Iran makes new nuclear threats that would reverse pact steps

Move to enrich uranium to 20% purity while foreign minister says Britain’s seizure of oil tanker is ‘piracy, pure and simple’

Iran ratchets up nuclear tensions with enrichment plan

Tehran set to breach limit set in the 2015 nuclear agreement but says doors of diplomacy are open

Spotlight on Iran as Britain seizes oil tanker over Syria sanctions

Tanker is suspected of violating EU sanctions against Syria and could also defy US ban on Iranian oil exports

Iran to boost uranium enrichment level above nuclear pact’s limit

Rouhani defies US efforts to force Tehran into renegotiating the pact

Israel set to launch long-awaited 5G tender

Communications ministry says the mobile networks are key for developing health, agriculture and education, as well as smart cities and self-driving cars

Nuclear accord on the brink of collapse as Iran breaches limits on enriched uranium

The move is likely to escalate already heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf, as Europe scrambles to keep the nuclear deal alive

Fighting rages across Afghanistan amid peace talks

Taliban claims responsibility for an attack on a government office

UN chief urges action to avert climate change catastrophe

Chaos coming faster than scientists had predicted, says Antonio Guterres

UN expert slams Saudi probe into Jamal Khashoggi murder

Special rapporteur says kingdom’s investigation fails to address the ‘chain of command’

Palestinians reject Jared Kushner’s $50bn Middle East economic plan

Riyadh reiterated that any peace deal should be based on a Saudi-led Arab peace initiative that calls for a Palestinian state

What Iran really thinks of the new US sanctions

‘At the same time as you call for negotiations you seek to sanction the foreign minister? It’s obvious that you’re lying,’ says Hassan Rouhani

US top envoy Pompeo meets Saudi king on Iran crisis

US secretary of state holds talks in the wake of drone downing

Trump’s $50bn Middle East plan is met mainly with scorn

The Palestinian Authority has described the US’s proposal as a ‘multibillion-dollar bribe’ to buy off opposition to Israel’s occupation

Arab League renews pledge to give Palestinians $100m in aid monthly

US says its Middle East peace plan aims to raise more than $50bn for the Palestinians and create a million jobs

We will respond firmly to any US threat, says Iran

Tensions high after Iran downed unmanned US drone

Published by Tiso Blackstar and distributed with the Financial Mail on the last Thursday of every month except December and January.