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BAGHDAD | Iran, feeling sanctions bite, looks for outlet in Iraq

BAGHDAD — At this year’s Baghdad International Fair, Iranian businessmen displayed thick, colorful Persian rugs to impressed onlookers while others showcased the latest in Iranian manufacturing in power generators and industrial tools. For Iranian companies, the annual Baghdad International Fair is a major event, as exporters in carpets, foodstuffs and heavy equipment look to score … Continue reading BAGHDAD | Iran, feeling sanctions bite, looks for outlet in Iraq

WASHINGTON | US, China holding security talks amid trade tensions

WASHINGTON — Even as the United States and China butt heads over trade, their top diplomats and defense chiefs will be meeting in Washington Friday, looking to tamp down tensions on other issues that have put a chill on relations between the two world powers. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US, China holding security talks amid trade tensions

TEHRAN, Iran | As US sanctions resume, Iran starts annual air defense drill

TEHRAN, Iran— Iran has kicked off air defense war games as the United States re-imposed all American sanctions that were lifted under the nuclear deal with world powers. State TV broadcast footage of Iranian air defense systems and anti-aircraft batteries in the maneuvers underway Monday and Tuesday across a vast stretch of the country’s north. … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | As US sanctions resume, Iran starts annual air defense drill

UNITED NATIONS | Iran denies Israeli accusation of ‘secret atomic warehouse’

UNITED NATIONS— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Hours later, Iran dismissed the allegation. Holding up a poster-board map of an area near Tehran as … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Iran denies Israeli accusation of ‘secret atomic warehouse’

UNITED NATIONS | Israel accuses Iran of harboring ‘secret atomic warehouse’

UNITED NATIONS — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran on Thursday of keeping a “secret atomic warehouse” just outside its capital, despite the 2015 deal with world powers that was meant to keep it from obtaining nuclear weapons. Holding up a poster-board map of an area near Tehran as he spoke at the U.N. … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Israel accuses Iran of harboring ‘secret atomic warehouse’

UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran’s exports

UNITED NATIONS  — The latest on the United Nations General Assembly (all times local): 10:30 p.m. Five world powers have agreed with Iran to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iran’s exports, including oil, as well as its imports. It is a key move sought by Tehran following the … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | The Latest: 5 powers agree on plan to assist Iran’s exports

UNITED NATIONS | EU, Iran set financial “vehicle” to ease trade between them

UNITED NATIONS  — Five world powers and Iran agreed late Monday to establish a financial facility in the European Union to facilitate payments for Iranian imports and exports including oil, a key move sought by Tehran following the U.S. pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal and its re-imposition of sanctions. Foreign ministers from Britain, France, … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | EU, Iran set financial “vehicle” to ease trade between them

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran lawmakers fire finance minister as economic woes mount

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s parliament voted Sunday to fire the country’s finance minister amid an economic freefall fanned by America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal with world powers, dealing another blow to President Hassan Rouhani’s embattled administration. It’s unlikely that parliament’s dismissal of Masoud Karbasian will staunch the bleeding with Iran’s rial currency falling to … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran lawmakers fire finance minister as economic woes mount