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Rockets hit Iran dissident camp in Iraq: officials

BAQUBA, Iraq — Multiple rockets over the past 24 hours hit a camp in Iraq housing Iranian exiles, officials and the group based there said on Wednesday, after Iraq and the UN signed a pact to resettle residents. The latest strikes, the third in four days, occurred at about 8:15…

Oil plunges on strong dollar, profit taking

World oil prices sank in volatile year-end deals on Wednesday, as traders took profits and eyed the strong dollar, new concerns over the eurozone debt crisis and fresh equity falls on Wall Street. New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for February delivery, known as West Texas Intermediate (WTI), sank $1.98 to $99.36 a barrel. Brent North…

U.S. warns Iran not to block Strait of Hormuz

The United States warned Iran on Wednesday against any attempt to disrupt shipping in the Strait of Hormuz, after Tehran issued threats over the vital oil route. “Interference with the transit… of vessels through the Strait of Hormuz will not be tolerated,” said Pentagon press secretary George Little. Iran’s Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has…

Iran signs fuel deal with Afghanistan: media

Iran has signed a deal with Afghanistan to supply its neighbour with a million tons of fuel oil, petrol and aviation fuel a year, Iranian media reported without putting a value on the agreement. The accord was signed Monday by the Afghan trade and industry minister, Anwar Ul-Haq Ahady, and Iran’s deputy oil minister, Alireza Zeyghami. Two-thirds…

Iran ready for IAEA visit ‘as soon as possible’: envoy

Tehran’s envoy to the UN atomic agency said Thursday he would meet the watchdog’s chief nuclear inspector in Vienna in the first week of January to arrange a visit to Iran as soon as possible. “As soon as the holidays are over we will sit down with Mr (Herman) Nackaerts and arrange…

U.S. posts $10 million bounty on al Qaeda financier

The United States on Thursday offered a $10 million reward for information leading to the arrest of a key Al-Qaeda fundraiser, who is said to be a Syrian operating from Iran. The reward for Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil marks the first time that a “terrorist financier” has been targeted in…

Pentagon plays down remarks by Panetta on Iran

The Pentagon on Tuesday sought to play down remarks by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta who has suggested Iran’s nuclear program could be on a faster track than previously suspected. In an interview with CBS News, Panetta said Iran could have anuclear weapon in a year or possibly sooner and that the timeline might be…

Iran intelligence ‘arrests CIA spy’

Tehran has arrested an alleged US Central Intelligence Agency spy of Iranian origin before he could complete his mission of infiltrating the intelligence ministry, media quoted the ministry as saying on Saturday. “Based on the scenario, he was supposed to infiltrate the intelligence ministry … and feed it deceptive information…

Senate passes National Defense Authorization Act

WASHINGTON — The US Senate passed a $662 billion defense bill Thursday that also freezes some Pakistan aid, imposes sanctions on Iran’s central bank, and approves the indefinite imprisonment of suspected terrorists. The Democrat-led Senate voted 86-13 for the Defense Authorization bill, which was passed Wednesday by the House. President…

Seychelles drone crash raises more questions about security

U.S. officials said Tuesday that another drone aircraft has mysteriously crashed, this time while on routine patrol around the small island nation of Seychelles, east of Africa. It’s the second U.S. drone to crash this month: less than two weeks ago a drone went down in Iran, where officials there…

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