Latest Iran news

  • Plane spotted in Iran is registered to US bank 5 hours ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An airplane that ended up in Iran is registered to a Utah bank under an arrangement that has prompted recent warnings from a government watchdog. More »

  • Obama signs law aimed at barring Iran UN envoy
    Obama signs law aimed at barring Iran UN envoy 7 hours ago

    President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a bill designed to bar Iran's pick for UN ambassador from US soil over his links to the 1979 American embassy hostage siege. More »

  • Obama signs law blocking Iran's envoy to UN
    Obama signs law blocking Iran's envoy to UN 7 hours ago

    Hamid Aboutalebi has acknowledged acting as an interpreter for the group that took part in the 1979 US Embassy takeover. More »

  • Special Report - How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse
    Special Report - How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse 8 hours ago

    By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan. More »

  • Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city
    Going nuts? Turkey looks to pistachios to heat new eco-city 8 hours ago

    Pistachios are already a key ingredient in Turkish baklava, but the country may now have found a new way to exploit the nuts known as "green gold" -- by using their shells to heat a new eco-city. More »

  • Rouhani says Iran bears no hostility to the world
    Rouhani says Iran bears no hostility to the world 9 hours ago

    Iran has no intention of committing acts of aggression but retains the right to defend itself militarily, President Hassan Rouhani said Friday. More »

  • Turkey to seek price reduction for Russian gas
    Turkey to seek price reduction for Russian gas 10 hours ago

    Russian gas giant Gazprom's recently built Adler thermal power plant in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on November 30, 2013 More »

  • Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices'
    Title of new Hillary Clinton book: 'Hard Choices' 11 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton's upcoming book will be called "Hard Choices," a title that reflects how the potential 2016 presidential candidate may try to define her record as President Barack Obama's secretary of state while she considers another White House campaign. More »

  • Should Finland join NATO?
    Should Finland join NATO? 14 hours ago

    The public debate on Finland joining NATO has been marked by misrepresentation and historical amnesia. More »

  • Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might
    Iran says will firmly deter any attacks as military displays might 18 hours ago

    By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran, state television reported on Friday. Chanting "God is Greatest", troops paraded missiles carriers, some bearing banners saying "Death to America" and "Death to Israel", armoured personnel carriers and unmanned surveillance aircraft as well as small submarines with men wearing aqua-lungs alongside. Unlike hardline predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani did not use his speech to lash out at the United States and Israel, which Tehran refuses to recognise. "We don't attack any country and don't want war but we will firmly confront any aggression against Iran," he said, as helicopters and fighter jets flew overhead and parachutists landed in the parade area in the south of the capital near the shrine of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. More »

  • Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade
    Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade 18 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West in a speech Friday during a military parade on the country's National Army Day. More »

  • Stop Stockpiling Web Glitches
    Stop Stockpiling Web Glitches 18 hours ago

    Members of the President’s Intelligence Review Group declare that playing defense by alerting the public to hacks is the best response when situations like Heartbleed occur. More »

  • The Book Tour Hillary Should Fear
    The Book Tour Hillary Should Fear 18 hours ago

    When Elizabeth Warren hits the road to promote her memoir, the senator likely will draw a critical group of Democrats that the front-runner has had trouble connecting with before. More »

  • Iran oil exports rise to 1.2 mn barrels per day
    Iran oil exports rise to 1.2 mn barrels per day 19 hours ago

    Iranian Revolutionary Guards drive a speedboat in front of an oil tanker at Bandar Abbas on July 2, 2012 More »

  • Clinton White House documents set for release
    Clinton White House documents set for release 20 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives is releasing about 7,500 pages of documents Friday from former President Bill Clinton's administration. More »

  • Today in History Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Today is Good Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year. More »

  • US: Forfeiture deal over Iran assets sets record Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday. More »

  • Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies
    Russian Spy Planes in U.S. Skies Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    Russian surveillance planes already fly over America, thanks to a long-standing treaty. But a new, ultra-sophisticated spy plane has U.S. military and intelligence bosses spooked. More »

  • Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows
    Iranian woman forgives son's killer at the gallows Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media. More »

  • UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday. More »

  • US releases $450 mln in frozen Iran funds
    US releases $450 mln in frozen Iran funds Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The United States has authorized the release of a $450 million installment in Iranian assets that were frozen as punishment for Tehran's disputed nuclear program, the State Department said Thursday. More »

  • Brazil police strike ends after looting, 39 deaths
    Brazil police strike ends after looting, 39 deaths Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Troops patrolled the World Cup host city of Salvador on Thursday after a deadly orgy of violence triggered by a police strike less than two months before thousands of fans descend on the coastal Brazilian metropolis for the football extravaganza. More »

  • Uranium miners at Rio Tinto Namibia mine sick
    Uranium miners at Rio Tinto Namibia mine sick Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Rio Tinto workers in Namibia who mined uranium to supply the British and American militaries in the 1970s are suffering from cancer and other illnesses, a study has found. More »

  • Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed - IAEA
    Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed - IAEA Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfil the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday. The monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency , which has a pivotal role in verifying that Iran is living up to its part of the accord, made clear that Iran so far is undertaking the agreed steps to curb its nuclear programme. In Washington, the State Department said the United States has taken steps to release a $450 million (267.8 million pounds) instalment of frozen Iranian funds following the issuance of the report. In addition, Japan has made two more payments totalling $1 billion to Iran for crude imports, two sources with knowledge of the transactions said. More »

  • Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaign
    Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaign Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The young Iranian man who escaped a hangman's noose with just seconds to spare when his victim's mother intervened was the beneficiary of a high-profile campaign to save his life. More »

  • U.S. releases $450 million of frozen Iranian funds after IAEA report
    U.S. releases $450 million of frozen Iranian funds after IAEA report Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The United States has taken steps to release a $450 million (267.9 million pounds) instalment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that "all sides have kept the commitments made" under the agreement. She said that "as Iran remains in line with its commitments," the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and the European Union "will continue to uphold our commitments as well." The report by the U.N. nuclear agency showed that Iran had - as stipulated under the November 24 agreement - diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium reserve to a fissile content less prone to bomb proliferation. Tehran has also continued to convert the other half of its stock of uranium gas refined to a 20 percent fissile purity, the IAEA report said. More »

  • ‘All Jews Must Be Registered’
    ‘All Jews Must Be Registered’ Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Fliers in Donetsk, Ukraine tell Jews to register, pay up, or be deported. The city’s grand rabbi says he takes the threat seriously. More »

  • Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope
    Afghanistan: A Vision Of Hope Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Afghanistan is creating a positive future for itself. Sixty per cent of those eligible to vote have done so in the country’s presidential elections. More »

  • Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile
    Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Most of nation's high-grade enriched uranium has been diluted to forms less prone to bomb proliferation as part of deal. More »

  • Iraqi Kurds entrench political faultline with Syria border ditch Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Isabel Coles ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurds are digging a 17-km (10-mile) trench on their border with Syria, reinforcing a political faultline between the two rival parties that dominate on either side of the frontier. Iraqi Kurdish authorities say the ditch, which is approximately 3 metres deep and 2 metres wide, will help reduce smuggling and keep Islamist militants out of their relatively stable region as war grinds on in Syria. But the Kurdish group that controls the Syrian side of the border says the ditch is designed to tighten a blockade against its enclave, and force it to submit to the authority of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Iraq. Whatever the motive, the ditch is highly symbolic, fortifying one of the frontiers regarded by many Kurds as a historic injustice that carved their ethnic homeland up into four parts spread across Iraq, Turkey, Iran and Syria. More »

  • Insight - Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned ki …
    Insight - Jordanian jihadis returning from Syria war rattle U.S.-aligned ki … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    By Suleiman Al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordanian Islamist Ahmad Mahmoud fought with rebels in Syria for six weeks earlier this year, then slipped back across the border to seek treatment for a war wound - even though the authorities had warned him not to return. Within a week the bearded 23-year-old fighter found himself in the dock at a military court, facing terrorism charges filed by authorities who are taking an increasingly tough stance against homegrown militants fighting in Syria's civil war. Amman treats returning jihadists as a security threat to be nipped in the bud and, with an eye to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's potential to tough out the uprising against him, wants to keep channels open to a government with which it retains diplomatic and trade ties. Three years into Syria's civil war a growing number of Jordanian jihadists are coming home, some disillusioned by infighting within rebel ranks, others seeking a break from a draining and largely inconclusive conflict. More »

  • Iran slashes highly-enriched nuclear stock: UN watchdog
    Iran slashes highly-enriched nuclear stock: UN watchdog Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Iran has cut its stock of highly-enriched uranium by 75 percent, a new report by the UN's nuclear watchdog revealed Thursday. More »

  • Iraq's draft child marriage law seen as political stunt - and sign of t … Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    Based on Shi'ite Islamic jurisprudence, the Ja'afari Law's advocates say it would bring regulation of personal status - comprising family law, wills and inheritance - into line with sharia religious law. Iraq's own clerical establishment does not back the bill, making its chance of success very slim. Critics say the draft is all about short-term political advantage, as Shi'ite Islamist parties compete with each other for votes in the run-up to April 30 elections in a highly-charged sectarian atmosphere. "It's a completely shameless political stunt," said Haider Ala Hamoudi, associate professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh who writes on Iraqi, Middle Eastern and Islamic Law. More »

  • Saudi spy chief ousted under US pressure: experts
    Saudi spy chief ousted under US pressure: experts Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The exit of Saudi's spy chief was the result of US pressure over his stance on Syria but does not signal a shift in Riyadh's goal of toppling the Damascus regime, experts say. More »

  • Iran Murder Victim's Mother Stops Hanging
    Iran Murder Victim's Mother Stops Hanging Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    The 18-year-old victim's parents were expected to kick away the chair supporting the condemned man, named as Balal, at the public execution and send him to his death.  As she climbed up to the gallows, Samereh Alinejad asked the large crowd that had gathered to watch the execution whether they knew "how difficult it is to live in an empty house". The father of the victim, Abdolghani Hozzeinzad, then removed the noose from around the man's neck as the convict's own mother ran up to embrace the woman who had saved her son. More »