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Saudi coast guard rescues Iranian oil ship in Red Sea


Saudi authorities said various government agencies were involved in the operation, including those who handle environmental protection The vessel had a crew of 26, including 24 Iranians and two Bangladeshis DUBAI: Saudi Arabia said Thursday it was responding to an emergency involving an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of Jiddah, and analysts said the vessel carried over 1 million ... Read More »

Riyadh court sentences 15 Iran ‘spies’ to death


JEDDAH: Fifteen people who have been accused of spying for Iran were sentenced to death by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh, local media reported on Tuesday. Fifteen other suspects were slapped with prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years, while two of the accused were acquitted, Al-Riyadh newspaper said. The sentencing capped 10 months of trial, which ... Read More »

Saudi, Iran clubs told to find neutral venues


KUALA LUMPUR: Asia’s football body on Wednesday told teams from Saudi Arabia and Iran to find neutral venues to contest their games in the AFC Champions League because of diplomatic tensions between the two countries. Matches between Saudi and Iranian clubs were rescheduled for the end of the group stage in the hope that relations would improve after a flare-up ... Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani criticizes ‘revolutionary’ opponents


DUBAI: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani defended his nuclear deal with world powers and his policy of detente with the West, saying on Saturday that his “revolutionary” opponents sought their own interests, not those of the people. The remarks showed a widening rift between Rouhani and hard-liners, especially the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who has called himself a proud revolutionary ... Read More »

Iran to hang corruption-tainted billionaire tycoon Babak Zanjani


TEHRAN: Iran’s billionaire tycoon Babak Zanjani has been sentenced to death for corruption, a judicial official said Sunday, after a long trial in which he was accused of fraudulently pocketing $2.8 billion. Zanjani became notorious during the era of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, finding ways to channel hard currency from oil sales to Tehran despite financial sanctions imposed on the Islamic ... Read More »

Turkey, Iran seek to ‘manage differences’, boost trade


ISTANBUL: Turkey and Iran, two countries on opposite sides of Syria’s civil war, must develop a “common perspective” in order to end sectarian strife in the region, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said during a visit to Tehran on Saturday. Iran, along with Russia, has stood by Syrian President Bashar Assad in the five-year war, providing him with military and ... Read More »

Iranian media outlets add to bounty for killing Rushdie


ANKARA: Iranian state-run media outlets have added $600,000 to a bounty for the killing of British author Salman Rushdie imposed in 1989 over the publishing of his book “The Satanic Verses.” The leader of Iran’s 1979 revolution, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa that called on Muslims to kill the author. A wealthy Iranian organization offered $2.7 million ... Read More »

Iran: $100B in assets ‘fully released’ under nuclear deal

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TEHRAN: Iran said Monday it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of frozen overseas assets following the implementation of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said much of the money had been piling up in banks in China, India, Japan, South Korea and Turkey since international sanctions were tightened in 2012 ... Read More »

Iran to buy 114 Airbus planes, eyes over 100 Boeing jets


TEHRAN: Iran plans to buy 114 aircraft from European plane maker Airbus as soon as March, and is looking for other deals, senior Iranian officials said on Sunday as their country emerges from sanctions and international isolation. The republic could need as many as 500 new planes over the next three years, lawmaker Mahdi Hashemi, the chairman of the parliament’s ... Read More »

No Pakistan mediation between KSA and Iran

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MANAMA: Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir has denied the existence of any Pakistani mediation between Saudi Arabia and Iran, reported BNA on Sunday. He said many countries have come forward with mediation offers, which have been dismissed by Riyadh. He was speaking on the sidelines of the First Ministerial Meeting of the Arab-India Co-operation Forum on Saturday. Reports last week said ... Read More »

UN lifts most Iran sanctions on receipt of IAEA nuclear report


UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council received on Saturday a report by the UN nuclear watchdog confirming Iran fulfilled commitments under a nuclear deal with world powers, triggering an automatic end to most UN sanctions, diplomats said.   ADVERTISING 5             The receipt of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report by the 15-member ... Read More »

Iran reveals true face by defending terror acts: KSA


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday said Tehran revealed its true face “by its defense of terrorist acts” after Iran criticized the Kingdom’s execution of a Shiite cleric convicted of terrorism charges. In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the ministry accused Tehran of “blind sectarianism” and said Iran’s reaction only shows that it is a ... Read More »

US accuses Iran of conducting rocket test near warships

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near US warships and commercial traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the American military said Wednesday, causing new tension between the two nations after a landmark nuclear deal. The vital strait, a narrow waterway between Iran and Oman that is the route for nearly a third of ... Read More »

To join alliance, Iran ‘must change policy’


CAIRO: For Iran to become part of the Islamic military coalition, it must stop supporting terrorism abroad and threatening Arab and Muslim countries.  It was announced by Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri, advisor at the defense minister's office and spokesman of the Arab coalition for Yemen’s peace.  Al-Assiri was accompanying Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his Cairo visit.  He ... Read More »

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