Iran's foreign minister scorns EU warning over nuclear deal

DUBAI (REUTERS) – Europeans have failed to fulfil their own commitments to Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Tuesday (Nov 12), in response to a warning by the EU that urged Teheran to stick to the pact or face consequences. European countries have been trying to persuade Teheran to stick to the deal, under which […]

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Israeli forces kill top Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza strike

GAZA (REUTERS) – Israel killed a top commander for Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday (Nov 12), accusing him of carrying out a series of cross-border attacks and planning more. The slaying of Baha Abu Al-Atta in his home looked likely to pose a new challenge for Gaza’s ruling […]

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Saudi Arabian promotional video labels feminism, atheism, homosexuality as extremist ideas

DUBAI (REUTERS) – A promotional video published by Saudi Arabia’s state security agency categorises feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas, even as the conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to promote tolerance and attract foreigners. The animated clip posted on Twitter at the weekend by a verified account of the State Security Presidency said “all forms of extremism and perversion are […]

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Israeli farmers lament the end of Jordan land deal

NAHARAYIM (REUTERS) – It has been a bitter harvest for some Israeli farmers on the border with Jordan. On Sunday (Nov 10), a 25-year-old deal between the two countries that has allowed them to cultivate land there formally expires. Under the deal, part of the 1994 Jordan-Israel peace treaty, two territories straddling the border were recognised as under Jordanian sovereignty […]

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Jordan Reclaims Land Israelis Used Under ’94 Peace Accord

AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan’s king on Sunday reclaimed border lands that Israel was allowed access to under a 1994 peace treaty reached between the neighboring countries. Jordanians applauded the step but for many Israelis, the failure to negotiate an extension of the border area-land access was disappointing, and attested to the sorry state of relations 25 years after the peace […]

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Iran begins constructing second nuclear reactor at Bushehr plant

New reactor – and a third planned to be built – will each add more than 1,000 megawatts to Iran’s power grid. Iran began constructing a second nuclear reactor at its Bushehr power plant – a facility being fuelled by uranium enriched further than the limits outlined in the faltering 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. While celebrating the start of […]

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For First Time, Iran Says Case Is Open on Missing C.I.A. Consultant

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Iran is acknowledging for the first time that it has an open case before its Revolutionary Court involving Robert A. Levinson, a former F.B.I. agent who disappeared in 2007 under still-mysterious circumstances while on an unauthorized C.I.A. mission to the country. In a filing to the United Nations, Iran said the case over Mr. Levinson […]

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