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

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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.

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

Third plane bought under sanctions deal arrives in Iran

DUBAI An Airbus A330 airliner arrived in Tehran on Saturday, the third of 200 Western-built passenger aircraft ordered by IranAir following the lifting of sanctions on Iran last year.

World, Davos Mar 25 2017

Russia, Turkey, Iran must hold talks to stop Syria violence: U.N.

GENEVA Russia, Iran and Turkey need to convene more Syrian ceasefire talks as soon as possible to bring the situation on the ground under control, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday.

World, Russia, Turkey, Syria Mar 24 2017

U.S. senators set bipartisan bill to tighten sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON Iran would face tighter U.S. sanctions over ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities under a bill announced on Thursday by a bipartisan group of senators, echoing a harder line on Tehran espoused by Republican President Donald Trump.

Trump sends holiday greetings to Iranians, does not mention travel ban

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump, who has sought to ban travelers from Iran and other Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States, issued a holiday greeting on Wednesday to Iranians celebrating the New Year holiday known as Nowruz.

Politics, Election 2016 Mar 22 2017

China's ZTE Corp pleads guilty in U.S. court in sanctions case

NEW YORK Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp on Wednesday pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court in Texas for conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions by illegally shipping U.S. goods and technology to Iran.

Mar 22 2017

Exclusive: Iran steps up support for Houthis in Yemen's war - sources

LONDON/ANKARA/DUBAI Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen's rebel Houthi movement, stepping up support for its Shi'ite ally in a civil war whose outcome could sway the balance of power in the Middle East, regional and Western sources say. | Video

World, Yemen, Syria Mar 22 2017

Iranian navy endangering international navigation in Gulf: U.S. commanders

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH U.S. Navy commanders accused Iran of jeopardizing international navigation by "harassing" warships passing through the Strait of Hormuz and said future incidents could result in miscalculation and lead to an armed clash.

Mar 22 2017
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Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension

HONG KONG A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong's next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension. | Video