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  • Iranian football legend Ali Karimi hangs up boots 6 days ago

    Tehran: Iranian football legend and international star Ali Karimi has decided to hang up his boots. The 35-year-old made the announcement in a letter published on his Instagram account, saying that "the fans will always stay in my heart", Xinhua quoted Tehran Times as reporting on Monday. Karimi joined Iran's Persepolis club...
  • Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people 1 week ago

    Baghdad: Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said on Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control. In one of the attacks, mortar rounds rained down on Shiite neighbourhoods...
  • Indian basketball team goes down fighting to Asian champions Iran July 15, 2014

    Mumbai: India went down fighting after taking a surprise first-half lead over reigning continental and defending champions Iran in a Group A game of the 5th FIBA Asia Cup Basketball Championship in Wuhan, China on Tuesday. After being ahead in the opening half by a dozen points at one stage, India...
  • John Kerry continues efforts on Iran nuclear talks July 14, 2014

    Vienna: US Secretary of State John Kerry was due on Monday to hold a second day of talks with Iran seeking to overcome major differences blocking what would be a momentous nuclear deal. With just six days until a deadline to strike an accord, the differences appear considerable, however, with Kerry...
  • India pays $550 million in oil dues to Iran: Sources July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: India paid a second installment of $550 million in oil dues to Iran on Tuesday under an interim deal that has allowed Tehran access to $4.2 billion in blocked funds globally, two industry sources said. Asian buyers such as Japan and South Korea have already cleared some of the...
  • Iran needs 19 times more centrifuges than US wants: Khamenei July 8, 2014

    Tehran: Iran will need 19 times more nuclear centrifuges than Washington is seeking to restrict it to in a long-term deal with major powers, its supreme leader said on Tuesday. "Their aim is that we accept a capacity of 10,000 separative work units, which is equivalent to 10,000 centrifuges of the...
  • No surrendering to Iran's nuclear ambitions: Israeli PM June 30, 2014

    Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the P5+1 countries not to surrender to Iran ahead of a deadline for a permanent nuclear deal, media reported on Monday. Netanyahu said in a statement that Iran should be stripped of its uranium enrichment capacities, Xinhua reported. According to the statement, Netanyahu said that...
  • World Cup 2014: Asian football sinks to bottom in Brazil June 26, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Three of the four Asian Football Confederation (AFC)-member teams have already packed their luggage for their return home with only South Korea clinging to a slim chance of advancing to the next round at the ongoing World Cup. The latest setback for the Asian teams came on Wednesday...
  • World Cup 2014: Bosnia beat Iran 3-1, both knocked out June 25, 2014

    Salvador:: Bosnia-Herzegovina ended Iran's hopes of advancing to the knockout stages and registered their first World Cup win in the process with a 3-1 victory in Group F on Wednesday. The Bosnians took a commanding 2-0 lead with goals from Edin Dzeko in the 23rd and Miralem Pjanic in the 53rd...
  • As it happened: Nigeria vs Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Iran June 26, 2014

    Catch all the LIVE updates from both the Group F matches as Nigeria take on Argentina whereas Bosnia-Herzegovina face Iran. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The Argentina lineup is aiming to produce a better team performance in front of fans, who have had little to cheer about so far...
  • World Cup 2014: Six teams vying for three spots in second round June 25, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: It's Day Three of the in-or-out matches of the World Cup, with six teams battling for three places in the knockout stages. Group F teams play in the two early fixtures, with Group E following later. Each pair of games is played simultaneously. Nigeria play Argentina in a...
  • World Cup 2014: Iran lodges complaint to FIFA against Serbian referee June 24, 2014

    Tehran: The Iran Football Federation (IFF) has lodged an official complaint with FIFA against Serbian referee Milorad Mazic for what it said "the poor officiating" during the Iran-Argentina match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Iran lost to Argentina 0-1 in the Group F second-round match Saturday, reports EFE. According to the...
  • World Cup 2014: Iran need to score against Bosnia at World Cup June 25, 2014

    BRASILIA: Iran can still reach the second round of the World Cup by beating already relegated Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday, but they needs to do what they haven't done so far in the tournament - score goals. Iran have faced criticism for their dour defensive tactics after a 0-0 draw against Nigeria...
  • Iraq at risk again: How did we get there so fast? June 23, 2014

    Washington: It's crumbling so quickly: Just 2 1/2 years after American troops came home, Iraq is back in crisis. And chaos in Iraq, a diverse nation that stands as a buffer zone between the mostly Sunni Mideast and mostly Shiite Iran, is troubling around the world. There were plenty of warnings, of...
  • World Cup 2014: Maradona responds to Argentina football chief with 'middle finger' June 23, 2014

    Rio De Janeiro: Diego Maradona has responded to being called a "bad luck charm" by Argentina's football association president by showing him the middle finger on live TV. Maradona was responding to reports that Julio Grondona called him a jinx after Argentina's 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday. Maradona watched the game...
  • 'Iran may return to former nuclear policies if talks fail' June 23, 2014

    Tehran: Iran may return to its nuclear policies before the interim deal last November if nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers fail to end in "proper results," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said here ON Sunday. "It is very likely that the talks will bear results, if the other...
  • Iran rejects US action in Iraq as militants push east June 22, 2014

    Dubai: Iran's supreme leader condemned US intervention in Iraq on Sunday, accusing Washington of seeking control as Sunni insurgents drove toward Baghdad from the Syrian border and consolidated positions in the north and west. The statement by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was the clearest statement of opposition to a US plan to...
  • Iran's top leader opposes US intervention in Iraq June 22, 2014

    Tehran: Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is against US intervention in neighboring Iraq, where Islamic extremists and Sunni militants opposed to Tehran have seized a number of towns and cities. "We strongly oppose the intervention of the US and others in the domestic affairs of Iraq," Khamenei was quoted as...
  • World Cup 2014: 'Geniuses beat workers' but Iran coach proud June 22, 2014

    Upstarts Iran were undone by a last-gasp moment of magic from Argentina's Lionel Messi in their World Cup Group F thriller on Saturday, a game coach Carlos Queiroz described as a battle between geniuses and workers. Messi, marked tightly throughout the game in Belo Horizonte, finally found a yard of space...
  • The Beautiful Game: Messi stunner secures win for Argentina over Iran June 22, 2014

    Messi scored a superb goal in stoppage time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Iran and secure his team's place in the second round of the World Cup. ...
  • World Cup 2014: Messi's 90th-min strike puts Argentina into last 16 with 1-0 win over Iran June 21, 2014

    Belo Horizonte: Lionel Messi scored a superb goal in stoppage time to give Argentina a 1-0 victory over Iran on Saturday and secure his team's place in the second round of the World Cup. Iran had defended solidly throughout the game and also took the match to Argentina in the...
  • The Beautiful Game: Argentina take on Iran at Estadio Mineirao June 21, 2014

    Argentina will be looking to seal their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup with a match to spare when Lionel Messi and his team-mates face Iran on Saturday. ...
  • As it happened: Argentina vs Iran, World Cup 2014 June 21, 2014

    Catch all the Live action from the Group F encounter between Argentina and Iran at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. (Scroll down for the Live Blog) The two sides meet in Belo Horizonte with a lopsided victory for the twice champion South Americans the only result expected against the limited,...
  • World Cup 2014: Iran coach Queiroz has stopped Messi before June 21, 2014

    If anyone knows how to stop Argentina maestro Lionel Messi, it may just be Iran coach Carlos Queiroz. He has been credited with devising the tactics and defensive system that shut down Messi in both legs of the 2008 Champions League semi-finals while Queiroz was assistant manager at Manchester United, who...
  • World Cup 2014: What to watch on day 10 June 21, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Argentina will be looking to seal their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup with a match to spare when Lionel Messi and his teammates face Iran on Saturday. The Iranians are bound to make life difficult for one of the tournament favorites, as they did...
  • World Cup 2014: Argentina eye second round while Iran look for a miracle June 21, 2014

    Holding African champions Nigeria to a stalemate is one thing, but miracles will be required if Iran are to get anything from their World Cup Group F clash against Lionel Messi's Argentina, says coach Carlos Queiroz. The two sides meet in Belo Horizonte on Saturday with a lopsided victory for the...
  • World Cup 2014: Monkey off his back, Messi can shine against Iran June 19, 2014

    Having already bettered his last World Cup with a nerve-easing first goal in Argentina's opener, Lionel Messi should lead his countrymen to an easy win against unheralded Iran in Belo Horizonte on Saturday. Argentina started with a five-man defence in their 2-1 defeat of Bosnia but coach Alejandro Sabella should toss...
  • Abduction of Indians in Iraq, Modi government faces first major crisis June 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The newly elected Narendra Modi government at the Centre is facing its first major challenge. Like the American invasion of Iraq in 2003, which caused problems for the NDA government led by AB Vajpayee, Iraq is once again causing a big headache to Prime Minister Modi. Perhaps, nobody had...