Saudi Arabia intercepts a ballistic missile fired from Yemen, blames Iranian-backed Houthis

Saudi Arabia intercepted a ballistic missile near the border with Yemen, state media reported, hours after Yemeni rebels said they had launched an attack. The Shiite Houthi rebels, currently at war with the Saudi-led government coalition, said they fired a missile Friday targeting a military camp in the southwestern Saudi city of Najran. Saudi Arabia […]

Breitbart Owners Debate Ousting Bannon Amid Trump Feud

Staffers of conservative media outlet Breitbart are worried that former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will be forced to step down from leadership of the website because of his feud with President Donald Trump, Breitbart staffers and sources close to Bannon and the Breitbart board told ABC News. Breitbart stakeholder and billionaire Republican donor […]

U.S. sanctions five Iranian entities, signals more measures

By Carol Morello The United States on Thursday placed sanctions on five subsidiaries of an Iranian industrial group that is considered key in the development and production of the country’s ballistic missiles. The sanctions imposed by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, an arm of the Treasury Department, targeted companies that are owned or controlled […]

Strongmen (and no women) seek re-election in 2018

We take a look at the key electoral contests of 2018 as Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro battles for survival, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi eyes an umpteenth comeback and Vladimir Putin bids to become Russia’s longest-serving ruler since Joseph Stalin.  If 2017 was the year of botched independence referendums – think Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan – the next […]

U.S. should clear way for tech companies to help Iranians: former crown prince

The Trump administration should encourage U.S. technology companies to provide communication services to Iranians as they protest their country’s clerical rulers, said Reza Pahlavi, the last heir to the Iranian monarchy. In an interview with Reuters on Wednesday, Pahlavi also criticized the Trump administration’s ban on travel to the United States by most Iranians, calling […]

Trump Breaks With Bannon, Saying He Has ‘Lost His Mind’

By EILEEN SULLIVAN, PETER BAKER and MAGGIE HABERMAN President Trump essentially excommunicated his onetime chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, from his political circle on Wednesday, excoriating him as a self-promoting exaggerator who had “very little to do with our historic victory” and has now “lost his mind.” In a written statement brimming with anger and […]

Working-class anger in Iran shows government’s vulnerability

The working-class anger behind a week of unrest in Iran will pose an increasingly potent challenge to Tehran’s ruling clerics as economic and social pressures mount, even if the current protests peter out, analysts said Wednesday. The deadly unrest across the country highlights the predicament facing Iran’s leaders: how to address the aspirations of an […]