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  • 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...
  • Iranian-built copy of US drone takes first flight: IRNA November 10, 2014

    An Iranian copy of a US reconnaissance drone captured in 2011 has taken its first flight, state news agency IRNA reported on Monday. In December 2011, Iran said it had captured a US. RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance drone in eastern Iran that had been reported lost by US forces in neighboring Afghanistan. "We...
  • Barack Obama sent secret letter to Iran on fighting Islamic State: WSJ November 6, 2014

    Washington: US President Barack Obama sent a secret letter to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month stressing the two countries' shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, a media report on Thursday said. According to the Wall Street Journal, the letter in mid-October said that...
  • Iranian-British woman gets year in prison for attending men's volleyball game November 3, 2014

    Dubai: An Iranian-British woman detained while trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran has been found guilty of spreading propaganda against the ruling system and sentenced to a year in prison, her lawyer said Sunday. Britain immediately raised concerns about Ghoncheh Ghavami's trial. The case highlighted the limits to...
  • Iran hangs woman convicted of killing her alleged rapist October 25, 2014

    Dubai: A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared. Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at dawn on Saturday in Tehran's...
  • Tamil Nadu fishermen in Iran fined, PM Modi asked to intervene October 21, 2014

    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 October 16, 2014

    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 October 15, 2014

    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 October 15, 2014

    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...