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Arab states demand Qatar closes Jazeera, cuts back ties to Iran


DUBAI Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to their regional adversary Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.

House Speaker Ryan backs swift action on Iran, Russia sanctions

WASHINGTON U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday he supported efforts to quickly act on legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran that passed the Senate nearly unanimously but has stalled in the House.

Iran tells Riyadh to free Iranian fishermen, compensate for death: Media

ANKARA Iran urged regional rival Saudi Arabia on Thursday to free three Iranian fishermen, pay compensation for shooting dead a sailor and punish those behind an "irresponsible act", the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

World, Saudi Arabia Jun 22 2017

Thursday Morning Briefing

A seven-year push by U.S. Republicans to dismantle Obamacare and kill the taxes it imposed on the wealthy will reach a critical phase today when Senate Republican leaders unveil a draft bill they aim to put to a vote, possibly as early as next week. The bill is expected to curb Obamacare's expanded Medicaid help for the poor and reshape subsidies to low-income people for private insurance.

Jun 22 2017

Two Iranian airlines plan to buy 73 Airbus jets

PARIS Airbus said on Thursday two Iranian airlines had committed to buying 73 planes in a last-minute flurry of deals for the European planemaker at the Paris Airshow.

Jun 22 2017

Trump, new Saudi crown prince share hardline views on Iran but risks abound

WASHINGTON Saudi Arabia's new crown prince and likely next king shares U.S. President Donald Trump's hawkish view of Iran, but a more confrontational approach toward Tehran carries a risk of escalation in an unstable region, current and former U.S. officials said.

World, Saudi Arabia Jun 22 2017

Iran's Khamenei ordered missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria: Guards

BEIRUT Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered weekend missile strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, Revolutionary Guards said, contradicting a previous report that they were authorised by the country's security council.

World, Syria, Davos Jun 21 2017

Rebels say Syrian army, Iranian-backed militias launch offensive in eastern desert

AMMAN Western-backed Syrian rebels holding a strategic swathe of the desert southeast stretching to the Iraqi border said they came under major attack from government forces and allied Iranian-backed militias backed by Russian air power.

World, Syria, Iraq Jun 21 2017

Jail threat haunts unlikely lover of Calais migrant

CALAIS, France She once supported France's anti-immigrant National Front party. She met and fell in love with Mokhtar, a teacher who fled Iran and ended up in Calais. She now risks 10 years in jail.

World, France Jun 21 2017

New chance for sick Iranian boy after rescue picture

LONDON When Emad and his mother entered the Iranian parliament this month, they were hopeful they would get help to treat his advanced illness.

Jun 21 2017

Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Interfax quotes Russian senator

MOSCOW The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted the head of the defense committee in Russia's upper parliamentary house as saying on Friday.