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China telecom firm ZTE removed from U.S. trade blacklist

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WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Commerce will remove Chinese telecommunications equipment maker ZTE Corp from a trade blacklist on Wednesday after the company pleaded guilty to violating sanctions on Iran and agreed to pay nearly $900 million, the agency said in a notice.

U.S. charges Turkish banker in Iran sanctions probe

NEW YORK U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday charged an executive at a Turkish state-owned bank with participating in a multi-year scheme to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran, escalating a case that has added to tensions between the United States and Turkey.

Arab leaders seek common ground at summit on Palestinian state

Dead Sea, JORDAN Divided Arab leaders arriving in Jordan for a summit on Wednesday are seeking common ground to reaffirm their commitment to a Palestinian state, a longstanding goal that U.S. President Donald Trump last month put into doubt.

World, Jordan Mar 28 2017

Iran says Russia can use its military bases 'on case by case basis'

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told Reuters on Tuesday that Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch air strikes against militants in Syria on a "case by case basis."

World, Davos, Russia, Syria Mar 28 2017

U.S. weighs bigger role in Yemen's war, boosting aid to allies

WASHINGTON The United States is considering deepening its role in Yemen's conflict by more directly aiding its Gulf allies battling Iran-aligned Houthi rebels, officials say, potentially relaxing a U.S. policy that limited American support.

World, Yemen Mar 27 2017

Iran's Rouhani seeks deals with new friend Russia

MOSCOW Iran's president met Russia's prime minister on Monday in a bid to develop a warming relationship that has been greatly strengthened by both sides' involvement on the same side of the war in Syria.

World, Russia, Syria, Davos Mar 27 2017

Bahrain breaks Iran-linked 'terrorist' cell behind bus attack: report

DUBAI Bahrain said on Sunday it had broken an Iranian-linked "terrorist cell" suspected of involvement in a bomb attack on a police bus in February and plotting to assassinate senior officials, state news agency BNA reported.

World, Bahrain, Davos Mar 26 2017

Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights abuses and Israel ties

DUBAI Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, in a tit-for-tat reaction to a move by Washington.

World, Israel Mar 26 2017

Iran denies harassing U.S. warships in Gulf, warns of clashes

DUBAI Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.

Mar 25 2017

U.N. envoy calls on powers to salvage Syrian ceasefire

GENEVA U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura called on Russia, Turkey and Iran on Saturday to salvage the tattered ceasefire in Syria that would also help keep peace talks on track.

World, Russia, Turkey, Syria Mar 25 2017
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'No turning back': PM May triggers 'historic' Brexit

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May formally began Britain's divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, saying there was "no turning back" from a decision pitching her country into the unknown and triggering years of fraught negotiations. | Video