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  • India gain seven places in FIFA rankings 10-04-2014 03:54 PM

    New Delhi: Indian football team jumped seven places to 145th, the highest since August last, in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday. India gained six cumulative points (144 in total) over the past month to rise to 145th from 152nd, despite not playing any international match during the period....
  • Mystery deepens around the missing Malaysian airlines plane 11-03-2014 09:51 AM

    Mystery is deepening around the missing Malaysian airliner. Reports now suggest that the Thai travel agency that booked tickets for two passengers with stolen passports had been asked to do so by an Iranian middleman. ...
  • Optimistic about deal with US on nuke programme: Iran Foreign Minister 01-03-2014 02:03 PM

    Iran's Foreign Minister Javed Zarif has said that Iran was disappointed that India cut its oil imports by 40 per cent in 2013 under pressure from the US. In a significant statement, he said that he is optimistic about a deal with the US on Iran's nuclear programme by August...
  • Disappointed with India's decision to cut oil imports: Iran 28-02-2014 08:37 PM

    Suhasini Haidar: Hello and Welcome to the exclusive interview on CNN-IBN. With me, Iran's Foreign Minister Javid Zarif. India owes Iran nearly $ 5 billion for oil imports, Iran has been seeking some of that payment. Tell us how your talks went? Javid Zarif: I've just started these talks and...
  • India calls for institutional reform within the SAARC 20-02-2014 05:15 PM

    India on Thursday called for institutional reform within the SAARC and define a clear set of policies on the nature of the grouping's relations with countries having observer status. The eight-member grouping needs to "move faster and to add momentum to our cooperation within the SAARC framework," External Affairs Minister...
  • Iran says may send forces to Pakistan to free border guards 17-02-2014 10:03 PM

    Dubai: Iran said on Monday it would send forces into Pakistan to free kidnapped border guards if Islamabad did not take measures to secure their release. The statement comes after Iranian media reports said the guards had been seized by militants operating from Pakistan. "If Pakistan doesn't take the needed...
  • Iran moves to cooperate in UN nuclear bomb probe 10-02-2014 11:24 AM

    Vienna/Dubai: The UN nuclear agency said on Sunday that Iran had agreed to start addressing suspicions that it may have worked on designing an atomic weapon, a potential breakthrough in a long-stalled investigation into Tehran's atomic activities. The development - although limited for now - marked a step forward in...
  • Visa-on-arrival to be extended to tourists from 180 countries 06-02-2014 07:50 AM

    New Delhi: India will extend visa-on arrival to tourists of all nations barring eight, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Iran, as it looks to boost tourism, Planning Minister Rajeev Shukla said on Wednesday. "We have decided to extend the visa-on-arrival facility to tourists from 180 nations. It will take...
  • Iran prepares for start of landmark nuclear deal 20-01-2014 10:12 AM

    Tehran: Ahead of the start of a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, an official in the Islamic Republic called limiting uranium enrichment and diluting its stockpile the country's "most important commitments," state radio reported. The comments by Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman of Iran's atomic department, show how the...
  • Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei commutes almost 900 sentences 19-01-2014 04:19 PM

    Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei agreed on Saturday to pardon or reduce the sentences of 878 people in honour of the Prophet Mohammad's birthday on Sunday, the state news agency IRNA reported. Last September, some 80 political prisoners were released, including prominent human rights activist and lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh,...
  • Nuclear deal offers extraordinary opportunities for Iran: Barack Obama 14-01-2014 12:02 PM

    Washington: US President Barack Obama has said that the landmark nuclear deal reached between the P5+1 countries and Iran offers "extraordinary opportunities" for the Islamic republic and its people. "If Iran is willing to walk through the door of opportunity that's presented to them, then I have no doubt that...
  • Iran, world powers reach deal opening nuke program 13-01-2014 09:37 AM

    Tehran: Iran has agreed to limit uranium enrichment and to open its nuclear program to daily inspection by international experts starting January 20, setting the clock running on a six-month deadline for a final nuclear agreement, officials said on Sunday. In exchange, the Islamic Republic will get a relaxation of...
  • Iran: Second Monkey sent into space 14-12-2013 03:45 PM

    Iran's President said on Saturday that the Islamic Republic has successfully sent a monkey into space for the second time, part of a program aimed at manned space flight. Hassan Rouhani's website President.ir said that the launch of the rocket dubbed Pajohesh, or Research in Farsi, was Iran's first use...
  • India welcomes deal on Iran's controversial nuclear programme 24-11-2013 05:39 PM

    India, on Sunday, welcomed the prospect of resolution of issues related to Iran's controversial nuclear programme through dialogue and diplomacy after Tehran agreed to curb it under a deal with six world power. "India welcomes the prospect of resolving questions related to Iran's nuclear programme through dialogue and diplomacy," official...
  • Nuclear agreement with Iran a historic mistake, says Israel 24-11-2013 03:20 PM

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government denounced world powers' nuclear agreement with Iran on Sunday as a "bad deal" to which Israel would not be bound. Yet Israeli officials stopped short of explicitly threatening military action that could further isolate the Jewish state and imperil its alliance with Washington, saying...
  • Iran, six world powers reach deal on Tehran's nuclear program 24-11-2013 12:07 PM

    A historic deal over Iran's nuclear program has been reached following intense talks in Geneva. Foreign Ministers from Iran, US, UK, China, Russia and Europe held negotiations for four days before the agreement was reached. The agreement temporarily halts Iran's nuclear development and lifts some sanctions. ...
  • Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal 24-11-2013 11:28 AM

    Geneva: Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal early on Sunday to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in what could be the first sign of an emerging rapprochement between the Islamic state and the West. Aimed at ending a dangerous standoff, the agreement...
  • Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in bid to reach deal 23-11-2013 08:19 AM

    Geneva: US Secretary of State John Kerry will join talks on Iran's nuclear program in Geneva on Saturday, as Tehran and six world powers appeared to be on the verge of an elusive breakthrough in the decade-old dispute. The French and British foreign ministers, Laurent Fabius and William Hague, were...
  • Iran nuclear talks make some progress, but still differences 22-11-2013 09:33 AM

    Geneva: Iran and six major powers have made some progress toward an interim deal to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, but both sides said on Thursday they still have significant differences to overcome. Negotiators appeared to downplay anticipation of an imminent breakthrough in the three-day talks...
  • Pak N-weapons' threat under-estimated: US ex-official 20-11-2013 10:30 AM

    Washington: Nuclear weapons of Pakistan poses more danger to the global security than "over-exaggerating" threat from Iran, a former US official has said. "Are we endangering our own safety and that of Israel by over-exaggerating the nuclear threat posed by Iran while drastically under-estimating the growing threat posed by Pakistan?...
  • Beirut: Suicide blasts near Iran embassy kills 23 19-11-2013 05:10 PM

    Beirut: Twin suicide bombings struck outside the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, killing 23 people, including the Iranian cultural attach, and wounding dozens more in one of the worst bombings to target the predominantly Shiite area in southern Beirut. The mid-morning blasts hit the upscale neighborhood of...
  • Sanctions easing can be reversed if Iran does not deliver, says Obama 15-11-2013 11:27 AM

    President Barack Obama sought to reassure skeptical US lawmakers on Thursday that any easing of sanctions on Iran that emerges from negotiations could easily be reversed and "ramped back up" if Tehran fails to curb its nuclear program. In his most direct appeal yet for more time to pursue a...
  • US Senate will wait before moving on Iran sanctions: Aides 12-11-2013 10:38 AM

    US lawmakers will wait for a briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry this week before deciding whether to impose tough new sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program, Senate aides said on Monday. Kerry is expected to lead the Obama administration's latest effort to prevent imposition of further punitive...
  • US lawmakers seek tighter Iran sanctions before any deal 11-11-2013 11:22 AM

    US lawmakers said on Sunday they aimed to tighten sanctions on Iran to prevent Washington giving away too much in a deal on Tehran's nuclear programme that diplomats said was still possible despite the failure of high-level weekend talks. Their comments reflected widespread Congressional scepticism about a rapprochement between Iran...
  • Gunman kills Iranian deputy minister: Report 11-11-2013 07:06 AM

    Tehran: Iran's official news agency is reporting that a gunman has shot and killed a deputy industry minister. The report by IRNA said Safdar Rahmatabadi was shot twice in head and chest that night in an eastern neighborhood of Tehran. The report quoted police as saying they believed the deputy...
  • Iran sentences activist actress to 18-month in prison 30-10-2013 07:01 AM

    Tehran: An Iranian court has sentenced an actress known for her reformist political activism to 18 months in prison on security charges, newspapers reported in another sign of the underlying tensions between Iran's hard-liners and calls for greater openness by new President Hassan Rouhani. The reports came on Tuesday, a...
  • Obama, Congress at odds over Iran sanctions relief 19-10-2013 07:16 AM

    Washington: The Obama administration is considering helping Iran recoup billions of dollars in frozen overseas assets if Tehran scales back its nuclear program. But Congress is determined to set a high bar for any relief for Iran. Officials say the proposal is under consideration to spur nuclear negotiations. A skeptical...
  • Iran to send another monkey into space: Report 13-10-2013 07:21 PM

    Tehran: An Iranian newspaper is reporting that the Islamic Republic plans to send another monkey into space within a month. A report on Sunday in the conservative daily Jomhuri Eslami quotes the deputy head of Iran's space agency, Hamid Fazeli, as saying the planned launch is part of the country's...
  • Obama urges public not to give up on health sign-ups 06-10-2013 07:45 AM

    Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans "definitely shouldn't give up" on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government. Obama said public interest far exceeded the government's expectations, causing technology glitches that...
  • Iran 'a year or more' from nuclear capability, says Obama 05-10-2013 09:21 PM

    President Barack Obama says US intelligence assessments show Iran is still "a year or more away" from building a nuclear weapon. The president's assessment puts him at odds with Israel, which says Iran is just months away from being able to build a bomb. Obama, in an interview with a...