Iran

What President Hassan Rouhani’s election win means for Iran

He is known as the Diplomat Sheikh — and he has struck again. He beat three conservatives to win a landslide presidential election in 2013, led Iran through two years of tortuous negotiations to a nuclear and sanctions deal, and now Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani — as he is formally known — has again triumphed. If reformist voters felt marginalised ...

Voting Extended as Iranians Queue in Crucial Elections

Long lines formed and voting was extended Friday as Iranians cast ballots in an election test for moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who hopes to curb conservative dominance in parliament and deliver domestic reforms. With the polls coming just one month after sanctions were lifted under a nuclear deal between Rouhani’s government and world powers, the outcome will be seen as ...

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 ...

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