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Outgoing US acting defence secretary Patrick Shanahan: Mark Esper, army secretary and  former Raytheon executive, is set to take his role. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

Acting US defence secretary Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from consideration for the post of Pentagon chief, making him the latest person to leave a (...)

US president Donald Trump: Vacillated on the issue of meeting the Iranians for talks.  Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

President Donald Trump has ordered 1,000 more US troops to the Middle East amid a dangerous escalation in tension with Iran as Tehran threatens steps (...)

Iran’s Arak nuclear plant in 2011. Photograph: Hamid Foroutan/AFP/Getty Images

Iran said it would soon exceed limits on its enriched uranium stockpile agreed in a nuclear deal with world powers, increasing the urgency of European(...)

Damage from an explosion, left, and a likely limpet mine can be seen on the hull of the civilian vessel M/V Kokuka Courageous in the Gulf of Oman, June 13th, 2019. Photograph: US Navy/Getty Images)

The US is hoping to “build international consensus” around what officials claim is Iran’s responsibility for damaging two oil tankers in the Gulf of O(...)

US president Donald Trump at the White House on Friday. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Tensions between the United States and Iran have escalated after Washington blamed Tehran for Thursday’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman(...)

Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday as  the U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. Photograph: ISNA/AP

The Strait of Hormuz, sometimes described as the world’s most important oil choke point, is a gateway for almost a third of all crude oil and other pe(...)

Eleven jurisdictions remain on the EU’s tax haven list.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Caribbean island of Dominica has been removed from a European Union list of tax havens, the EU said on Friday. Dominica changed its tax rules to(...)

Still image taken from a US military handout video purports to show Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from the side of the Kokuka Courageous Tanker, June 13th, 2019. Photograph: US Military/Reuters

Iran said on Friday it was alarming and wrong of the United States to blame Tehran for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf, after a(...)

A handout photo made available by Iran’s official state TV (IRIB) allegedly shows the crude oil tanker Front Altair on fire in the Gulf of Oman, June 13th 2019. Photograph: IRIB/EPA

Two oil tankers were severely damaged by attacks in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday that sparked a 4 per cent surge in crude prices and put the energy in(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani shakes hands with Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe during a welcome ceremony in Tehran on Wednesday. Photograph: Handout via Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe began a two-day visit to Iran on Wednesday as part of international efforts to reduce tensions between Tehran and W(...)

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