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 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(...)

(Medical staff members wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, arriving with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province. Photograph Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Communist-run Cuba said late on Friday it had signed an accord with Iran to transfer the technology for its most advanced coronavirus vaccine candidat(...)

The wreckage of the Ukrainian  passenger   aircraft downed by Iranian armed forces on January 8th, 2020, near Tehran, killing all 176 people  on board. Photograph:  EPA/Abedin Taherkenareh

A year after Iran shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran airport it is under growing international pressure to try those responsible and comp(...)

Arab governments have remained diplomatically silent as their citizens have poured scorn on Wednesday’s storming of the US Capitol by supporters of pr(...)

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani attending the 41st Gulf Co-operation Council summit. Photograph: Bandar Alajaloud/Saudi royal court/EPA

Qatar’s return to the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) after 3½ years of blockade by Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt is a major diplomati(...)

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(...)

Iraqi demonstrators gather to mark the anniversary of the US killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and an Iraqi militia commander, in  Tahrir square in the capital Baghdad. Photograph:  ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Tens of thousands of supporters of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups chanted anti-American slogans in central Baghdad on Sunday to mark the ann(...)

A group of migrants live in a shelter in the city of Matamoros, Mexico. Migrants’ hopes of reaching the US have been raised by the election of Joe Biden. Photograph: Abraham Pineda-Jacome/EPA

For Charleston Wang, a Cincinnati, Ohio-based immigration lawyer, the past four years under United States president Donald Trump have been a very stra(...)

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