Iran

  • Iran seeks give and take on militants, nuclear program 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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...
  • 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...
  • UN authorises crossborder aid to Syrians July 14, 2014

    United Nations: The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution authorising crossborder delivery of humanitarian aid to Syrians in rebelheld areas in desperate need of food and medicine, without government approval. The resolution adopted on Monday expresses "grave alarm at the significant and rapid deterioration of the humanitarian situation in...
  • 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 longterm 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 31, both knocked out June 25, 2014

    Salvador:: BosniaHerzegovina ended Iran's hopes of advancing to the knockout stages and registered their first World Cup win in the process with a 31 victory in Group F on Wednesday. The Bosnians took a commanding 20 lead with goals from Edin Dzeko in the 23rd and Miralem Pjanic in the 53rd...
  • As it happened: Nigeria vs Argentina, BosniaHerzegovina vs Iran June 26, 2014

    Catch all the LIVE updates from both the Group F matches as Nigeria take on Argentina whereas BosniaHerzegovina 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 inorout 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 IranArgentina match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Iran lost to Argentina 01 in the Group F secondround 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 BosniaHerzegovina 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 00 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 10 victory over Iran on Saturday. Maradona watched the game...