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  • Iran President dismisses US Congress pressure over nuclear deal 3 days ago

    Tehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday dismissed pressure from the US Congress over a preliminary deal on the Islamic Republic's contested nuclear program, saying that Tehran is dealing with world powers - not American lawmakers. In a speech to tens of thousands of Iranians in the northern city of Rasht,...
  • India handed tough draw for 2018 FIFA qualifiers 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The Indian football team has been drawn in a tough group alongside top Asian nation Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Guam for the second phase of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The draw took place on Tuesday in Kuala Lumpur. Iran is the top-ranked team in the Asian...
  • Barack Obama says Iran could cut nuke time to near zero in 13 years April 8, 2015

    Washington: Iran could have the capabilities to build a nuclear bomb almost immediately after the first 13 years of the emerging nuclear deal, President Barack Obama acknowledged on Tuesday. The Republican leader of the US House reacted tersely, arguing that Obama had just confirmed what critics of the deal have...
  • US says Iran sanctions will go, Obama rejects Israel demand on Tehran recognising it April 7, 2015

    Washington: The United States made clear on Monday that sanctions on Iran would have to be phased out gradually under a nuclear pact and President Barack Obama poured cold water on an Israeli demand that a deal be predicated on Tehran recognising Israel. "The notion that we would condition Iran not...
  • Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu once again blasts Iran nuclear deal April 5, 2015

    Washington: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday again denounced the agreement between Tehran and world powers as a "bad deal" that "endangers" Israel and will leave Iran with a large nuclear infrastructure. An outline deal agreed in Switzerland on Saturday paves the way for Tehran to curtail its nuclear activity...
  • Diplomacy is the best course with Iran: Barack Obama April 4, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama said on Saturday that diplomacy was the best option to deal with Iran's contested nuclear programme, two days after the conclusion of a framework agreement with Tehran. Iran and six world powers determined the outlines of a landmark agreement which would curb Iran's nuclear program and...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu demands Iran nuclear deal include recognising Israel April 3, 2015

    Jerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded on Friday that any nuclear agreement signed with Iran must endorse Israel's right to exist, while also insisting pressure be kept up to ensure a sound deal is reached. While calling the emerging deal a bad one, he said the choice was not only between...
  • India welcomes agreement over Iran's nuclear programme April 3, 2015

    New Delhi: India on Friday welcomed the understanding reached between Iran and the six world powers on Tehran's contentious nuclear programme and hoped that this would lead to a comprehensive agreement by June 30. "A significant step seems to have been taken with agreement on the parameters of a comprehensive settlement...
  • World powers, Iran agree on framework of historic Nuclear deal April 3, 2015

    Geneva: After marathon talks, the world powers and Iran on Thursday agreed on the framework of a potentially historic deal aimed at scaling back Tehran's nuclear programme and relieving the Islamic Republic from the sanctions. "We have taken a decisive step. We have reached solutions on key parameters on a Joint...
  • Iran agrees to nuclear framework April 3, 2015

    Iran on Thursday agreed on the framework of a potentially historic deal aimed at scaling back Tehran's nuclear programme and relieving the Islamic Republic from the sanctions. ...
  • 'Framework' for final deal reached at Iran nuclear talks April 2, 2015

    Tehran: Iran and world powers reached a framework on curbing Iran's nuclear program at marathon talks in Switzerland on Thursday that will allow further negotiations towards a final agreement. A Western official said it would include limits on Iran's enrichment of uranium for 10 years. Western and Iranian officials at the talks...
  • All options including military action open on Iran: Israel April 2, 2015

    Jerusalem: Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Thursday that all options including military action were on the table in the face of the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. Speaking to public radio as crunch talks on Iran's nuclear programme continued in Switzerland, Steinitz said Israel would seek to counter any...
  • Iran nuclear talks extended once again after faltering April 2, 2015

    Lausanne: Negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme headed for double overtime on Wednesday, beset by competing claims and recriminations after differences forced diplomats to abandon their March 31 deadline for the outline of a deal. US Secretary of State John Kerry postponed his departure from the talks in the Swiss town...
  • Iran calls Saudi airstrikes in Yemen 'dangerous step' March 26, 2015

    Sanaa: Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes on Thursday targeting military installations in Yemen held by Shiite rebels who were taking over a key port city in the country's south and had driven the embattled president to flee by sea, security officials said. Some of the strikes hit positions in the country's...
  • India supports Russian resolution opposing benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff March 26, 2015

    United Nations: At a time when there is a raging debate calling for decriminalising gay sex back home, India has supported a Russian-drafted resolution that opposed benefits for same-sex partners of UN staff but it failed to pass in the General Assembly committee. The Fifth Committee of the General Assembly, that...
  • Iran rejects 'bullying' as West stresses unity in nuclear talks March 22, 2015

    London: Iran's top leader voiced mistrust on Saturday of US efforts to reach a nuclear deal, even as Washington and its allies spoke of real progress and urged Tehran to take "difficult decisions". With just 10 days remaining until an end-of-March deadline for a framework agreement, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...
  • Israeli PM stirs controversy, says US will facilitate Iran getting hold of nuclear weapons March 4, 2015

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stirred a controversy after he slammed the US' ongoing talks about Iran's nuclear program, saying this will only facilitate Iran getting their hands on nuclear weapons. Iran has criticised his speech calling it full of lies. ...
  • Former Mossad chief slams Israeli Prime Minister on Iran handling February 27, 2015

    Jerusalem: A former chief of Israel's Mossad spy agency is slamming the prime minister's handling of the Iranian nuclear threat. Ahead of Benjamin Netanyahu's contentious speech to Congress, Meir Dagan says "the person who has caused the greatest strategic damage to Israel on the Iranian issue is the prime minister." The comments...
  • Iran says to speed up work with IAEA as deadline looms February 24, 2015

    Vienna: Iran's nuclear negotiator promised speedier cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday, days after the U.N. watchdog said Tehran was continuing to stall parts of an investigation into its nuclear programme. "We agreed ... to move faster and in a better sense (in cooperating with the IAEA)," Abbas...
  • Russia offers Iran new missiles despite sanctions February 23, 2015

    Moscow: Russia has offered Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles after scrapping a similar deal in 2010 because of UN sanctions over Tehran's nuclear programme, the state defence company said on Monday. Any such a deal is likely to go down badly in Washington as Western countries seek to keep up the...
  • World must 'seize opportunity' of sealing nuclear deal: Iran February 10, 2015

    Tehran: Iran has taken "necessary steps" and now it is the turn of the World powers to "seize the opportunity" of sealing a landmark nuclear deal, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. "Right now good progress has been made although we are some distance away from the final agreement," Rouhani...
  • US has sharp differences with Israel on Iran, says Barack Obama February 10, 2015

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said he has sharp differences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the nuclear peace negotiations with Iran, asserting he wants to give diplomacy a chance before thinking about other options which are not attractive for either America or Israel. "I don't want...
  • India asks refiners to cut Iran oil imports ahead of Obama's visit: Sources January 23, 2015

    New Delhi: India has asked its refiners to slash oil buys from Iran in the next two months to keep the imports in line with the previous fiscal year's levels, sources with knowledge of the matter said, days ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to New Delhi. India, the second-largest buyer...
  • No US embassy in Iran for now, says Barack Obama December 29, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama said Washington was not ready to open an embassy in Iran due to differences over nuclear policy, a position that contrasts with his new approach to Cuba. "I never say never, but I think these things have to go in steps," Obama said in an interview...
  • India thrash USA 52-29 in Kabaddi World Cup December 13, 2014

    Kapurthala: Iran men's team and Indian women's team secured semifinal berths after defeating Spain and Denmark respectively in the fifth Kabaddi World Cup here on Saturday. The Indian men's team also defeated USA 52-29. In first match of the men's section, Iran defeated Spain 54-27. The Iranian team dominated the match from...
  • Iranian woman dances without hijab defying conservatives November 28, 2014

    Tehran: An Iranian woman has defied the country's ultra-restrictive laws by dancing publicly without her hijab (veil), and what is more, it was filmed and posted on social media. The unidentified young woman, who could be seen dancing on a Tehran subway train to a song by the British pop group...
  • World powers discuss extending Iran nuclear deal deadline November 24, 2014

    Vienna: World powers and Iran began looking at giving themselves more time to reach a nuclear deal, as they struggled to overcome major gaps barely 24 hours before a deadline. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany (the P5+1) have been locked in talks with Iran for...
  • Muslim clerics meet in Iran to counter extremists November 23, 2014

    QOM, Iran: Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries are gathering in Iran's holy city of Qom to develop a strategy to combat extremists including the Islamic State group that has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria. Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, the chief organizer of the conference, appealed for...
  • Russia agrees to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran November 13, 2014

    Tehran: Russia has agreed to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran- possibly followed with the construction of six more nuclear plants. The deal comes less than two weeks before the 24 November deadline for Tehran to sign an agreement on its nuclear programme with six world powers. The two countries...
  • Russia to build more nuclear reactors for Iran November 12, 2014

    Moscow: Russia on Tuesday signed an agreement with Iran for helping the latter build two new nuclear reactors in the latter country, media reported. The two new nuclear reactors will be built in a nuclear power plant based in Iran's Bushehr region, which houses the country's existing 1,000 megawatt reactor that...