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Two damaged tankers reach safe waters after dangerous Gulf attacks

Two damaged tankers arrived safely Sunday at locations off the Emirati coast after they were rocked by explosions in Gulf waters, in an incident Saudi Arabia blamed on its regional arch-rival Iran.
Source: AFP | 2019/6/17 20:48:40

Fewer but newer nukes in world

The overall number of nuclear warheads in the world has declined in the past year but nations are modernizing their arsenals, a report published Monday said.
Source: AFP | 2019/6/17 20:43:40

Iran says British stance over targeted oil tankers in Sea of Oman "unacceptable"

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned British Ambassador to Tehran Robert Macaire over the accusations by London against Tehran concerning the recent attacks on two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman, Tehran Times daily reported on Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/6/17 11:05:13

Turkey says delivery of S-400s to begin in July

Turkey expects the delivery of the controversial Russian S-400 missile defence system to begin in July, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying in Turkish media on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2019/6/16 20:23:39

Saudi Arabia blames Iran for tanker attacks

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel, despite Iran's vehement denial, adding he "won't hesitate" to tackle any threats to the kingdom, according to an interview published on Sunday.
Source: AFP | 2019/6/16 20:18:40

Shifting sands

Recent dynamics in the Middle East have shadowed the stability in the region, Global Times reporter Lu Wenao (GT) talked to Safwan Masri (Masri), executive vice president for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University, and a senior research scholar at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, to share his thoughts over the region.
Source: Global Times | 2019/6/16 20:12:47

Iran denies tanker attack role

Iran dismissed as "baseless" on Friday US accusations it executed twin attacks that left two tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman, raising fears of conflict in the strategically vital waterway.
Source: AFP | 2019/6/14 22:43:40

Israel strikes militants' targets in Gaza in response to rocket fire amid tension

Israel struck on Friday militants' facilities in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired from the strip, amid tension between the two sides after Israel imposed a naval blockade on the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/6/14 13:25:20

Libyan government forces progress against rival army in S. Tripoli

Forces of the UN-backed Libyan government said Thursday they progressed against the east-based rival army in the southern part of the capital Tripoli, as the armed conflict continues between the two parties.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/6/14 8:45:30

Abe pledges 'maximum role'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on Wednesday to play a "maximum role" in easing tensions during his visit to Iran.
Source: Global Times | 2019/6/13 20:28:41

Two oil tankers catch fire, evacuated after reported attack in Gulf of Oman

The crews of two oil tankers were evacuated off the coast of Iran on Thursday after they were reportedly attacked and caught fire in the Gulf of Oman, sending world oil prices soaring.
Source: AFP | 2019/6/13 20:23:41

Iran's Rouhani says Japan wants to keep buying Iranian oil

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the Islamic republic welcomes Japan's efforts for the development of mutual ties as well as regional and international cooperation.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/6/13 9:41:29

Abe claims neutral stance on Tehran mission to ease Iran-US tensions

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for a rare diplomatic mission, hoping to ease tensions between the Islamic republic and Tokyo's key ally Washington.
Source: AFP | 2019/6/12 21:13:40

Syria says air defense downs Israeli missiles

Syrian air defense shot down Israeli missiles targeting the south of the country Wednesday, state media said, as a monitor reported positions of the regime's Lebanese ally Hezbollah had been hit.
Source: AFP | 2019/6/12 20:48:41

Taliban's Red Unit Commander among 16 killed in N. Afghanistan

Afghan security forces have launched clearance operations in Kohistanat district of northern Sari Pul province, killing 16 insurgents including Abdul Bashir the commander of the so-called Red Unit Force of the militant group, provincial governor Abdul Qader Ashna said Tuesday.
Source: Xinhua | 2019/6/12 10:43:32

Japan's Abe to meet Iran's leaders

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on a visit to Tehran this week, in a bid to ease tension between the US and Iran in what experts called a bold move for a Japanese leader.
Source: Reuters | 2019/6/11 21:48:40

Rouhani: EU should withstand US economic terrorism against Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Europe should withstand the US economic terrorism against Iran and fulfill its commitment under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Source: IRNA | 2019/6/11 21:34:18

Asia Pacific Innovation Forum opens in Tehran

Asia Pacific Innovation Forum (APIF) kicked off Tuesday in Tehran with 70 participants representing countries and international organizations from around the world.
Source: IRNA | 2019/6/11 21:16:51