Trump fires Sessions, vows to fight Democrats if they launch probes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions a day after congressional elections, and vowed to fight if the U.S. House of Representatives' new Democratic majority launches probes into his administration. Sessions - an early Trump supporter who ran afoul of the president by recusing

Turkey says it will not abide by renewed sanctions on Iran

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey would not abide by the renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran's oil and shipping industries as they were aimed at "unbalancing the world". Washington reimposed the sanctions on Monday, ditching a 2015 deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear programme.

The Observer view on the ‘cessation of hostilities’ in Yemen

The US proposal, backed by Britain, for a “cessation of hostilities” in Yemen, to be followed by UN-led peace talks, is welcome. But it raises a number of questions. Why has it taken so long for the Trump administration to act, given that the appalling, avoidable toll on Yemeni lives exacted

UAE blames Iran’s ‘aggressive policies’ for U.S. sanctions

The United Arab Emirates' minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Saturday that Iran's "aggressive policies" were "largely responsible" for the reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran. Washington will on Monday reintroduce far-reaching sanctions on Iran's vital oil sales and banking sectors to try to force the Islamic

U.S. grants eight countries Iran sanctions waivers – Bloomberg

The U.S. government has agreed to let eight countries, including close allies South Korea and Japan, as well as India, keep buying Iranian oil after it reimposes sanctions on Tehran next week, Bloomberg cited a U.S. official as saying. Iran's biggest oil customers - all in Asia - have been seeking