• Russian S-400 Triumph missile system
    Last update: 21:56 16.06.2019
    21:56 16.06.2019

    Turkey Brushes off Attempts to Influence Its Foreign Policy Amid S-400 Row With US

    Washington has been trying to convince Ankara to ditch its deal with Moscow since it was signed in 2017, threatening to block the delivery of F-35 jets and to impose sanctions against the country.

  • Oct. 11, 2018, an Israeli flag in front of the village of Majdal Shams in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Syria slammed President Donald Trump's abrupt declaration that Washington will recognise Israel's sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, saying Friday March 22, 2019, the statement was irresponsible and a threat to international peace and stability
    Last update: 21:15 16.06.2019
    21:15 16.06.2019

    Israel to Name Settlement in Golan Heights After Trump (PHOTOS)

    TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurated a site in the Golan Heights on Sunday where his government plans to build a settlement named after US President Donald Trump.

  • The Kokuka Courageous, one of two oil tankers targeted in an apparent attack in the Gulf of Oman
    Last update: 20:10 16.06.2019
    20:10 16.06.2019

    Saudi Arabia Calls for 'Swift Response' to Oil Supply Chain Threats in Wake of Attack on Tankers

    Previously, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused Iran of attacking the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, despite Tehran vehemently denying the accusations. Iran has suggested that the blasts were a US false-flag operation carried out in order to intensify pressure on the Islamic Republic.

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  • The Western Wall and Dome of the rock in the old city of Jerusalem
    Last update: 18:55 16.06.2019
    18:55 16.06.2019

    US May Delay Release of Middle East Plan Till November - Envoy

    During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump described the Mideast peace plan as a "deal of the century". The plan is supposed to end the decades-long conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

  • An Iranian navy boat tries to stop the fire of an oil tanker after it was attacked in the Gulf of Oman, June 13, 2019
    Last update: 18:43 16.06.2019
    18:43 16.06.2019

    Pompeo Claims Military Option on Table as Iran Suggests Gulf 'Attacks' are US False Flag Op

    The US earlier claimed that the Islamic Republic was behind the attack against ships operated by Japan and Norway in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June and has even released video “evidence”. While Tehran vehemently denies any involvement, the Japanese government reportedly considers Washington’s allegations unconvincing.

    Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman
  • A handout photo made available by the Norwegian shipowner Frontline of the crude oil tanker Front Altair during the firefighting of the fire onboard the ship in the Gulf of Oman
    Last update: 18:04 16.06.2019
    18:04 16.06.2019

    Front Altair Oil Tanker Being Tugged to UAE, Specialists Find No Hot Spots

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Following an initial inspection of the Front Altair oil tanker, one of the two vessels hit by an explosion last week in the Gulf of Oman, no hot spots were found and the ship is being tugged to an area off the northeast shore of the United Arab Emirates, Frontline Management AS, the vessel's parent company, said in a statement.

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  • Heavy water nuclear facility near Arak, Iran
    Last update: 17:30 16.06.2019
    17:30 16.06.2019

    Iran to Announce Steps to Reduce Commitments Under Nuclear Deal Amid US Sanctions

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on 15 June that his country will continue to suspend some of its commitments under the nuclear deal, inked in 2015, if Iran doesn't receive some "positive signals" from other signatories to the accord in the near future.

  • Armed men loyal to the Houthi movement hold their weapons as they gather to protest against a Saudi-led coalition air strike that hit a hospital operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres in northern Yemen, in the capital Sanaa August 16, 2016
    Last update: 15:10 16.06.2019
    15:10 16.06.2019

    Egypt Condemns Houthi Attacks on Saudi Airports

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Egypt has condemned Yemen’s Houthi rebels for targeting airports in southern Saudi Arabia, saying it stood by its ally, according to the Foreign Ministry.

  • A picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRIB on June 13, 2019 reportedly shows smoke billowing from a tanker said to have been attacked off the coast of Oman, at un undisclosed location
    Last update: 14:47 16.06.2019
    14:47 16.06.2019

    Gulf of Oman: Timing of Strike Proves Iran Wasn't Involved in It – Security Analyst

    by Ekaterina Blinova

    A second mysterious attack on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman has escalated already simmering tensions in the Middle East and marred Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's talks in Tehran. Mark Sleboda, a security analyst and former nuclear reactor operator in the US Navy, has suggested that US military forces were likely involved in the incident.

    Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman
  • An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Last update: 13:08 16.06.2019
    13:08 16.06.2019

    Intel Shows Iran 'Almost Certainly' Behind Tanker Attacks, UK Foreign Secretary Hunt Claims

    The development comes shortly after Britain's ambassador to Iran, Rob Macaire, denied reports that he had been summoned by the Iranian Foreign Ministry in the wake of London accusing Tehran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June.

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  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his wife, Sara
    Last update: 12:52 16.06.2019
    12:52 16.06.2019

    Israeli PM Netanyahu's Wife Fined $15,000 for Misuse of State Funds

    Sara Netanyahu has accepted a plea bargain with prosecution, settling the allegations that she had misused about 360,000 shekels ($100,000) in state money to order meals from gourmet restaurants between 2010 and 2013.

  • Iranian Rial
    Last update: 09:55 16.06.2019
    09:55 16.06.2019

    Russia, Iran Have Potential to Increase Bilateral Trade - Minister

    TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Russian-Iranian trade exceeded $1.7 billion in 2018, but the two countries have the potential to increase this indicator, Russian Minister for North Caucasus Affairs Sergei Chebotarev said on Sunday.

  • An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019
    Last update: 05:53 16.06.2019
    05:53 16.06.2019

    Front Altair Oil Tanker Damaged by Explosion in Gulf of Oman to Be Inspected by Specialist Team

    OSLO (Sputnik) - A specialist team will inspect the Front Altair oil tanker, one of the two vessels that suffered an explosion last week in the Gulf of Oman, to assess its condition and damages, Frontline Management AS, the vessel's parent company, said in a statement.

    Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman
  • Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of his ruling party in Ordu, Turkey, Saturday, March 24, 2018
    Last update: 04:44 16.06.2019
    04:44 16.06.2019

    Erdogan: Turkey Wants to Develop Friendly Relations With All Regions of World

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkey wants to develop good relations with all the world's regions, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

  •  40-year partnership of the UK/NL Amphibious Force, British and Dutch Marines
    Last update: 04:27 16.06.2019
    04:27 16.06.2019

    UK to Send Marines to Persian Gulf Region to Protect Country’s Vessels – Reports

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The United Kingdom has decided to send 100 marines to the Persian Gulf region in order to protect its military and merchant vessels after a recent incident in the Gulf of Oman, local media reported on Sunday.

    Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman
  • A handout photo made available by the Norwegian shipowner Frontline of the crude oil tanker Front Altair after the fire onboard the ship in the Gulf of Oman, June 13, 2019
    Last update: 02:51 16.06.2019
    02:51 16.06.2019

    Saudi Crown Prince Accuses Iran of Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accused Iran of twin attacks on oil tankers in a vital Gulf shipping channel, according to excerpts of an interview published early Sunday.

  • Abha at night
    Last update: 23:02 15.06.2019
    23:02 15.06.2019

    Saudi Forces Intercept Ballistic Missile Targeting City of Abha - Reports

    Earlier, Yemeni TV channel reported that the group launched drone attacks on Saudi city of Abha and Jizan airports.

  • Erik Prince, former Navy Seal and founder of private military contractor Blackwater USA, arrives to testify during a closed-door House Select Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, November 30, 2017.
    Last update: 22:06 15.06.2019
    22:06 15.06.2019

    Blackwater Founder Seeks to Invest in Israeli Start-Ups

    US-Israeli relations have been booming since President Donald Trump took office in 2016. The US president has taken several foreign policy steps that have been of great importance to the Jewish state in regards to disputed territories under Israeli control.

  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (2nd L) listening to head of Iran's nuclear technology organisation Ali Akbar Salehi (R) during the nuclear technology day in Tehran
    Last update: 20:00 15.06.2019
    20:00 15.06.2019

    Iran to Roll Back Nuclear Deal Commitments Further Unless Situation Changes

    Following the US unilateral withdrawal from the deal, other signatories to it have vowed to continue adhering to the agreement. However, Tehran has voiced displeasure at how these countries are living up to their promises and has therefore reportedly suspended some of its commitments under the nuclear deal.

  •  A picture of the Kokuka Courageous, one of two that were hit in suspected attacks in the Gulf of Oman, is displayed during a news conference by the ship owner Kokuka Sangyo Ltd. at the company office in Tokyo, Japan June 13, 2019, in in this photo released by Kyodo
    Last update: 18:51 15.06.2019
    18:51 15.06.2019

    Oil Tanker Attack: Japan Doesn't Consider US Accusations Against Iran 'Convincing' – Reports

    The United States has accused Iran of orchestrating attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on 13 June, having released video “evidence” which is considered by some of its allies insufficient to prove that Tehran is to blame. The Islamic Republic, for its part, has strongly denied the allegations as groundless.

    Attack on Tankers in Gulf of Oman