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Iran summons Pakistan envoy over suicide bombing

Feb 17, 2019 - 8:46 PM

An Iranian official at the ministry calls on Pakistan to quickly take the necessary steps for the identification and arrest of the attack's perpetrators

Iran takes aim at 'hateful' Pence comments

Feb 17, 2019 - 7:32 PM

Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US Vice President Mike Pence's comments against Iran 'are both ridiculous but at the same time very very dangerous'

Iranians cry 'revenge' at funeral of suicide bomb victims

Feb 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

'The government of Pakistan must pay the price of harboring these terrorist groups and this price will undoubtedly be very high,' says Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, referring to jihadist outfit Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice)

Iranian mourners gather around the coffins of Revolutionary Guards who were killed in a suicide attack, during their funeral in southeastern city of Isfahan on February 16, 2019. - Iran's Revolutionary Guards accused "Pakistan's security forces" of supporting the perpetrators of a suicide bombing that killed 27 troops on February 13, in remarks state TV aired. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Pence demands EU isolate Iran as Israelis, Arabs unite

Feb 14, 2019 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) US Vice President Mike Pence takes direct aim at allies Britain, France, and Germany, denouncing their new initiative to let European companies operate in Iran in defiance of unilateral US sanctions

ON IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. US Vice President Mike Pence gives a speech at the conference on Peace and Security in the Middle East in Warsaw, on February 14, 2019. Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Israel PM hails common front with Arabs on Iran in Warsaw talks

Feb 14, 2019 - 6:25 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voices delight after an opening dinner where he spoke in the same room as top officials of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain

WARSAW TALKS. In this file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opens the weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office on February 10, 2019. File photo by Gali Tibbon/Pool/AFP

U.S. fails to halt Iran bid to free frozen billions

Feb 13, 2019 - 11:47 PM

(UPDATED) The International Court of Justice 'finds that it has jurisdiction' in the case which was filed by Iran in 2016

Outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the ICJ, in February 2012. CIJ-ICJ/UN-ONU/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen/File

U.S., Israeli leaders head to Poland with eyes on pressing Iran

Feb 13, 2019 - 7:55 PM

'This is a global coalition that is built to deliver on the important mission of reducing the risk that has emanated from the Middle East for far too long,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

'GLOBAL COALITION.' US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gestures during a joint press conference with the Polish Foreign Minister on February 12, 2019 in Warsaw. (Photo by Janek Skarzynski/AFP

Mammoth crowds mark 40th anniversary of Iran revolution

Feb 11, 2019 - 10:14 PM

'The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran... means that the enemy will never reach its evil objectives,' says President Hassan Rouhani, decrying a 'conspiracy' involving Washington

40TH ANNIVERSARY. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on February 11, 2019 shows President Hassan Rouhani addressing crowds during a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in the capital Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) square. Photo by HO/Iranian Presidency/AFP

Iran in 'successful test' of new cruise missile on revolution anniversary

Feb 02, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Tehran insists its missile development programs is 'purely defensive' and compliant with the UN Security Council resolution

TEST. An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on February 2, 2019, reportedly shows the testing of a new cruise missile with a range of more than 1,350 kilometers (840 miles) state television reported. Photo by IRIB TV / AFP

Facebook takes down vast Iran-led manipulation campaign

Feb 01, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The pages are part of a campaign to promote Iranian interests in various countries by creating fake Facebook or Instagram identities as residents of those nations, according to Nathaniel Gleicher, head of cybersecurity policy at Facebook

U.S. intel chiefs at odds with Trump claims on North Korea, ISIS, Iran

Jan 30, 2019 - 8:26 AM

The Coats report also highlights the broad and increasing threat to the United States from China, a point of agreement across the board in the Trump administration

Israel says intercepts rocket fired from Syria

Jan 20, 2019 - 10:01 PM

This comes after Damascus accuses Israel of carrying out air raids

Saudi-led coalition 'destroys' Yemen rebel targets in Sanaa

Jan 20, 2019 - 9:46 PM

Targets included drone storage and testing areas, training bases, and bomb-manufacturing facilities, according to the official Saudi Press Agency

Civilians inspect the damage at a factory after a reported airstrike by Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, on January 20, 2019. - Coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said in Riyadh that the alliance launched an "operation to destroy multiple military targets", including seven bases across Sanaa. Targets included drone storage and testing areas, training bases, and bomb-manufacturing facilities. (Photo by Mohammed HUWAIS / AFP)

Cargo plane crashes in Iran, killing 15

Jan 14, 2019 - 3:35 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The plane had 16 passengers, 14 of whom were the army crew and two were civilians; 15 were martyred," says an Army spokesman

CRASHED. A picture taken on January 14, 2019 shows a Boeing 707 cargo plane that reportedly crashed into a residential complex near the Iranian capital Tehran with at least 10 people onboard. Hasan Shirvani/Mizan News/AFP

White House sought military strike against Iran

Jan 14, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The report says the move came after a mortar attack launched by an Iran-linked group on the Baghdad diplomatic quarters home to the US embassy in September.

STRIKING IRAN. US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Netanyahu confirms weekend strike by Israel on Iran target in Syria

Jan 13, 2019 - 6:23 PM

'Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus international airport,' says Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

PROBE. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses American-Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on February 21, 2018. Two new corruption investigations announced this week, hot on the heels of a police recommendation that Netanyahu face charges in two other cases, have fuelled growing speculation he could be forced to step down or call an early election. Photo by  Thomas Coex/AFP

Iran summons Polish diplomat to protest U.S. summit

Jan 13, 2019 - 5:42 PM

Poland's charge d'affaires was summoned by Iran to 'protest the anti-Iranian so-called peace and security conference,' says foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi speaks during a press conference on August 22, 2016 in Tehran. Iran said that Russian raids on Syria from one of its airbases had ended for now, shortly after accusing Moscow of "showing off" when it revealed the bombing missions. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

Iran's Khamenei says some U.S. officials are 'first-class idiots'

Jan 09, 2019 - 7:48 PM

'Some US officials pretend that they are mad. Of course, I don't agree with that, but they are first-class idiots,' says Iran's supreme leader

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech on the 25th anniversary of the death of the late founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, at his mausoleum in a suburb of Tehran on June 4, 2014. Iranian Supreme Leader's Website/Handout/AFP

Afghan Taliban says 'post-occupation' discussed with Iran

Jan 01, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The Taliban delegation discusses with Iran 'the post-occupation situation, restoration of peace and security in Afghanistan and the region'

TALKS. Representatives of the Taliban attend international talks on Afghanistan in Moscow on November 9, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Iran says Afghan Taliban were in Tehran for peace talks

Dec 31, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Iran's push for peace talks which aim to bring an end to the 17-year conflict comes after Trump's withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan

COOPERATION? Taliban forces engage in dialogue with Iran to negotiate an end to the 17-year conflict in the region, File photo by Wakil Kohsar/AFP

Iran sees 'revival' of imperilled Lake Urmia

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Incoming Iran President Hassan Rouhani says he is still committed to prioritize the revival of Lake Urmia

REVIVAL. This picture taken on December 8, 2018 shows a general view of recreational boats along the shore of the salt lake of Urmia and Shahid Kalantari causeway crossing it. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Turkey, Iran hold talks after U.S. Syria announcement

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Turkey has been working closely with Iran and Russia to find a political solution to the war in Syria

Albania expels Iranian diplomats for 'harming security'

Dec 20, 2018 - 11:31 AM

'The decision to declare them 'persona non grata' was taken after consultations with countries allied to Albania," Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Edlira Prendi says

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Iran deal, Saudi murder: Turbulent year shakes up Middle East

Dec 16, 2018 - 10:00 AM

In another turbulent year for the tinderbox region, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad appear ever more powerful and Washington's promised Israeli-Palestinian peace plan seem ever more elusive

Netanyahu: Israel would hit Iran to ensure its own survival

Dec 13, 2018 - 7:16 PM

'We do what is necessary to protect the state of Israel against the Iranian regime that openly calls for the annihilation of the Jewish state.'

BENJAMIN NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on December 11, 2016.  File photo by Abir Sultan/ AFP

Iran's Rouhani: U.S. sanctions are 'economic terrorism'

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'We are facing an all-out assault which is not only threatening our independence and identity but also is bent on breaking our longstanding ties,' says Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

IRAN'S PRESIDENT. A file handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 8, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. Photo by Iranian Presidency/AFP

Israel launches operation to destroy Hezbollah infiltration tunnels

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:10 PM

'We have launched Operation Northern Shield to expose and thwart cross-border attack tunnels dug by Hezbollah terror organization from Lebanon into Israel,' says Israeli army spokesman Jonathan Conricus

Gilas absorbs heartbreaker against Haddadi-less Iran

Dec 03, 2018 - 9:24 PM

The Philippines slips to 4th place with a 5-5 record in Group F of the World Cup qualifiers

TOPSCORER. Christian Standhardinger leads Gilas Pilipinas in scoring. Photo by Michael Gatpandan/Rappler


No Haddadi, Bahrami for Iran in clash vs Gilas

Dec 02, 2018 - 10:44 PM

The Filipinos may have just gained a perfect opportunity to get back on the winning track as Iran plays minus its top two stars

ABSENT. Hamed Haddadi and Nikkhah Bahrami will be missed by an Iranian side hoping to return to the winning track in the World Cup qualifiers. Photos from FIBA


HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iran - 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Dec 02, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Gilas Pilipinas can't afford another defeat against Iran after a surprising home loss to Kazakhstan

Standhardinger, Castro return to Gilas lineup vs Iran

Dec 02, 2018 - 3:55 PM

Four players from the Philippines' shock home loss to Kazakhstan are dropped

BACK AT IT. Christian Standhardinger will once again serve as the Filipinos' naturalized player against Iran. Photo from FIBA


More than 700 hurt in Iran earthquake

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake is reportedly felt as far away as Baghdad in neighboring Iraq

Iraq president visits Iran

Nov 17, 2018 - 8:09 PM

The two countries aimed to boost trade from $12 billion to $20 billion

VISIT. This handout picture released by the Iranian presidency on November 17, 2018, shows Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and Iraq's President Barham Salih (L) during a press conference in Tehran. Photo by HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY/AFP

Iran vows to 'proudly bypass' US sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:34 PM

'I announce that we will proudly bypass your illegal, unjust sanctions because it's against international regulations,' Rouhani says in a televised speech.

ROUHANI. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on May 6, 2018 shows President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech during a rally in the northwestern city of Sabzevar. Photo courtesy of Iranian Presidency/AFP

U.S. Iran sanctions move hits European companies

Nov 04, 2018 - 5:00 AM

European companies are wary of being caught out by the US sanctions regime

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. File photos by Atta Kenare and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump has 'disgraced' U.S. prestige – Iran's Khamenei

Nov 03, 2018 - 6:13 PM

(UPDATED) A defiant Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismisses the renewed US sanctions – including an oil embargo – that will take effect on Monday, November 5

RENEWED SANCTIONS. Washington's reimposed sanctions to Tehran is set to take effect November 5. Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. is loser by abandoning Iran nuclear deal – Rouhani

Oct 14, 2018 - 6:42 PM

'Everyone knows that America has lost legally and politically by giving up on its international obligations and that we have achieved victory,' says Iran President Hassan Rouhani

NUCLEAR DEAL. US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. File photos by Atta Kenare and Nicholas Kamm/AFP

U.S. says no Syria reconstruction aid if Iran stays

Oct 11, 2018 - 1:33 PM

'The onus for expelling Iran from the country falls on the Syrian government, which bears responsibility for its presence there,' says US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Iran parliament passes counter-terror finance bill

Oct 07, 2018 - 7:20 PM

The bill is among those put forward by the government in recent months in a bid to meet demands by the international Financial Action Task Force

France accuses Iran over bomb plot near Paris

Oct 03, 2018 - 1:31 PM

France's decision to take retaliatory measures and go public with the accusations is taken 3 months after the alleged plot to bomb a meeting of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran in a suburb of Paris

DENIAL. Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi speaks during a press conference on August 22, 2016 in Tehran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran fires missiles at Syria jihadists after deadly attack

Oct 01, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The pre-dawn strike by Iran was in retaliation for a deadly attack on an Iranian military parade claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group

MISSILE. This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard official website via SEPAH News shows missiles being launched from an undisclosed location to target militants in eastern Syria early on October 1, 2018. Handout/Sepah News/ Iran's Revolutionary Guards Website/AFP

Meralco loses FIBA Asia Champions Cup finals spot to Iran's Petrochimi

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:13 PM

The Bolts, though, can still end their stint on a high note with a bronze medal

TOUGH BLOW. The Meralco Bolts miss the services of Allen Durham when it matters most as he fouls out. Photo courtesy of FIBA


Tangled web of claims, blame for Iran attack

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:00 AM

There have been two claims of responsibility for the gun assault against a military parade

ATTACKS. This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows Iranian soldiers carrying away an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Morteza Jaberian/ISNA/AFP

China, Russia denounce 'blackmail' as rift with U.S. exposed at UN

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:19 AM

The United States' relations with China and Russia continue to plummet amid President Donald Trump's accusations against the two countries

Israel PM lashes at Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Iran 'hasn't abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons,' Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly

IRAN DEAL. This combination of pictures created on February 18, 2018 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) as they attend the Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Iran says Trump 'main culprit' of oil price hikes

Sep 26, 2018 - 10:55 PM

'Mr Trump both tries to decrease Iran's oil exports significantly and also wants prices not to go up. These two can't happen together,' Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh says.

ZANGENEH. Iran's Economy Minister Masoud Karbasian (L), Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zangeneh (C), and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R), attend a parliament session in the capital Tehran on August 26, 2018 before a vote by lawmakers which saw Karbasian impeached. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran points finger at U.S. allies over deadly attack

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:28 PM

'All these little mercenary countries we see in this region are backed by America. It is the Americans who incite them,' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says

Iran warns UAE over 'offensive remarks' on Ahvaz attack

Sep 23, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The ministry did not disclose the advisor's name or the controversial comments

Iran summons 3 European diplomats over parade attack – state media

Sep 23, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Diplomats from Denmark, the Netherlands, and Britain are informed of 'Iran's strong protests over their respective countries' hosting of some members of the terrorist group' behind the attack

PARADE ATTACK. An Iranian soldier carries an injured comrade at the scene of an attack on a military parade that was marking the anniversary of the outbreak of its devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Photo by Behrad Ghasemi/ISNA/AF