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Gulf tensions rise as US shoots down Iranian drone Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Jerome Cartillier, Amir Havasi, TEHRAN, (AFP): Tensions in the Gulf region mounted Thursday as US President Donald Trump said an American naval vessel shot down an Iranian drone that threatened the ship as it was entering the Strait of Hormuz. It was the first US military engagement with Iran..

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Iran passes uranium enrichment cap set by endangered deal Monday, July 8th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Iran on Monday breached a uranium enrichment cap set by a troubled 2015 nuclear deal and warned Europe against taking retaliatory measures. The move came more than a year after Washington pulled out of the landmark accord between world powers and Tehran, which says it has lost..

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Iran raises uranium enrichment beyond nuclear deal limits Sunday, July 7th, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL and NASSER KARIMI, TEHRAN, Iran (AP): Iran increased its uranium enrichment Sunday beyond the limit allowed by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, inching its program closer toward weapons-grade levels while calling for a diplomatic solution to a crisis heightening tensions..

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Iran poised to raise its uranium enrichment amid tensions Saturday, July 6th, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL and NASSER KARIMI, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran appeared poised Sunday to raise its enrichment of uranium and break another limit from its faltering 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, putting new pressure on Europe to save the accord amid a maximalist U.S. sanctions campaign on..

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IAEA to hold special meeting on Iran on 10 July Friday, July 5th, 2019

UNITED NATIONS, (AFP): The UN's nuclear watchdog said Friday it will hold a special meeting on Iran's nuclear programme next week, days after Tehran breached one of the limits set in a 2015 deal with world powers. The meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s board of governors..

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Iran demands Britain release oil tanker held in Gibraltar

TEHRAN, (AFP): Iran demanded Friday that Britain immediately release an oil tanker it has detained in Gibraltar, accusing it of acting at the bidding of the United States. A senior foreign ministry official "described the UK move as unacceptable" in a meeting with British ambassador Rob Macaire,..

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Iran ‘never seeks war’ with US, says Rouhani Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Iran "never seeks war" with the United States, President Hassan Rouhani said as he sought to rein in soaring tensions between the two archfoes. "Iran has no interest to increase tension in the region and it never seeks war with any country, including (the) US," the president said,..

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Pompeo in Saudi Arabia, Iran threatens more US drone attacks Monday, June 24th, 2019

By AYA BATRAWY, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held talks Monday with the Saudi king and crown prince after days of mounting tensions following the downing of a U.S drone last week and after President Donald Trump pulled back from the brink of retaliatory..

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Iran warns US attack would imperil interests across Mideast Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Tehran warned Washington Saturday that any attack would see its interests across the Middle East go up in flames after US President Donald Trump said he called off a strike at the 11th hour. The aborted military action was to have been in response to Iran's downing of a US..

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Airlines reroute flights after Iran downs US military drone Friday, June 21st, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Airlines rerouted flights Friday to avoid airspace near the Strait of Hormuz after Iran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone there and American aviation officials warned that commercial jetliners could be mistakenly attacked amid..

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Iran says has shot down US drone over its territory: state TV Thursday, June 20th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Thursday it had shot down a US "spy drone" over its territory after it violated Iranian airspace, according to Iranian state television. "The US-made Global Hawk surveillance drone was brought down by its Air Force" in the country's southern coastal..

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US Navy expert: Tanker attack mine resembles Iranian mines Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, U.S. NAVY 5TH FLEET BASE NEAR FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore “a striking resemblance” to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert said Wednesday,..

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Egypt’s former president Morsi quietly buried in Cairo Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

CAIRO, (AFP): Egypt's first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi was buried Tuesday, as the UN backed calls for an independent investigation into the causes of his death after he collapsed in a Cairo courtroom. The Islamist leader, who was overthrown in 2013 after a year of divisive rule..

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Iran says it will break uranium stockpile limit in 10 days Monday, June 17th, 2019

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country’s atomic agency said Monday while also warning that Iran could enrich uranium up to 20% — just..

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Israel PM’s wife convicted of misusing public funds Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Jerusalem, (AFP): An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which dropped more severe charges. While the ruling cut short a high-profile trial, the Netanyahu family's legal woes are far from..

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Our Man, the American journalist George Packer’s new 600-page biography of Richard Holbrooke, is a masterful book, not just for what it says about the late US diplomat..

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