Middle East

Iran's Rouhani criticises US military build-up in Gulf

Iranian president also lambastes Israel's reported support of the US-led naval mission in the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran's Rouhani criticises US military build-up in Gulf

Iran

Iran says Britain might release seized oil tanker soon

Report by Tehran's official IRNA news agency dismissed as 'untrue' by unnamed senior official in Gibraltar.

Iran says Britain might release seized Grace 1 oil tanker soon

Iraq

Iraq says Israeli role in Gulf flotilla unacceptable

Baghdad's top diplomat says presence of Western forces raises tensions in the region adding Gulf states can secure it.

Iraq says Israeli role in Gulf flotilla unacceptable

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Iran's Zarif: 'We are not seeking war'

The Iranian foreign minister discusses his country's nuclear programme and current tensions in the Gulf.

Iran

Zarif: US arms sales make Gulf into 'tinderbox ready to blow up'

Iran's foreign minister warns against arms race after Saudi Arabia and UAE spent more than $100bn on weaponry.

Zarif: US arms sales make Gulf into 'tinderbox ready to blow up'

AJ Impact

German official bows out from leading Iran trade vehicle Instex

Berlin's former ambassador to Tehran cites personal reasons for not taking job but criticism of Israel might play role.

German official bows out from leading Iran trade vehicle Instex

Middle East

Iran warns Israel against aiding US mission in Strait of Hormuz

Tehran says it will have the right to take action if Israel becomes involved in the US-led naval mission

Iran warns Israel against aiding US mission in Strait of Hormuz

AJ Impact

Argentina offers nuclear lessons to Iran

The diplomat bidding to be the next leader of the UN's nuclear watchdog suggests Iran could do with more openness.

Iran offered nuclear lessons by Argentina

AJ Impact

Iraq turns to two oil giants as part of Exxon deal falters

The country is close to finalising a $400m agreement that will support its exports through the Gulf.

Iraq turns to two oil giants as part of Exxon deal falters

AJ Impact

Iran is taking steps to combat sexual harassment in the workplace

For the first time, an Iranian government agency publishes guidelines to counter sexual harassment and abuse of power.

Iran is taking steps to combat sexual harassment in the workplace

Middle East

Iran's Rouhani to Trump: Lift sanctions first

Iranian president denounces 'economic terrorism' and doubts US 'maximum pressure' could bring about regime change.

Iran's Rouhani to Trump: Lift sanctions first

AJ Impact

Iran wants more Chinese tourists - a whole lot more

Iran is looking to Chinese tourists to boost its sanction-strapped economy. But do they want to visit?

Iran wants more Chinese tourists - a whole lot more

Iran

UK joins US-led security mission in Strait of Hormuz

European nations have been reluctant to take part in the US naval mission.

UK joins US-led security mission in Strait of Hormuz

AJ Impact

Iranians struggle to afford housing as prices soar

Trying to boost affordability, Iran’s government has launched a massive housing project. But many are sceptical.

Iranians struggle to afford housing as prices soar

Iran

Zarif: US sanctions are a 'failure' for diplomacy

Tehran's chief diplomat laments US decision but keeps door open for talks in the future.

Iran: Zarif says US sanctions against him 'failure' for diplomacy