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Two arrested for allegedly spying for Iran in U.S.


WASHINGTON Two Iranian men were indicted on Monday for allegedly spying for Tehran in the United States, including conducting surveillance at a Jewish facility and gathering information on backers of the militant Iranian opposition Mujahideen-e Khalq, the Justice Department said.

China defies U.S. pressure as EU parts ways with Iranian oil

BEIJING/SINGAPORE China, seeking to skirt U.S. sanctions, will use oil tankers from Iran for its purchases of that country's crude, throwing Tehran a lifeline while European companies such as France's Total are walking away due to fear of reprisals from Washington.

China, France 6:23pm EDT

Iran tells EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal

ANKARA Iran urged Europe on Monday to speed up efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned in May, saying French oil group Total has formally pulled out a major gas project. | Video

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Exclusive: China shifts to Iranian tankers to keep oil flowing amid U.S. sanctions - sources

BEIJING/SINGAPORE Chinese buyers of Iranian oil are starting to shift their cargoes to vessels owned by National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC) for nearly all of their imports to keep supply flowing amid the re-imposition of economic sanctions by the United States.

5:37am EDT

Netanyahu and Bolton discussions focus on Iran nuclear program

JERUSALEM White House national security adviser John Bolton arrived in Israel on Sunday on the first leg of an overseas trip, and met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Iran the focus of talks.

World, Israel 5:21am EDT

Iran lawmakers target Rouhani's finance minister as sanctions bite

LONDON Iranian lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings against the finance minister on Sunday, ramping up pressure on the president who is already facing attacks from hardliners over his handling of the economy in the face of new U.S. sanctions.

World, Davos Aug 19 2018

Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca ahead of haj

MECCA, Saudi Arabia Hisham Mostafa briefly forgot the war in Syria and his financial worries as he looked upon Islam's holiest sites for the first time, standing among hundreds of thousands of white-clad Muslims gathered in Mecca ahead of the haj pilgrimage. | Video

World, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria Aug 19 2018

Iran says no OPEC member can take over its share of oil exports

LONDON Iran told OPEC on Sunday no member country should be allowed to take over another member's share of oil exports, expressing Tehran's concern about Saudi Arabia's offer to pump more oil in the face of U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil sales.

Aug 19 2018

Iran says U.S. 'action group' will fail to overthrow Iranian state

LONDON Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said on Sunday that a new Iran Action Group in the U.S. State Department aimed to overthrow the Islamic Republic, but would fail.

Aug 19 2018

Tough talks, no agreements at Merkel, Putin meeting near Berlin

MESEBERG, Germany Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as Iran and a gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire during tough talks outside Berlin that ended with no clearcut progress. | Video

World, Russia, Syria Aug 18 2018

Exclusive: Trump says 'most likely' to meet North Korea's Kim again

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would "most likely" meet again with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, while defending his efforts to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.