• Afghanistan Sep 5, 2021

    Blinken and Austin to Visit Gulf to Address Postwar Stresses

    Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Antony Blinken are heading to the Persian Gulf to begin managing a transition to post-Afghan war relationships with traditional allies in the Middle East and beyond who were partners in the failed war against the Taliban and the concluding evacuation.

  • politics Jun 4, 2021

    Qatar Unlikely to Establish Ties With Israel Unless Palestinian Conflict Is Resolved, Minister Says

    “We didn’t see any light at the end of the tunnel,” Qatar’s foreign minister told CNBC.

  • US Navy Apr 28, 2021

    US Navy Fires Warning Shots in New Tense Encounter With Iran

    An American warship fired warning shots when vessels of Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard came too close to a patrol in the Persian Gulf

  • coronavirus Mar 1, 2021

    After Issuing Record Debt in 2020, Gulf Countries Will Likely Borrow Less This Year

    Gulf states will not need to borrow as much as they did last year as their fiscal positions will likely improve due in part to oil prices, analysts told CNBC.

  • Persian Gulf Feb 15, 2020

    FAA Allows US Civilian Flights to Resume Over Persian Gulf

    The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says American civilian flights can resume operations over much of the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman region

  • Saudi Arabia Jan 9, 2020

    Risky Gulf Arab Strategy Tested by Killing of Iran General

    U.S. allies in the Persian Gulf have loudly pushed for hawkish policies by Washington to pressure, isolate and cripple Iran, but this high-stakes strategy is now being put to the test by the unexpected U.S. strike that killed Iran’s most powerful military commander last week, thrusting the region closer to full-blown conflict.

  • China Nov 10, 2019

    Iran Discovers New Oil Field With Over 50 Billion Barrels

    Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country’s south with over 50 billion barrels of crude, its president said Sunday, a find that could boost the country’s proven reserves by a third as it struggles to sell energy abroad over U.S. sanctions. The announcement by Hassan Rouhani comes as Iran faces crushing American sanctions after the U.S. pulled...

  • Donald Trump Nov 3, 2019

    Analysis: Iran, US Still Captive to 1979 Hostage Crisis

    The 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran may have ended after 444 days, but both America and Iran still remain captive to a crisis that began 40 years ago. While those held hostage at the embassy ultimately would be released, Iran to this day holds dual nationals and those with Western ties as bargaining chips for negotiating deals. Cries of...

  • Iraq Nov 2, 2019

    Security Forces Kill Protester in Iraq, Wound Dozens

    Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters Saturday, killing at least one and wounding more than 200 in the capital Baghdad and in the country’s south, police officials and a semi-official human rights commission said. The largest protest took place in Baghdad, where tens of thousands of people gathered in and near...

  • Donald Trump Oct 11, 2019

    US Bolsters Saudi Defense Against Iran With Jets, Missiles

    The U.S. is deploying dozens more fighter jets and additional air defenses to Saudi Arabia, beefing up efforts to defend the kingdom against Iran even as President Donald Trump repeatedly insists that America must get out of endless Middle East wars. Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the deployments Friday just hours after Iran said two missiles struck one of its...

  • Donald Trump Sep 17, 2019

    Iran's Supreme Leader: No Talks With the US at Any Level

    Iran’s supreme leader announced on Tuesday that “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level” — remarks apparently meant to end all speculation about a possible U.S.-Iran meeting between the two countries’ presidents at the U.N. later this month. Iranian state TV quoted Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying this is the position of the entire leadership of...

  • Donald Trump Sep 16, 2019

    US Blames Iran for Saudi Strike; Big Hit for Oil Prices

    The U.S. continued to build its case Monday that Iran was behind the fiery weekend attack on key Saudi Arabian oil facilities that raised new war worries and sent energy prices soaring. Three people familiar with the intelligence told NBC News that American intelligence showed that the attack was launched from Iran – an assessment that is likely to escalate...

  • Donald Trump Sep 16, 2019

    Trump: US Locked and Loaded for Response to Attack on Saudis

    A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom’s oil production threatened Sunday to fuel a regional crisis, as the U.S. released new evidence to back up its allegation that Iran was responsible for the assault amid heightened tensions over Tehran’s collapsing nuclear deal. President Donald Trump said the U.S. had reason...

  • Donald Trump Aug 18, 2019

    Iranian Tanker to Leave Gibraltar Soon Despite US Pressure

    The shipping agent for an Iranian supertanker caught in a diplomatic standoff says the vessel is ready to depart Gibraltar on Sunday or Monday, as the U.S. made a last-minute effort to seize it again. The head of the company sorting paperwork and procuring for the Grace 1 oil tanker in the British overseas territory said the vessel could be...

  • Iran Aug 7, 2019

    Trump Administration to Seek Britain Trade Deal After Brexit

    The Trump administration will pursue a free-trade agreement with Britain as soon as possible after it leaves the European Union, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday as the country’s new foreign secretary made his first official visit to the United States. Pompeo also thanked the government of new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for agreeing to join a U.S.-led...

  • United States Aug 1, 2019

    Germany Declines US Request to Join Persian Gulf Mission

    Germany’s foreign minister is ruling out his country’s participation in a proposed U.S.-led mission to protect maritime traffic in the Persian Gulf area. The U.S. recently asked allies to contribute to a mission to secure maritime traffic through the Strait of Hormuz, a critical oil shipping corridor, in the wake of increased Iranian aggression in the...

  • Donald Trump Jul 20, 2019

    Iran's Poking at West Heightens Risks of Military Missteps

    Rather than tangle with a stronger U.S. military, Iran is poking and prodding its Western antagonists in ways apparently designed to avoid triggering war but that nonetheless seem to heighten the risk of missteps and miscalculation that could lead to an armed conflict with global consequences. The tensions picked up Friday with Iran reporting it had seized a British-flagged oil...

  • Donald Trump Jul 21, 2019

    Iran Says Its Seizure of British Ship a ‘Reciprocal' Move

    Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain’s role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of the incident showed Iranian commandos in black ski masks and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto the vessel in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The seizure prompted condemnation from the U.K. and...

  • Trump administration Jul 11, 2019

    Britain Says Iranian Vessels Tried to Block Ship in Gulf

    The British navy said it prevented three Iranian paramilitary vessels from impeding the passage of a British commercial ship in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, a day after Iran’s president warned of repercussions for the seizure of its own supertanker. Iran’s Revolutionary Guard denied the allegations, saying if it had received orders to seize any ships it would have...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Jul 4, 2019

    British Singer Joss Stone Says She Was Deported From Iran

    British soul singer Joss Stone says she was deported from Iran after arriving in the Islamic Republic as part of a worldwide concert tour, even though she didn’t plan to perform there. Posting on Instagram, Stone appears in a video wearing a white headscarf saying: “Well, we got to Iran, we got detained and then we got deported.” She said...

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