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Iran lifts ban on non-Muslim city council member after outcry

DUBAI A top Iranian body on Saturday lifted a ban imposed by a hardline-led council on a politician from the minority Zoroastrian religion who had been elected to a city council in the central city of Yazd, the state news agency IRNA reported.

Arrest warrant issued for man suspected of knife attack on German bus

BERLIN A German court has issued an arrest warrant for a German-Iranian man suspected of carrying out a knife attack on a bus in the northern city of Luebeck but there is no indication that it was a terrorist attack, police and prosecutors said on Saturday.

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Militants kill 10 Iran Guards at Iraqi border post: agency

DUBAI Militants killed 10 Iranian Revolutionary Guards in an attack on a post on the Iraqi border on Saturday, Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, the latest deadly clash in an area where armed opposition Kurdish groups are active.

World, Iraq 7:46am EDT

U.S. lawmakers cut anti-ZTE measure from defense bill

WASHINGTON U.S. lawmakers cut measures from a defense bill that would have reinstated sanctions on China's ZTE Corp, abandoning an attempt to punish the company for illegally shipping U.S. products to Iran and North Korea.

U.S. delegation to meet Turkish officials on Iran sanctions

ANKARA A U.S. delegation of Treasury and State Department officials will meet Turkish authorities on Friday to discuss sanctions targeting Iran, an official from Turkey's foreign ministry said.

World, Turkey Jul 19 2018

French envoy for Yemen meets Houthis, pushes aid effort

PARIS France's envoy for Yemen met the leaders of the Iran-aligned Houthis in the Yemeni capital on Wednesday as part of Paris's efforts to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the country, diplomatic and aid sources said.

Yemen's Houthis say they attacked Aramco refinery in Riyadh with drone

DUBAI The Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said it had attacked a Saudi Aramco [IPO-ARAM.SE] refinery in Riyadh on Wednesday using a drone, but the oil company said a limited fire at the plant was due to "an operational incident".

World, Yemen Jul 18 2018

Iran builds new centrifuge rotor factory: nuclear chief

Iran has built a factory that can produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, the head of its atomic agency said on Wednesday, upping the stakes in a confrontation with Washington over the Islamic Republic's nuclear work.

Jul 18 2018

European Investment Bank casts doubt on EU plan to salvage nuclear deal

BRUSSELS The European Investment Bank's global operations would be put at risk if it were to invest in Iran, its president said on Wednesday, casting doubt on the EU's ability to deliver on its pledge to save a nuclear deal with Tehran that Washington has abandoned.

Jul 18 2018

Syrian rebels, Iran reach deal to evacuate villages: sources

AMMAN Syrian rebels and Iranian-backed negotiators have reached a deal to evacuate thousands of people from two rebel-besieged Shi'ite villages in northwestern Syria in return for the release of hundreds of detainees in state prisons, opposition sources said.

World, Syria Jul 17 2018
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Lavrov tells Pompeo: free Russian woman accused in U.S. of espionage

MOSCOW Russia's foreign minister told his U.S. counterpart on Saturday that a woman arrested in the United States on accusations she was a Russian agent had been detained on "fabricated charges" and should be released.