Iran says Maersk ship released, has left its territorial waters: ISNA

ANKARA - Iran has released a Marshall-Islands flagged container ship and its crew which were seized last month in one of the world's major oil shipping lanes, the Students News Agency ISNA quoted a foreign ministry official as saying on Thursday.

Houthi shells kill five in Saudi border town

RIYADH - Bombs fired from territory held by Yemen's Houthi militia into a Saudi Arabian border town killed five people on Wednesday, Saudi officials said, as the Iran-allied group stepped up an apparent retaliation for weeks of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition.

World, Saudi Arabia, Yemen 06 May 2015

Obama expected to push for Gulf missile defense at U.S. summit

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is expected to make a renewed U.S. push next week to help Gulf allies create a region-wide defense system to guard against Iranian missiles as he seeks to allay their anxieties over any nuclear deal with Tehran, according to U.S. sources.

Iran says dispute over seized Maersk ship could be settled in days

ANKARA - Iran said on Wednesday a legal settlement could be reached soon over its seizure of a Marshall-Islands flagged container ship, and the U.S. military said it stopped accompanying commercial ships through the Strait of Hormuz, at least for now.

06 May 2015

India and Iran sign port deal despite U.S. warning about haste

NEW DELHI - India reached a deal on Wednesday to develop a strategic port in southeast Iran despite U.S. pressure not to rush into any such trade agreements before world powers clinch a final nuclear accord with Tehran.

06 May 2015

U.S. aims to make Iran nuclear deal immune to Russian, Chinese veto

UNITED NATIONS - Washington wants to be certain that any nuclear deal between Iran and major powers includes the possibility of restoring U.N. sanctions if Tehran breaks the agreement without risking Russian and Chinese vetoes, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

World, Russia, United Nations 06 May 2015

Khamenei says U.S. military threats against Iran endanger nuclear talks

ANKARA - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday U.S. military threats made in the last few days may scupper nuclear talks as Tehran and six major world powers try to meet a June 30 deadline for a final deal.

06 May 2015

Iran, powers toil to overcome divisions in nuclear talks: envoys

UNITED NATIONS - Iran and world powers are struggling to overcome deep divisions on two core sticking points in talks on a possible nuclear deal: reimposing U.N. sanctions if the Iranians violate the agreement and how Tehran can buy atomic technology, envoys said.

World, United Nations 05 May 2015

Senator says sees Iran nuclear bill vote as soon as Thursday

WASHINGTON - The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate cleared the way on Tuesday for a vote on a bill that would give Congress the power to review an international nuclear agreement with Iran, ending debate over efforts to use the measure to impose more conditions on Tehran.

05 May 2015

India to sign port deal with Iran, ignoring U.S. warning against haste

NEW DELHI - India will push ahead this week with plans to build a port in southeast Iran, two sources said, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi keen to develop trade ties with Central Asia and prepared to fend off U.S. pressure not to rush into any deals with Iran.

05 May 2015

United Kingdom votes in most unpredictable election in decades

LONDON - Britons began voting on Thursday in a tight election that could yield a weak government, push the world's fifth-largest economy a step closer to leaving the European Union and stoke Scottish desires for secession. | Video