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European Union reaches out to Iran over Afghan refugees


TEHRAN Promises of more help for Afghan refugees made by the European Union aid chief on his visit to Iran this month were not enough to dissuade Mariam Haidari from wanting to head to Europe.

In Lebanon deal, Iran wins and Saudi retreats

BEIRUT A veteran Christian leader is set to fill Lebanon's long-vacant presidency in a deal that underlines the ascendancy of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah movement and the diminished role of Saudi Arabia in the country.

World, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia Oct 26 2016

Exclusive: U.S. House to vote on Iran Sanctions Act renewal as soon as November

WASHINGTON The Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives plan a vote as soon as mid-November on a 10-year reauthorization of the Iran Sanctions Act, congressional aides told Reuters on Tuesday, setting up a potential showdown with the White House and Senate.

Election 2016, Politics Oct 25 2016

U.S. says troubled by reports of another U.S. citizen jailed by Iran

WASHINGTON The United States is troubled by reports that an Iranian-American man may have been sentenced by Iran to 18 years in prison, a State Department spokesman said on Tuesday, a week after an Iranian-American businessman and his father were also jailed by an Iranian court.

Election 2016, Politics Oct 25 2016

Fighting rages in Yemen as U.N. seeks to extend 72-hour ceasefire

SANAA/NAJRAN, Saudi Arabia Saudi-backed government forces and Iran-allied Houthis in Yemen accused each other of violating a ceasefire on Saturday as the United Nations tried to extend the three-day truce.

World, United Nations, Yemen Oct 22 2016

Cautious Western insurers rebuild business ties with Iran

LONDON Western insurers are slowly reaching deals with Iran as they seek to re-enter a multi-billion dollar market although the pace of business is hampered by banking restrictions ten months on from the lifting of international sanctions.

Oct 21 2016

U.S. government sanctions Hezbollah operatives, fundraisers

WASHINGTON The U.S. Treasury moved to disrupt the fundraising and operation of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group on Thursday, imposing sanctions on four operatives and a firm that have assisted the organization, long seen as a terrorist outfit by Washington.

Oct 20 2016

Exclusive: Iran steps up weapons supply to Yemen's Houthis via Oman - officials

WASHINGTON Iran has stepped up weapons transfers to the Houthis, the militia fighting the Saudi-backed government in Yemen, U.S., Western and Iranian officials tell Reuters, a development that threatens to prolong and intensify the 19-month-old war.

Yemen, World, United Nations Oct 20 2016

Iran sentences two U.S. citizens to 10 years in prison

DUBAI/WASHINGTON An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, Iranian media reported on Tuesday, the latest sign of an intensifying crackdown against Iranians with ties to the West.

U.S., Davos, United Nations Oct 18 2016

Congressional Republicans want to talk Tehran, not Trump

WASHINGTON Republican U.S. congressional candidates worried that Donald Trump's struggling White House bid will damage them too have seized on one of President Barack Obama's signature foreign policy initiatives to try to ward off Democrats in the Nov 8 elections.

Election 2016, Politics Oct 18 2016

Iraqi army aims to reach site of Islamic State executions south of Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq The Iraqi army was trying on Thursday to reach a town south of Mosul where Islamic State has reportedly executed dozens to deter the population against any attempt to support the U.S.-led offensive on the jihadists' last major city stronghold in Iraq.