Israel may bank on Obama's successor for future U.S. aid pact: minister


JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON Israel may be unable to reach a new defense aid agreement with the Obama administration and could wait for the next U.S. president to secure better terms, a senior Israeli official said on Monday in a veiled rebuke signaling a snag in negotiations.

Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge toward Turkey border

BEIRUT/ONCUPINAR, Turkey The Syrian army advanced toward the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. | Video

Iran hopes for agricultural boom post-sanctions

DUBAI Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran's state grain buying agency said.

Environment, Davos 08 Feb 2016

Groups urge Kerry to work for release of U.S. businessman held in Iran

WASHINGTON Five Iranian-American groups wrote to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week, urging him to work for the release of an Iranian-American businessman who has been detained in Iran since October.

U.S., World 08 Feb 2016

Iran says Peugeot to pay $446 million compensation for sanctions move

DUBAI French car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroen will pay Iran over 400 million euros ($446 million) in compensation for losses after it quit the country due to sanctions, the managing director of the country's largest carmaker said on Sunday.

07 Feb 2016

Iran-backed militia warns against sending Arab forces to Syria, Iraq

BAGHDAD One of Iraq's most powerful Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias on Sunday warned that Arab forces sent to Syria or Iraq would "open the gates of hell", in comments clearly aimed at Sunni Arab countries that have said they might join such an operation.

World, Syria, Iraq 07 Feb 2016

Saudi King Salman calls for others not to interfere in kingdom

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday called on other countries not to interfere in the kingdom's internal affairs in what appeared to be a rebuke to Riyadh's main foe Iran, which it accuses of attempting to stir unrest.

World, Saudi Arabia 07 Feb 2016

Several dual citizens in Iran face espionage charges: official

DUBAI There are several detained dual citizens in Iran, most of whom face espionage charges, the judiciary spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, although he did not give details of any individual cases.

07 Feb 2016

Iranian-British ex-BBC journalist is in Evin prison, relatives say

DUBAI The family of an Iranian-British former BBC journalist who was detained last week in Tehran were told on Saturday that he was in the capital's Evin prison, a friend told Reuters.

World, Davos 06 Feb 2016

Hundreds more candidates allowed to contest Iran election

DUBAI Iran's powerful election vetting body, the Guardian Council, decided on Saturday to allow hundreds more candidates to take part in a parliamentary election this month, in a move that rekindled the hopes of reformists and moderates.

World, Davos 06 Feb 2016

U.N. fears for hundreds of thousands if Syria troops encircle Aleppo

GENEVA Hundreds of thousands of civilians could be cut off from food supplies if Syrian government forces encircle rebel-held parts of Aleppo, the United Nations said on Tuesday, warning of a massive new flight of refugees.