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France says Iran is building nuclear weapons capacity, deal urgently needed

France says Iran is building nuclear weapons capacity, deal urgently needed

Iran has been accelerating its breaches of the nuclear deal and earlier this month started pressing ahead with plans to enrich uranium to 20 per cent fissile strength.

  • by John Irish

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Egypt, Germany, France, Jordan in renewed push for Palestinian state

Egypt, Germany, France, Jordan in renewed push for Palestinian state

Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shukry said the establishment of an independent Palestinian state should not threaten Israel’s security.

  • by Samy Magdy
South Korean diplomat in Iran over seized ship, frozen funds

South Korean diplomat in Iran over seized ship, frozen funds

Iranian officials are pressing South Korea to release some $9 billion tied up in South Korean banks. The country says it needs the funds for COVID-19 vaccines.

  • by Amir Vahdat
New coronavirus variant found in Japan in travellers from Brazil

New coronavirus variant found in Japan in travellers from Brazil

It differs from highly infectious variants first found in Britain and South Africa that have driven a surge in cases, the Japanese government said.

  • by Kiyoshi Takenaka and Ricardo Brito
'We're making history': Israel's vaccination drive accelerates

'We're making history': Israel's vaccination drive accelerates

After months of lockdown, Israelis view a COVID-19 vaccination as a golden ticket that will finally allow them to get on with their lives.

  • by James Rothwell
Saudi Arabia opens borders to Qatar, ending bitter Gulf dispute

Saudi Arabia opens borders to Qatar, ending bitter Gulf dispute

The kingdom is seeking to grant the Trump administration a final diplomatic win, curry favour with the Biden administration and isolate its enemy Iran.

  • by Aya Batrawy and Isabel Debre
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Iran starts 20 per cent uranium enrichment, seizes oil tanker in strait

Iran starts 20 per cent uranium enrichment, seizes oil tanker in strait

Iran has begun enriching uranium up to 20 per cent at an underground facility and seized a South Korean-flagged oil tanker in the crucial Strait of Hormuz.

  • by Jon Gambrell and Isabel Debre
Extra-infectious UK COVID-19 strain spreads to 31 countries, including NZ

Extra-infectious UK COVID-19 strain spreads to 31 countries, including NZ

New Zealand is the latest nation to identify the British variant of the virus - in six travellers currently in quarantine.

  • by Miriam Berger
Iran tells UN watchdog it will enrich uranium in further breach

Iran tells UN watchdog it will enrich uranium in further breach

The move could complicate efforts by US President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal that Trump abandoned in May 2018. 

  • by Francois Murphy
Iraq explosives experts working to defuse limpet mine on oil tanker

Iraq explosives experts working to defuse limpet mine on oil tanker

Explosives experts are trying to defuse a large mine discovered on an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, with speculation that its linked to rising tensions between the United States and Iran.

Blast at Yemen airport kills dozens, wounds more than 100

Blast at Yemen airport kills dozens, wounds more than 100

Yemen's internationally recognised government said Iran-backed Houthi rebels fired four ballistic missiles at the airport.

  • by Ahmed Al-Haj and Samy Magdy