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UAE says 6 troops killed in ‘collision,’ without elaborating Friday, September 13th, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP): Six Emirati troops have been killed in a “collision,” the United Arab Emirates said Friday, without elaborating or offering a location or time for the incident that comes after the federation of sheikhdoms began pulling out of a Saudi-led war..

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Iran fires up advanced centrifuges in latest nuclear step Saturday, September 7th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Iran said Saturday it had fired up advanced centrifuges to boost its enriched uranium stockpiles, its latest scaling-back of commitments under a crumbling 2015 nuclear deal. The Islamic republic was acting on a threat to further abandon its nuclear commitments based on a deadline it..

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Iran to unveil details on cuts to nuclear commitments Thursday, September 5th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Iran is set to detail its latest cut to commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal on Saturday, in response to US sanctions and perceived inaction by other parties to save the accord. Iran's atomic energy organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi will hold a news conference to detail..

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New US-led patrols in Persian Gulf raise stakes with Iran Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP): As the U.S. tries a new way to protect shipping across the Persian Gulf amid tensions with Iran, it finds itself sailing into uncertain waters. For decades, the U.S. has considered the waters of the Persian Gulf as critical to its national..

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Iran official tweets at Trump after apparent rocket failure Friday, August 30th, 2019

TEHRAN, Iran (AP): An Iranian official has tweeted at President Donald Trump over an apparent rocket failure, showing an image of him standing next to a satellite that was supposed to be launched. Iran’s Information and Communications Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted the..

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Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch pad Thursday, August 29th, 2019

By JON GAMBRELL, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP): A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year..

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Iran dampens down prospect of Trump-Rouhani meeting Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday told the United States to "take the first step" by lifting all sanctions against Iran, dampening down the likelihood of meeting US counterpart Donald Trump. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the prospects for such a meeting were..

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US Taliban negotiator returning to Doha amid peace deal hopes Tuesday, August 20th, 2019

DOHA, (AFP): The top US negotiator on Afghanistan said Tuesday he was ready to conclude peace talks with the Taliban as he headed back to Qatar on a mission to end America's longest war. With President Donald Trump believed to be pushing for a pullout of the more than 13,000 US troops in..

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Iran warns US against seizing tanker Monday, August 19th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Tehran said it had warned its arch-foe Washington against attempting to seize an Iranian tanker, which sailed into international waters Monday after being released from Gibraltar. Iran had been locked in a six-week standoff with US ally Britain since Royal Marines seized the tanker..

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Iran tanker departs after Gibraltar rejects US demand Sunday, August 18th, 2019

GIBRALTAR, (AFP): The Iranian oil tanker at the centre of a diplomatic dispute has departed from Gibraltar after the British overseas territory rejected a US demand to seize the vessel. According to the monitoring website Marine Traffic, the supertanker -- which had been detained since July 4 off..

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63 killed, 182 wounded in Kabul wedding blast: official Saturday, August 17th, 2019

KABUL, (AFP): More than 60 people were killed and scores wounded in an explosion targeting a wedding in the Afghan capital, authorities said Sunday, the deadliest attack in Kabul in recent months. The blast, which took place late Saturday in the city's west, came as Washington and the Taliban are..

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Gibraltar frees held Iran oil tanker that US sought to seize Thursday, August 15th, 2019

By ARITZ PARRA and JON GAMBRELL, MADRID (AP): Gibraltar on Thursday allowed a detained Iranian supertanker to leave the British overseas territory after a last-minute U.S. attempt to seize the vessel, potentially defusing tensions between London and Tehran as a British-flagged tanker remains held..

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Iran seizes third foreign ship in less than month Sunday, August 4th, 2019

TEHRAN, (AFP): Iran has seized a foreign tanker in the Gulf, state media said Sunday, in what would be the third such seizure in a month amid heightened tensions with its foe the United States. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "seized this ship around Farsi Island which was carrying around..

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Rebel missile attack, suicide bombs kill 51 in Yemen’s Aden Thursday, August 1st, 2019

By MAGGIE MICHAEL and AHMED AL-HAJ, ADEN, Yemen (AP): Rebels in Yemen fired a ballistic missile Thursday at a military parade in the southern port city of Aden and coordinated suicide bombings targeted a police station in another part of the city. The attacks killed at least 51 people and wounded..

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Iranians say US sanctions blocking access to needed medicine Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

By MOHAMMAD NASIRI, TEHRAN, Iran (AP): Taha Shakouri keeps finding remote corners to play in at a Tehran children’s charity hospital, unaware that his doctors are running out of chemo medicine needed to treat the eight-year-old boy’s liver cancer. With Iran’s economy in free fall after the..

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Iran links tanker row to ailing nuclear deal Sunday, July 28th, 2019

Vienna (AFP): Iran said Sunday it considered Britain's seizure of an Iranian oil tanker a breach of the ailing 2015 nuclear deal, after the remaining parties to the accord met in Vienna in another attempt to salvage the agreement. British authorities detained an Iranian tanker off the UK overseas..

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Iran says it arrested 17 Iranians allegedly recruited by CIA Monday, July 22nd, 2019

By AYA BATRAWY and NASSER KARIMI, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Monday announced the arrest of 17 Iranians it accused of spying on the country’s nuclear and military sites for the CIA and said some of them have been sentenced to death. President Donald Trump said there was “zero..

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Iran says its seizure of British ship a ‘reciprocal’ move Saturday, July 20th, 2019

By AMIR VAHDAT and AYA BATRAWY, TEHRAN, Iran (AP): Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain’s role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of the incident showed Iranian commandos in black ski masks and fatigues..

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Iran’s seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation Friday, July 19th, 2019

By AMIR VAHDAT, GREGORY KATZ and ROBERT BURNS, LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West. The seizing of the..

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The ECB’s Beggar-thy-Trump Strategy Monday, September 16th, 2019

On September 12, the European Central Bank decided to launch yet another asset-purchase program, with plans to buy €20 billion ($22 billion) in new securities per..

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