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Iran votes in general election marred by disqualifications

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Voters form long queues at polling stations in south Tehran, where conservatives have a solid support base, but far fewer are seen waiting to vote in upmarket northern neighborhoods

ELECTIONS. Iranians queue up to vote during parliamentary elections at the Shah Abdul Azim shrine on the southern outskirts of Tehran on February 21, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iraq, Kuwait on alert as coronavirus deaths rise in Iran

Feb 21, 2020 - 11:33 AM

(UPDATED) Both Iraq and Kuwait, which respectively share land and maritime borders with Iran, have not confirmed any cases of the virus internally

MASKED. An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask checks her mobile telephone as she walks in a street in the capital Tehran on February 20, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Coronavirus kills 2 Iranians, first Mideast deaths

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:03 AM

The head of the health ministry's contagious diseases unit says the pair who died were Qom residents who were not known to have left Iran

UP CLOSE. This scanning electron microscope image shows 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19. Photo from NIAID-RML

U.S. Senate votes to restrain Trump on Iran

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:09 AM

One Republican who voted yes is Mike Lee, who says a classified session by the Trump administration after the Soleimani killing was the 'worst' defense briefing he ever received

RESTRAINED. US President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order for sanctions on Iran's supreme leader in the Oval Office of the White House on June 24, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. accuses Iran of building missiles through satellite bid

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:46 AM

Iran, which is enemy number one for President Donald Trump's administration, says it had successfully launched a satellite but that it failed to reach orbit

WEAPONS. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on February 9, 2020 shows the unveiling Raad-500 missile, a short-range ballistic missile by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that they say can be powered by a "new generation" of engines designed to put satellites into orbit. Photo by Iran press/AFP

Iraq commemorates top commander killed in U.S. strike

Feb 11, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was the deputy head of the Hashed al-Shaabi, a loose network of paramilitary groups formed in 2014 to fight jihadists that has since been absorbed into the Iraqi state

TRIBUTE. Iraqi's national security adviser Faleh Fayyad (L), who also is a leader of the Popular Mobilisation Froce known as the Hashed al-Shaabi, addresses a memorial service held in Baghdad's high-security Green Zone on February 11, 2020 to mark 40 days since the killing of Iran's late top general Qasem Soleimani (portrait-Centre-L) and Iraqi paramilitary commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis (C-R) in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport last month. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Over 100 U.S. troops suffered brain injury in Iran attack – Pentagon

Feb 11, 2020 - 10:39 AM

Trump had dismissed reported injuries as 'headaches' and 'not very serious'

SOLDIER. U.S. troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division get some rest at Green Ramp before they head out for a deployment to the Middle East on January 4, 2020 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Photo by Andrew Craft/Getty Images/AFP

Iran unveils ballistic missile, 'new generation' engines

Feb 09, 2020 - 8:32 PM

Major General Hossein Salami says 'the complicated achievements on the bleeding edge of global technology that were unveiled today are our key to entering space'

Israeli strikes kill 23 Syrian, foreign fighters in Syria

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:58 PM

The reported Israeli strikes come as government forces press a blistering offensive against Syria's last major rebel bastion, in the Idlib region in the northwest

ISRAELI STRIKES. This image grab taken from a video released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency on February 6, 2020, shows an explosion following an Israeli air strike on an undisclosed location in Syria. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA

[ANALYSIS] General Qasem Soleimani's asymmetrical legacy

Feb 06, 2020 - 12:56 PM

Even before his death, one of General Soleimani’s ultimate legacies – the activation of the Iranian Corridor – was able to carry out calibrated responses to achieve Tehran’s crucial foreign policy aims

Iran airliner overshoots runway, stops in highway

Jan 27, 2020 - 5:11 PM

The McDonnell Douglas jet, belonging to Iran's Caspian Airlines, was flying from Tehran's Mehrabad Airport with 135 passengers plus the plane's crew. State TV reports all were safe.

OFF THE RUNWAY. This picture taken on January 27, 2020 in Iran's southwestern city of Bandar-e Mahshahr shows a Caspian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft which landed on a highway after it overshot the highway during its approach. Photo by Mostafa Gholamnezad/ISNA/AFP)

EU calls Iran nuclear talks in bid to save deal

Jan 25, 2020 - 12:01 AM

Josep Borrell, the EU's diplomatic chief, says the so-called joint commission that oversees the deal and comprises representatives of all the countries involved will meet in February

IRAN DEAL. European Commission Vice-President in charge for High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy Josep Borrell speaks during a conference at the 12th European Space Conference in Brussels on January 21, 2020. Photo by Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

Ukraine presses Iran to hand over downed jet's black boxes

Jan 21, 2020 - 7:56 AM

'Ukraine has the technical capacity and experienced specialists' to read the information on the Boeing flight recorders, the presidency says in a statement

BLACK BOX. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 10, 2020 shows what Iran's civil aviation says is the black box of the Ukrainian airline flight that crashed near Tehran killing all 176 on board. (Photo by Iran Press/AFP)

Iran says it may pull out of nuclear treaty over Europe dispute

Jan 20, 2020 - 7:19 PM

Iran accuses Britain, France, and Germany of inaction over sanctions the United States reimposed on it after unilaterally withdrawing from the landmark accord in 2018

MOHAMMAD JAVAD ZARIF. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on as he gives a press conference with his Turkish counterpart in Ankara, Turkey, on April 17, 2019. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Bodies of Ukrainian victims of downed plane repatriated from Iran

Jan 19, 2020 - 7:37 PM

The caskets are to remain for a while at the airport terminal so that relatives and members of the airline could say their last goodbyes

A man reacts in front of a memorial for the victims of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 crash in the Iranian capital Tehran, at the Boryspil airport outside Kiev on January 8, 2020. - A Ukrainian airliner crashed shortly after take-off from Tehran Wednesday killing all 176 people on board, in a disaster striking a region rattled by heightened military tensions. (Photo by Sergei SUPINSKY / AFP)

[PODCAST] Tensiyon sa pagitan ng U.S. at Iran: Ano ang epekto sa Pilipinas at buong mundo?

Jan 19, 2020 - 11:45 AM

Paano nagsimula ang tensiyon sa pagitan ng Iran at US? Paano kaya ito matatapos?

Ukraine says Iran to hand over downed jet's black boxes

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:18 PM

Ukraine's foreign minister says Iran would grant a team of investigators from Iran and Canada – as the countries that have lost the most nationals – access to the recorders.

FLIGHT RECORDER. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 10, 2020 shows what Iran's civil aviation says is the black box of the Ukrainian airline flight that crashed near Tehran killing all 176 on board. Photo by Iran Press/AFP

FALSE: Video of night sky flare shows ‘start of Iran vs U.S. World War 3’

Jan 17, 2020 - 10:00 PM

The airstrike shown in the video has nothing to do with the conflict between the US and Iran. It shows the rocket attacks that involved Palestinians and Israel in November 2018.

11 U.S. troops wounded in last week's Iran attack on Iraq base – Central Command

Jan 17, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The US military has previously maintained there were no casualties

An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 8, 2020 allegedly shows rockets launched from the Islamic republic against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. - Iran fired "more than a dozen" ballistic missiles, against two airbases in Iraq where US and coalition forces are based, the Pentagon said. "At approximately 5.30 pm (2230 GMT) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq," Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement. (Photo by - / IRAN PRESS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT - AFP PHOTO / HO / IRAN PRESS NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS FROM ALTERNATIVE SOURCES, AFP IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DIGITAL ALTERATIONS TO THE PICTURE'S EDITORIAL CONTENT, DATE AND LOCATION WHICH CANNOT BE INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED - NO RESALE - NO ACCESS ISRAEL MEDIA/PERSIAN LANGUAGE TV STATIONS/ OUTSIDE IRAN/ STRICTLY NI ACCESS BBC PERSIAN/ VOA PERSIAN/ MANOTO-1 TV/ IRAN INTERNATIONAL /

Rouhani says Iran wants dialogue, working to 'prevent war'

Jan 16, 2020 - 7:17 PM

'The government is working daily to prevent military confrontation or war,' President Hassan Rouhani says in a televised speech, adding that 'for me this is a daily concern'

HASSAN ROUHANI. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic republic's President Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on January 15, 2020. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran crown prince predicts regime will collapse within months

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:36 AM

'It's just a matter of time for it to reach its final climax. I think we're in that mode,' the former crown prince tells a news conference in Washington, which he lives near in exile

Reza Pahlavi, former Crown Prince of Iran, speaks about current events in Iran at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC on January 15, 2020, during a conversation with host Michael Doran. (Photo by Eva Hambach/AFP)

Iran's Rouhani urges 'unity' after plane protests

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:16 PM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani calls for 'national unity' in remarks broadcast live on state television. 'If there was a delay' by the armed forces to release information about the air disaster, 'let them apologize,' he says.

HASSAN ROUHANI. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows the Islamic republic's President Hassan Rouhani chairing a cabinet meeting in Tehran on January 15, 2020. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

New footage shows Iranian missiles hitting Ukraine plane

Jan 15, 2020 - 4:34 PM

The blurry film, shot from a rooftop in a village 4 miles from an Iranian military site, shows the Kiev-bound plane on fire and circling back to Tehran's airport. Minutes later, the aircraft explodes and crashes.

SHOT DOWN. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to arrive in Manila on January 15

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says the 13 Filipinos are coming from Baghdad and Erbil

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

EU states launch process disputing Iran's nuclear compliance

Jan 15, 2020 - 12:18 AM

The foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany say Iran has been progressively scaling back its commitments under the deal since May last year

IRAN'S AND NUCLEAR POWER. In this file photo taken on November 10, 2019 an Iranian flag flutters in Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran makes first arrests over airliner downing

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:39 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says, 'It cannot be that only the person who pressed the button is at fault. There are others, and I want this to be explained to the people explicitly.'

VICTIM. An Iranian man holds a picture of a victim of the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800 plane crash during a demonstration in front of Tehran's Amir Kabir University on January 11, 2020. Photo by AFP

Iran warns UK ambassador against 'interference'

Jan 14, 2020 - 4:16 AM

This comes hours after UK's foreign office had summoned Iran's ambassador in London to lodge its 'strong objections' to the arrest of Britain's ambassador Rob Macaire

(FILES) UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire is briefly arrested in Tehran on January 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of gov.uk

Iran police ordered to show 'restraint' at air disaster demonstrations

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:53 PM

'The police treated the people who had gathered with patience and tolerance" in a second night of demonstrations in Tehran on Sunday,' says General Hossein Rahimi

SHOWING RESTRAINT. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on September 22, 2019 shows Iranian uniformed police members in the capital Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran denies 'cover-up' over shot down airliner

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:45 PM

(UPDATED) Government spokesman Ali Rabiei says all details provided by officials prior to Saturday's admission had been based on the information available to them at the time

MEMORIAL SERVICE. Mourners stop and look at photos at the end of a memorial service for the victims of Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752 crash in Iran while at the Saville Community Sports Center in Edmonton. Photo by Walter Tychnowicz/AFP

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Qatar Monday night

Jan 13, 2020 - 6:47 PM

The Department of National Defense says at least 12 Filipinos may return to the Philippines on January 14, though this will depend on the availability of flights

Iraq warns of economic 'collapse' if Trump blocks oil cash

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:57 PM

'We're an oil-producing country. Those accounts are in dollars. Cutting off access means totally turning off the tap,' an first Iraqi official says

US President Donald Trump speaks from the White House on January 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

Anger and grief as Canada remembers Iran plane crash victims

Jan 13, 2020 - 1:08 PM

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells a memorial event in Edmonton that 'this tragedy struck our Iranian-Canadian community, leaving cities like Edmonton reeling, but this was truly a Canadian tragedy'

GRIEF. Mourners place flowers by photos of the victims in front of the stage before the start of a memorial service for the Ukrainian Airlines flight PS752 who crashed in Iran at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton, Canada on January 12, 2020. Photo by Walter Tychnowicz/AFP

'Do not kill your protesters,' Trump tweets to Iran

Jan 13, 2020 - 8:04 AM

Trump's salvo came as Iran's Islamic regime faced a challenge from angry street protests, having come to the brink of war with the US after a series of tit-for-tat confrontations

US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable on empowering families with education choice at the White House on December 9, 2019 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Iran agrees de-escalation 'only solution' to solve crisis with U.S.

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:51 AM

Security was stepped up in Iran's capital after a vigil the previous night for those killed in the air disaster turned into an angry protest and police temporarily arrested the British ambassador for being there

ROCKETS. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 8, 2020 allegedly shows rockets launched from the Islamic republic against the US military base in Ein-al Asad in Iraq. (Photo by Iran press/AFP)

PH will no longer send military 'battalions' to accompany Iraq evacuees

Jan 13, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Officials in charge of the repatriation effort realize 'it may not be wise to send uniformed servicemen to the Middle East due to the sensitivities of the countries there'

NO TROOPS. The government stands down on a plan to send two military battalions to accompany Filipinos evacuating Iraq. Alfred Frias/Presidential photo

Britain's Iran envoy denies attending demo before arrest

Jan 12, 2020 - 5:30 PM

(UPDATED) The British government calls Ambassador Rob Macaire's arrest a 'flagrant violation of international law'

ARRESTED. UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire is briefly arrested in Tehran on January 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of gov.uk

Iran's sole female Olympic medalist defects

Jan 12, 2020 - 11:30 AM

After news of Kimia Alizadeh's disappearance shocked Iran, the Olympian resurfaces saying she wants nothing more than 'taekwondo, security and a happy and healthy life'

NEW LIFE. Iran's Kimia Alizadeh still hopes to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics but not under the Iranian flag. Photo by Kirill Kudryavstev/AFP

UK ambassador to Iran arrested – British gov't

Jan 12, 2020 - 9:20 AM

UK Ambassador Rob Macaire is accused of allegedly 'inciting' protesters in Tehran angry at the military's accidental downing of a Ukranian passenger jet

UK Ambassador to Iran Rob Macaire is briefly arrested in Tehran on January 11, 2020. Photo courtesy of gov.uk

Ukraine demands punishment for Iran plane downing

Jan 11, 2020 - 10:01 PM

Ukrain says it expects Iran to bring to justice those responsible for the crash of a Ukrainian airliner that killed 176 people on board

IRAN CRASH. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 people and rescue teams are pictured amid bodies and debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8 killing everyone on board. - Iran said on January 11 that it unintentionally shot down the Ukrainian plane due to 'human error'. Photo by Rouhollah/AFP

Iran's Khamenei ordered truth be told over downed airliner – report

Jan 11, 2020 - 5:46 PM

Fars News Agency says Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered that the outcome of investigations 'be made known to the people explicitly and honestly'

(FILES) A handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shows him addressing a meeting in Teharn on January 8, 2020. Photo by HO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S WEBSITE / AFP

Iran's statement on downed Ukrainian airliner

Jan 11, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Here are the main elements from the five-point statement

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 people and rescue teams are pictured amid bodies and debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8 killing everyone on board. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

1st batch of Filipinos from Iraq to be flown to Manila on Sunday

Jan 11, 2020 - 3:19 PM

Filipinos in and near Tripoli, Libya, must be mandatorily evacuated, too, says the defense department, as tensions escalate in the North African country

FLYING HOME. A first batch of Filipinos will be flying home on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after evacuating from conflict-threatened Iraq. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Ukraine, Canada demand accountability after Iran plane admission

Jan 11, 2020 - 2:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together,' Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in a statement

CRASH. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/AFP

Iran says it 'unintentionally' shot down Ukraine passenger jet

Jan 11, 2020 - 12:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) 'The Islamic Republic of Iran deeply regrets this disastrous mistake,' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweets

VICTIMS. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020 people and rescue teams are pictured amid bodies and debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8 killing everyone on board. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Ottawa lowers Canadian death toll in Iran air crash to 57

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:31 AM

'This is based on additional information we had about birth dates and comparing the travel documents that people were travelling on when they boarded the flight,' Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says

WRECKAGE. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

U.S. piles on the sanctions against Iran

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:16 AM

The sanctions are the latest salvo in a US-Iranian confrontation that risked sliding into war a week ago with the deadly US drone attack on general Qasem Soleimani

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Keep America Great" campaign rally at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio, on January 9, 2020. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

After Soleimani’s death, Instagram shuts down Iranian accounts

Jan 11, 2020 - 8:04 AM

News agencies, human rights activists and influencers have their accounts deactivated

SOLEIMANI. Illustration by Sofiya Voznaya for CODA STORY.

U.S. gives Ukraine 'important' data on Iran plane crash

Jan 10, 2020 - 11:33 PM

'Our goal is to establish the undeniable truth,' says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 'The value of human life is above all political motives.'

'IMPORTANT DATA.' People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. File photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Iran denies missile downed Ukrainian plane

Jan 10, 2020 - 6:00 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The declaration comes as Tehran faces mounting international pressure to allow a 'credible' investigation into the crash

IRAN DENIAL. An image grab from footage obtained from the state-run Iran Press news agency on January 10, 2020 shows Iran's civil aviation chief Ali Abedzadeh delivering a press statement in Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRAN PRESS

U.S. House votes to curb Trump war power on Iran

Jan 10, 2020 - 10:47 AM

'We cannot allow our country to be lied into another war,' says Democrat Ayanna Pressley

IRAN CRISIS. US President Donald Trump speaks from the White House on January 8, 2020 in Washington, DC, addressing the Iranian missile attacks (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)