The Grace 1 supertanker at anchor in the British territory of Gibraltar on Thursday. Photograph:  Marcos Moreno/AP

Gibraltar has released an Iranian tanker at the centre of a dispute between Britain and the Islamic republic after a court set aside a last-minute US (...)

Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif,  at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday. Photograph: Kena BetancurAFP/Getty Images

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said it had seized a foreign vessel near the strategic Strait of Hormuz and detained its crew for allegedly smuggling fuel(...)

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian judiciary officials in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday. Photograph: Iran government handout/EPA

The latest round of US sanctions on senior Iranian figures could finish off the remote possibility of talks between Tehran and Washington. Experts a(...)

A helicopter hovers with an oil tanker in the background as the USS John C Stennis makes its way to the Gulf through the Strait of Hormuz, December 21st, 2018. File photograph: Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that two of its oil tankers were among those attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates and described it as an att(...)

Iranians on  Valiasr Street in northern Tehran earlier this week. Inflation in Iran is at about 40 per cent and the rial is down 60 per cent on the year. Photograph: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Nasrin, an Iranian mother of two teenagers, starts to cry when she thinks of what the future could hold for her children. “I have been thinking of the(...)

Iranian demonstrators burn a US flag during a rally in Tehran to show their support of Iran’s decision to pull out from some part of nuclear deal. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Friday that Tehran would not negotiate with the United States and a senior cleric warned that a US navy fleet coul(...)

Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz listens to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during a joint press conference  in Vienna on Wednesday. Photograph: Robert Jaeger/AFP/Getty Images

A potential confrontation between the US and Iran is brewing in the Strait of Hormuz after Tehran threatened to block the Gulf passageway in retaliati(...)

Tunisians take part in a protest in Tunis on Thursday against US president Donald  Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/ EPA

For decades, the idea of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital served as a rare and powerful rallying cry that united the Arab world. King(...)

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: The supply of rockets to the Iran-allied rebel Houthi movement could “constitute an act of war against the Kingdom”, state news agency SPA quoted him as saying. Photograph:  Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince said Iran’s supply of rockets to militias in Yemen is an act of “direct military aggression” that could be an act of war, (...)

An injured child receives treatment at a makeshift hospital in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, on Monday following an air strike by government forces. Experts fear Syria’s war could last for many more years. Photograph: Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images

It may take weeks or months, but Aleppo is likely to fall to Syrian government forces backed by Russian air power and the most lethal bombardment in n(...)

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