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World Jan 05South Korean tanker was boarded by armed Iran Guard forces
Armed Iranian Revolutionary Guard troops stormed a South Korean tanker and forced the ship to change course and travel to Iran, the vessel's owner said Tuesday, the latest maritime seizure by Tehran amid heightened tensions with the West over its…
World Jan 02Iran plans 20% uranium enrichment ‘as soon as possible’
Iran said Saturday it plans to enrich uranium up to 20% at its underground Fordo nuclear facility “as soon as possible,” pushing its program a technical step away from weapons-grade levels as it increases pressure on the West over the…
Health Dec 05Bahrain now 2nd nation to grant Pfizer shot emergency use
The island kingdom of Bahrain said it has become the second nation in the world to grant an emergency-use authorization for the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
World Nov 30Iranian official claims Israel killed nuclear scientist remotely
Israel's Foreign Ministry director-general sent a cable urging its diplomats to maintain "the highest level of readiness and awareness of any irregular activity."…
World Nov 28Iran’s supreme leader vows revenge over slain scientist
Iran’s supreme leader on Saturday demanded the “definitive punishment” of those behind the killing of a scientist who led Tehran’s disbanded military nuclear program, as the Islamic Republic blamed Israel for a slaying that has raised fears of reignited tensions…
World Sep 29Crown prince becomes Kuwait’s new ruling emir
While his taking of the throne came as prescribed by Kuwait's constitution, there likely will be negotiations behind the scenes in the weeks ahead over who will become the country's next crown prince.
World Sep 29Kuwait Emir Sheikh Al Sabah dies at age 91
His 2006 ascension in Kuwait, a staunch U.S. ally since the American-led war that expelled occupying Iraqi troops, came after parliament voted unanimously to oust his predecessor.
World Aug 29UAE formally ends Israel boycott amid US-brokered deal
The ruler of the United Arab Emirates issued a decree Saturday formally ending the country’s boycott of Israel amid a U.S.-brokered deal to normalize relations between the two countries.
World Aug 16Telephone service begins between UAE and Israel as ties open
Telephone service between the United Arab Emirates and Israel began working Sunday as the two countries opened diplomatic ties, part of a deal brokered by the U.S. that required Israel to halt its contentious plan to annex West Bank land…
World Aug 13Trump says United Arab Emirates and Israel to open diplomatic ties
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United Arab Emirates and Israel have agreed to establish full diplomatic ties as part of a deal to halt the annexation of occupied land sought by the Palestinians for their future state.