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Iran vessel 'harasses,' sails close to US Navy ship in Gulf: US officials
A US Navy coastal patrol ship changed course after a fast-attack craft from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps came within 100 yards (91 meters) of it in the central Gulf on Sunday, US Defense Department officials said on Tuesday.
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How fast can a nuke fly?
There are just over 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world and several ways countries can deploy them. Jim Sciutto explains the potentially catastrophic effect nuclear weapons can have and what technologies exist to defend against them.
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Russia plans to finish expansion of Iran’s main nuclear plant by 2019
The completion of two Russian-built reactors for Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, which will start on September 10, could take just three years, said nuclear energy expert Hassan Beheshtipour in an interview with Sputnik. Read Full Article at
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Saudi Arabia and Iran spar over Hajj pilgrimage
Rhetoric escalates between regional rivals Riyadh and Tehran over 2015 hajj tragedy and this year's pilgrimage.
388 points by Al Jazeera English | Iran Mecca Ali Khamenei Hajj Supreme Leader of Iran Jeddah Medina Muhammad
Iranian oil output stagnates for third month amid OPEC bargaining
Iran's steep oil output growth has stalled in the past three months, new data showed, suggesting Tehran might be struggling to fulfil its plans to raise production to new highs while demanding to be excluded from any OPEC deals on supply curbs.
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The politics of Hajj
Hajj -- an annual pilgrimage of people, united in spite of sectarian beliefs, regional divisions and rivalries. But this year that chorus will be diminished, writes Nima Elbagir.
168 points by CNN | Mecca Ali Khamenei Iran Saudi Arabia Islam Iraq Ruhollah Khomeini Sharia
US military ship forced to change course after ‘harassment’ from Iranian vessel - report
An American patrol ship had to change course in the Persian Gulf after an Iranian military vessel came within 100 yards (90 meters) and did not respond to attempts to contact it, US defense officials told Reuters. Read Full Article at
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Hajj rift: Iran calls Saudis ‘murderers,’ Riyadh accuses Tehran of ‘politicizing’ event
Iran has slammed Saudi Arabia for poor management of the annual hajj pilgrimage, citing last year’s event that saw hundreds killed. Tehran suggested that Riyadh be replaced as curator, while the Saudis accuse Iran of “politicizing” the sacred tradition. Read Full Article at
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Iranian Americans await payoff from nuclear deal
One year since Congress allowed nuclear deal with Iran to go ahead, Iranian Americans say life has only gotten harder.
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World Briefs: Suspicious car brings arrests
PARIS — Two brothers and their girlfriends were in custody Thursday in connection with a car full of gas cylinders that was illegally parked for four days in Paris, authorities said.
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Another case of Obama’s failure to command world leaders’ respect
China's ostentatious rudeness was perfectly reflective of the world's general disdain for President Obama.
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House Republicans press administration on Iran payment
WASHINGTON (AP) - Obama administration officials told Congress on Thursday that Iran wanted "immediate access" to $1.7 billion paid by the United States in cash to settle a decades-old arbitration claim between the two countries. At a hearing called by House Republicans, officials from the departments of Treasury, State and ...
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Iranian faction among Kurds trained by US against militants
KHARABRUD, Iraq — An Iranian Kurdish rebel group received military training in weapons and explosives from U.S. and European advisers as part of the international program backing Kurds in the war against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the group's commander told The Associated Press.
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Mirziyoev Named Acting Uzbek President
Uzbekistan Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoev has been named as the country’s acting president following the death of Islam Karimov, the longtime leader of the former Soviet republic.
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As hajj nears, Saudi Arabia aims to avoid another disaster
Saudi officials prepped for the pilgrimage to Mecca with steps aimed at avoiding another disaster.       
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We can't let Afghanistan slide backwards
The civil war in Afghanistan is raging again. After almost 40 years of near-consecutive conflict -- from the Soviet invasion to the US-led war against the Taliban for its sheltering of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda post-9/11 -- Afghanistan is once again on the international emergency watch list.
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World briefs: U.S. not involved in coup conspiracy, Turkey says
ANKARA, Turkey — Despite dark conspiracy theories in Turkey linking the U.S. government to the military coup attempt July 15, Turkish leaders see no signs of American complicity with the plotters, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Tuesday.
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Top banks in Iran dragged into Rouhani tussle with rivals
Several of Iran's biggest banks have been dragged into a fight between the government and its hardline opponents, as disputes over last year's nuclear deal roil domestic politics months ahead of presidential elections. The nation's leading conservative newspaper on Saturday published photos of...
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Republicans seek to censure Obama administration on $400 million 'ransom' to Iran
The payment to Iran is one issue on which House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Donald Trump agree.
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World Briefs: Mexico official resigns after Trump flap
MEXICO CITY — The fallout from a wildly unpopular meeting last week between President Enrique Pena Nieto of Mexico and Donald Trump appears to have cost Mr. Pena Nieto one of his closest Cabinet allies.
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Saudi Mufti says Iran's leaders 'not Muslims': media
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said in remarks published on Wednesday that the leaders of regional rival Iran were not Muslims and saw Sunni Muslims as their enemy.
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US paid Iran 1.3B for failed deal
The Obama administration made two additional cash payments totaling $1.3 billion, after delivering $400 million to Iran by plane in January, to resolve a failed arms deal, administration officials told lawmakers Tuesday.
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Iran and Saudi Arabia Squabble as Millions of Muslims Begin Pilgrimage
The two nations traded barbs over which one best represents Islam and which one ought to control the religious sites at Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
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Rocket launchers, tanks on display at this museum

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Senators agree on Iran sanctions measure
Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s has repeatedly warned that expanding sanctions against Iran would jeopardize the nuclear deal.
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By not taking refugees, the U.S. may make them more dangerous
Militants recruit unsettled refugees who have no other hopes or opportunities.
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U.S. imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities
A group of 11 entities and individuals were sanctioned for transfers of items to Iran’s ballistic missile program        
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US warships ‘harassed’ by Iranian forces in Strait of Hormuz – navy commanders
American warships were "harassed" by Iranian forces in the Strait of Hormuz, according to US Navy commanders, who said the Iranians had their weapons uncovered, manned, and armed. It comes amid already tense relations between Tehran and Washington. Read Full Article at
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‘US is free to fly jets full of bombs’: Electronics ban sparks anger and ridicule
As the airline electronics ban spread from the US to the UK, many of those affected took to social media to air their grievances,and to poke fun at the confusing rule. Read Full Article at
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Airline electronics ban: What you need to know
The US and UK have banned people flying from much of the Middle East and North Africa from carrying laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices in the airplane cabin because of concerns about terrorism.
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Iran accused of undermining Middle East security
Foreign minister backs dialogue with 'brothers in Islam' but Saudi counterpart urges 'red lines' to halt Iran's actions.
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Defense Secretary James Mattis says US air forces heavily involved in Mosul operation
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — U.S. special forces are operating near the front lines in the battle to retake western Mosul from Islamic State, but Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Sunday during a visit to Arab allies here that there has been no change to rules of engagement regarding U.S. forces’ role in the Iraqi operation since President Donald Trump took office.
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Iran pushes for dialogue with Gulf Arab states
MUNICH (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Sunday stepped up efforts to improve ties with Gulf Arab Sunni states urging them to work with their Shi'ite rival to address "anxieties" and violence across the region.
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US will hold Russia accountable over Ukraine while searching for common ground – Pence
US President Donald Trump believes common ground can be found with Russia, but Moscow must still be held accountable for the Ukrainian crisis, Vice President Mike Pence has said. Read Full Article at
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Trump lashes out at media
During Thursday's press conference announcing his Labor pick, President Trump complained about unfair media coverage while defending his administration's performance.
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U.S. Orders Slowdown of Refugee Resettlements
The U.S. State Department has ordered embassies to slow resettlement of refugees for the next few weeks and temporarily suspend it completely after March 3 as the numbers approach the annual cap of 50,000 set recently by President Trump.
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Islamic State suicide bombing at Pakistan shrine kills 75
KARACHI, Pakistan — An Islamic State suicide bomber struck inside a famed shrine in southern Pakistan on Thursday, killing at least 75 people in the deadliest attack in the country in more than two years.The bomber entered the main hall of the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan and detonated his payload amid dozens of worshippers, according to three security officials, who said at least 20 women and nine children were among the dead.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Pakistan Nawaz Sharif Islam Taliban Sindh Terrorism Al-Qaeda Iran
Women in Iran dress as men in bid to watch soccer game
Soccer is hugely popular in Iran across sexes, but it is considered inappropriate for women to view games in person.       
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Iran welcomes US wrestlers after travel ban
The journey to the Wrestling World Cup in Iran has been an exhausting one for the US team - not so much because of the long trip from the US to the Iranian city Kermanshah with two stopovers in Frankfurt and Tehran.
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After Mosul, jihadist threat to Iraq will grow: Kurdish intelligence official
SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - If Islamic State is driven from its Iraqi stronghold of Mosul, it will switch tactics to wage an insurgency from mountains and deserts, a top Kurdish intelligence official has told Reuters.
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Russia, Iran Need Each Other, Despite Disagreements
Any deal making it worthwhile for Moscow to upend its deepening ties with Iran would be exceedingly hard for President Donald Trump to deliver, writes Yaroslav Trofimov.
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U.A.E. Envoy to Afghanistan Dies from Kandahar Blast Wounds
The explosion, in which 12 other people were also killed, has raised concerns over continued Emirati aid to Afghanistan and the use of Emirati territory by Taliban representatives for meetings with foreign officials.
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Iran allows female spectators at beach volleyball tournament
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian media say authorities have allowed female spectators at a beach volleyball tournament after organizers threatened to halt the event in protest. The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that women were allowed into the stadium Wednesday at the start of the four-day international tournament on Kish ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Iran Beach volleyball Economy of Iran Pakistan Fédération Internationale de Volleyball Middle East Afghanistan Zoroastrianism
Paris installs boulders under bridge to prevent makeshift migrant camps – activists
Paris authorities placed huge boulders under a bridge where asylum-seekers set up a makeshift camp, local activists say, claiming some migrants who are waiting to be resettled have nowhere else to go and have not slept for days. Read Full Article at
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Ayatollah Khamenei criticizes Iran's president on economy ahead of vote
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's president must do more to improve the economy, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday in a rare public criticism from the supreme leader three months before Hassan Rouhani runs for re-election.
-2 points by Reuters | Iran Mohammad Khatami Mir-Hossein Mousavi Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Iranian presidential election 2009 Reuters Ali Khamenei Thomson Reuters
Mourning: Envoy dies from bomb wounds
The United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Afghanistan, injured last month in a bombing while on a humanitarian mission, has died from his wounds, the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs said Wednesday, according to the official Emirati news agency WAM.
66 points by CNN | United Arab Emirates Hamid Karzai Afghanistan Dubai Iran United Nations Middle East Head of state
Message to ‘warmonger’ Trump: Film showing Iran defeating US forces set to be released
An animated film depicting Iran's Revolutionary Guards defeating US forces will soon open in Iranian cinemas. The movie's director says he hopes the film will show “warmongering” President Trump what will happen if the US attacks the Islamic Republic. Read Full Article at
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Construction halted on mosque with too-tall minarets
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — After exceeding a city height limit, builders of a mosque on New Haven's outskirts are wrestling with how to cut 24 feet from its soaring, crescent-topped minarets.
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Monster oil & gas deposits discovered in Iran - local media reports
Iran has found a dozen new oil fields that could produce 30 billion barrels of crude and 128 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to Press TV quoting officials in Tehran. Read Full Article at
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Why is Pakistan forcing Afghan refugees back home?
Pakistan is criticised for forcibly returning thousands of Afghan refugees.
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