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FILE - In this April 30, 2017 file photo, released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, inaugurates the Persian Gulf Star Refinery in Bandar Abbas, Iran. Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela as of Sunday, May 17, 2020, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. Analysts say the gasoline they carry came from the Persian Gulf Star Refinery. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP, File)

5 Iran tankers sailing to Venezuela amid US pressure tactics

May. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Five Iranian tankers likely carrying at least $45.5 million worth of gasoline and similar products are now sailing to Venezuela, part of a wider deal between the two U.S.-sanctioned nations amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington. The tankers' voyage came...

Russia opposes any new US attempts at UN to punish Iran

May. 12, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia’s U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that Moscow will oppose any attempts by the United States to extend the arms embargo on Iran and reimpose U.N. sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Vassily Nebenzia’s comments at a video news conference made clear that the Trump...

Acting Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli speaks about the coronavirus outside the West Wing of the White House, Friday, March 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US eyes deal to free American in Iran, pushes back on swap

May. 6, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials believe they’re making progress in efforts to secure the release from Iran of a detained Navy veteran, but they are pushing back on Iranian suggestions that a swap is in the works for an imprisoned Iranian that American officials have been trying to deport since last...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, wears a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who also wore a mask and gloves, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, April. 20, 2020. (SANA via AP)

Syrian war monitor says Israeli strike near Palmyra kills 9

Apr. 21, 2020 9:40 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — An Israeli airstrike in central Syria killed nine fighters, including six who were not Syrians and some who were loyal to the militant Hezbollah group, an opposition war monitor said Tuesday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights gave no nationalities for the foreigners who...

Syria: Israel fired missile on areas near historic Palmyra

Apr. 20, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian air defenses opened fire and shot down several missiles launched by Israeli warplanes Monday night near the central historic town of Palmyra, state media said. Syrian state TV gave no further details about the attacks, the latest to hit central Syria in three weeks. The...

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, wears a mask to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who also wore a mask and gloves, in Damascus, Syria, Monday, April. 20, 2020. (SANA via AP)

Iran, Syria call for lifting sanctions during pandemic

Apr. 20, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Iran's foreign minister used a meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad Monday to call on the U.S. to lift sanctions imposed on both countries, during his first visit to the war-ravaged country in a year. Iran has been a close ally of Assad in Syria's long and bloody nine-year-long...

In this Wednesday, April 15, 2020, photo made available by U.S. Navy, Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels sail close to U.S. military ships in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait. A group of 11 Iranian naval vessels made

Iran’s Guard acknowledges encounter with US during a drill

Apr. 19, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard acknowledged Sunday it had a tense encounter with U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf last week, but alleged without offering evidence that American forces sparked the incident. The incident Wednesday saw the U.S. Navy release video of small...

FILE — In this March 30, 2020 file photo, people wearing protective clothing carry the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus at a cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran. Even as both face the same invisible enemy in the coronavirus pandemic, Iran and the U.S. remain locked in retaliatory pressure campaigns that now view the outbreak as just the latest battleground. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Virus becomes latest battle between Iran, US amid tensions

Apr. 14, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Even as both face the same invisible enemy in the coronavirus pandemic, Iran and the United States remain locked in retaliatory pressure campaigns that now view the outbreak as just the latest battleground. Initially overwhelmed, Tehran now seeks to sway international...