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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

Iran vows 'crushing response' after gunmen kill 29 at army parade

Sep 22, 2018 - 3:22 PM

(4th UPDATE) The Islamic State claims to have carried out the rare assault in Ahvaz, while Iranian officials accuse 'a foreign regime' backed by the United States of being behind it

PARADE ATTACK. This picture taken on September 22, 2018 in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz shows an Iranian soldier carrying 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/AFP

Trump slams ex-secretary of state Kerry for Iran meetings

Sep 15, 2018 - 5:29 AM

US President Donald Trump blasts former secretary of state John Kerry for holding 'illegal meetings' with Iranian officials

Gilas falls prey to Iran in World Cup qualifiers

Sep 13, 2018 - 10:25 PM

Gilas slides to a 4-3 record as Iran takes the Group F lead at 6-1

BIG GAME. The Iranians spoil Christian Standhardinger'€™s huge outing for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from FIBA


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

Sep 13, 2018 - 8:12 PM

The Filipinos look to become the first team to beat the Iranians in their own turf in the World Cup qualifiers

Team Pilipinas has 'pretty good chance' vs Iran, says Yeng

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The Filipinos aim to be the first team to beat the Iranians in their home turf in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

NOT BACKING DOWN. Philippine team head coach Yeng Guiao is confident in his 12-man squad against Iran. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler


Trump warns Syria, Russia and Iran against Idlib 'tragedy'

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The warning comes as Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javed Zarif meets with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of the looming offensive

WARNING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Iran has arrested 'dozens of spies' – intelligence minister

Aug 29, 2018 - 6:52 PM

Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi did not provide details of the 'dozens of spies,' or over what period they had been arrested in the interview televised late on Tuesday

MAHMOUD ALAVI. Photo from Wikipedia by Tasnim News Agency

Iran, Russia, Turkey to hold Syria summit on September 7 – Turkish TV

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:30 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Iran to meet with his Russian and Iranian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, state-run TRT Haber television says

ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with the Greek prime minister in Athens on December 7, 2017. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Pilot killed in Iran F-5 fighter jet crash

Aug 26, 2018 - 8:29 PM

The cause of the accident is still unknown

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2 dead, 255 injured in 6-magnitude earthquake in western Iran – officials

Aug 26, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The earthquake casualties include a pregnant woman and a 70-year-old man, who died of a heart attack

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Iran's Moradi smashes weightlifting's oldest world record

Aug 25, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Sohrab Moradi breaks the snatch record set by Greece's Akakios Kakiasvilis in 1999

RECORD-BREAKER. Sohrab Moradi of Iran performs a lift to break the world record in the Asiad men's 94kg class  weightlifting event. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Google deletes accounts with ties to Iran on YouTube, other sites

Aug 24, 2018 - 2:07 PM

Thirty-nine YouTube channels, 13 Google Plus accounts, and 6 accounts on their blogging platform Blogger have been removed

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Facebook, Twitter takedowns show quandary in curbing manipulation

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Gaping holes remain in online platforms and that not enough is being done to counter foreign interference, says former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos


Facebook thwarts misinformation effort linked to Iran, Russia

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:12 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook removes more than 650 pages, groups, and accounts identified as 'networks of accounts misleading people about what they were doing,' according to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture shows a person posing during a photo session showing the social platform Facebook logo reflected on April 25, 2018, in Paris. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Iran arrests 67 in corruption crackdown approved by Khamenei

Aug 12, 2018 - 8:44 PM

The arrests come after Ayatollah Ali Khamenei approved a request from the head of the judiciary to set up special revolutionary courts to try people for economic crimes

Pro-government demonstrators hold posters of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) and Iran's founder of Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini during a march in Iran's holy city of Qom, 130 kilometres south of Tehran on January 3, 2018, as tens of thousands gathered across Iran in a massive show of strength for the Islamic rulers after days of deadly unrest. Photo by Mohammad Ali Marizad/AFP

5 Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The deal will settle a long-lasting dispute on whether the Caspian is a sea or a lake, which means it falls under different international laws

Locator map of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan

Erdogan vows to defy U.S. 'threats' after currency crash

Aug 11, 2018 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) Meanwhile, Iran also slams Washington for its 'addiction to sanctions and bullying'

ERDOGAN. In this file photo, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the AK Party's group meeting at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) in Ankara, on October 3, 2017. Photo by Adem Altan/AFP

Iran's foreign minister: 'There will be no meeting' with U.S.

Aug 11, 2018 - 5:15 PM

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif adds there are also no plans for a meeting with US officials on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next month

IRAN FM ZARIF. In this file photo, Iranian Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations April 23, 2018 in New York. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Trump warns world against business with Iran as sanctions return

Aug 07, 2018 - 6:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level,' Trump writes in an early morning tweet

WARNINGS. US President Donald Trump tours US Steel's Granite City Works steel mill in Granite City, Illinois on July 26, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Iran protesters attack religious school as tensions mount

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) About 500 protesters joined the attack, a school official says

Iran conducts naval exercise in Gulf – U.S. official

Aug 03, 2018 - 12:44 PM

The timing of the exercise is unusual, as it appears to be similar in scale and nature to a drill that ordinarily happens later in the autumn

IRAN NAVAL EXERCISE. In this file photo, the Iranian Corvette Admiral Naghdi is seen docking in the Red Sea Sudanese town of Port Sudan on October 31, 2012. File photo by Ashraf Shazly/AFP

Cayetano invites Iran to join 'Build, Build, Build'

Aug 02, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano meets with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on the sidelines of an ASEAN meeting in Singapore

BILATERAL MEETING. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano meets with his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on August 2, 2018, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore. Photo courtesy of DFA

Trump predicts Iran talks 'pretty soon'

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:10 AM

Several Iranian public figures say it is impossible to imagine negotiations with Washington after it tore up the nuclear deal in May

'ANIMALS'? In this file photo, US President Donald Trump walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House August 25. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

UN panel finds further evidence of Iran link to Yemen missiles

Jul 31, 2018 - 4:21 PM

In a confidential report to the Security Council, a UN panel of experts says it 'continues to believe' that short-range ballistic missiles and other weaponry were transferred from Iran to Yemen after an arms embargo was imposed in 2015

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, September 30 2014, United Nations, New York. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

Trump says willing to meet with Iran leaders 'any time'

Jul 31, 2018 - 8:56 AM

Barely a week after warning Iran it would suffer untold 'consequences,' US President Donald Trump says he would meet the country's leader Hassan Rouhani 'any time' and without preconditions

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

Duterte warns nations: Don't egg Iran to go to war

Jul 25, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte also calls for 'sobriety' and 'cooler heads' to prevent a nuclear war

Iran army warns of 'firm, strong response' to US threats

Jul 24, 2018 - 8:03 PM

'The vain and useless imaginings of the US president will never be realized,' Major General Mohammad Bagheri says

MOHAMMAD BAGHERI. Iranian General Mohammad Bagheri, chief of staff of Iran's armed forces, speaks during the annual military parade marking the anniversary of the start of Iran's 1980-1988 war with Iraq, on September 21, 2016, in the capital Tehran. File photo by Chavosh Homavandi/AFP

Trump to Iran: 'Never, ever threaten' U.S. again

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:44 PM

(UPDATED) The US President tweets reaction to an earlier threat by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

DAGGER LOOK. File photo of US President Donald Trump during a press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

Rouhani says conflict with Iran would be 'mother of all wars'

Jul 22, 2018 - 7:04 PM

'Peace with Iran would be the mother of all peace and war with Iran would be the mother of all wars,' Iran's President Hassan Rouhani warns the United States

CONFLICT. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warns the Unites States about conflict with Iran. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran kicks Ateneo-PH out of Jones Cup podium

Jul 22, 2018 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) The Blue Eagles bow to Iran to finish with a 5-3 record and settle for 4th place

NOTABLE RUN. Mike Nieto and the Ateneo Blue Eagles put up a decent showing in the international club tournament. Photo by Glen Lopez/Fabilioh

Iran threatens to retaliate after Dutch expel 2 diplomats

Jul 08, 2018 - 6:34 PM

Iran foreign ministry says the Dutch ambassador to Tehran was subsequently summoned to express Tehran's 'severe protest' at the expulsion

Iran talks aim to save nuclear deal after U.S. pullout

Jul 06, 2018 - 1:55 PM

But Iran's President Hassan Rouhani tells French President Emmanuel Macron that European economic measures now on offer does not go far enough