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Iran commander slams US regime change ‘dream’

senior Iranian commander has dismissed the Pentagon chief’s call for regime change in the Islamic Republic as a “ridiculous dream”, saying Iran would respond to US officials’ nonsensical talks.  James Mattis on Monday described Iran “the most destabilizing influence in the Middle East”, saying a regime change would be necessary before the US and Iran ...

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US talks with Saudi, allies end without fixing Qatar rift

Talks between US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and several Persian Gulf Arab states aimed at ending a rift with Qatar have come to an end without any breakthrough. On Wednesday, Tillerson returned to Kuwait from Saudi Arabia without issuing a statement on the outcome of his talks with Saudi officials, including dignitaries. ...

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Putin preferred Clinton as US president: Trump

US President Donald Trump says his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin would have been more comfortable with his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, as the president. “If Hillary had won, our military would be decimated. Our energy would be much more expensive. That’s what Putin doesn’t like about me,” Trump said in an ...

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Amnesty: Saudi Arabia silence Shia dissent with execution

Saudi Arabia is using the death penalty as a means to silence Shia dissent, says Amnesty International. “These brutal executions are the latest act in the Saudi Arabian authorities’ ongoing persecution of the Shia minority. The death penalty is being deployed as a political weapon to punish them for daring ...

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Iran rejects US defense secretary’s meddlesome remarks

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has dismissed as meddlesome and disgraceful the recent remarks by his US counterpart Jim Mattis against the Islamic Republic, saying they run counter to all principles of the international law. Instead of ordering other nations around, the US defense secretary and ruling administration ...

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