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Iranians must live with virus 'for long time' – Rouhani

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:35 PM

People should not assume that 'this disease will be eliminated in 15 days or a month: we must therefore follow the instructions for a long time,' says Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

UNITY. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Middle Eastern countries can solve problems among themselves without foreign intervention. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Tehran cautiously reopens as economic hardship trumps virus risks

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The decision to reopen 'low-risk' businesses draws criticism, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insists 'there is no other way'

Iranians, some wearing protective gear amid the COVID-19 pandemic, shop on a street by the Grand Bazaar market in the capital Tehran, on April 18, 2020. - Iran allowed some shuttered Tehran businesses to reopen on April 18, despite the Middle East's deadliest coronavirus outbreak, as many faced a bitter choice between risking infection and economic ruin. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Amnesty says Iran killed 2 dozen children in November crackdown

Mar 04, 2020 - 9:56 AM

Amnesty International says it had written to Iran's Interior Minister with the names of the 23 children recorded as killed but had received no response

KIDS. Iranian children pose with replica military equipment during commemorations marking 41 years since the Islamic Revolution, in the capital Tehran on February 11, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

General Qasem Soleimani: Iran's regional point man

Jan 03, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Where once he kept to the shadows, Soleimani has in recent years become an unlikely celebrity in Iran – replete with a huge following on Instagram

(FILES) In this picture taken on September 14, 2013, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Quds Force, Gen. Qasem Soleimani, receives condolences following the death of his mother in Tehran. Top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a US strike on Baghdad's international airport on January 3, 2020, Iraq's powerful Hashed al-Shaabi paramilitary force has said, in a dramatic escalation of tensions between Washington and Tehran. MEHDI GHASEMI / ISNA / AFP

Iran alleges foreign government behind 'treacherous' ship attack

Oct 15, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Tehran says the Iranian-flagged Sabiti oil tanker was hit by two separate explosions off the Red Sea port of Jeddah

A handout picture made available by the National Iranian Oil Tanker Company (NITC) on October 14, 2019, shows the reported damage in the hull of the Iranian-flagged Sabiti tanker. Iran released pictures showing two gaping holes in the hull of an oil tanker it alleges was attacked off Saudi Arabia last week. Tehran says the Iranian-flagged Sabiti tanker was hit by two separate explosions off the Red Sea port of Jeddah.  National Iranian Oil Tanker Company (NITC) / AFP AFPForum

Trump says Rouhani meeting not scheduled as speculation swirls

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:29 AM

Speculation is rife over whether the leaders of the two arch-foes will meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York

SPECULATION. This combination of file pictures shows US President Donald Trump and a file handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency showing President Hassan Rouhani giving a speech on Iranian TV in Tehran. Handout, Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Iranian presidency

Trump says Iranian leadership 'wants to meet'

Sep 13, 2019 - 7:38 AM

The US president has repeatedly indicated he is ready to meet with President Hassan Rouhani, who is expected to attend the UN General Assembly in New York this month

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

Iran to unveil details on nuclear commitment cuts

Sep 06, 2019 - 9:28 AM

Iran's atomic energy organization is set to announce Tehran's third round of cuts in its nuclear commitments since May

NOT LEAVING. 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

Swedish owner of tanker seized by Iran says crew 'safe'

Jul 25, 2019 - 11:25 AM

Aside from a Filipino seafarer, the rest of the 23 detained crew of the oil tanker Stena Impero hail from India, Russia, and Latvia

An image grab taken from a broadcast by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on July 22, 2019 shows crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, after it was seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. Britain on July 23, said it was planning a European-led protection force for shipping in the Gulf after Iranian authorities seized a British-flagged tanker in a dramatic escalation of tensions in the region. In a ramping up of tensions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps seized the Stena Impero on July 19 in the Gulf's strategic Strait of Hormuz. IRIB / AFP

Manila asks Iran to free Filipino on seized British-flagged tanker

Jul 20, 2019 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says one of the crew members of the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero is a Filipino citizen

This handout photo received on July 19, 2019 courtesy of Nico Kemps shows the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, off the coast of Amsterdam on December 26, 2018. The British-flagged tanker Stena Impero seized by Iran is now at anchor off the port of Bandar Abbas with all its crew aboard after colliding with a fishing boat, authorities said on July 20, 2019. The Swedish-owned Stena Impero "collided with a fishing boat", said Allah-Morad Afifipoor, director-general of the Hormozgan province port and maritime organisation.  Nico KEMPS / VESSELFINDER.COM / AFP

Gulf tensions rise as U.S. shoots down Iranian drone

Jul 19, 2019 - 7:52 AM

It is the first US military engagement with Iran following a series of increasingly serious incidents

(FILES) This US Navy file photo taken on March 7, 2016 shows the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) as it transits the East Sea during Exercise Ssang Yong 2016. The US military shot down an Iranian drone on July 18, 2019 that came within 1,000 yards of one of its naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, President Donald Trump said."The (USS) Boxer took defensive action against an Iranian drone which had closed into a very, very near distance, approximately 1,000 yards," Trump announced at the White House.  Craig Z. Rodarte / US NAVY / AFP

Trump's Pentagon nominee quits; Iran targets CIA network

Jun 19, 2019 - 8:12 AM

Foreign powers are watching the situation in the Middle East with growing concern as Tehran and Washington exchange warnings about an escalation in their conflict

QUITS. In this file photo taken on April 3, 2019 US President Donald Trump (right) is briefed by senior military leaders at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 3, 2019, including Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

500 Iran restaurants shut down for breaking 'Islamic principles'

Jun 08, 2019 - 11:33 PM

Eleven are arrested in the crackdown on restaurants deemed by authorities to have allowed 'immoral acts' in their premises

Russia calls U.S. tightening of Iran oil sanctions 'aggressive and reckless'

Apr 24, 2019 - 12:53 PM

A Russian foreign ministry statement says: 'The rest of the world perfectly understands that Washington's policy is becoming more and more aggressive and reckless'

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 16, 2004 shows a general view of Iran's Lavan oil refinery quay in the Islamic republic's Lavan island. The United States said on April 22, 2019 it would start imposing sanctions on friends such as India that buy Iranian oil, in its latest aggressive step to counter Tehran that could jeopardize US relationships. The announcement sent global crude prices spiraling higher, although President Donald Trump tweeted that Saudi Arabia and other US allies would "more than make up" for decreases in Iranian oil. Behrouz MEHRI / AFP

Iran president visits flood-hit zones as death toll hits 43

Mar 27, 2019 - 11:41 PM

A day of mourning has been declared for Thursday, March 28, in the southern city of Shiraz, the worst-hit area where the flooding claimed the lives of 19 people and injured more than 100

ROUHANI VISIT. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on March 27, 2019, shows Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) during a visit to areas affected by floods in the country's northeastern Golestan region. AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

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

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

U.N. court tells U.S. to ease Iran sanctions in blow for Trump

Oct 03, 2018 - 8:35 PM

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague hands Iran a major victory, saying that the stinging economic sanctions put Iranian lives at risk

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

Putin says 'all is not lost' to save Iran nuclear deal

May 25, 2018 - 11:38 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says: 'The US president is not closing the door on negotiations. I think that all is not yet lost.'

HOPEFUL. File photo shows Russian President Vladimir Putin. File photo by AFP

Israel hits Iranian posts in Syria: What we know

May 10, 2018 - 10:19 PM

Here's what we know about what was hit, how the world reacted, and what could happen next

ARMOR. An Israeli soldier directs a M113 armored personal vehicle near the Syrian border in the Israel-annexed Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. Photo by Jalaa Marey/AFP

Human Rights Watch slams Iran's Telegram ban as 'unjustifiable'

May 02, 2018 - 7:32 PM

HRW says the court's decision is 'just another stain on Iranian authorities' already dismal record on freedom of expression'

Trump, Macron call for 'new' nuclear deal with Iran

Apr 24, 2018 - 11:24 PM

(UPDATED) US President Donald Trump eyes a broader 'deal' that will also limit Iran's ballistic missile program and support for militant groups across the Middle East

Explosion risk for oil tanker ablaze off China, says authorities

Jan 08, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The tanker Sanchi, operated by Iran's Glory Shipping, was heading to South Korea when it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, the CF Crystal

FIRE. This handout from the Korea Coast Guard taken and released on January 7, 2018 shows the Panamanian-flagged tanker 'Sanchi' on fire after a collision with a cargo ship at sea. Handout/KOREA COAST GUARD/AFP

Russia warns U.S. not to get involved in Iran

Jan 04, 2018 - 9:25 PM

'We warn the US against any attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran,' says Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov

WARNED. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley speaks during a brief press availability at United Nations headquarters, January 2, 2018 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Policeman killed amid crackdown on Iran protests

Jan 02, 2018 - 9:34 AM

There is a heavy police presence in Tehran as small groups of protesters ran through the city center shouting anti-regime slogans

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Iran's Rouhani rejects violence but vows 'space for criticism'

Jan 01, 2018 - 7:36 AM

His statements come as hundreds of protesters marched through Tehran and other cities in the 4th day of demonstrations

UNREST. Iranian President Rouhani finally broke his silence on the protests that mark the biggest test for the regime since mass protests in 2009. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Iran cuts social media access as unrest turns deadly

Dec 31, 2017 - 8:02 PM

(UPDATED) The interior minister warns protesters will 'pay the price' as footage on social media showed thousands marching across the country overnight in the biggest test for the Islamic republic since mass demonstrations in 2009

PROTESTS. Iranian students protest at the University of Tehran during a demonstration driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Iran blocks internet on third night of protests

Dec 31, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Unverified videos on social media appeared to show thousands marching through the western cities of Khorramabad, Zanjan and Ahvaz, while reports spread rapidly that several people had been shot dead by police in the town of Dorud.

PROTEST. An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during a protest driven by anger over economic problems, in the capital Tehran on December 30, 2017. Photo by stringer / AFP

Heavy air pollution shuts down schools in Iran

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Every year, Iran's sprawling capital suffers some of the worst pollution in the world when cool temperatures cause an effect known as 'temperature inversion'

MASKED. Iranian women wearing face masks wait at a bus stop as winter's heavy pollution has hit new highs in the capital Tehran, on December 17, 2017. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Lebanon PM Hariri rescinds resignation: cabinet statement

Dec 05, 2017 - 11:29 PM

'The Lebanese government, in all its political components, has committed to distance itself from all conflicts, wars, and internal affairs of Arab states,' according to the cabinet statement read by the returning Hariri

RESCINDS. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri attends a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace of Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on December 5, 2017. Photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Arab League chief asks Lebanon be 'spared'

Nov 20, 2017 - 11:56 PM

'No one can accept, or want, any harm to happen to Lebanon,' says Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit after meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun

DIPLOMACY. A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra on November 20, 2017, shows Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit (left) meeing Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace of Baabda. Photo by Dalati and Nohra/AFP

Lebanon's Hariri leaves Riyadh for France after 'Saudi hostage' rumors

Nov 17, 2017 - 9:46 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been in Riyadh since issuing a statement on television there on November 4 that he was stepping down because he feared for his life

FREE. An image grab from an AFP TV shows French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (left) during a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the latter's residence in the Saudi capital Riyadh on November 16, 2017. Photo by Rania Sanjar/AFP

Israel military chief: We are ready to cooperate with Saudi to face Iran

Nov 16, 2017 - 11:57 PM

'We are ready to exchange experience with the moderate Arab countries and exchange intelligence information to face Iran,' said Israel General Gadi Eisenkot on Elaph, a Saudi-run news site.

COOPERATION. In this file photo, Israel's new Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot during his swearing-in ceremony at the Prime Minister's Jerusalem offices on February 16, 2015. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

Quake leaves trail of death and destruction in Iraq

Nov 13, 2017 - 10:02 PM

The 7.3-magnitude quake which hit the Iraq-Iran border area on Sunday night, kills hundreds of people and injures thousands of others

DESTRUCTION. People gather around a levelled building in the mountainous town of Darbandikhan in Iraqi Kurdistan on November 13, 2017, following a 7.3-magnitude quake that hit the Iraq-Iran border area. Photo by Shwan Mohammed/AFP

Rebel-held Yemen capital braces for 'famine' as blockade tightens

Nov 09, 2017 - 11:17 PM

A resident of Sanaa says 'the situation was already catastrophic, but that didn't stop Saudi Arabia from imposing a total blockade for us to die of hunger'

Sanaa, capital of Yemen

Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of 'direct aggression'

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Riyadh accuses Tehran of supplying ballistic missiles to the Huthi rebels in Yemen. Iran denies the allegation

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 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'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.

Iran's Rouhani faces protests at site of deadly mine collapse

May 07, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Iran President Hassan Rouhani says those responsible for the explosion must be found and dealt with accordingly without any exceptions

IN THE MIDDLE. A handout picture provided by the office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on May 7, 2017 shows him (C) sitting through the roof of a car. Photo by AFP/HO/Iranian Presidency

Many Iran firefighters feared trapped in building collapse

Jan 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

Officials have yet to confirm if anyone had been killed but Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf tells state television between 20 and 25 firefighters were thought to be inside when the building fell

PLASCO RUBBLE. An Iranian firefighter walks across the debris of Iran's oldest high-rise, the 15-storey Plasco building in downtown Tehran on January 19, 2017. Photo by AFP

Iran to import more bananas, invest in PH infra and energy

Oct 19, 2016 - 9:30 PM

Iran wants to strengthen connections between its central bank and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to allow more Iranian investors to start doing business in the Philippines

TRADE RELATIONS. Manila and Tehran enjoy strong political relations, but can do more in reinforcing their economic ties, with the Philippines becoming one of Iran’s 'country priorities.' Rappler file photo

Iran missile tests inconsistent with nuclear deal – UN report

Jul 09, 2016 - 4:40 PM

UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon leaves it up to the Security Council to determine what if anything should be done in response

Iran thwarts major 'terrorist plot' – state media

Jun 20, 2016 - 6:45 PM

Iran s intelligence ministry says more information would come following investigations both inside and outside the country

Rouhani allies set for Iran parliament win

Apr 30, 2016 - 12:45 PM

UPDATED Official results are expected later Saturday April 30

SECOND ROUND. An Iranian couple with their child cast their ballot paper at a polling station during the second round of parliamentary elections at the Jameh Mosque in the city of Shahre Ghods, Iran, April 29, 2016. Photo by Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

China denies mark-up accusation on Jakarta-Bandung train project

Jan 29, 2016 - 2:06 PM

The China Railway Engineering Corporation says it would build parts of above rail sections in the 400 kilometer Tehran Isfaham high speed train project

ITS A GO. This photo shows scale models of Chinese-made bullet trains. Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Iran arrested 100 over Saudi embassy attack – judiciary

Jan 24, 2016 - 10:06 PM

About 100 people have been arrested since the attack that led to Riyadh cutting diplomatic ties with Tehran