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Recent articles by Jon:

Images show Iran satellite launch looms despite US criticism

Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch after twice failing this year to put one in orbit, despite US accusations that the Islamic Republic’s program helps it develop ballistic missiles. → Read More

Gibraltar rejects US pressure to hold Iranian oil tanker

Authorities in Gibraltar on Sunday rejected the United States’ latest request not to release a seized Iranian supertanker, clearing the way for the vessel to set sail after being detained last month for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria. → Read More

Satellite images suggest upcoming Iran rocket launch

Iran appears to be preparing another satellite launch via rocket after twice failing this year to put one in orbit. → Read More

Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil field

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Drones launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the → Read More

Yemen rebels claim attack that set Saudi oil field on fire

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Drones claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside of Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a "limited fire." The claimed Houthi attack on the Shaybah oil field, which produces some 1 million barrels of crude oil a day, again shows the reach of the Houthis' drone program as… → Read More

Yemen Rebels Claim Responsibility for Saudi Oil Field Fire Attack

Drones claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside of Saudi Arabia's sprawling desert on Saturday. → Read More

US blocks release of Iranian tanker held at Gibraltar

Britain's Foreign Office said in a statement that the investigations conducted around the Grace 1 are a matter for the government of Gibraltar and that it couldn't comment further. → Read More

US move halts release of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar

MADRID (AP) - The United States moved on Thursday to halt the release of an Iranian supertanker detained in Gibraltar for breaching EU sanctions on oil shipments to Syria, thwarting efforts by authorities in London and the British overseas territory to defuse tensions with Tehran. The Gibraltar government confirmed earlier media reports that the U.S. Justice Department seeks to extend the… → Read More

Gibraltar Releases Iran Supertanker That US Sought to Seize

The British territory of Gibraltar released a seized Iranian supertanker Thursday over last-minute objections from the U.S. → Read More

Iranian Supertanker Freed by Gibraltar Despite U.S. Effort to Seize It

The United States moved to halt the release of an Iranian supertanker detained in Gibraltar for breaching international sanctions on oil shipments. → Read More

Media: US seeks seizure of Iranian tanker in Gibraltar

MADRID (AP) - The United States moved on Thursday to seize an Iranian supertanker detained in Gibraltar for breaching international sanctions on oil shipments, thwarting efforts by authorities in London and the British overseas territory to defuse tensions with Tehran. → Read More

US move halts release of Iranian tanker held in Gibraltar

MADRID (AP) — The United States moved on Thursday to halt the release of an Iranian supertanker detained in Gibraltar for breaching international sanctions on oil shipments, thwarting efforts by authorities in London and the British overseas territory to defuse tensions with Tehran. The Gibraltar government confirmed earlier media reports that the U. S. → Read More

Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country. In Iran, some government officials worry that the energy-hungry process of "mining" Bitcoin is abusing Iran's system of subsidized electricity; in the United… → Read More

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker three days ago, leading the U.S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened tensions in the region. Iranian state media quoted its Foreign Ministry spokesman → Read More

The mystery of the oil tanker that disappeared in the Strait of Hormuz

It drifted into Iranian waters and stopped transmitting its location more than two days ago. → Read More

US Fears Iran Seized UAE-Based Tanker in Strait of Hormuz

An oil tanker from the UAE entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker two days ago. → Read More

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) " A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and → Read More

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker two days ago, leading the U. S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened tensions in the region, an American defense official said Tuesday. → Read More

From hot sauce to pop gloss, US products seep into Iran

At a trendy restaurant in Iran's capital, customers sip Coca-Cola through bending straws as waiters bring caddies to their tables full of Heinz ketchup and two types of Tabasco sauce. Whether at upscale restaurants or corner stores, American brands like Coca-Cola and Pepsi can be seen throughout → Read More

Iran Breaches Key Uranium Enrichment Limit in Nuclear Deal

The U.N. nuclear watchdog confirmed that Iran surpassed the enrichment threshold → Read More