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Iran's judiciary has confirmed the arrest of a British-Iranian university professor on security charges. Abbas Edalat, a computer scientist and mathematician at Imperial College London, was reportedly arrested earlier this month by the Revolutionary Guard, which has detained several dual-nationals in ...
Iranian judiciary announced the beginning of the first court of 26 suspects belonging to ISIS terrorist organization, which targeted the Iranian parliament and the Mausoleum of the ... According to the official account, the attackers were in the city of Kermanshah, west Iran, up until 24 hours before the attack.

The big cities in Iran (at least the places I went to), have a certain buzz about them and an old world charm that lingers. I felt this ... The Naqsh-e Jahan Square in the same city is not just a relic of the past; locals still gather here for picnics, photo ops, dining out, shopping and going to the nearby mosques.
He's also urging Saudi Arabia and its neighbors to resolve a long-festering dispute with Qatar that U.S. officials say Iran is exploiting to boost its influence in the ... That will mark a significant shift in decades of American policy toward Israel and the Palestinians, who also claim the holy city as their capital. Arabia Gulf
Facing imminent deadlines, President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel largely papered over their differences on trade and the Iran nuclear accord on Friday, stressing instead ties between the longtime allies and their shared goal of a nuclear-free North Korea. Still, Merkel's brief visit, ...

To hear President Trump tell it, his approach to North Korea and Iran, marked by unpredictability and opposition to the diplomacy and compromise of his ... ahead with its weapons programs, testing nuclear devices as well as long-range missiles that appear capable of striking major American cities.
The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey were set to hold talks on Syria Saturday in the wake of an alleged chemical attack that has exposed ... and rebel-backer Ankara come as the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7 has prompted sharply differing responses from Turkey ...
New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to travel to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Israel over the weekend after a stop in Brussels for a NATO meeting, the State Department said on Thursday. "No other secretary in recent history has gone on a trip as quickly as he has,” department spokeswoman ...
Iranian Kurdish shopkeepers have extended a strike in a northwestern border town to an 11th day as they protest Tehran's policies in the region, causing some distress within the local community. Residents of Baneh who contacted VOA Persian via social media shared images of stores remaining closed ...
A British-Iranian university professor who actively campaigns against military action targeting his homeland has been detained in Iran by the country's hard-line Revolutionary Guard, a rights group says, becoming the latest dual national held there since the 2015 nuclear deal. The British Foreign Office said ...
Tehran has threatened to retaliate, and Israel has made clear that it's prepared to keep fighting. The Iranian response — considered now not a question of if, but when — could take many forms, ranging from missiles launched from Iran, Lebanon, or Syria against Israeli cities to cross-border raids from Syria ...
Mass protests returned to Iran on Friday in the southwest city of Kazeroon, with social media videos showing hundreds demonstrating during the weekly ... place at the Friday prayer is major, given that those prayers are the central symbol and focal point of the regime in any given municipality” he added.
The term is in reference to the alliance between Syria, Iran and Hezbollah. The Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group, founded originally to fight Israel's occupation of Lebanese territories, has sent hundreds of fighters to back the troops of President Bashar Assad in the war, now in its eighth year.
During a wave of protests that hit dozens of Iranian cities over at the start of the year, Iranian authorities temporarily banned Telegram, accusing the app of allowing foreign-based "counter-revolutionary" groups to fuel unrest. Since then, authorities have sought to develop Iranian social media networks and ...
Saudi Arabia's King Salman criticised Donald Trump's decision to transfer the US embassy to Jerusalem as leaders of the Arab world met in the Kingdom for an annual summit. Seventeen Arab leaders, minus Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, gathered in the eastern Saudi city of Dhahran as world powers ...
Iranian authorities have begun to crack down on days of protests against water shortages in Iran's third largest city of Isfahan. In a social media video monitored by VOA Persian and identified as filmed in Isfahan's eastern district of Khorasgan on Saturday, Iranian police can be heard firing into the air as an ...

Saudi Arabia used its perch as host of an annual gathering of Arab leaders on Sunday to push for a unified stance against rival Iran as the regional ... The summit took place in the oil-rich eastern Saudi city of Dhahran, a location that may have been selected by the kingdom to avoid cross-border Houthi ...
CGTN |. Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday strongly condemned the US, the UK and France for launching airstrikes against Syria. “This invasion is a clear violation of international regulations and undermines Syria's national sovereignty and integrity,” the ministry said in a statement. Iran's Supreme Leader ...
President Donald Trump is warning Russia and Iran about their association with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad's government, as he announces the launch of retaliatory ... Trump has said he will hold the Syrian government, as well as its Russian and Iranian allies, accountable for the suspected attack.
Iran has imported gas from Turkmenistan since 1997 for distribution in its northern provinces, especially during the winter, because its own gas fields are mostly located afar in the south. Rouhani began his first visit abroad in the new Iranian year to Ashgabat where the two sides held “very constructive and ...
Iranian judicial officials revealed that 43 people have been indicted in Iran's western province of Kermanshah for participating in recent anti-establishment protests. ... The protests started on December 28, 2017 in eastern city of Mashhad with slogans against economic problems and corruption. Soon it ...
The op-ed by the Iranian foreign minister in Al Jazeera is a symbol of growing Iran-Qatar ties. Al Jazeera and Qatar were accused by Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies of supporting terrorism. The Muslim brotherhood, in Qatar, has been at the center of the diplomatic crisis between Doha and Riyadh and its ...
Attorney Blocked From Taking on Human Rights Cases in Iran Calls For Revision of “Flawed” Law ... In January 2018, judicial offices in several Iranian cities received lists of lawyers that have been allowed by the judicial branch to take on cases involving national security charges at the preliminary ...
Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, now touring the United States, must balance animosity towards Iran with the need for ... A day earlier, the spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi movement accused it of using Iranian-made missiles and said that Saudi Arabia ...
Those who are concerned about the potential for war with Iran should embrace Bolton's appointment and support the administration's efforts to ... Anti-regime slogans were repeated in every major Iranian city and town, and among demographics such as the rural poor that were once considered to be ...
Nowruz, the Persian New Year, brings one certainty to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia these days – an invasion of Iranian holidaymakers. Come the vernal equinox and the weeks-long holiday in Iran, hundreds of Iranians flock to the three countries, where the hospitality business is increasingly geared to ...
Iranian involvement in the conflict in Yemen has been a long one, as far back as September 11, 2009, former Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Salah had ... being the city of Sa'dah in Northern Yemen, which straddles the Saudi border, it couldn't have been a better area for Iran to choose to cause mischief, ...
TEHRAN, March 25 (Xinhua) -- Wildfire has ravaged forests in Iran's northern provinces of Gilan and Mazandaran over the past 24 hours, said an Iranian official on Sunday. The fire has burned forests in the Marzanabad town of Mazandaran, and is still out of control, said Mehrdad Khazaei, the head of the ...
High-ranking Shi'ite cleric Nasser Makarem Shirazi has criticized Iranian officials for using the expression “compulsory hijab,” fearing its “negative connotation” would undermine the Islamic nature of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Speaking in Qom during a meeting with Police Chief Hossein Ashtari on March ...
Iran has called the appointment of the former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton to the role of National Security Adviser of the United States shameful, Iranian media reported on Sunday, citing his involvement with an opposition group once named a terrorist organization. The report by the semi-official Fars news ...
BEIRUT - Iran's focus on building a powerful ballistic missile arsenal, which the Americans, Saudis and Israelis, among others, see as a major threat, has ... and even long-range artillery from February 1984, when Saddam Hussein ordered indiscriminate attacks on 11 Iranian cities, through February 1987.
Iran sought to steal intellectual property and data from "hundreds" of universities and the broadcaster HBO for financial gain, the US has claimed. The Trump administration believes Iranian government-linked hackers broke into the accounts of roughly 8,000 professors to steal massive amounts of data and ...
Ten thousand families live under tents or live in ad hoc huts, shacks and hovels across Iran, the Statistical Center of the Islamic Republic announced in ... the Islamic Republic, Hassan Mousavi Chelak admitted that ten to eleven million people live in “unregistered” residences in outskirts of the cities in Iran.
Iranians have increased their hacking abilities. They are successfully spying on and disrupting computers all around the world. Iranian criminals dominate the FBI's Cyber's Most Wanted List. Of the 31 names on the list, 12 are Iranian. Iran has found another way to wreak havoc upon the world. Chafer, one ...
Officials from the U.S., Russia and other major world powers in charge of assessing the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal met in Vienna on Friday with delegates from Iran amid growing questions about the U.S. commitment to the plan. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi and other ...
The ballot will decide Iraq's leader for the next four years, when Baghdad will be faced with rebuilding cities and towns seized from Islamic State, preventing the militants' return ... He declined to say whether he thought the Iranian effort had been successful or say whether Iran sought to undermine Abadi.
Relations between Middle East heavyweights Iran and Saudi Arabia have been fraught for decades as they spar over regional influence and religion. Each considers ... Security forces at the holy site of Mecca in Saudi Arabia crackdown in July 1987 on an unauthorized anti-US protest by Iranian pilgrims.
Yet it seems as if city council members believe that the sudden resignation comes amid increasing pressure from hard-liners. ... possibility of running for the mayorship, saying sarcastically, “I will not agree to be mayor; the chairmanship [of the city council] is stressful, and the municipality is full of stress and ...
Iranian naval forces appear to have deliberately halted their provocations of U.S. Navy ships in the Persian Gulf in recent months, a U.S. military official said Thursday. According to Navy Cmdr. William Urban, spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, there have been no "unsafe and ...
On April 15 last year, a Qatari man arrived in the V.I.P. terminal on an evening flight from his country's capital city, Doha. ..... The plan to exchange the four towns' Shiite and Sunni residents was abandoned as too ambitious; instead, they were to be moved to safe zones, with each town's future to be worked ...
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's firing is reverberating across a Middle East where Iran fears his replacement will fight to end the 2015 nuclear deal, ... Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi, meanwhile, sought to minimize Tillerson's firing, calling it part of the "frequent and multiple" ...
The failure of a landmark 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers to restrict Tehran's nuclear program would represent a "great loss," the ... Le Drian's one-day trip to Tehran was originally scheduled for January, but it was delayed after student-led street protests broke out in many Iranian cities.
Two of the GCC countries, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, in January 2016 cut off diplomatic ties with their neighbour across the Arabian Gulf following attacks on the Saudi embassy in Tehran and general consulate in the northern city of Mashhad. In his statements, Al Jarallah said the Kuwait-Iran dialogue had ...
TEHRAN, March 6 (Xinhua) -- The black box of Iran's crashed plane will be sent to France for decoding data, official IRNA news agency reported on Tuesday. "Due to the lack of required equipment for deciphering the black box's data in Iran, it will be sent to France," the senior Iranian lawmaker, Mohammad ...
The path had been dug by construction workers all the way from the main road, stretching out of the city of Sari, capital of Mazandaran province, to extend a gas pipeline to their village. Until the project is finished, villagers will have to make do with LPG canisters for cooking and charcoal to keep their ...
The need for missiles is also deeply embedded in the national psyche, from the days in the mid-1980s when acquiring and firing back Scud missiles was the only way to retaliate against Iraqi missile strikes on Iranian cities. It should be possible, however, for the United States and its allies to limit Iran's ...
A Syrian official says power supply in the northern city of Aleppo will see a rise this year as Iran is helping the country repair its infrastructure, which has been devastated by seven years of foreign-backed militancy. Mohammed al-Saleh, the director general of the state-owned Aleppo power company, ...
Washington hails Turkey as both a fellow NATO Western military alliance member and a partner in the fight against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS), but Ankara's ongoing offensive against a mostly Kurdish city in northwestern Syria has caused Pentagon-backed Kurdish fighters to redirect their efforts ...
Home to some of its most influential clerics, Qom is among Iran's most important cities, politically and religiously. Thousands of religious authorities are based at its seminaries, and the city is also a frequent stop for politicians eager to brief senior ayatollahs in hopes of getting their approval for their plans ...


 

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