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  • Tamil Nadu fishermen in Iran fined, PM Modi asked to intervene Yesterday

    Kanyakumari: Four Tamil Nadu fishermen together have been fined Rs 5.5 lakh for allegedly fishing in Iranian territory by authorities there, an official of the state fishermen development trust said on Tuesday. A letter has been sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention as...
  • Iran, US say some headway made in 'difficult' nuclear talks 6 days ago

    Vienna: Iran and the United States said they made some progress in high-level nuclear talks but much work remained to clinch a breakthrough deal by a late-November deadline. Both sides said they still aimed to meet the self-imposed November 24 date, despite doubts among many experts that they can reach a...
  • India prepares to pay $400 million under interim deal to Iran: Sources 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Iran has sought payment of $400 million from India under an interim deal with six world powers that allows the OPEC nation to recover part of its overseas frozen oil revenues, industry sources said in Wednesday. Iran and the United States, China, France, Germany, Britain and Russia agreed in...
  • US says no talk about extending Iran nuclear negotiations 1 week ago

    Vienna: World powers and Iran are not discussing extending a late November deadline for reaching an accord over Tehran's nuclear programme, a senior US official said on Wednesday, adding there was still time to strike a deal. However, the State Department official said there were still some significant gaps in negotiating...
  • Iran expects progress, if no breakthrough, in nuclear talks with EU, US October 14, 2014

    Vienna: Iran does not expect a breakthrough in high-level nuclear talks with the United States and the European Union this week but hopes they will help pave the way for a final deal, its foreign minister said on Tuesday. Mohammad Javad Zarif, quoted by Iran's Fars news agency, was speaking after...
  • Wife of engineer stranded in Iran again seeks help of Goa CM October 6, 2014

    Vadodara: The wife of an Indian engineer stranded in Iran since December last year has again written to Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar seeking her husband's safe return. Vadodara-resident Sanket Pandya (36) and his colleague Mohammed Hussain Khan, from Haryana, were illegally 'confined' in Iran last year following the seizure...
  • ISIS document disclose plans to seize Iran's nuclear secrets October 5, 2014

    London: The Islamic State (ISIS) terror group plans to seize Iran's nuclear secrets, unleash a vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing and Nazi-style eugenics to consolidate and expand its self-declared caliphate, according to a seized policy manifesto of the dreaded outfit. The group urged its members to plan for war with Iran...
  • Asian Games 2014: India finish with 57 medals after kabaddi delight October 3, 2014

    India brought the curtains down on their campaign in the 17th Asian Games, maintaining their domination of kabaddi with two gold medals as the country rose a rung to eighth in the overall standings. The two gold medals provided the final flourish for India at the Games, which can be considered...
  • Asian Games 2014: India women clinch kabaddi gold in Incheon October 3, 2014

    Incheon: The Indian women's kabaddi team beat Iran in the final to clinch the gold medal at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon on Friday. India defeated Iran 31-21 Songdo Global University Gymnasium to continue their dominance in the discipline at the Asiad. India won the gold in Guangzhou, four years ago...
  • Iran suspends sentences for participants in 'Happy' video October 2, 2014

    Tehran: Iranian authorities have suspended for three years the tough sentences handed to seven Iranian youths who filmed a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy". The sentence, which included three years in jail, 91 lashes and a fine, will be definitively lifted if the group stays free from "intentional criminal activity",...
  • Iran must not be 'threshold nuclear power': Netanyahu to Obama October 1, 2014

    Washington: A skeptical Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday directly warned US President Barack Obama not to accept any Iran deal that would allow Tehran to become a "threshold nuclear power." Netanyahu and Obama renewed their often prickly relationship in the Oval Office, meeting for the first time since their...
  • Asian Games Wrestling: Bajrang wins silver, Narsingh bronze September 29, 2014

    Incheon: Indian wrestler Bajrang had to remain content with the silver medal after losing his final bout while his compatriot Narsingh Pancham Yadav clinched the bronze in the 17th Asian Games at the Dowon Gymnasium on Monday. Bajrang lost the men's freestyle 61kg final 1-3 to Iranian Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari and settled...
  • Asian Games Archery: Indian compound women's team wins bronze September 27, 2014

    Incheon: India's compound women's team on Saturday pocketed the bronze medal after beating Iran 224-217 in the archery competition of the Asian Games here. Indian team comprising Trisha Deb, Purvasha Shende and Surekha Jyothi, shot 224, while Sakineh Ghasempour, Maryam Ranjbarsari and Shabnam Sarlak of Iran could manage a total of...
  • UK-Iran meeting first since 1979 revolution September 25, 2014

    United Nations: British Prime Minister David Cameron and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the first such meeting since the Iranian revolution in 1979. A Cameron spokesman on Thursday said the two leaders agreed to seek to progressively improve their bilateral relationship. Cameron...
  • Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program September 21, 2014

    United Nations: Iran is ready to work with the United States and its allies to stop Islamic State militants, but would like to see more flexibility on Iran's uranium enrichment program, senior Iranian officials told Reuters. The comments from the officials, who asked not to be named, highlight how difficult it...
  • Seven young Iranians who danced on a rooftop to Pharrell Williams' hit 'Happy' given suspended jail sentences and 91 lashes each September 20, 2014

    Seven young Iranians featured dancing to Pharrell Williams' hit "Happy" in a video that went viral on the Internet have been given suspended jail and lashing sentences, a lawyer said today. Recorded on a smartphone and uploaded multiple times on YouTube, the clip shows three unveiled girls dancing and singing to the...
  • Shipping Minister revives plans to upgrade Iran's Chabahar Port September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Shipping Ministry is reviving an old agreement with Iran for modernisation of Chabahar Port for faster import of natural gas, urea and fertiliser, and a Cabinet note in this regard will be floated soon. "The NDA government under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee had signed an agreement...
  • US opposes Iran role in antiIslamic State coalition September 13, 2014

    Ankara: US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday it was "not appropriate" for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to play down how fast countries can commit to force or other steps in an emerging coalition. Kerry met Turkish leaders to try to...
  • Iran says Afghan, Pakistani IS volunteers arrested September 8, 2014

    Tehran: Afghan and Pakistani nationals who were planning to join the ranks of Islamic State jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq have been arrested in Iran, a government minister announced on Monday. "People from Afghanistan and Pakistan wanted to cross Iran but we prevented them passing and we have arrested others,"...
  • Iran arrests suspected nuclear plant saboteur September 7, 2014

    Tehran, Iran: Iranian authorities have arrested a Ukrainian national suspected of sabotage at the country's sole nuclear power plant, an Iranian newspaper reported on Sunday. The report in the Hamshahri daily said the "Ukrainian expert" was affiliated with a Russian contractor that works in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant, which went...
  • In northeast Syria, Islamic State builds a government September 5, 2014

    Beirut: In the cities and towns across the desert plains of northeast Syria, the ultrahardline al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State has insinuated itself into nearly every aspect of daily life. The group famous for its beheadings, crucifixions and mass executions provides electricity and water, pays salaries, controls traffic, and runs nearly...
  • North Korea calls US 'human rights graveyard' over Ferguson August 27, 2014

    Seoul: North Korea has joined the ranks of America's foes who have seized on riots in Missouri, saying the nation is the "graveyard of human rights" and should mind its own business rather than criticise others. The police shooting of an unarmed black teenager and subsequent crackdown on protesters in the...
  • Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismisses direct US talks August 13, 2014

    Tehran: Iran's supreme leader on dismissed the value of direct talks with the US, his first comments touching on meetings that officials from the Islamic Republic had with Americans dating back to secret talks that began in 2012. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has final say over all state matters in Iran,...
  • US ready to help new Iraq leader, Iran welcomes choice August 13, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's new prime ministerdesignate won swift endorsements from uneasy mutual allies the United States and Iran on Tuesday as he called on political leaders to end crippling feuds that have let jihadists seize a third of the country. Haider alAbadi still faces opposition closer to home, where his Shi'ite party...
  • Airplane crashes on takeoff in Iran, 39 people dead, 9 injured: Official August 10, 2014

    Tehran: A regional passenger plane assembled in Iran crashed Sunday while taking off from the country's capital, Tehran, killing 39 and injuring another nine onboard, according to a senior transportation official and state media. Deputy Minister of Transportation Ahmad Majidi provided the latest casualty figures in an appearance on state TV....
  • Islamic State militants seize small towns in northern Iraq August 3, 2014

    Irbil (Iraq): Militants with the Islamic State extremist group on Sunday seized two small towns in northern Iraq after driving out Kurdish security forces, further expanding the territories under their control, officials and residents said. The fresh gains by the Sunni extremist militants have forced thousands of residents to flee from...
  • Iran leader calls Israel "rabid dog", urges arms for Palestinians July 30, 2014

    Dubai: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a "rabid dog" for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide. About 1,087 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed in 22 days of fighting between Israel...
  • Iranian football legend Ali Karimi hangs up boots July 22, 2014

    Tehran: Iranian football legend and international star Ali Karimi has decided to hang up his boots. The 35yearold 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 July 21, 2014

    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 firsthalf 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...