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Iran and China Conduct Naval Drill in Gulf

BEIRUT, June 18 – Iran and China began a joint naval exercise in the Gulf on Sunday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported. The military drill comes at a time of heightened tension between the Iranian and U.S. military in the Gulf and is likely to be a cause of concern for Washington. In

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Iran Sends Planes of Food to Qatar Amid Concerns of Shortages

LONDON, June 11 – Iran has sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar and plans to provide 100 tonnes of fruit and vegetable every day, Iranian officials said, amid concerns of shortages after Qatar’s biggest suppliers severed ties with the import-dependent country. Qatar has been in talks with Iran and Turkey to secure food

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Iran Kills Mastermind Behind Tehran Attacks

DUBAI, June 11 – Iran said its security forces on Saturday killed the mastermind of a twin attack on Tehran that left 17 people dead this week, as security was tightened around the country to prevent other possible plots. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombings and gun attacks on parliament and the mausoleum of

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UAE President Offers Condolences to Iran After Deadly Attacks

DUBAI, June 8 – The president of the United Arab Emirates    has sent condolences to his Iranian counterpart after at least 13 people were killed in militant attacks on Iran’s parliament and Ayatollah Khomeini’s mausoleum in Tehran. The unprecedented assault in the highly controlled Shi’ite Muslim country was claimed by the Sunni militant Daesh

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Qatar Asking Turkey, Iran About Providing Food, Water

By Tom Finn DOHA, June 7 – Qatar is talking to Iran and Turkey about securing food and water supplies to stave off possible shortages two days after its biggest suppliers, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, cut trade and diplomatic ties, a government official said on Wednesday. “We are in talks with Turkey

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UAE Says More Qatar Curbs Possible, Warns Against Iran Involvement

By William Maclean DUBAI, June 7 – More moves against Qatar, including further curbs on business, remain on the table in a row with Arab neighbours, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) said on Wednesday, warning against allowing its Gulf adversary Iran to exploit the unprecedented rift. In a Reuters interview, UAE Minister of State for

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Gulf Arab Row Rattles Trump’s Anti-Iran Axis

By Sylvia Westall and Tom Finn DUBAI/DOHA, May 31 – Just 10 days after President Donald Trump called on Muslim countries to stand united against Iran, a public feud between Qatar and some of its Gulf Arab neighbours is jolting his attempt to tip the regional balance of power against Tehran. Saudi Arabia and the

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Oil Slips as More U.S. Drilling Outweighs OPEC-led Cuts

By Libby George LONDON, May 29 – Oil prices slipped on Monday as further increases in U.S. drilling activity undercut an OPEC-led push to tighten supply. Trading was subdued due to public holidays in China, the United States and Britain, but concerns lingered over whether OPEC action would be enough to stem the tide of

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Descendants of Saudi Wahhabism Founder Distance Themselves from Qatar

DUBAI, May 28 – Descendents of the founding father of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi brand of Islam have sought to distance themselves from Qatar’s ruling family, according to a statement published on Sunday, in a further sign of a rift among Gulf Arab states. In the front-page statement, Saudi Arabia’s Okaz newspaper said that 200 descendents

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