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This frame grab from video shows the launching of underground ballistic missiles by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard during a military exercise. Iran's paramilitary guard launched underground ballistic missiles as part of an exercise involving a mock-up aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, state television reported Wednesday. (Sepahnews via AP)

Iran launches underground ballistic missiles during exercise

Jul. 29, 2020 1:06 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles Wednesday as part of an exercise involving a mock-up American aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, highlighting its network of subterranean missile sites. Although state television documentaries have...

In this photo released Tuesday, July 28, 2020, by Sepahnews, Revolutionary Guard's speed boats circle around a replica aircraft carrier during a military exercise. Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has fired a missile from a helicopter targeting the mock-up aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. That's according to footage aired on state television on Tuesday. Iranian commandos also fast-roped down from a helicopter onto the replica in the footage from the exercise called “Great Prophet 14.” The drill appears aimed at threatening the U.S. amid tensions between Tehran and Washington. (Sepahnews via AP)

Iran missiles target fake carrier as US bases go on alert

Jul. 28, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched missiles Tuesday targeting a mock aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a drill that included such a barrage of fire the U.S. military temporarily put two regional bases in the Mideast on alert amid tensions...

In this Feb. 15, 2020, satellite photo provided on July 27, 2020, by Maxar Technologies, a mockup aircraft carrier built by Iran is seen at Bandar Abbas, Iran, before being put to sea. Satellite photographs released Monday, July 27, showed Iran has moved the aircraft carrier out to sea likely for naval drills amid heightened tensions between Tehran and the U.S. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Iran moves mock aircraft carrier to sea amid US tensions

Jul. 27, 2020 8:13 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has moved a mock aircraft carrier to the strategic Strait of Hormuz amid heightened tensions with the United States, satellite photographs released on Monday show, likely signalling the Islamic Republic soon plans to use it for live-fire drills. An image from Maxar...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, spectators stadium seats are reflected on the class of the VIP launch of the Al Bayt Stadium, one of the 2022 World Cup stadiums, in Al Khor, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Doha, Qatar.  The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation Monday July 27, 2020, Qatar has expressed an interest in hosting the world’s biggest sporting events, the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in a letter to the International Olympic Committee. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, FILE)

Qatar interested in bidding for 2032 Olympics, Paralympics

Jul. 27, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

Qatar is keen on on hosting the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The gas-rich Persian Gulf nation has expressed an interest in hosting the world's biggest sporting events in a letter to the International Olympic Committee. Qatar is turning its focus to bringing the Summer Games to the Middle East for the first...

Oil tanker sought by the U.S. was hijacked july 5 off the U.A.E. coast.;

UN agency: US-sought tanker 'hijacked' off UAE now in Iran

Jul. 19, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A United Nations agency acknowledged Sunday that a U.S.-sought oil tanker “hijacked” off the coast of the United Arab Emirates after allegedly smuggling Iranian crude oil is back in Iranian waters. The International Labor Organization said that the MT Gulf...

Oil tanker sought by the U.S. was hijacked july 5 off the U.A.E. coast.;

Tanker off UAE sought by US over Iran sanctions 'hijacked'

Jul. 15, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil tanker sought by the U.S. over allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran was hijacked on July 5 off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a seafarers welfare organization said Wednesday. Satellite photos showed the vessel in Iranian waters on Tuesday and two of...

7 traditional wooden ships burn in factory in southern Iran

Jul. 15, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Seven traditional wooden dhow vessels caught fire Wednesday in a factory in the southern Iranian port city of Bushehr, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency reported. There were no reports of casualties and the fire was eventually contained, ISNA said. Authorities were...

FILE - In this Sept. 5, 2019 file photo, supporters of southern separatists gather with the flags of south Yemen and the United Arab Emirates during a rally to show support for the UAE amid a standoff with the internationally recognized government, in Aden, Yemen. A bid by separatists funded by the UAE to assert control over Yemen’s south has reopened a dangerous front in the country’s civil war and pushed Yemen closer to fragmentation. The separatists’ recent declaration of self-rule over the key port city of Aden and other southern provinces also throws into question the roles of Saudi Arabia and the Emirates in the conflict, now in its sixth year. (AP Photo/Wail al-Qubaty, File)

Saudis say Yemen's government, separatists agree to truce

Jun. 22, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition embroiled in a years-long conflict in Yemen announced on Monday that Emirati-backed southern separatists and the country’s internationally recognized government have agreed to a cease-fire after months of infighting. The agreement aims to close the rift...

In this photo provided Thursday, June 18, 2020, by the Iranian Army, a warship launches a missile during a naval exercise. State media reported Thursday that Iran test fired cruise missiles in a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman and northern Indian Ocean. The report by the official IRNA news agency said the missiles destroyed targets at a distance of 280 kilometers (170 miles). (Iranian Army via AP)

State media: Iran test fires cruise missiles in naval drill

Jun. 18, 2020 7:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran test fired cruise missiles in a naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman and northern Indian Ocean, state media reported Thursday. The report by the official IRNA news agency said the missiles destroyed targets at a distance of 280 kilometers (170 miles). It said the tests took place...