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  • Iran oil minister says oil price hike benefits Tehran: ISNA Jan 08, 2020 03:02 PM IST

    Iran oil minister says oil price hike benefits Tehran: ISNA

    "The trend of oil prices is up and this benefits Iran ... Americans should stop disturbing the region and let the people of the region live," Zanganeh said.

  • Iran responding to US by cutting off America's "leg" in region: Report Jan 08, 2020 02:55 PM IST

    Iran responding to US by cutting off America's "leg" in region: Report

    President Hassan Rouhani made his comments after Iran launched missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq, an action that Tehran said was in retaliation to a U.S. drone strike that killed Soleimani last week.

  • Outgunned, Iran invests in means to indirectly confront superpower enemy Jan 08, 2020 02:08 PM IST

    Outgunned, Iran invests in means to indirectly confront superpower enemy

    The Gulf country has more than 500,000 active-duty personnel, including 125,000 members of its elite Revolutionary Guards, according to a report last year by the International Institute for Strategic Studies. But international sanctions and restrictions on arms imports have made it hard for Iran to develop or buy more sophisticated weaponry.

  • Iran supreme leader says 'slap in face' delivered to US Jan 08, 2020 01:54 PM IST

    Iran supreme leader says 'slap in face' delivered to US

    His remarks came after he had vowed "severe revenge" for a US drone strike that killed one of Iran's top military commanders near Baghdad international airport last week.

  • Ukrainian embassy says engine failure, not missile, caused airliner crash in Iran Jan 08, 2020 01:04 PM IST

    Ukrainian embassy says engine failure, not missile, caused airliner crash in Iran

    In a statement, the embassy also said that 168 people had bought tickets for the flight.

  • Saudi Aramco hits new low on US-Iran tensions Jan 08, 2020 12:48 PM IST

    Saudi Aramco hits new low on US-Iran tensions

    Saudi stocks also dropped 1.4 percent, following across-the-board selling in Gulf markets amid escalating tensions between the United States and Iran.

  • Iran will welcome any Indian peace initiative for de-escalating its tensions with US: Iranian Envoy Jan 08, 2020 12:45 PM IST

    Iran will welcome any Indian peace initiative for de-escalating its tensions with US: Iranian Envoy

    His comments come hours after Iran launched missile strikes against two US military bases in Iraq in retaliation to the killing of its top commander General Qassem Soleimani.

  • Iraq military says no Iraqi casualties as 22 missiles hit bases Jan 08, 2020 12:32 PM IST

    Iraq military says no Iraqi casualties as 22 missiles hit bases

    "Between 1:45 am and 2:15 am (2245 GMT and 2315 GMT) Iraq was hit by 22 missiles, 17 on the Ain al-Asad air base and...five on the city of Arbil," the Iraqi military command said in a statement, adding they hit sites being used by the US-led international coalition.

  • US-Iran conflict: Iranian state TV says 80 killed in country's missile strikes against US in Iraq Jan 08, 2020 12:25 PM IST

    US-Iran conflict: Iranian state TV says 80 killed in country's missile strikes against US in Iraq

    State TV, citing a senior Revolutionary Guards source, also said Iran had 100 other targets in the region in its sights if Washington took any retaliatory measures. It also said U.S. helicopters and military equipment were "severely damaged".

  • OPEC secretary general says Iraqi oil facilities secure, production continuing Jan 08, 2020 12:15 PM IST

    OPEC secretary general says Iraqi oil facilities secure, production continuing

    "It's a big relief that the facilities continue to be secured in Iraq, the production is continuing and effective," Barkindo said on the sidelines of a conference in Abu Dhabi.

  • Iran escalation shows Donald Trump 'dangerously incompetent': Joe Biden Jan 08, 2020 12:14 PM IST

    Iran escalation shows Donald Trump 'dangerously incompetent': Joe Biden

    Speaking in New York, Biden said Trump used a “haphazard” decision-making process to order the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and has failed to communicate the rationale to Congress or U.S. allies around the world.

  • Iran's army renews demand for US to withdraw troops from region: Report Jan 08, 2020 11:30 AM IST

    Iran's army renews demand for US to withdraw troops from region: Report

    "Now that they have understood our power, it is time for the United States to withdraw its troops from the Middle East," Iran's armed forces chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri said in a statement, according to state television.

  • China's CNPC pulls staff from Iraq oilfield amid Middle east tensions Jan 08, 2020 11:12 AM IST

    China's CNPC pulls staff from Iraq oilfield amid Middle east tensions

    The West Qurna-1 oilfield is jointly developed by CNPC and Exxon Mobil, with the U.S. major as the operator.

  • US-Iran conflict: MEA issues travel advisory, urges Indians to cancel all non-essential travel to Iraq Jan 08, 2020 11:07 AM IST

    US-Iran conflict: MEA issues travel advisory, urges Indians to cancel all non-essential travel to Iraq

    The urgent notification comes after Iran launched a salvo of missiles to destroy US military bases in Iraq

  • DGCA asks airlines to be vigilant in airspace over Iran, Iraq, Gulf of Oman, waters of Persian Gulf Jan 08, 2020 10:57 AM IST

    DGCA asks airlines to be vigilant in airspace over Iran, Iraq, Gulf of Oman, waters of Persian Gulf

    "We had held meetings with the concerned Airlines and have sensitised them to remain vigilant and take all precautions," said a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday morning.

  • UAE energy minister sees no oil shortage in absence of 'catastrophic escalation' Jan 08, 2020 10:08 AM IST

    UAE energy minister sees no oil shortage in absence of 'catastrophic escalation'

    "The oil market is well supplied now I would say," Suhail al-Mazrouei said.

  • Philippines orders citizens in Iraq to leave after Iran attacks US forces Jan 08, 2020 10:05 AM IST

    Philippines orders citizens in Iraq to leave after Iran attacks US forces

    "The alert level in the entire Iraq has been raised to alert level 4 calling for mandatory evacuation," said Eduardo Menez, spokesman at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

  • Canada to move some troops from Iraq to Kuwait: Official Jan 08, 2020 09:59 AM IST

    Canada to move some troops from Iraq to Kuwait: Official

    General Jonathan Vance, chief of defense staff, announced the "operational pause" in a letter posted on Twitter to families of deployed military personnel.

  • US prohibits flights over Iraq, Iran and the Gulf Jan 08, 2020 09:36 AM IST

    US prohibits flights over Iraq, Iran and the Gulf

    Iran has launched over a dozen ballistic missiles at 5:30 pm on January 7 targeting at least two bases where US military and coalition forces are stationed in Iraq.

  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander says missile attacks 'first step': Report Jan 08, 2020 09:20 AM IST

    Iran's Revolutionary Guards commander says missile attacks 'first step': Report

    "The missile attacks today were just the first step (US President Donald) should think about withdrawing its troops from the region and not to leave them within our reach," Iranian state TV quoted the commander as saying, without naming him.

  • 'All is well' says Donald Trump after Iran missile strike against US in Iraq Jan 08, 2020 09:02 AM IST

    'All is well' says Donald Trump after Iran missile strike against US in Iraq

    Iran said it had launched the missile attack on two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S.-led coalition personnel as retribution for the U.S. killing last week of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.

  • Iran says 'took and concluded proportionate' self-defence Jan 08, 2020 09:00 AM IST

    Iran says 'took and concluded proportionate' self-defence

    "Iran took and concluded proportionate measures in self-defence" targeting a base from which a "cowardly armed attack against our citizens and senior officials" was launched, said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Twitter.

  • Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren calls on Donald Trump to 'de-escalate' with Iran Jan 08, 2020 09:00 AM IST

    Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren calls on Donald Trump to 'de-escalate' with Iran

    Castro, a former U.S. housing and urban development secretary under President Barack Obama, told the crowd about having lunch with Warren, a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, early in his tenure, and expecting to engage in some small talk to get to know one another.

  • Oil prices spike over 4.5% after Iran attacks Jan 08, 2020 07:50 AM IST

    Oil prices spike over 4.5% after Iran attacks

    The benchmark WTI jumped as much as 4.53 percent to $65.54 a barrel before settling down slightly after Iran unleashed its first response to the US assassination of military commander Qasem Soleimani.

  • Iran launches missile strike against US in Iraq Jan 08, 2020 07:45 AM IST

    Iran launches missile strike against US in Iraq

    These attacks came after the killing of the commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards, General Qasem Soleimani, in a US drone strike, which was ordered by President Donald Trump, on Friday.

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