Israel thanks Trump as Iran sanctions take effect

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman welcomed US sanctions that took effect Monday targeting Iran’s oil and financial sectors, calling it a “critical” blow to Tehran’s actions in the region. “President (Donald) Trump’s bold decision is the sea-change the Middle East has been waiting for,” Lieberman said in a statement. “In a

Iran starts producing local fighter jet for its air force

DUBAI: Iran has started production of the locally-designed Kowsar fighter plane for use in its air force, state television reported, as tensions mount with the United States after the reimposition of US sanctions on Tehran. "Soon the needed number of this plane will be produced and put at the service of the Air

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

Russia says Nusra militants trying to wreck deal over Syria’s Idlib – Ifax

Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday accused Nusra militants in Syria's Idlib Province of trying to wreck a Russo-Turkish initiative to create a demilitarised zone in the insurgent-held region, the Interfax news agency reported. "There are still Nusra militants in Idlib who are not stopping their attempts to wreck the

U.S. says Russia, China, Iran seek to disrupt elections

The U.S. government warned on Friday that Russia, China and Iran were seeking to influence next month's congressional elections as federal prosecutors unveiled charges against a Russian national accused of participating in such a scheme. Influence operations from those nations include use of social media to amplify divisive issues, seeding disinformation