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Lebanese detainee in Iran phones Hariri.

Prime Minister Saad Hariri received a telephone call Friday from Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese national and U.S. permanent residence, imprisoned in Iran, a statement from the prime minister's office said.

- The Daily Star - LB

Report: Iran Guard kills 3 terrorists, wounds 4 in north.

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that elite Revolutionary Guard forces have killed three terrorists and wounded four others in a clash in a border area in the country's northwest.

- FOX News - US

Russia, Iran, North Korea Among CIA Chief's Topics at Forum.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday that Russia has no plans to leave Syria and will continue to try to meddle in U.S. affairs to “stick it to America.”   He reiterated his belief that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election and described the U.S.-Russia relationship as “complicated.”   ...

- Voice of America - US

Islamic 'charity' places pro-Iran professors in US universities.

Alavi Foundation cost-shares with US universities in exchange for allowing pro-Iran professors to function as university staff.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Report: Iran Guard kills 3 terrorists, wounds 4 in north.

Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that elite Revolutionary Guard forces have killed three terrorists and wounded four others in a clash in a border area in the country's northwest

- The Daily Star - LB

Is Iran in Our Gun Sights Now?.

"Iran must be free. The dictatorship must be destroyed. Containment is appeasement and appeasement is surrender." Thus does our Churchill, Newt Gingrich, dismiss, in dealing with Iran, the policy of containment crafted by George Kennan and pursued by nine U.S. presidents to bloodless victory in the Cold War. Why is ...

- Antiwar.com - US

Iran and the Collision between Trump and Reality.

Paul R. Pillar Iran Nuclear Proliferation, Middle East Donald Trump's disdain for the truth does not prevent reality from repeatedly bumping up against his policies, the most consistent theme of which has been to try to destroy his predecessor's accomplishments.  The degree to which reality inconveniences Trump—and more ...

- The National Interest - US

The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn't Working.

Timothy Stafford Security, Middle East Compliance is not enough. In a legally required letter to Speaker Paul Ryan on April 18, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that Iran is in compliance with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action . The next day, he told reporters that the deal represented a failed ...

- The National Interest - US

Kuwait orders Iranian envoy to leave within 48 days.

- Today.Az - AZ

Korea to Play Final World Cup Qualifier in Uzbekistan.

Korea will face Uzbekistan in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.The Korea Football Association said Thursday that the match will take place in Tashkent on Sept. 4. The national team will leave for Uzbekistan on Sept. 1 after a match against Iran in Seoul on Aug. 31.

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

Could The Gulf Dispute Actually Help Iran?.

The on-going diplomatic feud in the Persian Gulf pitting Qatar against a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia has already disrupted regional affairs to a significant extent: economic blockades, rejected airspace and closed embassies are just a few features of this sudden, somewhat unexpected rift between Doha and ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Matthew Fisher: Battle for Mosul could be prelude to wider, deadlier Shia-Sunni conflict

Sunni resentment across the Middle East has only grown with every Shia victory. So does Israeli anxiety at the idea that Tehran may be ascendant

- National Post - CA

US Lawmakers Want Fresh Sanctions on Hezbollah

Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to increase sanctions on Hezbollah, accusing the powerful Shiite Muslim political group of violence in Syria and amassing rockets along Israel's border. The bill, an amendment to existing sanctions on the group, seeks to further restrict its ...

- Voice of America - US

Almost all of Iran's diplomats in Kuwait to be expelled following terror ruling

July 20, 2017, 7:14 PM Kuwait has shut down Iran's cultural and other missions in the country and ordered the expulsion of almost all Iranian diplomats after the Kuwaiti supreme court reaffirmed the conviction of the members of a terror cell that spied for Tehran, smuggled explosives and was preparing to carry out terrorist ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Analysis: Trump's cutoff of aid to Syrian rebels marks victory for Assad, Russia and Iran

Ending the CIA program strengthens Syrian President Bashar Assad, and dashes US. goal of forcing him from power.         

- USA TODAY - US

Kuwait expels 15 Iranian diplomats

Kuwait asks 15 Iranian diplomats to leave the country. Iran threatens to reciprocate.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Korea to Play Final World Cup Qualifier in Uzbekistan

Korea will face Uzbekistan in the final Asian qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Korea Football Association said Thursday that the match will take place in Tashkent on Sept. 4. The national team will leave for Uzbekistan on Sept. 1 after a match against Iran in Seoul on Aug. 31....

- The Chosun Ilbo - KR

New Tehran mayor likely to be Rouhani ally

Reformist members of the incoming Tehran City Council are selecting who will replace conservative Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf as the next mayor.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Kuwait expels Iran diplomats over 'terror' cell links

Kuwait Thursday expelled Iranian diplomats and closed some embassy missions after the emirate's top court convicted a terror cell of links to the Tehran, prompting Iran to threaten reciprocal measure.

- The Daily Star - LB

Venezuela is desperate for higher oil prices

REUTERS/Miraflores PalaceIn a desperate bid to survive its economic meltdown, Venezuela is lobbying other OPEC members to agree to steeper oil production cuts, a move that would likely lead to higher oil prices. Venezuelan officials have reached out to their counterparts in Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia to press them on ...

- Business Insider - US

Kuwait expels Iran diplomats, shuts mission

All joint commissions between the two countries also suspended

- GulfNews - AE

EU steel body criticises steel tariff plan to counter dumping

BRUSSELS - European steel association Eurofer criticised on Thursday measures set out by the European Commission to counter dumping of hot-rolled steel from Brazil, Iran, Russia and Ukraine. The Commission, which oversees trade policy in the 28-member European Union, has set out plans to levy tariffs of up to 33 percent on ...

- Sify - IN

Russia calls new US sanctions against Iran unfounded: RIA

Washington slapped new economic sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile programme.

- Zee News - IN

Iran's double standard of justice

President Hassan Rouhani's brother was released from custody one day after he was arrested on corruption charges. And yet, Iranian journalists and activists spend months in solitary confinement without charges.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Iran envoy told to leave Kuwait over spy case

14 other diplomats also expelled

- The Hindu - IN

WATCH: Iranian fisherman surfing a whale shark

Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea, and often slowly swim at the ocean's surface. They also are rather docile, and as they feed on plankton, they are generally not harmful to people. Unfortunately, this tempts some people to ride atop them. An Iranian fisherman was filmed doing just that i...

- The Raw Story - US

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over spy 'terror' cell

Kuwait's action comes in response to Iran and Hezbollah allegedly running a spy cell in the country. Unlike some Gulf Arab states, Kuwait has relatively good relations with Iran.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Kuwait Expels Iranian Diplomats, Closes Offices

Kuwait says it has called on Iran to reduce the number of its diplomats stationed in the Persian Gulf state and close down some of its offices, including its cultural mission.

- Radio Free Europe - US

'Kuwait orders Iran envoy to leave'

15 diplomats expelled, missions closed

- The Hindu - IN

Kuwait reduces diplomatic ties with Iran

- Today.Az - AZ

Iran's power export growth pace slowing down

- Today.Az - AZ

Iran slams US annual report on terrorism

- Today.Az - AZ

MoU on railway development between Azerbaijan, Iran approved

- Today.Az - AZ

Kuwait shuts Iran cultural mission, expels some diplomats

Kuwait said on Thursday it is shutting the Iranian cultural mission and calling for a reduction in the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the country, deepening a rift between the Gulf Arab states and Tehran.

- The Daily Star - LB

Iran slams US annual report on terrorism

In a tit for tat reaction, Iran has described the recent US report on terrorism as baseless' accusing the states itself of sponsoring and creating terrorist groups in the world.

- AzerNews - AZ

MoU on railway development between Azerbaijan, Iran approved

Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree July 19 approving a memorandum of understanding between Azerbaijan Railways CJSC and Iranian Railways on the development of railways, signed on March 5, 2017, in Tehran.

- AzerNews - AZ

US: Iran provided weapons, funding and training to Bahraini militant groups

Iran labelled by the US as the world's top government sponsor of terrorism

- GulfNews - AE

Kuwait asks Iran to cut diplomatic staff

Cultural mission, technical offices to be shut down; joint commissions suspended

- GulfNews - AE

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over 'terror' cell, says official

KUWAIT CITY, July 20 — Kuwait today ordered the expulsion of about 15 Iranian diplomats after the emirate's top court convicted a terror' cell of links to the Islamic republic, a government source told AFP. Kuwait also ordered the...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Qatar crisis strains Saudi-led Arab alliance in Yemen war

DUBAI - A crisis between Qatar and four Arab countries is straining a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government in a two-year war against Iranian-aligned Houthis and slowing the alliance's military advances.

- Reuters - US

Iran's president threatens response to new US sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that Tehran would "respond appropriately" to new US sanctions but that Iran remained committed to its nuclear deal with world powers. "The Islamic Republic of Iran will always stick to its international commitments," Rouhani said in a televised cabinet meeting.

- Yahoo! News - US

The embargo of Qatar is hurting foreign workers more than Qatari citizens

When Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates led the imposition of a political and economic blockade on Qatar last month, there were immediate, far-reaching consequences: Flights were canceled and rerouted, Qatari citizens were expelled from other Arab states of the Persian Gulf, shipping routes were closed and airspace ...

- Stars and Stripes - US

US and Iran in tit-for-tat sanctions over missiles

Washington July 18, 2017 The US and Iran traded tit-for-tat sanctions on Tuesday over the Islamic republic's ballistic missile program, just hours after Washington admitted Tehran was complying with a landmark nuclear deal signed two years ago. After the US announced its new sanctions, Iran hit back, calling them ...

- SpaceDaily.com - US

Kuwait Shuts Iran Cultural Mission, Expels Some Diplomats

Kuwait says it is shutting the Iranian cultural mission and related offices in the Gulf Arab state and reducing the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the country. The official Kuwait News Agency announced the move in a brief statement Thursday. It says the move is related to the case of a terrorist cell broken up in ...

- Voice of America - US

Kuwait closes Iran cultural mission, expels diplomats

State news says move relates to the 2015 case of a broken up 'terror' cell that authorities said had contacts with Iran.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Iran's president says his country will 'stand up to' US

TEHRAN, Iran " Iran's president said Wednesday that his country will stand up to the United States and reciprocate for any new sanctions that Washington imposes on the Islamic republic.Hassan Rouhani's remarks came a day after...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Abbreviated pundit roundup: Trump wildly successful appointing judges; avoiding war with Iran

Until last week, Joel Clement was director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the Department of Interior. He is now a senior adviser at the department's Office of Natural Resources Revenue. At The Washington Post, he writes—I'm a scientist. I'm blowing the whistle on the Trump administration: I am a scientist, a policy ...

- Daily Kos - US

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over 'terror' cell, closes some embassy missions

Kuwait on Thursday expelled Iranian diplomats and closed some embassy missions after the emirate's top court convicted a “terror” cell of links to the Islamic republic, the foreign ministry said. The action was taken after a supreme court ruling last month said “Iranian sides helped and supported the cell ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Kuwait tells Iranian embassy to cut staff after spy case

Last year Kuwait convicted 23 men - one Iranian and the rest Kuwaiti - of spying for Iran and Lebanese Shi`ite Muslim group Hezbollah after a cache of guns and explosives were discovered in a raid of the so-called "Abdali cell" in 2015.

- Zee News - IN

Kuwait shuts Iran cultural mission, expels some diplomats

Kuwait says it is shutting the Iranian cultural mission and related offices in the Gulf Arab state and reducing the number of Iranian diplomats stationed in the country. The official Kuwait News Agency announced the move in a brief statement Thursday. It says the move is related to the case of a terrorist cell broken up in ...

- DAWN - PK

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