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World Feb 25Iran’s foreign minister resigns amid nuclear deal turmoil
Mohammad Javad Zarif's resignation leaves Iran's relatively moderate President Hassan Rouhani without one of his main allies in pushing the Islamic Republic toward more negotiation with the West.
World Feb 13At least 20 Revolutionary Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing, state media reports
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the day of a U.S.-led conference in Warsaw that included discussions on what America describes as Iran's malign influence across the wider Mideast.
World Jan 09Iran says it is holding U.S. Navy veteran in prison
U.S. Navy veteran Michael R. White is the first American known to be detained under President Donald Trump's administration.
World Jan 03Saudi Arabia says 5 suspects face death penalty in Jamal Khashoggi killing
The killing of Khashoggi, who wrote columns critical of Prince Mohammed, has strained the decades-long ties the kingdom enjoys with the United States. It also has added to a renewed international push to end the Saudi-led war in Yemen.
World Dec 03Qatar to pull out of OPEC amid friction with Saudi Arabia
The surprise declaration could make Qatar the first Middle East nation to leave the cartel since its founding in 1960.
Politics Dec 011991 Gulf War looms large over Bush’s Mideast legacy
With Bush’s death , his legacy across the Middle East takes root in that 100-hour ground war that routed Iraqi forces.That war gave birth to the network of military bases America now operates across the Persian Gulf.
World Nov 10Saudi coalition in Yemen, under pressure, ends US refueling
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said early Saturday it had “requested cessation of inflight refueling” by the U.S. for its fighter jets after American officials said they would stop the operations amid growing anger over civilian casualties from the…
World Oct 23Turkish president says Saudi Arabia must identify who planned Khashoggi’s death
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a sharp rebuttal of Saudi Arabia’s widely criticized account that the writer for The Washington Post died accidentally in a brawl, saying Saudi officials had planned the killing for days.
World Oct 19Jamal Khashoggi confirmed dead by Saudi state media
State media also quotes prosecutors as saying 18 Saudi nationals are being held on suspicion of being involved in Khashoggi's death.
World Oct 16AP: Turkish official says police found evidence of Khashoggi slaying
Turkish Police searching the Saudi Consulate found evidence that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed there. It comes as pressure intensifies for Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi, who vanished Oct. 2 while visiting the consulate to pick…