 01, 2019 - 5:18 PM

The US Treasury says the sanctions will freeze any of Mohammad Javad Zarif’s assets in the United States or controlled by US entities, as well as squeeze his ability to function as a globe-trotting diplomat

US SANCTIONS. In this file photo, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Khonsari talks with Belgian Foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP