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Israeli minister reveals covert contacts with Saudi Arabia


JERUSALEM/RIYADH An Israeli cabinet minister said on Sunday that Israel has had covert contacts with Saudi Arabia amid common concerns over Iran, a first disclosure by a senior official from either country of long-rumoured secret dealings.

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies push for unity against Iran, Hezbollah meddling

CAIRO Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shi'ite ally Hezbollah at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, calling for a united front to counter Iranian interference.

World, Saudi Arabia Nov 19 2017

Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, another fighter, killed in Syria: Iranian media

BEIRUT A commander in Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards and a lower-ranking Iranian fighter have been killed fighting Islamic State in Syria in recent days, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

World, Syria Nov 19 2017

France should not interfere in Iran's missile program: adviser to Iran's supreme leader

BEIRUT France should not interfere in Iran's missile program, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's supreme leader, said on Saturday according to state media.

World, France Nov 18 2017

Turkey says Gulen network behind U.S. case against Turkish trader

ISTANBUL The U.S. case against a Turkish gold trader accused of evading U.S. sanctions on Iran is based on evidence fabricated by the network of the Muslim cleric Ankara blames for last year's coup attempt, Turkey's foreign minister said on Friday.

Nov 17 2017

Britain to pay 400 million-pound debt to Iran soon, Iranian envoy says

LONDON Britain will soon repay a decades-old debt of over 400 million pounds ($527 million) to Iran, the Iranian ambassador said on Friday, adding that the payment was not linked to the case of a British-Iranian charity worker jailed in Iran.

Nov 17 2017

Iran says 'biased' French stance threatens Middle East stability

ANKARA Iran accused France on Friday of fuelling tension in the Middle East by taking a "biased" stance on Tehran's regional policy, and President Emmanuel Macron said Tehran misunderstood its "balanced" position.

World, France Nov 17 2017

U.S. judge declines to say whether Turkish trader Zarrab will face trial

NEW YORK/ANKARA The U.S. judge presiding over the trial of a Turkish gold trader accused of evading U.S. sanctions against Iran on Thursday refused to say if the wealthy businessman would be on trial with one of his co-defendants later this month.

Nov 16 2017

Britain denies $500 million debt to Iran linked to bid to free jailed aid worker

LONDON Britain said on Thursday that moves toward paying half a billion dollars to Iran for a debt owed since the 1979 Islamic Revolution had nothing to do with a bid to secure the release of a jailed Iranian-British aid worker. | Video

Nov 16 2017

Saudi foreign minister says message to Iran is: 'enough is enough'

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said on Thursday the kingdom's actions in the Middle East were a response to what he called the "aggression" of Iran.

World, Saudi Arabia Nov 16 2017

Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF sets Mugabe impeachment ball rolling

HARARE Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF will discuss the impeachment of President Robert Mugabe on Monday, its chief whip said, after a noon deadline expired for the 93-year-old to resign and bring the curtain down on nearly four decades in power. | Video