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Saudi Court Sentences 15 to Death for Spying for Iran

DUBAI, Dec 6  – A Saudi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom’s arch-enemy, Iran, Saudi-owned media reported, in a ruling that could further stoke tension between the two rival powers. The Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced 15 other suspects to prison terms ranging from six months to

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Rouhani says Iran Will Not Let Trump Rip Up Nuclear Deal

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin BEIRUT, Dec 6  – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday he would not let U.S. President-elect Donald Trump rip up a global nuclear deal, warning of unspecified repercussions if Washington reneges on the agreement. Trump had said during campaigns for the White House that he would scrap Iran’s pact with world

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Iran Vows ‘Firm Response’ Unless Obama Stops Sanctions Renewal

DUBAI, Dec 4 – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani demanded on Sunday that Barack Obama block an extension of sanctions passed by the U.S. Congress, saying Tehran would otherwise “firmly respond”. In a speech to parliament, Rouhani denounced legislation passed by the U.S. Congress to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years as a

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Iran’s Supreme Court Upholds Babak Zanjani’s Death Sentence For Graft

DUBAI, Dec 3 – Iran’s supreme court has upheld the death penalty against Iranian businessman Babak Zanjani for corruption, the judiciary said on Saturday, a sentence critics say will mask the identity of senior officials who supported him. By his own account, Zanjani had for years helped circumvent sanctions by arranging billions of dollars of

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Extension of Iran Sanctions Act Passes U.S. Congress

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Dec 2 – The U.S. Senate passed a 10-year extension of sanctions against Iran on Thursday, sending the measure to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law and delaying any potentially tougher actions until next year. The measure passed by 99-0. It passed the House of Representatives

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Iranians Face Terrorism Charges After Filming Israeli Embassy In Kenya

By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI, Dec 1 – Two Iranians and their Kenyan driver, who worked for the Iranian embassy in Nairobi, were charged on Thursday with collecting information for a terrorist act after filming the Israeli embassy, lawyers said. Sayed Nasrollah Ebrahimi, Abdolhosein Ghola Safafe and driver Moses Keyah Mmboga “were found taking video clips

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OPEC Begins Debate On Oil Cuts Amid Deep Disagreement

By Rania El Gamal and Alex Lawler VIENNA, Nov 30 – OPEC began on Wednesday debating a deal to curtail oil production in an effort to prop up the price of crude, with Iran and Iraq resisting pressure from Saudi Arabia to participate fully in any action. Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting

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Arabian Sea Raids on Arms Smugglers Show Iran-Yemen Link

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI, Nov 30 – When Western navies raided three dhows in the Arabian Sea this year, some of the weapons they found matched arms taken from Houthi rebels in Yemen, a report said, suggesting links between Iranian suppliers and the Yemeni war. Two of the dhows, all of which were unregistered and

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