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Iran aid ship reaches Djibouti waters, waits to enter port: activist

LONDON - An Iranian aid ship has reached the outskirts of Djibouti's port and is waiting for a permit to enter after Tehran agreed to an international inspection of the vessel with goods for Yemen, an activist on board said on Thursday.

Hezbollah sees no end to Syria war, Mideast at risk of partition

BEIRUT - Lebanon's Hezbollah says the Middle East is at risk of partition and sees no end to the war in Syria, where it is fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad against insurgents supported by his regional enemies.

World, Russia, Syria, Lebanon 21 May 2015

Iran's Khamenei rules out interviews with nuclear scientists

ANKARA - Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Wednesday Tehran would not accept "unreasonable demands" by world powers over its disputed nuclear program and ruled out letting inspectors interview its atomic scientists.

20 May 2015

U.N. announces Yemen talks, Iran to allow ship inspection

UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI - U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday announced talks between warring Yemeni parties in Geneva on May 28 to end over seven weeks of war, as Iran agreed for international inspections of an aid ship sailing to Yemen.

World, United Nations, Yemen 20 May 2015

Iran's Khamenei rules out interviews with nuclear scientists

ANKARA - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would not accept "unreasonable demands" by world powers over its disputed nuclear program and ruled out letting inspectors interview its atomic scientists.

20 May 2015

Iran to allow U.N. inspection of Yemen aid ship in Djibouti

DUBAI - Iran will allow the United Nations to inspect a Yemen-bound aid ship at the regional U.N. hub in Djibouti, Tehran's deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, offering a chance to avert a showdown with Saudi-led forces.

World, United Nations, Yemen 20 May 2015

Iranian aid ship to enter Red Sea on Thursday, captain says

DUBAI - The captain of an Iranian cargo ship which Iran says is carrying thousands of tonnes of aid to Yemen expects to enter the Bab al-Mandeb strait linking the Gulf of Aden with the Red Sea on Thursday morning, state news agency IRNA reported.

World, Yemen, United Nations 20 May 2015

With nuclear deal in sight, Iran drives harder bargain in Indian trade talks

NEW DELHI - Iranian trade negotiators have become more assertive with Indian counterparts as hopes rise of international sanctions on Tehran easing later this year, sources said, and Indian companies fear they may lose business as more countries bid for projects.

19 May 2015

Pentagon says Iran warships 'linked up' with cargo vessel

WASHINGTON/LONDON - The Pentagon said on Tuesday that two Iranian warships have "linked up" with a cargo ship that Iran has said is carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen, as activists on board the vessel said it was due to arrive at the Yemeni port of Hodaida on Thursday.

World, Yemen 19 May 2015

Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft

JERUSALEM - A senior Israeli official took a swipe at the United States on Tuesday over Iran's reported purchase of second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the acquisition violated international sanctions and went ahead despite a tip-off from Israel.

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Islamic State expands its 'state'

BEIRUT - Almost a year after Islamic State's shock capture of Mosul, Iraq's second city, the black flags of the jihadis have been raised over Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province to the west of Baghdad, seat of Iraq’s increasingly theoretical central government. | Video