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November 26, 2018 8:38 AM 'Fantastic news': Britain welcomes UAE pardon for jailed academic

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it was grateful to the United Arab Emirates on Monday after it pardoned a British academic jailed on spying charges. The UAE said it had pardoned Matthew Hedges just minutes after showing a video of him purportedly confessing to being a member of Britain’s intelligence agency MI6. Britain has denied he was a spy. “Fantastic 76

November 22, 2018 10:47 AM EU uneasy over continued detention of activists in Turkey

CORRECTS DATE Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, right, shakes hands with the European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini prior to their meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn are meeting Turkish officials for talks focusing on Turkey's long-stalled membership 67

November 19, 2018 2:06 PM EU open to Iran sanctions over foiled Danish, French plots: diplomats

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to consider economic sanctions on Iranian nationals over alleged assassination plots in Denmark and France, two diplomats said. No decisions on names were discussed but there was general agreement among ministers at their meeting in Brussels to start technical work on a list of possible 76

November 19, 2018 8:23 AM Rouhani says Iran to continue oil exports and resist U.S. economic war

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. sanctions on Iran are part of a psychological war launched by Washington against Tehran that will fail, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, adding that the Islamic republic will continue to export its crude. “America blames us for its failures in the region ... from Yemen to Iraq ... We will not yield to this pressure 71

November 15, 2018 1:52 PM U.S. envoy for Iran warns EU banks, firms against non-dollar Iran trade

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European banks and firms who engage in a special European Union initiative to protect trade with Iran will be at risk from newly reimposed U.S. sanctions, the U.S. special envoy for Iran warned on Thursday. It is “no surprise” that EU efforts to establish a so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for non-dollar trade with Iran were floundering 89

November 14, 2018 4:50 PM Lebanese Christian civil war foes shake hands, make up after 40 years

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Christian rivals from the Lebanese civil war, Samir Geagea and Suleiman Frangieh, shook hands with each other on Wednesday, marking a formal reconciliation to end more than four decades of enmity. Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces (LF) political party, and Frangieh, head of the Marada party, have been foes since the early days of the 1975-1990 civil 62

November 11, 2018 4:31 PM Iraq urges U.S. to consider its position in talks on Iran sanctions

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Iraq’s president on Sunday urged the United States to consider Baghdad’s political and economic position as the countries negotiate on relief for Iraq from Washington’s reimposed sanctions against Iran. The United States said on Friday Iraq can continue to import natural gas and energy supplies from Iran for a period of 45 days, so long as Iraq does not pay Iran for imports 83

November 11, 2018 2:52 PM Iraq president says talks continuing with U.S. on Iran sanctions

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Iraq’s president said on Sunday talks with the United States were continuing and his country’s special conditions regarding sanctions on Iran should be taken into consideration. “We do not want Iraq to be burdened with the U.S. sanctions on Iran,” Barham Salih, the Newly elected President, told reporters in Kuwait. The United States 70

November 11, 2018 2:07 PM Iran sells more oil to private exporters to bypass U.S. curbs

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran sold 700,000 barrels of crude oil to private companies for export on Sunday in a second round of sales aimed at countering U.S. sanctions on the country’s exports, oil ministry news website SHANA reported. Three unnamed companies paid $64.97 per barrel for two crude shipments of 245,000 barrels each and one shipment of 210,000 barrels 107

November 11, 2018 1:57 PM Iran jails Foreign Ministry official for spying

DUBAI (Reuters) - An Iranian court has sentenced a man working for Iran’s Foreign Ministry to 10 years in prison after convicting him of spying, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said on Sunday. Iran’s security forces have arrested dozens of people accused of spying working in state bodies, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said in August 69