Latest Iran news

  • Iran's Zarif says differences remain in nuclear talks with major powers 2 hours 40 minutes ago

    By Parisa Hafezi and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister said on Monday some differences still remained between Iran and the six powers over the country's disputed nuclear programme ahead of Tuesday's deadline for a final agreement to end a 12-year-old dispute. ... Some differences remain and we are trying and working hard," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters. The deal under discussion between Iran and the powers is aimed at curbing Tehran's most sensitive nuclear work for a decade or more in exchange for relief from sanctions that have crippled the country's economy. More »

  • Iran's Zarif says some differences remain in nuclear talks with major p … 3 hours ago

    Iran's foreign minister said on Monday some differences still remained between Iran and the six powers over the country's disputed nuclear programme ahead of Tuesday's deadline for a final agreement to end a 12-year-old dispute. ... Some differences remain and we are trying and working hard," Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters. The deal under discussion between Iran and the powers is aimed at curbing Tehran's most sensitive nuclear work for a decade or more in exchange for relief from sanctions that have crippled the country's economy. More »

  • Ball is now in Greeks' court, German foreign minister says 4 hours ago

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Sunday that the outcome of Greece's referendum had to be accepted, and that the ball was now in the Greeks' court. "First of all we have to accept such a result," Steinmeier told reporters as he arrived in Vienna to join the Iran nuclear talks. More »

  • Nobel tributes at Dalai Lama 80th birthday bash in US
    Nobel tributes at Dalai Lama 80th birthday bash in US 5 hours ago

    Fellow Nobel Peace laureates joined thousands of followers of the Dalai Lama Sunday to celebrate the Tibetan spiritual leader's 80th birthday, kicking off a three-day honorary bash in California. More »

  • Kerry urges Iran to make 'hard choices', says U.S. ready to walk
    Kerry urges Iran to make 'hard choices', says U.S. ready to walk 5 hours ago

    By Arshad Mohammed, John Irish and Shadia Nasralla VIENNA (Reuters) - An Iranian nuclear agreement is possible this week if Iran makes the "hard choices" necessary, but if not, the United States stands ready to walk away from the negotiations, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. Speaking during a break from one of his four meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday, Kerry said they had made "genuine progress" in talks over the last few days but "several of the most difficult issues" remain. "If hard choices get made in the next couple of days, made quickly, we could get an agreement this week, but if they are not made we will not," he said in Vienna, where talks between Iran, the United States and five other powers are being held. More »

  • On 9th day, Kerry says Iran nuke talks could go either way
    On 9th day, Kerry says Iran nuke talks could go either way 5 hours ago

    VIENNA (AP) — Nine days into marathon nuclear talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said the diplomatic efforts "could go either way," cutting off all potential pathways for an Iranian atomic bomb or ending without an agreement that American officials have sometimes described as the only alternative to war. More »

  • Germany sees progress in Iran talks, says final deal requires courage 6 hours ago

    VIENNA (Reuters) - There has been progress on some points in the nuclear talks between Iran and major powers and whether a deal is reached depends on the participants' courage, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Sunday. (Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; Writing by Arshad Mohammed) More »

  • Powers warn Iran 'now is the time' for nuclear deal
    Powers warn Iran 'now is the time' for nuclear deal 7 hours ago

    Global powers upped the pressure on Iran late Sunday warning now was "the time" to strike an elusive deal curbing its nuclear ambitions, as the US said the fate of the talks hung in the balance. More »

  • World heritage status for The Alamo, Japan industrial sites
    World heritage status for The Alamo, Japan industrial sites 7 hours ago

    BONN, Germany (AP) — The United States has succeeded in its bid to "Remember the Alamo," after the U.N. cultural body approved its status as a world heritage site Sunday. More »

  • Back at work: Congress facing busy agenda, funding deadline
    Back at work: Congress facing busy agenda, funding deadline 8 hours ago

    Members of Congress return from July Fourth fireworks and parades Tuesday facing a daunting summer workload and an impending deadline to fund the government or risk a shutdown in the fall. The funding ... More »

  • Iran nuclear talks - Brothels, bike rides and Groundhog Day 8 hours ago

    By Fedja Grulovic, Louis Charbonneau and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - Anyone who says it's all work and no play for the hordes of diplomats, officials, security agents, analysts and reporters who have descended on Vienna for what should be the finale of almost two years of Iran nuclear talks is dead wrong. As the manager of a local brothel said, when the Iran talks are in town, "business is booming". More »

  • France's Fabius it's time for Iran to make commitments 9 hours ago

    France's foreign minister said on Sunday the time was now up to Iran to decide whether it would make commitments on unresolved issues in nuclear talks with major powers. "We are 72 hours from the moment when (these negotiations) are supposed to end," Laurent Fabius said. "The principle question is to see whether Iran will accept to make clear commitments on what has not been clarified. More »

  • Kerry says Iran nuclear talks 'could go either way'
    Kerry says Iran nuclear talks 'could go either way' 9 hours ago

    US Secretary of State says "genuine progress" made in talks but US still "prepared to walk away" if terms unacceptable. More »

  • Indian coast guard seizes Iranian boat, arrests 12 crew 9 hours ago

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India's coast guard seized an Iranian fishing boat off the country's southern coast early Sunday and arrested 12 crew members, officials said. More »

  • Insight - Fears of Syria war persist in Lebanese border village
    Insight - Fears of Syria war persist in Lebanese border village 10 hours ago

    By Mariam Karouny QAA, Lebanon (Reuters) - The barren mountains separating the Lebanese village of Qaa from Syria have helped shield it from the war raging next door, yet fears of missile attacks, abductions and incursions have persisted since the conflict erupted more than four years ago. In recent weeks, residents of this Christian village say life has started to feel a little more normal, thanks to an offensive waged by Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah against the insurgents just over the border in Syria. The Hezbollah operation targeting Islamic State and the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front has helped halt the short-range rockets fired periodically at border villages in Lebanon, repeatedly jolted by spillover from the war in Syria. More »

  • Minneapolis Muslim girls design their own modest sportswear 11 hours ago

    When Muslims on the Cedar Riverside Community School girls’ basketball team in Minneapolis found their traditional clothing interfered with sports activities, they sought a solution. With the help of students at University of Minnesota's College of Design and the Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport, the girls designed their own sports attire that met both religious and cultural standards. Jennifer Weber, a coach at Cedar Riverside Community School, witnessed the girls struggling to handle their skirts or keep their hijabs intact while playing sports. More »

  • U.S. and Iran - the unbearable awkwardness of defending your enemy 11 hours ago

    Tehran and Washington, which have called each other the "Great Satan" and a member of the "Axis of Evil" during 36 years of hostility, are more used to exchanging insults than defending each other. The two foes cut diplomatic ties after Iranian revolutionaries seized 52 hostages in Tehran's U.S. embassy during the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Low-enriched uranium can be further enriched to make fissile material for an atomic bomb, and one of the main goals of any nuclear deal is to restrain Iran's production of it. More »

  • Progress in Iran talks but difficult issues remain - Kerry 11 hours ago

    Iran and the United States have made "genuine progress" on a nuclear deal but there are several difficult issues to resolve and Washington is ready to walk away from the talks if need be, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. "We have in fact made genuine progress but ... we are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues," Kerry told reporters. More »

  • Factbox - A timeline of Iran's nuclear programme, efforts to curb it 12 hours ago

    Iran, the United States and five other major powers are labouring to reach an agreement by Tuesday to restrain the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. The deal seeks to allay suspicions that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons capability, something Tehran denies, saying its programme is for purely peaceful purposes. Below is a chronology of Iran's nuclear programme and efforts to constrain it. More »

  • Saudi-led strikes kill 30 in northern Yemen, Houthis say
    Saudi-led strikes kill 30 in northern Yemen, Houthis say 14 hours ago

    Air strikes by Saudi-led forces killed 30 civilians in an attack on a market in northern Yemen on Sunday, the Houthi-run news agency Saba said, as U.N. mediators pushed for a humanitarian pause in fighting that has killed nearly 3,000 since March. Saba also said Houthi forces launched rockets against a number of Saudi army positions, including a military airport in the southern city of Najran, in response to what it described as Saudi aggression against Yemen. An Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia has been pounding the Iran-backed Houthi forces and allied army units loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh since March in a campaign to restore exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. More »

  • Top US, Iranian diplomats locked in nuclear talks 15 hours ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are locked in negotiation with just two days left before their latest deadline for a comprehensive nuclear pact. Kerry ... More »

  • Kerry, Zarif race against the clock in Iran nuclear talks
    Kerry, Zarif race against the clock in Iran nuclear talks 15 hours ago

    US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart went face to face again Sunday with time running out to nail down a landmark nuclear deal in marathon talks in Vienna. More »

  • Israeli PM warns of growing concessions in Iran nuke talks 16 hours ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister says each day that passes brings greater Western concessions toward Iran in talks over its nuclear program. More »

  • Myanmar: Still locking up political prisoners
    Myanmar: Still locking up political prisoners 16 hours ago

    Despite reforms, lifting of sanctions and 'opening', political activists in Myanmar continue to face arrests. More »

  • US-led coalition air strikes pound ISIL in Raqqa
    US-led coalition air strikes pound ISIL in Raqqa 17 hours ago

    Coalition jets launch "most sustained set of air strikes to date" against ISIL's de facto capital in northern Syria. More »

  • Iran deploys new home-built long-range radar 17 hours ago

    Iran says it has deployed a new domestically built long-range radar system, signalling a strengthening of its air defences as it holds what may be the final days of talks on a nuclear deal with world powers. Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) air defence force, unveiled the Ghadir phased-array radar in Ahwaz city in southwestern Khuzestan province near the Iraq border, state television said late on Saturday. Iran says the Ghadir unit is designed and manufactured entirely inside the country and can detect a plane at 600 km (373 miles) and a ballistic missile at 1,100 km. In comments suggesting the radar can also identify miniature unmanned drone aircraft, Esmaili was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying: "Discovering and tracking micro aerial vehicles (MAV) ... is one of the special qualities of the Ghadir radar system." Iran has taken steps to develop its air defences after U.S. and Israeli officials warned of possible military action to curtail its nuclear programme, and is in discussions to buy the advanced S-300 ground-to-air missile system from Russia. More »

  • Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking U.S. computers
    Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking U.S. computers 23 hours ago

    By Amanda Becker GLEN, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and "huge amounts of government information," and of trying to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America." Clinton's language on China appeared to be far stronger than that usually used by President Barack Obama's Democratic administration. Speaking at a campaign event in New Hampshire, Clinton said she wanted to see China's peaceful rise. "But we also have to be fully vigilant, China's military is growing very quickly, they're establishing military installations that again threaten countries we have treaties with, like the Philippines because they are building on contested property," said Clinton, who was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. More »

  • China 'trying to hack into everything': Clinton
    China 'trying to hack into everything': Clinton Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    Hillary Clinton accused China of "trying to hack into everything that doesn't move in America" and stealing government information, in strongly worded comments likely to irk Beijing. More »

  • Draft accords of sanctions relief at Iran nuke talks in hand
    Draft accords of sanctions relief at Iran nuke talks in hand Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    World powers and Iran have drawn up a draft document on the pace and timing of sanctions relief for the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear program, advancing on one of the most contentious ... More »

  • Clinton: Hopeful US can reach 'verifiable deal' with Iran
    Clinton: Hopeful US can reach 'verifiable deal' with Iran Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    GLEN, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Saturday that she remains hopeful the U.S. can reach a "strong verifiable deal" to curb Iran's nuclear weapons program by next week's deadline. More »

  • French businesses hoping to beat the rush back into Iran
    French businesses hoping to beat the rush back into Iran Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    An Iranian woman pays a banknote, bearing a portrait of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, to a grocer in Tehran on September 30, 2012 More »

  • Despite progress in Iran nuclear talks, dispute over U.N. sanctions persist …
    Despite progress in Iran nuclear talks, dispute over U.N. sanctions persist … Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    By Louis Charbonneau and John Irish VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran and world powers made progress on future sanctions relief for Iran in marathon nuclear talks on Saturday, but remained divided on issues such as lifting United Nations sanctions and the development of advanced centrifuges. Diplomats close to the negotiations said they had tentative agreement on a mechanism for suspending U.S. and European Union sanctions on Iran. "We don't have Iran on board yet." Senior Iranian and Western diplomats echoed the remarks. More »

  • Syrian army and Hezbollah lay siege to rebel-held border city Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah militia said they had launched a major ground and air assault on the rebel-held Syrian city of Zabadani on Saturday and were closing in on insurgents holed up inside. The army, with its Shi'ite ally Hezbollah, has long sought to wrest control of Zabadani from Sunni rebels who have held it since 2012, a year after the start of the Syrian civil war. The city is near the Lebanese border and the Beirut-Damascus highway that links the countries, and so capturing it would be a major strategic gain for Syrian President Bashar al Assad's government. More »

  • APNewsBreak: Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief
    APNewsBreak: Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious issues in a long-term nuclear agreement that negotiators hope to clinch over ... More »

  • Syrian army tightens siege of rebels in border city of Zabadani - state TV Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    The Syrian army closed in on Sunni Muslim jihadist rebels inside Zabadani in a major military offensive launched on Saturday to recapture the city near the border with Lebanon, state television said. A Syrian army source was quoted as saying its forces were "making headway on several fronts" and tightening a siege of the city and had inflicted heavy casualties on rebels defending it. Iranian backed Lebanese Hezbollah TV station earlier said the Syrian army and its fighters had begun a major aerial bombing campaign with heavy artillery shelling of rebel outposts. More »