Iran state TV says ‘rioters’ shot and killed amid protests

Asia & Pacific 12/02/19, 20:47

Iranian state television on Tuesday acknowledged security forces shot and killed what it described as “rioters” in multiple cities amid recent protests over the spike in government-set gasoline prices — the first time that authorities have offered any sort of accounting for the violence they used to put down the ...

Mass protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed

Asia & Pacific 11/16/19, 15:26

Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person. The protests put renewed pressure on Iran’s government as it struggles to overcome ...

Iran calls ex-FBI agent’s case a ‘missing person’ file

Asia & Pacific 11/10/19, 05:46

Iran on Sunday said an open Revolutionary Court case involving an ex-FBI agent who disappeared there in 2007 on an unauthorized CIA mission "was a missing person" filing, not a sign that the man was being prosecuted. Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi's comments come as a new Iranian acknowledgement of the ...

Yemeni rebels strike Saudi airport ahead of Pompeo visit

Asia & Pacific 06/23/19, 16:03

One person was killed and seven others were wounded in an attack by Iranian-allied Yemeni rebels on an airport in Saudi Arabia Sunday evening, the Saudi military said, as the U.S. secretary of state was on his way to the country for talks on Iran. Regional tensions have flared in recent ...

US says Iran took mine off tanker; Iran denies involvement

Asia & Pacific 06/14/19, 03:27

The U.S. military on Friday released a video it said shows Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the Strait of Hormuz, suggesting the Islamic Republic sought to remove evidence of its involvement from the scene. Iran denies being involved, accusing ...

Tankers targeted near Strait of Hormuz amid Iran-US tensions

Asia & Pacific 06/13/19, 08:08

Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were damaged in suspected attacks on Thursday, leaving one ablaze and the other adrift and forcing sailors to evacuate in the latest mysterious incident involving tankers amid heightened tensions between the U.S and Iran. The U.S. Navy, which rushed in to assist ...

US national security adviser in UAE amid tensions with Iran

Politics 05/28/19, 22:20

President Donald Trump's national security adviser, a longtime hawk on Iran, is visiting the United Arab Emirates amid heightened tensions across the Persian Gulf. John Bolton tweeted he had arrived in the Emirates for meetings Wednesday "to discuss important and timely regional security matters." America recently deployed an aircraft carrier and B-52 ...

Ramadan in Mideast is for fasting and Facebook, data shows

Business 05/28/19, 00:40

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with its long days of fasting and prayer meant to draw worshippers closer to God and away from worldly distractions, is being reshaped by technology.People in the Middle East spend close to 58 million more hours on Facebook during Ramadan and watch more YouTube ...

Yemen rebels say drone hits arms depot at Saudi airport

World 05/20/19, 21:53

Yemen's Houthi rebels say they launched a bomb-laden drone targeting an airport in Saudi Arabia that also has a military base inside of it.The Houthi's Al-Masirah satellite news channel said early Tuesday they targeted the airport in Najran with a Qasef-2K drone, striking an "arms depot" there.A statement earlier Tuesday ...

Trump warns Iran not to threaten US or it will face ‘end’

Asia & Pacific 05/20/19, 08:18

President Donald Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it would face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight and only 48 hours after he seemingly sought to soften his tone. Trump's tweet follows days of ...

UAE energy minister hints at support for oil production cuts

Business 05/19/19, 19:34

The United Arab Emirates' energy minister said Sunday he does not think oil producing nations should relax the production cuts currently in place. Suhail al-Mazrouei spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a meeting in Saudi Arabia of the world's major oil producers. His comments suggested there's support within the OPEC ...

Update: US military confirms rocket near embassy in Iraq

Asia & Pacific 05/19/19, 17:33

The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 2:30 a.m. The U.S. military command that oversees the Mideast has confirmed an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad and says there are no U.S. ...

Update: Iraq says Exxon Mobil staff are evacuating

Asia & Pacific 05/18/19, 05:58

The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An Iraqi oil official says employees of energy giant Exxon Mobil have started evacuating an oil field in the southern province of Basra. In this Wednesday, ...

US warns airliners flying in Persian Gulf amid Iran tensions

Politics 05/17/19, 23:41

U.S. diplomats warned Saturday that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being "misidentified" amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. The warning relayed by U.S. diplomatic posts from the Federal Aviation Administration underlined the risks the current tensions pose to a region crucial to ...

South Korean, 3 Filipinos freed after captivity in Libya

Asia & Pacific 05/17/19, 02:22

A South Korean and three Filipinos have been freed following months of captivity in Libya, Seoul and Abu Dhabi said Friday.The release of the hostages was mediated by the United Arab Emirates, which worked with the self-styled Libyan National Army led by commander Khalifa Hifter.Since last month, Hifter's forces have ...

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