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Iran elections: vote to herald most crucial choice in 30 years

Lineage gets you only so far in today’s Iran. A black turban confirms Hassan Khomeini’s claim to be a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad; and his surname affirms that here is one of the bluest of Persian bluebloods – Khomeini is a grandson of the revered father of the revolution, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah​ Khomeini. Hassan is no black ...

Iranian commander mocks Saudi offer to intervene in Syria

Saudi Arabia’s fresh public willingness to send ground troops into Syria is drawing ridicule from the kingdom’s chief regional rival. The commander of Iran’s revolutionary guard on Saturday mocked Saudi Arabia’s declaration that it is prepared to commit ground troops to fight ISIS in war-torn Syria. “They claim they will send troops (to Syria), but I don’t think they will ...

5 Americans released by Iran, 4 as part of prisoner swap

Iran has freed four U.S. prisoners as part of a prisoner swap, including Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, senior U.S. administration officials said Saturday, confirming reports first published in Iranian media. A fifth man — described as a recently detained student named Matthew Trevithick — was separately released, U.S. officials said. ...

Sanctions lifted after Iran found in compliance on nuclear deal

Iran has completed the necessary steps in a deal to restrict its nuclear program, meaning international economic sanctions are lifted, U.N. and EU officials said Saturday. “Relations between Iran and the IAEA now enter a new phase. It is an important day for the international community. I congratulate all those who helped make it a reality,” said Director General Yukiyo ...

How to ease Iran-Saudi Arabia crisis

execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia at the weekend has triggered a predictable diplomatic crisis. Iran immediately condemned the move, the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was attacked by angry demonstrators, and Saudi Arabia then severed diplomatic ties with the country. On Monday, Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates followed suit. Yet despite the war of ...

Netanyahu on Iran deal: ‘Let’s look forward’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently opposed the recently inked Iran nuclear agreement — but now he wants to make sure Iran lives up to its end of the pact. “Now that it’s done, let’s look forward. Let’s keep Iran’s feet to the fire. Let’s make sure that they keep all their obligations under the nuclear deal. That’s the first ...

33 people were killed, nearly 600 have been hospitalised by swine flu in Iran

An outbreak of swine flu has left 33 people dead in two provinces of southwestern Iran in the past three weeks, the state media reported on Monday. Deputy Health Minister Ali Akbar Sayyari said there had been 28 deaths in Kerman province and 5 in Sistan-Baluchistan and warning the H1N1 virus was likely to spread to other areas including the capital Tehran. ...

Iran’s leader meet with Putin for closer ties between Tehran and Moscow

Iran’s supreme leader, at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Tehran, said on Monday U.S. policies in the Middle East region were a threat to both countries and called for closer ties between Tehran and Moscow. The civil war in Syria has evolved into a wider proxy struggle between global powers, with Russia and Iran supporting Syrian President ...

Iranian security forces arrested members of a jihadist linked with ISIS

Iranian security forces have arrested members of a jihadist cell linked with ISIS near the country’s western borders with Iraq, the head of the Revolutionary Guards said Sunday. Quoted by the ISNA news agency, General Mohammad Ali Jafari said Iranian security forces were monitoring attempts by militants to “create insecurity” in Iran. “ISIS has multi-layered support networks. One such network ...

Russia and Iran have signed for air defence system

Russia and Iran have signed a contract for Moscow to supply Tehran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, Sergei Chemezov, the chief executive of Russian state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec. “S-300, the air defence system, the contract has already been signed,” Chemezov was quoted as saying at the Dubai Airshow. A nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers earlier this deal ...

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