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Iran carries out more missile tests despite US pressure

Despite US sanctions, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard carried out more missile tests on Monday, part of three days of military manoeuvres.

Former Ahmadinejad VP to run against Rowhani for Iranian presidency

A deputy to former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be a candidate in the presidential election set for May, the ISNA news agency reported Saturday.

Iran lifts entry ban for American wrestlers

Iran has lifted a ban on American wrestlers from entering the country for a World Cup competition in the wake of a court ruling in the US which suspended a travel ban imposed by President Donald Trump.

Iran holds military exercise after new US sanctions

Iran held a military exercise and tested rockets on Saturday, a day after the United States imposed fresh sanctions on Tehran in response to a ballistic missile test last weekend.

Iran: no visas for American wrestlers for World Cup event

Iran has banned American wrestlers from competing in a World Cup competition by denying them visas in response to President Donald Trump's executive order from last week on immigration, the IRNA news agency reported Friday.

"Nothing's off the table" toward Iran, Trump says

US President Donald Trump made clear Thursday that military action was not "off the table" after the White House warned Tehran over its weekend missile launch.

Iran calls US missile warning 'baseless and provocative'

The US warning over a recent Iranian ballistic missile test is "baseless and provocative," the Foreign Ministry in Tehran said Thursday.

Iran: Missile test did not violate UN resolution in nuclear deal

Iranian missile tests are legitimate and do not breach a UN resolution implemented as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday.

Iranian reaction to US travel ban not retroactive, unlike US policy

Iran's reaction to the US ban on Iranian nationals entering the country will not be retroactive, unlike the corresponding US policy, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Iran in tit-for-tat ban on US citizens after Trump migration order

Tehran reacted fiercely Saturday to a ban on its nationals entering the United States by announcing its own ban on US citizens coming to Iran.

Iranian director considers Oscars boycott after Trump travel ban

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who is a candidate for an Oscar this year, is considering boycotting the award ceremony in protest at US President Donald Trump's changes to the country's migration policy.

Iran's Rowhani to Trump: The time for walls is over

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Saturday criticized the isolationist policies of US President Donald Trump, claiming that his planned construction of a Mexican border wall runs contrary to modern values of cooperation between countries.

Iran hands down 5-year prison sentence to British woman for spying

A court in Tehran has sentenced a British woman, who has already been held in custody in Iran for 10 months, to five years in prison for spying, Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

Burning building in Tehran collapses, killing over 20 firefighters

At least 20 firefighters were buried alive on Thursday when a 17-storey shopping centre in the Iranian capital Tehran collapsed after a major fire, the city's mayor said.

Rowhani says Trump's criticism of Iran nuclear deal is 'just talk'

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Tuesday dismissed remarks by the US president-elect criticizing the nuclear deal with Iran as "just talk."

Former Iranian president Rafsanjani dies aged 82

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday in Tehran at the age of 82 from a heart attack.

Parole given to hunger-striking couple in Iran amid health concerns

Parole was granted on Saturday to a prominent Iranian married couple on hunger strike following warnings about their deteriorating health.

Iranian hunger strikers posing political threat, lawmaker warns

A prominent Iranian married couple on hunger strike could cause a political catastrophe if they die, an Iranian lawmaker warned on Saturday.

Iran to sign 10-billion-dollar deal with Airbus for 100 planes

Iran is to sign a 10-billion-dollar deal with Airbus next week to acquire 100 aircraft, Iran's transportation minister said on Sunday according to news agency ILNA.

We will abide by deal if others do, Rowhani tells UN nuclear watchdog

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday assured the head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog that Iran would continue to fulfil its obligations under a nuclear deal with six major powers.

Iran calls on EU to examine breach in nuclear deal by the US

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday demanded the European Union examine a potential breach by the United States of the nuclear deal between Tehran and the international community.

Iran's supreme leader criticizes Britain's May

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has harshly criticized British Prime Minister Theresa May in comments carried by ISNA news agency on Saturday.

Iran: Deal closed for 7 Airbus planes

The Iranian private airline Iran Aseman has agreed a deal to purchase seven passenger jets from Airbus, news agency ISNA reported Iranian Employment Minister Ali Rabei as saying on Wednesday.

Rowhani calls for retaliation against US renewal of sanction power

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Tuesday demanded that his foreign minister as well as the country's nuclear chief retaliate against the renewal of the power to impose sanctions on Iran by the United States Senate.

Iran summons British ambassador over prime minister's remarks

The Iranian Foreign Ministry summoned the British ambassador concerning remarks made earlier this week by Prime Minister Theresa May at a meeting of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi stated Saturday.

Russia can use Iranian air base for Syria attacks, minister says

Russia aeroplanes carrying out strikes in Syria can use an Iranian facility as a base to launch the attacks, the Iranian government said on Saturday.

At least 44 killed in Iran train collision, state TV says

The death toll in a train collision in north-central Iran has risen to at least 44, state TV reported on Friday, adding that 82 of people were injured.

Nuclear deal can't be renegotiated, says Iranian minister

There will be no renegotiation of Iran's nuclear deal, said Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Majid Takht Ravanchi Tuesday, despite concerns that incoming US president-elect Donald Trump might scrap the deal.

Iran to follow nuclear agreement despite Trump

Iran will continue to follow the terms of its nuclear accord with the international community even during the presidency of Donald Trump in the United States, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said Wednesday.

High-ranking cleric warns Trump not to play games with Iran

A high-ranking Iranian cleric has warned Donald Trump not to play games with Iran, following the US president-elect's threats to tear up the nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Iran sentences protesters who stormed Saudi embassy to prison, lashes

An Iranian court sentenced three assailants who raided the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran in January to six months in prison and 70 lashes on Wednesday, Tasnim news agency reported.

Rowhani warns of "terrorist regimes" during talks with EU's Mogherini

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani warned about the need to stop the spread of "terrorist regimes," during talks on Saturday with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on the Syrian conflict.

EU's Mogherini in Tehran for Syria talks before heading to Riyadh

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini was in Tehran for talks on the Syrian crisis on Saturday and was due to head to Saudi Arabia later in the day.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveil new "suicide" drones: report

Iran's Revolutionary Guard unveiled a new drone, which can also be used for kamikaze-style attacks, the Tasnim news agency reported Wednesday.

Choice of White House candidates between "bad and worse," Iran says

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani on Sunday revealed his low opinion of the two candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, hoping to become the next US president.

Report: US-Iran dual nationals jailed for spying in Iran

A court in Iran has sentenced two US-Iranians to 10 years in prison each on spying charges, news agency Mizan reported Tuesday.

Iran's Ahmadinejad says he won't run again for president

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Tuesday he has decided not to run again for president, saying he will instead remain a "little foot soldier of the revolution."

Iran releases jailed Canadian professor

Iran has released a Canadian professor accused of espionage on humanitarian grounds because of her ill health, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Iranian Supreme Leader opposes Ahmadinejad's bid for president

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has spoken out against a potential return to the presidency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, media reports said Monday.

Iran plans to export 2.4 million barrels of oil per day

Iran is planning to export 2.4 million barrels of oil per day by March, according to the Ministry of Petroleum.

Iran and Russia begin work on second nuclear plant in Bushehr

Iran and Russia officially started work Saturday on a new atomic power plant in the port city of Bushehr, more than a year after an international nuclear accord was concluded between Tehran and world powers.

Iran's ayatollah calls Saudis "infidels" ahead of Hajj pilgrimage

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticized the Saudis as unbelievers and questioned the country's role in administering the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.

British Airways resumes flights to Tehran after four-year break

British Airways is to resume direct flights to Tehran later Thursday after an interruption of nearly four years, in another sign of Iran's closer ties to Western countries.

Iran stations anti-aircraft missiles at nuclear facility

Iran has placed Russian-supplied anti-aircraft missiles at one of its nuclear facilities, the Iranian news agency Fars reported Sunday.

Iranian nuclear negotiator arrested, released on bail

A member of the negotiating team which agreed the Iranian nuclear deal was arrested and released on bail, ISNA news agency reported Sunday.

Iranian inquiry finds executions do not deter drug smuggling

An inquiry board from Iran's judiciary has concluded that executions do not deter drug smugglers, with the board head saying Saturday that the amount of such contraband has even increased.

Iran employs preventative measures to keep youth from Islamic State

Iran said Friday it is using preventative measures to keep young people from developing sympathy for the Islamic State extremist militia.

Iran denies delivering weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denied on Friday that his country delivered weapons to Houthi rebels in Yemen, responding to accusations made by US Secretary of State John Kerry the day before.

Iran warns US to stay out of its territorial waters in the Gulf

The United States must keep its warships out of Iranian territorial waters in the Gulf or risk confrontation, the defence minister warned Thursday.

Arrests in Iran over "immoral" use of internet

Hundreds of people in Iran have been arrested or questioned for their "immoral use" of the internet, a news report said Tuesday.

Iraq summons ambassador to Portugal over alleged assault by sons

Iraq said on Tuesday it had summoned its ambassador to Portugal over reports that his two sons had assaulted a Portuguese teenager.

Iran's Rowhani says will not "bow to pressure" from hardliners

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said Monday that neither he nor his government will bend under pressure from political hardliners.

Iran plays down brief detention of Japanese ambassador

The Iranian government on Monday was down playing the brief detention of Japanese ambassador Hiroyasu Kobayashi during a private party in April.

Russia denies US claim that using Iran base violates UN resolution

Russia has said that its use of an Iranian airbase to conduct bombing missions in Syria does not violate a UN resolution that forbids supplying warplanes to Tehran.

Russia jets take off from Iran for Syria strikes, Tehran denies claim

Russian Su-34 warplanes took off from an airbase in Iran on Wednesday and conducted an airstrike against Islamic State in the Syrian province of Deir al-Zour, the Defence Ministry in Moscow said.

Iran arrests suspected British spy

Iran has arrested a dual-national it suspects of working for the British secret services, Public Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said Tuesday.

Three Takfiri terrorists killed in western Iran

Three armed members of a Takfiri terrorist cell were shot to death on Tuesday in clashes with Iranian security forces in the western province of Kermanshah, the Tasnim news agency reported.

Kuwait arrests 10 Iranians for alleged infiltration bid

Kuwait said on Sunday it had arrested 10 Iranians while they were trying to illegally enter the country, an incident that could further strain the Gulf nation's ties with Tehran.

Iran executes 20 criminals in mass hanging

Twenty criminals were hanged in a single day this week in western Iran, local media reported Thursday.

Iran schedules 2017 presidential elections early due to Ramadan

Iran has scheduled the 2017 presidential election a month early to avoid conflicting with the time when the holy month of Ramadan would fall that year, local media reported on Wednesday.

Man convicted of murdering 4-year-old girl publicly executed in Iran

A man convicted of murdering a 4-year-old girl was publicly hung at a bus terminal in western Iran on Monday, the Tasnim news agency reported.

US citizen detained in northern Iran

A US citizen was detained in northern Iran, a court spokesman confirmed on Monday, according to news agency ISNA.

Iran's Rowhani has little to show one year after nuclear deal

The end of the spat over Iran's nuclear projects was set to open international doors for the Islamic State. However, foreign investors remain wary, putting the political future of President Hassan Rowhani at risk.

Iran: several planned Islamic State terrorist attacks foiled

"One of the largest terrorist operations" in the country had been stopped, the Iranian secret service said in a press statement published by ISNA.

Iran's new pro-reform parliament inaugurated

Iran's new parliament was sworn in Saturday with a very different make-up after reformist and moderate lawmakers allied with President Hassan Rowhani made strong gains in recent elections for the 290-seat body.

Iran pays tribute to Hezbollah commander killed in Syria

Iran's foreign minister has praised the top commander of the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, following confirmation of his death in Syria.

Iran's defence minister denies country has tested improved missile

Iran's defence minister on Monday denied that Iranian forces have tested a medium-range missile with improved accuracy compared to its predecessors.

Rowhani's reformists clinch victory in Iran run-off polls: reports

Reformist candidates allied with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani emerged victorious on Saturday in parliamentary run-off elections, multiple Iranian media outlets reported.

First results: Reformists in the lead in Iranian election

Reformists in Iran are leading in run-off parliamentary elections, according to the first projections, and appear on course to repeat their success from the first round.

High hopes for Rowhani's reformists as run-off polls close in Iran

A run-off parliamentary election took place in Iran Friday, with President Hassan Rowhani's allied reformists hoping to solidify wins against the country's hardline Muslim clerics.

Reformists aim for further victories in Iranian parliamentary run-off

Iranians took to the polls on Friday to vote in a run-off election for the remaining 68 of parliament's 290 seats, with the first results due to be announced on Saturday evening.

Obama: US and Gulf allies united in fight to destroy Islamic State

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the United States and its Gulf allies were united in the war against the Islamic State extremist militia.

Top EU officials in Iran discuss "new beginning" in ties

It is time to shape the EU-Iran relationship beyond the nuclear deal struck last year, said top EU and Iranian officials in Tehran on Saturday, as they met to discuss deeper economic and political cooperation.

Iran: no plans to join Russian-Saudi oil production freeze

Iran has no plans to freeze its oil production levels at January rates, its oil minister said Sunday, putting a dent in a Russian-Saudi plan announced last month that was designed to slow down the freefall in world oil prices.

President says Iran is tired of tension with outside world

Iran is tired of tension with the rest of the world, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani said Sunday, pointing to recent election results that solidly backed the country's modernizers.

Iranian multibillionaire sentenced to death for fraud

Iranian multibillionaire Babak Zanjani and two colleagues have been sentenced to death for fraud, Iranian Attorney General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i said Sunday.

In Iran, Turkey's premier plays up partnership despite Syria friction

Turkey and Iran must develop a "common perspective" in order to resolve crises embroiling the region, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said after talks with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani in Tehran on Saturday.

Turkey's Davutoglu in Tehran for talks despite Syria differences

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran Saturday for talks that were expected to touch on the Syrian civil war and the expansion of economic cooperation between the two nations.

Turkish Prime Minister Davutoglu arrives in Tehran for talks

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu arrived in the Iranian capital Tehran Saturday for talks on the Syrian civil war and the expansion of economic cooperation between the two nations.

Iran's reformists set to squeeze out hardliners in landmark election

Iran's reformists have won all of Tehran's 30 seats in parliament, according to preliminary results for Friday's elections, marking a major boost for President Hassan Rowhani.

Iran's reformists make gains in early election results

Iran's reformists were on course to win all of Tehran's 30 seats in parliament, a major boost for President Hassan Rowhani after Friday's elections for the legislature and assembly of experts.

Reformists poised for gains with two Iranian bodies up for grabs

Reformist candidates seemed poised to make major gains in two key Iranian institutions Saturday, as initial returns showed that the country had turned its back on some of the more hardline candidates in national elections.

Iran broadly honours nuclear deal, first IAEA report shows

Iran is meeting key obligations to curb its nuclear programme under the deal Tehran struck with six world powers, according to a first report by the International Atomic Energy Agency since the deal went into effect in January.

Reform candidate's car set ablaze as tensions rise before Iran vote

A reform candidate running for Iran's parliament saw his car set ablaze, his house attacked and his sister-in-law threatened with a knife on Wednesday, part of an apparent attempt to scare him out of politics, the ILNA news agency reported.

Saudi Arabia orders citizens to avoid Lebanon, Emirates follows suit

Saudi Arabia has urged its citizens to leave Lebanon, broadcaster al-Arabiya reported Tuesday, amid a worsening row between the two governments over Iran.

FIFA candidate Infantino visits Iran in battle for votes

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino arrived in Iran on Wednesday after deciding to leave no stone unturned in his bid for votes in this month's FIFA presidential election.

More than 580 women to stand in Iran election

More than 580 of the candidates running in parliamentary elections in Iran this month are women, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

Rowhani: Iran must pave the way for more women in politics

President Hassan Rowhani advocated gender equality in Iranian politics in a speech at a women's conference in Tehran on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia should end tensions, says Iranian foreign minister

 The Saudis should "come to their senses" and end tensions with Iran, the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday.

Iran wants to build two new nuclear power plants with China's help

Iran would like to construct two new nuclear power stations with the help of China, the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization said on Tuesday.

Iran brushes off new US sanctions as "propaganda" as IAEA head visits

New sanctions imposed on Iran's ballistic missile programme by the United States are mere "propaganda," Foreign Ministry spokesman Jaber Ansari said Monday in Tehran.

Iran's president greets "new chapter" in relations with world

The lifting of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran after a decade of international isolation has opened a "new chapter" in the country's history, President Hassan Rowhani said Sunday.

UN nuclear chief heads to Iran after sanctions lifted

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), was due to arrive in Tehran Sunday, the day after international sanctions were lifted as part of a landmark nuclear accord.

Report: Iran frees jailed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian

Iranian authorities have freed Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian in a prisoner swap deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reports, citing the prosecutors.

Iran expects implementation of nuclear deal to start at the weekend

 Iran expects the 13-year-long dispute over its nuclear ambitions to finally come to an end this weekend, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Wednesday.

Reactor core at Iran's Arak nuclear facility not yet dismantled

Iran has not yet dismantled the core of a heavy water reacter at its Arak nuclear facility, news agency ISNA reports, citing the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization.

Germany's ex-chancellor Schroeder to visit Iran

Germany's former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder will arrive in Tehran on Sunday with a large business delegation, ISNA news agency reported.

Saudis threaten new measures in row with Iran

Saudi Arabia on Saturday said it was considering new steps against Iran amid a sharp dispute between the two regional rivals.

Saudis vow to boycott football in Iran, citing security fears

Tensions between Tehran and Riyadh are extending to the football pitch, with the Saudi football association saying it would not participate in international matches in Iran out of security concerns, citing the recent storming of its embassy.

Minister: Iran ready for Saudi Arabia talks amid diplomatic fallout

Iran showed signs that it was willing to hold talks with Saudi Arabia on Wednesday amid a dispute between the regional rivals, triggered by Saudi Arabia's weekend execution of a dissident Shiite cleric that set off diplomatic fallout across the globe.