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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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Tehran dismisses US claim of destroying Iranian drone

TEHRAN, (AFP): Iran on Friday categorically denied US President Donald Trump's claims that Washington brought down an Iranian drone, saying all its craft are accounted for and jesting that American forces may have destroyed their own machine by mistake. The latest incident in the strategic Strait..

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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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