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US implores Iran to return to nuke talks without delay

Sep. 23, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Biden administration is imploring Iran to quickly return to talks on its nuclear program after a three-month hiatus caused by its government transition, warning that the window for negotiations may soon close. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and a...

Saudi king expresses hope for the direct talks with Iran

Sep. 22, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's monarch expressed hope Wednesday that the kingdom's direct talks with Iran will lead to confidence building as the two bitter regional rivals take small steps toward dialogue following several years of heightened tensions. ...

EU's top diplomat urges Iran to return to nuclear talks

Sep. 22, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The European Union’s top diplomat urged Iran to return to talks on its nuclear program while the country's foreign minister reiterated Tehran's “willingness to resume negotiations” during a meeting at the United Nations, the EU said Wednesday. ...

Iran's president slams US in first speech to UN as leader

Sep. 21, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's new president slammed U.S. sanctions imposed on his nation as a mechanism of war, using his first U.N address since his swearing-in to forcefully call out Washington's policies in the region and the growing political schism within America. ...

UAE welcomes regional rivals at major natural gas conference

Sep. 21, 2021 08:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Energy officials from Qatar and Turkey, long-standing foes of the United Arab Emirates, descended on Dubai along with hundreds of other executives on Tuesday, flocking to the world's largest gas expo and the industry’s first in-person conference since...

Report: Iran appoints new air force commander

Sep. 19, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader has appointed a pilot of Russian fighter jets to command the nation's air force, state television reported Sunday. It said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's choice is Air Force Brig. Gen. Hamid Vahedi. ...

With eye on Iran, Israeli navy steps up Red Sea presence

Sep. 16, 2021 02:17 AM EDT

ATLIT, Israel (AP) — Israel’s navy has stepped up its activities in the Red Sea “exponentially” in the face of growing Iranian threats to Israeli shipping, the country’s just-retired navy commander said in an interview. Vice Adm. Eli Sharvit stopped short of...

Iran to allow new memory cards in UN's nuclear site cameras

Sep. 12, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran agreed Sunday to allow international inspectors to install new memory cards into surveillance cameras at its sensitive nuclear sites and to continue filming there, potentially averting a diplomatic showdown this week. The announcement by...

Iran says UN atomic agency head arriving in Tehran for talks

Sep. 11, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says that the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency is arriving in the country for talks with Iranian officials. Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, said in a tweet that Rafael Grossi is arriving Saturday, and will travel to...

Lebanon's new PM pledges to stabilize economic meltdown

Sep. 10, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s new prime minister pledged Friday to gain control of one of the world’s worst economic meltdowns, saying lifting subsidies was a critical priority for the small country’s government formed after a year of political stalemate. It is a...