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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 14- The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran- aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions. The arms included charred remnants of what the Pentagon said was an Iranian-made short-range ballistic...

  • Qatar has been a problem for the US for over a decade: Gates

    Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says that America wants to see GCC countries "unified in dealing with Iran."

  • BEIRUT, Dec 11- The company formed to rebuild Lebanon's capital Beirut after its civil war ended in 1990 is struggling to overcome the latest period of political turmoil roiling the Middle East. Until the 2011 Arab uprisings and the start of neighbouring Syria's civil war, Solidere's property business was booming along with Lebanon's real estate sector.

  • Trump's Jerusalem decision doesn't fit with Middle East strategy: Gates

    Robert Gates, former U.S. secretary of defense, discusses President Donald Trump's policy on Israel.

  • A member of the US forces stands guard during a meeting between US special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter IS and the Tabqa Civil Council in the town of Tabqa, about 55 kilometres (35 miles) west of Raqa city, on June 29, 2017.

    While Russia is broadly unpopular, it still beats the U.S. among countries polled - but both are ahead of one major Middle Eastern power

  • Khaldoon Mubarak, CEO of the United Arab Emirates' Mubadala, speaks about the roles the U.S. and Russia play in the Middle East.

  • DUBAI, Dec 10- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani proposed to parliament on Sunday a conservative state budget of about $104 billion for next year, with the outlook for the economy and state revenues clouded by tensions with the United States. After struggling for years under sanctions, Iran's economy picked up in 2016 after most restrictions were removed under...

  • As Fernandez is a senator, Congress would first have to vote to strip her of parliamentary immunity for an arrest to occur. Fernandez called a news conference in Congress to deny wrongdoing and accuse Bonadio and President Mauricio Macri of degrading the judiciary. While removing immunity from lawmakers is rare in Argentina, Congress voted on Oct. 25 to do so for...

  • Macron is traveling with Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who in 2015 as defense minister helped negotiate a deal with Qatar to buy 24 Rafale fighter jets. France and Qatar also agreed that Qatar would purchase 490 VBCI armored vehicles from French firm Nexter, and signed a transportation deal with France's national rail authority to manage and maintain...

  • Burkina Faso troops stand guard outside Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou on January 18, 2016 following a jihadist attack by Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen late on January 15. Security forces are hunting for any possible surviving gunmen from the attack claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that left at least 30 people dead and showed the expanding reach of regional jihadists in west Africa.

    Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has reaped millions by ransoming Western citizens, taxing locals and trading in drugs and other contraband.

  • NATO's Stoltenberg: Iran's nuclear deal should remain in place

    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg wants concern over Iran's terror links to be treated separately from a 2015 nuclear deal.

  • Turkey's foreign minister says US should uphold Iran nuclear deal

    Mevlut Cavusoglu said Iran needed close monitoring, but the 2015 agreement should be respected.

  • BASRA, Iraq— In the latest sign of improving relations between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, the kingdom's oil minister attended an energy conference in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra on Tuesday. Khalid al-Falih said Saudi Arabia wants to expand investment projects in Iraq to include energy, manufacturing and natural resources. While Iraq remains a key Iranian...

  • KUWAIT CITY— The United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced it has formed a new economic and partnership group with Saudi Arabia, separate from the Gulf Cooperation Council— a move that could undermine the council amid a diplomatic crisis with member state Qatar. It wasn't immediately clear how the development could affect the six-member GCC meeting, which is...

  • Visitors stand in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., November 27, 2017.

    The Supreme Court will allow President Donald Trump's travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations to go fully into effect.

  • Yemen's ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh gives a speech addressing his supporters during a rally as his General People's Congress party, marks 35 years since its founding, at Sabaeen Square in the capital Sanaa on August 24, 2017.

    Yemen's Houthi-run interior ministry said Monday ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh had been killed though there was no independent confirmation.

  • International passengers arrive at Washington Dulles International Airport after the U.S. Supreme Court granted parts of the Trump administration's emergency request to put its travel ban into effect later in the week pending further judicial review, in Dulles, Virginia, U.S., June 26, 2017.

    Federal appeals courts in the states of Washington and Virginia are set to hear arguments this week on the legality of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

  • DUBAI, Dec 3- Iran opened on Sunday a $1 billion extension of its southeastern Chabahar port which Tehran hopes will help the country become a key transit route to land-locked Afghanistan and Central Asia, competing with a nearby Pakistani port. President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated the expansion, carried out with an investment of $1 billion including $235...

  • TEHRAN, Iran— Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inaugurated on Sunday a newly built extension to the country's main Arabian Sea outlet, the strategic Chabahar Port on the Gulf of Oman, which more than triples its capacity and poses a challenge for a port under construction in neighboring Pakistan. It is also expected to make Chabahar, Iran's closest sea link to...

  • Iranian flag in Tehran, Iran

    A powerful quake of magnitude 6.3 struck southeastern Iran near the city of Kerman on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.