Trump warns UN assembly he may have to 'destroy' North Korea

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:46 PM

(UPDATED) Trump boasts of America's military strength, signals he is ready to rip up a nuclear accord with the 'murderous regime' in Tehran, and berates US foes from Pyongyang to Caracas

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump pushes UN reform as world leaders gather for crisis talks

Sep 18, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Trump, who once disparaged the world body as a 'club' for 'people to get together, talk and have a good time,' will lay out his views on how to improve the United Nations a day before he makes his first address to the General Assembly

#UNGA. A sign outside of the General Assembly building highlights the hash tag for attendees to use to promote the seventy-second session's debate, September 17, 2017. UN Photo/Kim Haughton

U.S. urges Iraqi Kurdistan to call off independence vote

Sep 16, 2017 - 2:31 PM

The White House says holding the referendum in disputed areas is 'particularly provocative and destabilizing'

OPPOSITION. The United States is opposed to Iraqi Kurdistan's plans to hold an independence referendum later this month. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Qatar to reinstate ambassador to Iran amid Gulf crisis

Aug 24, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The decision to restore ties comes as Qatar is locked in a diplomatic impasse with Iran s great regional rival Saudi Arabia

A picture shows a general view of the phase 17-18 of the South Pars gas field facilities in the southern Iranian port town of Assaluyeh on the shore of the Gulf on November 19, 2015. Several leaders from a dozen gas producing countries -- who together hold 67 percent of proven reserves -- will take part in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) summit in Tehran on November 23. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

Iran can quit nuclear deal if US keeps adding sanctions – Rouhani

Aug 15, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Rouhani s comments come with the nuclear deal under mounting pressure after Tehran carried out missile tests and strikes and Washington imposed new sanctions

In this file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations (UN) General Assembly at the UN headquarters on September 22. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Iran parliament softens drug death penalty laws

Aug 13, 2017 - 10:11 PM

The bill raises the amount of illegal drugs that can trigger the death penalty

Iran parliament increases missile funds in response to US sanctions

Aug 13, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The vote comes after fresh US sanctions in July against Iran targeting Tehran s missile program

This file photo taken on March 01, 2016 shows Iranian MPs attending a parliament session in Tehran on March 1, 2016. Atta Kenare/AFP

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Iran papers slam MP 'selfies of humiliation' with EU diplomat

Aug 07, 2017 - 3:33 PM

Images of the lawmakers perched on desks and lining up with their smartphones in front of EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini triggers a storm of anger and ridicule on Iranian social media

CENTER OF ATTENTION. Former Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi (R) uses a cell phone to take a picture of EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini (C) standing together with Iranian MPs after the conclusion of the swearing in ceremony of the Iranian president before parliament in Tehran on August 5, 2017. Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran's Rouhani starts new term facing reform criticism

Aug 05, 2017 - 5:10 PM

UPDATED Among Iranians the real attention is on who would be named to Hassan Rouhani s new cabinet

NEW TERM. Re-elected President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations (UN) General Assembly at the UN headquarters on September 22. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Iran's Rouhani sworn in for second term

Aug 03, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Khamenei applauds the high turnout and enthusiastic participation in the May election as signs of the success of the Islamic regime in reinforcing the republican and popular character of the revolutionary regime

THE VICTOR. President Hassan Rouhani gets 57% of the vote during the elections on May 20. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran says U.S. breaching nuclear deal as Rouhani starts new term

Aug 03, 2017 - 1:21 PM

3rd UPDATE Iran: We will certainly not fall into the trap of US policy and Trump and our reaction will be very carefully considered

The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (centre) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Iran rules out halt to missile tests as tension with US rises

Jul 29, 2017 - 6:05 PM

We consider the action by the US as hostile reprehensible and unacceptable and it s ultimately an effort to weaken the nuclear deal says Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi

TEST. A handout picture released by Iran's Defense Ministry on July 27, 2017 shows a Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite rocket at its launch site at an undisclosed location in Iran. Photo from HO / Iranian Defense Ministry / AFP

West hardens tone on Iran

Jul 29, 2017 - 12:19 PM

We call on Iran not to conduct any further ballistic missile launches and related activities says a joint statement of Britain France Germany and the US

IRAN. The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. File photo by Loey Felipe/UN

Iran in 'successful' test of satellite-launch rocket

Jul 27, 2017 - 11:33 PM

The launch vehicle named Simorgh after a bird in Iranian mythology is capable of propelling a satellite weighing 250 kilograms 550 pounds to an altitude of 500 kilometers 300 miles above earth

IRAN'S SIMORGH. Iranians take pictures of the Simorgh (Phoenix) satellite rocket during celebrations in Tehran to mark the 37th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on February 11, 2016. File photo by Atta Kenare / AFP

U.S. House votes to slap sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

Jul 26, 2017 - 7:19 AM

The sanctions package tightens the screws on our most dangerous adversaries in order to keep Americans safe House Speaker Paul Ryan said after the vote

ENEMY. An Iranian woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on November 9, 2016. Atta Kenare/AFP

Gilas Pilipinas ends 2017 Jones Cup at 4th place after win over Iran

Jul 23, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Gilas finishes the tournament with a 6 3 record good for fourth place after winning the title last year

POSITIVE NOTE. The Philippines finishes the 2017 William Jones Cup on a positive note despite missing out on the gold medal. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Philippines vs Iran – Jones Cup 2017

Jul 23, 2017 - 12:01 AM

Gilas Pilipinas aims to finish strong against Iran at 5 pm on Sunday July 23 in Taipei Taiwan

Iran accuses U.S. of nuclear deal 'sabotage'

Jul 22, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Tehran s lead nuclear negotiator speaks of instances where the United States delayed in fulfilling their commitments and violated the deal

The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Kuwait expels Iranian diplomats over 'terror' cell – official

Jul 20, 2017 - 7:31 PM

The row comes at a time when Kuwait is trying to mediate an end to the Gulf s worst diplomatic crisis in years after Sunni ruled Saudi Arabia and its allies cut ties with Qatar over accusations it is too close to Shiite Iran and funds extremists

U.S. and Iran in tit-for-tat sanctions over missiles

Jul 18, 2017 - 10:38 PM

UPDATED The exchange of sanctions comes just hours after Washington admitted Tehran was complying with a landmark nuclear deal signed two years ago

SANCTIONS OVER MISSILES. A long-range Qadr ballistic missile is launched in the Alborz mountain range in northern Iran on March 9, 2016. File photoby Mahmood Hosseini/TASNIM NEWS / AFP

Trump keeps Iran deal, but threatens more sanctions

Jul 18, 2017 - 11:05 AM

UPDATED Donald Trump backs away from a campaign promise to scrap a major nuclear security deal with Iran with officials announcing the agreement and related sanctions relief will stay in place for now

The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran (center) flying at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 2016. Loey Felipe/UN Photo

U.S.-China citizen given 10 years for espionage in Iran

Jul 17, 2017 - 1:45 AM

The official news agency of Iran s judiciary identifies the man as Xiyue Wang a researcher at Princeton University

Iran front pages mourn trailblazing woman mathematician

Jul 16, 2017 - 9:43 PM

There is an outpouring of grief from Iranians over her passing not least because she represented a more globalized and positive image of the country than usually depicted

TOP STORY. A picture taken in the capital Tehran on July 16, 2017 shows the front pages of Iranian newspapers bearing portraits of the top female scientist Maryam Mirzakhani, who died of cancer a day earlier.  Atta Kenare/AFP

Math 'genius' Maryam Mirzakhani dies, aged 40

Jul 15, 2017 - 9:42 PM

UPDATED The Iranian born mathematician is the first woman to win the Fields Medal widely viewed as the Nobel Prize of mathematics

MARYAM MIRZAKHANI. Stanford University professor Maryam Mirzakhani, first female recipient of the prestigious Fields Medal. Image courtesy Maryam Mirzakhani/Stanford University

Federal judge weakens Trump travel ban

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

UPDATED The decision by Judge Derrick Watson is a victory for opponents of the ban which the Trump administration says is necessary to keep out terrorists

Donald Trump file photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images/AFP; Airport file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

A crisis without end? Gulf states settle in for the long haul

Jul 09, 2017 - 1:09 PM

Hopes of a swift resolution seem as remote as a summer downpour in the desert

LEADER. A young boy poses for a photo after writing a comment on a wall bearing a portrait of Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, which has become the symbol of Qatari resistance during the month-long row between Doha and neighboring countries, in Doha, Karim Jaafar/AFP

Russia says no final deal on Syria safe zones

Jul 05, 2017 - 11:02 PM

Russian delegation head Alexander Lavrentiev says documents outlining how the four safe zones should work need finalizing despite being essentially agreed between the 3 key powerbrokers

U.S. 6-country travel ban takes effect with few exceptions for relatives

Jun 30, 2017 - 8:21 AM

UPDATED Hawaii has asked federal district Judge Derrick Watson to clarify the scope of the travel and refugee bans in the Pacific island state

TRAVEL BAN. Tareq Aquel Mohammed Aziz holds travel documents after arriving from Yemen at Dulles International airport on February 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

Qatar slams Saudi refusal to negotiate

Jun 28, 2017 - 3:34 PM

Qatari FM: This is contrary to the principles that govern international relations because you can t just present lists of demands and refuse to negotiate

QATAR'S CAPITAL. This file photo taken on October 4, 2012 shows skyscrapers in the Qatari capital Doha. Patrick Baz/AFP

U.S.-led coalition downs Iran-made drone in Syria

Jun 21, 2017 - 7:52 AM

The incident prompts growing international concern over rising tensions between the the US led coalition and pro Syrian regime forces

FIGHTER JET. This file photo taken on August 10, 2009 shows an F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet at the Bagram AirBase, Afghanistan. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Iran says its missiles into Syria hit ISIS targets

Jun 19, 2017 - 3:09 PM

The June 18 strike comes after twin attacks in Tehran on June 7 killed 17 people in the first attacks in the Islamic republic claimed by ISIS

Qatar foreign minister denounces 'unfair', 'illegal' sanctions

Jun 13, 2017 - 1:26 PM

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani calls for dialogue based on clear foundations over accusations that Qatar supports extremist groups

IN MOSCOW. Foreign Minister of Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani speaks with his Russian counterpart during their meeting in Moscow on June 10, 2017. Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

ISIS praises terror attacks in Philippines, Iran

Jun 13, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Philippine troops are battling ISIS linked terrorists in Marawi City while last week s attacks in Iran left 17 dead

'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Marines recover ISIS black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler  'THIS FLAG IS NOTHING.' The Marines recover ISIS black flags and high-powered firearms from the Maute Group. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

U.S. appeals court upholds block on Trump travel ban

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit keeps in place a lower court injunction on the ban arguing the president has overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality

WELCOME TO THE USA. This file photo taken on February 8, 2017 shows Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when US President Donald Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/File/AFP

Iran turns wrath on US, Saudi as it mourns dead

Jun 09, 2017 - 9:38 PM

The intelligence ministry says 41 suspects were arrested in Tehran in the northwestern provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan and in West Azerbaijan near the borders with Iraq and Turkey

Iran leader shrugs off ISIS attacks in Tehran

Jun 08, 2017 - 12:39 PM

The 6 attackers struck at Iran s most potent symbols: its parliament complex in central Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who led the 1979 Islamic revolution

TO SAFETY. Iranian policemen evacuate a child from the parliament building in Tehran on June 7, 2017 during an attack on the complex. Omid Vahabzadeh/Fars News/AFP

ISIS claims coordinated attacks in Iranian capital, at least 5 dead

Jun 07, 2017 - 2:37 PM

5th UPDATE ISIS claims the attacks in a report from its Amaq propaganda agency which said: Fighters from the Islamic State attacked the Khomeini mausoleum and the parliament building in Tehran

HUB OF POWER. This file photo taken on March 01, 2016 shows Iranian MPs attending a parliament session in Tehran on March 1, 2016. Atta Kenare/AFP

Semua yang perlu kamu ketahui mengenai pemutusan hubungan diplomatik Qatar

Jun 06, 2017 - 6:52 PM

Qatar diisolasi oleh sebagian negara Timur Tengah karena dituduh mendukung kelompok teroris

UN confirms Iran compliance to nuclear deal

Jun 02, 2017 - 10:49 PM

The new International Atomic Energy Agency report shows Iran s nuclear activities remain much reduced making any push to make an atomic bomb much harder than before the agreement

IAEA OVERSIGHT. A picture taken on June 2, 2014 shows Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivering a speech during the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting at the International Center in Vienna. Photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

Trump urges Muslim leaders to confront extremism

May 21, 2017 - 5:08 PM

4th UPDATE This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it says US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump speaks during the Arabic Islamic American Summit at the King Abdulaziz Conference Center in Riyadh on May 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN

Iran's Rouhani draws fire from U.S. after election win

May 21, 2017 - 7:51 AM

He faces a stark challenge from US President Donald Trump who is currently visiting Iran s bitter regional rival Saudi Arabia and has threatened to tear up the nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions

RE-ELECTED. Majority of Iranian voters choose Iran President Hassan Rouhani over hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi. File photo by Justin Lane/EPA

Iran has chosen 'path of engagement with world' – Rouhani

May 20, 2017 - 11:26 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says his victory shows Iranians belief in the reinforcement of democracy as the way to ensure security

THE VICTOR. President Hassan Rouhani gets 57% of the vote during the elections on May 20. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran's Rouhani wins reelection

May 20, 2017 - 2:00 PM

UPDATED Hassan Rouhani frames the election as a choice between greater civil liberties and extremism

IRAN VOTE. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is headed for reelection. File photo from Iranian presidency website/AFP

The week in photos: May 13-19, 2017

May 20, 2017 - 7:42 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Venezuelan opposition activists clash with the riot police during a rally against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas, on May 18, 2017. Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said Thursday authorities confiscated his passport and prevented him from travelling to New York to discuss his country's deadly political crisis with United Nations officials. On Monday Venezuelans launched a seventh week of anti-government demonstrations by blocking roads, vowing not to budge all day in protest at a deadly political and economic crisis. / AFP PHOTO / FEDERICO PARRA

Iran votes in verdict on Rouhani's economy, diplomacy

May 19, 2017 - 12:08 PM

UPDATED President Hassan Rouhani faces stiff competition from hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi who has positioned himself as a defender of the poor and called for a much tougher line with the West

POLLS OPEN. Iranians wait in a queue for the opening of the polling station to cast their ballots for the presidential elections in Tehran on May 19, 2017. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017 - 11:43 AM

Hello Here are the top stories you shouldn t miss this Monday

Iran hardliners turn to reformist-dominated social media

May 15, 2017 - 10:49 AM

It marks a significant shift in a country where conservatives have tended to respect bans on Twitter Facebook and YouTube – leaving reformists a relatively free run on social media

Earthquake kills two, injures hundreds in Iran

May 14, 2017 - 2:20 PM

The strong tremor which struck on Saturday May 13 also damages as many as 40 of houses in Bojnurd North Khorasan province

Iran's Rouhani vows to end remaining sanctions in final debate

May 13, 2017 - 1:21 AM

Rouhani is seeking a second four year term next Friday He says Tehran s nuclear deal with world powers had ended many sanctions and brought a windfall from renewed oil sales over the past year that could now be invested

FINAL PITCH. This file photo shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani giving a press conference in Tehran on Jaunary 17, 2017. AFP photo.