US imposes sanctions on Iranian banks, financial sector

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump’s administration imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran’s banking sector, taking a major new step to cripple the arch-rival’s already struggling economy weeks ahead of US elections. The US Treasury Department said it was designating 18

US court orders Iran to pay $1.4bn over missing ex-FBI agent

WASHINGTON: A court in the United States has ordered Iran’s government to pay more than $1.4 billion in punitive and compensatory damages to the family of a former FBI agent who disappeared during a visit in March 2007. In an

Saudi King Salman denounces Iran in UN speech

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz took aim at Iran during his debut at the annual United Nations meeting of world leaders. He said Iran has exploited a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers “to intensify its expansionist activities,

US President threatens to attack Iran again

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has once again threatened Iran. According to a foreign news agency, the US President said that an attack by Iran in any form will not be tolerated. In a tweet, Trump said that Iran was

UAE betrayed Muslim world with Israel deal: Khamenei

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday accused the United Arab Emirates of betraying the Muslim world with its agreement to normalise relations with Israel. “The UAE betrayed the world of Islam, the Arab nations, the region’s countries,

13 UN Security Council oppose US push for Iran sanctions

NEW YORK: The United States was further isolated over its bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran with 13 countries on the 15-member UN Security Council expressing their opposition, arguing the move is void as Washington quit the nuclear deal

UAE made ‘huge mistake’ with Israel deal: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday said the United Arab Emirates has made a “huge mistake” in reaching a deal toward establishing ties with Israel. The UAE-Israel agreement announced on Thursday, which United States President Donald Trump helped to

Repercussions of UAE-Israel deal on Palestine dispute

The announcement that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has reached a peace deal and will establish bilateral relations with Israel has sent shockwaves across the Muslim world and the raised fear of damage to the Palestinian cause. The world has

UN Security Council rejects resolution to extend Iran arms embargo

NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a United States resolution to extend an Iranian arms embargo. Only two of the Security Council’s 15 members voted in favor, highlights the division between US and European allies ever since

Turkey, Iran slams UAE for establishing ties with Israel

ANKARA/TEHRAN: The United Arab Emirates has become the first Gulf Arab country to reach a deal on establishing bilateral relations with Israel. The so-called ‘Abraham Agreement’, announced by United States President Donald Trump, secures an Israeli commitment to halt further

US special envoy to Iran Brian Hook steps down

WASHINGTON: United States special representative to Iran Brian Hook is leaving his post and Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams will take an additional role, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Hook’s departure comes as the United Nations Security Council prepares to

US fighter jet comes close to Iranian plane in Syrian airspace

TEHRAN: Several passengers on an Iranian airline have been injured over Syria after the pilot changed altitude to avoid collision with a US fighter jet, Iranian media reported. The Iranian plane, belonging to Mahan Air, was heading from Tehran to

Iran executes man convicted of spying for US, Israel

TEHRAN: Iran today (Monday) has executed a former translator accused of spying for American and Israeli intelligence agencies, including helping to locate a top Iranian general killed later by the Americans. According to the Iranian judiciary’s official news agency, Mahmoud

Pakistan to re-open Iran border tomorrow

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to re-open four border points with Iran from Sunday, 5th July for trade purposes. A notification issued by Ministry of Interior said that crossings at Gabd, Mand, Katagar and Chedgi will be opened. The decision

19 killed by gas explosion in Tehran

TEHRAN: A powerful explosion at a clinic in northern Tehran killed at least 19 people, the state-owned news agency reported citing officials. The blast at Sina At’har health centre caused damage to buildings in the vicinity and sent a plume

Iran makes wearing masks compulsory from next week

TEHRAN: Iran has made wearing masks mandatory in certain areas and has allowed virus-hit provinces to reimpose restrictions as deaths mounted from the coronavirus. The new steps were announced on Sunday as Iran counted 144 new fatalities from the COVID-19

Blast reported near military base in Iran

TEHRAN: A huge explosion occurred east of Iran’s capital late Thursday, according to local media. In a footage circulating on social media, a bright orange flash followed by a large plume of smoke can be seen. Iranian state television reported,

IAEA passes resolution against Iran, seeks access to nuclear sites

VIENNA: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Friday passed a resolution critical of Iran as tension mounts over its nuclear programme. The board of governors at the UN’s nuclear watchdog passed the resolution put forward by European states and

US seeks in-person meetings with Iran over prisoner releases

WASHINGTON: The United States has expressed willingness to host an in-person meeting with Iran to discuss prisoner releases and wants the UN Security Council to impose an indefinite arms embargo. Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Council on

Pak-Iran border opened to facilitate mango exporters

ISLAMABAD: The special committee on agricultural products has taken notice of the hurdles to mango exporters in wake of the coronavirus pandemic and rising transport charges. Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser, who heads the committee, deliberated on the upward revision

Iran, US release citizens in prisoner swap

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has expressed hope for progress with Iran after it released a US Navy veteran and the United States freed two Iranians. Michael White, who had contracted the coronavirus while in Iran, flew out on a Swiss

‘Friends’ reunion special to be filmed by end of summer

NEW YORK: The cast of ‘Friends’ will resume filming by end of the summer which was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The main cast including Jennifer Aniston (Rachel), Courteney Cox (Monica), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe), Matt LeBlanc (Joey), Matthew Perry

Gen Bajwa discusses border security with Iran’s military chief

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday discussed enhancing border security with Iran’s chief of the armed forces Maj Gen Bagheri as well as measures to tackle the coronavirus. According to a statement issued by

Iran to temporarily reopen all mosques as restrictions ease

TEHRAN: All mosques in Iran will reopen temporarily on Tuesday as the government aims to ease restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the official news agency reported. The decision to reopen the mosques was made in consultation

19 sailors dead as Iran warship hit by ‘friendly fire’ at sea

TEHRAN: An Iranian warship was hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, killing 19 sailors, state media and the army said on Monday, amid rising tensions Gulf waters. The incident involving the Konarak vessel occurred on Sunday afternoon

Afghanistan probes reports Iranian guards forced migrants into river

HERAT: Afghan officials searched for migrants in a river bordering Iran after reports that Iranian border guards tortured dozens and threw them into the water to keep them out of Iran. Afghan authorities in western Herat province said they retrieved

Coronavirus: Iran to reopen mosques in low-risk areas

TEHRAN: Iran will reopen mosques in areas free of the new coronavirus on Monday as it gradually starts to ease lockdown restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the pandemic. Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 47 people died of

Over 700 dead in Iran after drinking methanol to cure coronavirus

TEHRAN: More than 700 people have died in Iran after erroneously ingesting toxic methanol to cure the novel coronavirus. The national coroner’s authority said that alcohol poisoning killed 728 Iranians between February 20 and April 7. Last year there were

Trump threatens to destroy Iranian gunboats harassing US ships

WASHINGTON: United States President Donald Trump said he had ordered the US military to attack and destroy any Iranian vessel that harasses US Navy ships. “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all

FM Qureshi stresses on coordinated global approach against coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday stressed on a coordinated approach by the international community to combat the spread of coronavirus. In a telephonic conversation with French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, the foreign minister said COVID-19 has spread