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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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

New restrictions in Tehran after 18th day of bad air

Dec 30, 2015 - 8:38 PM

Due to severe air pollution outdoor sports have been banned and all primary schools and nurseries closed in the Iranian capital

BAD AIR. An Iranian woman wears a face mask at a bus stop in Tehran as pollution engulfs the city on December 30, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

Iran says EU must live up to historic duty on migrants

Sep 06, 2015 - 9:34 PM

We are glad some European countries have taken positive measures to save the displaced immigrants and we hope that other EU countries would join this trend says Iran s President Hassan Rouhani

SPEECH. Iran President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2014. Photo by Justin Lane/EPA

Iran talks in endgame inching close to nuclear deal

Jul 04, 2015 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED The aim is to finalize a deal which would put a nuclear bomb beyond Iran s reach in return for lifting a web of biting international sanctions slapped on the Islamic republic

'CLOSER TO A DEAL.' Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (3-L), Austrian President Heinz Fischer (2-R) and Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (3-R) sit for a meeting in Vienna, Austria, July 3, 2015. Photo by Georg Hochmuth/EPA

Iran's Rouhani wants to 'free' economy from sanctions

May 24, 2015 - 7:54 PM

It is as if blood was prevented from flowing in our veins says Iranian President Hassan Rouhan of the economic sancitons on Iran

Iran admits new technology makes censorship redundant

May 10, 2015 - 9:09 PM

But today the scene has changed dramatically Controlling the media is no longer possible technically or geographically says Iran culture minister Ali Jannati The most important solution one can suggest is content production

Iran's Rouhani condemns killing in name of Islam

Jan 09, 2015 - 10:56 PM

Without mentioning by name the Charlie Hebdo magazine Iranian President Hassan Rouhani slams as reprehensible violence and terrorism which provoke Islamophobia

‘OPEN ECONOMY.’ A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, shows him speaking during the opening ceremony of the economic conference in Tehran on January 4, 2015. Photo courtesy: Iranian presidency website/AFP

Iran has 'role' in fighting ISIS militants: Kerry

Sep 20, 2014 - 9:02 PM

In combating the jihadist threat US Secretary of State John Kerry says there is a role for nearly every country to play including Iran

FIGHT VS ISIS US Secretary of State John Kerry testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Islamic State (IS) on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, September 17, 2014. File photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Iran nuclear deadline extended by four months

Jul 19, 2014 - 9:06 AM

UPDATED In a deal reached July 18 the United States would release some 2 8 billion in frozen Iranian funds in return for Iran agreeing to continue its partial nuclear freeze

Iran sends second monkey into space – president

Dec 14, 2013 - 5:56 PM

In its controversial ballistic program Iran says it has seen the safe return to Earth of two monkeys blasted into space in 2013

Iran halts nuclear talks after US blacklist move

Dec 13, 2013 - 4:21 PM

Iranian negotiators stop nuclear talks so they can consult with Tehran about sanctions thrown against companies reportedly helping Iran

STALLED TALKS. Iran halts the nuclear talks after the US blacklists a number of companies accused of supporting Iran

Iran rejects blame for nuclear talks failure

Nov 12, 2013 - 11:45 PM

Russia backed Iran saying it was not to blame for the failure to reach agreement

BLAME GAME. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, briefs to media after the closing of the fourth day of closed-door nuclear talks, during a press conference at the CICG, in Geneva, Switzerland, early 10 November 2013. Photo by EPA/MARTIAL TREZZINI

‘Argo’ watch it yourself

Oct 18, 2012 - 4:59 PM

But first a few reasons why actor director Ben Affleck’s newest gig is worth the trip to the cinema

ICONS BOTH. Ben Affleck and a familiar figure in a re-imagined 1979 Tehran. All movie stills from Warner Bros. Pictures