Lavrov: nuclear deal with Iran in final phase

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian that agreement on the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is in the finishing straight. By…

Iran-Saudi talks progress

Direct discussions to mend deep divisions between regional rivals Tehran and Riyadh are advancing. By Erin Viner This, according to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian at a press conference in…

US: No plans to meet Iran at UNGA

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken has no plans to meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian at the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New…

Arab-Jewish tensions simmer in Jerusalem

The truce between Israel and Hamas held into its 4th day today, as international mediators continue efforts to secure an extended period of calm after the worst outbreak of fighting…

Netanyahu: IDF op not on ‘stopwatch’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed determination to press on with Operation Guardian of the Walls against Gaza’s Hamas rulers “until its objective is achieved to restore quiet and…

IDF sets Gaza terrorists ‘back by years’

Palestinian Islamists kept up cross-border rocket fire today, with no firm sign of any imminent ceasefire despite international calls to end Gaza’s conflict with Israel. The Hamas-controlled territory has indiscriminately…

Palestinians call off elections

As expected, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ‘postponed’ 22 May parliamentary elections amid internal divisions among his Fatah party and a dispute with Israel over voting by Arab residents in east…

Progress reported at JCPOA talks

Iran and world powers have achieved some progress on strategies to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear accords in Vienna. European-mediated indirect talks between the Islamic…

Turkey to US: S400s a ‘done deal’

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said he informed United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Ankara’s purchase of Russian air defenses is not up for discussion. “On the S-400s,…