Iran nuclear chief warns US over support for Saudi Arabia

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Ali Akbar Salehi, who helped negotiate 2015 deal, says US risks upsetting balance of power in Middle East The head of Irans atomic energy organisation, one of the architects of Writing in the Guardian, Ali Akbar Salehi said lavish arms purchases by regional actors a reference to the Saudi purchase of $100bn of US arms […]

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Rift between Iran’s ayatollah and re-elected president widens

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Hassan Rouhani questions political legitimacy of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei after supreme leader embarrassed president at high-profile meeting Tensions are mounting between Irans supreme leader and the countrys president after the latters landslide victory in last months election. video circulating online of that moment shows the audience bursting into laughter while Rouhani smiles uncomfortably. Khamenei continued: […]

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Saudi crown prince’s ascendancy gives hope of reform but it may be premature

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Talk of social change is in the air in Riyadh after King Salman announces Mohammed bin Salman as heir to Saudi throne On the streets of Riyadh, in its shopping malls and public spaces, Saudi Arabias religious police had long been a foreboding presence. They could reach into private lives at will, with powers that […]

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Yemeni children infected by cholera at rate of one every 35 seconds

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Save the Children warns rate of infection has tripled in two weeks, fuelled by near-famine conditions and crippled infrastructure The cholera outbreak in Yemen is escalating at an alarming rate, with experts warning that a child is now infected with the disease every 35 seconds, according to Save the Children. Grant Pritchard, the charitys director […]

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Iran attacks: Trump reaction to Isis killings ‘repugnant’, says foreign minister

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Mohammad Javad Zarif hits back at the US presidents comments on the suicide bombing which has been claimed by Islamic State Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday that US President Donald Trumps reaction to the deadly Islamic State group attacks in Tehran was repugnant. Repugnant WH [White House] statement… as Iranians counter […]

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Shootings reported at Iranian parliament and Khomeini shrine

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One guard killed in attack on parliament in Tehran while several injured at shrine to late leader, according to news agencies The Iranian parliament and the shrine of Irans revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, have been targeted in simultaneous attacks in Tehran, state media has reported. One guard was killed in the parliament shooting, the […]

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