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Mike Pompeo: said  Iran  has taken over from Afghanistan and Pakistan as al-Qaeda’s   main “sanctuary for the terror group’s senior leaders as they plan attacks against America and our allies”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo’s accusation that Iran has become al-Qaeda’s home base, which he made in a speech on Tuesday, is intended to undermi(...)

Mike Pompeo:  said  the terrorist designation would give the US “additional tools” to pile pressure on Iran, which has supported Houthi rebels. Photograph:  Tami Chappell/AFP)  via Getty Images

Aid agencies have sharply criticised the Trump administration’s decision to designate Yemen’s Houthi rebels a terrorist organisation, warning it will(...)

 South Korea’s deputy foreign minister Choi Jong-kun (L) meeting with his Iranian counterpart Abbas Araghchi, in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday.  Handout photograph: Iranian Foreign Ministry/AFP via Getty Images

Iran’s capture of a South Korean-flagged tanker at sea last week has been described by the United States as extortion. But Tehran says it is Seoul tha(...)

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Some  believe the prince’s push to repair relations with Qatar are partly motivated by efforts to improve his standing with US president-elect Joe Biden. Handout photograph: Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia has agreed to reopen its land, air and sea borders with Qatar in a move to end a dispute lasting more than three years that triggered an (...)

The South Korean navy’s destroyer Choi Young. It has arrived in the Strait of Hormuz. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

South Korean forces have arrived in waters near the Strait of Hormuz as pressure builds on Iran to free a South Korean tanker it seized along with its(...)

The interior of the Fordow Uranium Conversion Facility in Qom, in the north of Iran. Photograph: Atomic Energy Organization of Iran/AFP via Getty Images

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have seized a South Korean vessel “for polluting the Persian Gulf with chemicals”, amid rising tensions between Iran and t(...)

A rescue operation in Iran after eight climbers were found dead dead and at least seven others missing due to avalanches north of Tehran. Photograph: IRIB news agency/AFP/Getty Images.

At least eight climbers have died and several more are missing in mountains north of Iran’s capital Tehran after heavy snowfall and a blizzard, state (...)

Amazon’s shares soared as much as 92 per cent during 2020. Photograph: Thorsten Wagner/Bloomberg

Amazon was a clear Wall Street winner from the coronavirus crisis. The online retailer and cloud computing giant’s shares soared as much as 92 per ce(...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: he said Iranian authorities should not wait “an hour” if there was a chance to have US sanctions lifted. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

European powers are backing president-elect Joe Biden’s suggestion that the US returns to a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in its existing form, and (...)

Ruhollah Zam was the son of a pro-reform Shia cleric and fled Iran. File photograph: Getty

Iranian dissident journalist Ruhollah Zam, who was convicted of fomenting violence during anti-government protests in 2017, was executed on Saturday, (...)

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