Hamas 'brought Israel to its knees': Iran

2014-08-27 14:03

Iran says Palestinian militants had emerged the victors and brought their Israeli foe "to its knees" during the bloody 50-day Gaza conflict.

Hungary to run luxury trains to Tehran

2014-08-25 19:34

Railway enthusiasts with a taste for nostalgia will soon be able to indulge their Orient Express fantasies as Hungarian Railways plans a luxury train service.

Iran says it downs Israeli drone near nuclear site

2014-08-24 19:22

Tehran says its forces have shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site, without offering further details.

Iran won't sign nuclear deal 'at any price'

2014-08-18 21:27

Iran is committed to securing a nuclear agreement with world powers but will not sign one "at any price", its negotiators say, as a key deadline for Tehran nears.

Iranian is first woman to win Nobel Prize of maths

2014-08-13 21:31

An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win a prestigious Fields Medal, widely viewed as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.

US: Baghdad situation tense

2014-08-11 13:38

The US has viewed defiant comments from Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki as troubling, but has seen no evidence of Iraqi forces mobilising in an unusual way despite a tense climate in Baghdad.

Netanyahu: Israel has nothing against Gazans

2014-08-08 07:14

Israel has "nothing against the people of Gaza" and wants to help them deal with the "tyranny" of Hamas rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said.

Russia, Iran set for oil-for-goods talks

2014-08-06 14:00

Russia and Iran have agreed to discuss a contract for Tehran to export 2% of its annual oil production in an apparent circumvention of sanctions.

Official: Iran gave Hamas its rocket know-how

2014-07-24 21:18

Iran provided Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas with the technology it has used to rain down rockets on Israel from Gaza, its parliament speaker has said.

Iran complying with nuclear deal - UN watchdog

2014-07-21 12:39

Iran has diluted its entire stock of medium-enriched uranium as required under a November deal with world powers.

US, Iran lay ground for nuclear talks extension

2014-07-16 05:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart laid the groundwork for an extension of a deadline to strike a historic nuclear deal after intense talks in Vienna.

West, Iran: Big gaps ahead of nuke talks

2014-07-13 21:06

World powers and Iran say big differences remained in talks to build a lasting agreement on the Islamic republic's nuclear activities.

UK: Iran nuclear talks sides far apart

2014-07-10 18:26

Significant differences remain between six world powers and Iran in negotiations over Tehran's nuclear programme, according to British Foreign Minister William Hague.

Grisly killings in Iraq like 2006

2014-07-09 21:10

Grisly killings harken back to the worst days of Iraq's sectarian bloodletting in 2006 and 2007.

Iran leader rejects pressures at nuclear talks

2014-07-08 11:28

Iran's top leader has rejected pressure by the US and its allies at ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna to force Iran into making concessions.

US firm signs $1.175bn Iran energy deal

2014-07-06 11:33

A US company has signed a preliminary agreement to invest $1.175bn in Iran, in a rare joint commercial project to turn rubbish and human waste into electricity.

Iraq's new jets likely from Iran: experts

2014-07-02 22:37

Three Sukhoi ground attack jets shown landing in Iraq in a video released by the defence ministry are likely from Iran, a think tank has said.

Stay execution of Iran woman UN pleads

2014-06-26 20:09

The UN human rights chief has appealed to Iran not to execute a woman convicted of murdering her husband at age 17.

Iran guards killed in armed clashes near Iraq

2014-06-26 06:30

DUBAI, June 25 - Anonymous gunmen killed three Iranian security guards in an ambush near the Iraqi border, Iran's official media reported on Wednesday.

Iran boosts security along Iraq border

2014-06-23 23:06

Iran has stepped up surveillance along its long border with Iraq in a precaution against a spread of violence from militants who have sized a swathe of its neighbour.

Iran's top leader opposes US intervention in Iraq

2014-06-22 16:34

Iran's top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is against US intervention in neighbouring Iraq, where extremists and militants opposed to Tehran have seized a number of towns.

Iran acts to eliminate sensitive uranium stockpile

2014-06-20 20:38

Iran has moved to eliminate virtually all of its most sensitive stockpile of enriched uranium gas under a landmark nuclear deal with six world powers last year.

Iran leader's Twitter warns of "war in Muslim world"

2014-06-19 13:40

A Twitter account Iran experts believe is run by the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that militants wanted to bring about a war in the Muslim world.

UK sees thaw with Iran, will reopen embassy

2014-06-17 16:40

UK's William Hague says 'circumstances are right' to re-open embassy in Iran as relations thaw

Break over, Obama returns to Iraq nightmare

2014-06-17 06:15

Barack Obama has returned to Washington after a brief family break in California to find himself confronted once again by the nightmare from which America thought it had escaped: Iraq.


Islamic State accused of mass killings

2014-08-25 21:14

The United Nations has condemned appalling, widespread crimes by Islamic State forces in Iraq, including mass executions of prisoners.

Iran TV broadcasts 'downed' Israeli drone

2014-08-25 17:44

Iran's state TV has broadcast footage purported to show an Israeli drone the country's Revolutionary Guard claimed to have shot down over the weekend near an Iranian nuclear site.

UN: Iran abiding with terms of nuke deal

2014-08-21 08:01

The UN nuclear agency says Iran is keeping commitments it agreed to with six world powers in a pact that temporarily caps its nuclear activities.

Strong earthquake shakes western Iran

2014-08-18 08:10

A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck western Iran, the US Geological survey which monitors quakes worldwide says.

First woman wins maths 'Nobel' prize

2014-08-13 07:41

Iranian-born mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has became the first woman to be awarded the Fields Medal, mathematics' equivalent to the Nobel Prize.

Crashed Iranian plane missed busy market

2014-08-10 12:22

An Iranian passenger plane which crashed moments after takeoff from Tehran, killing at least 38 on board and injuring nine, narrowly avoiding many more deaths when it plummeted near a busy market.

Russia, Iran set oil-for-goods contract talks

2014-08-06 19:00

Russia and Iran will discuss a contract for Tehran to export oil production, in apparent circumvention of sanctions imposed over its nuclear drive.

Iran's Ayatollah accuses Israel of Gaza 'genocide'

2014-07-29 12:23

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza and called on the Islamic world to arm Palestinians fighting "the Zionist regime".

End 'murderous' Israeli regime - Iran Ayatollah

2014-07-24 11:55

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called for a referendum canvassing the Arabs and Jews that live in Israel in order to end the "Zionist state".

Iran warned of 'last chance' in nuclear talks

2014-07-19 21:46

Iran faces pressure to make concessions over its atomic activities after it and six world powers failed to meet a deadline for a deal to end the decade-old dispute but agreed to keep talking.

Kerry keeps trying in Iran nuclear talks

2014-07-14 12:52

US Secretary of State John Kerry is due to hold a second day of talks with Iran seeking to overcome major differences blocking what would be a momentous nuclear deal.

Iran not budging in nuclear talks

2014-07-12 21:43

Iran has stuck to "inadequate and unworkable" positions in nuclear talks with six world powers despite a looming deadline for a deal to end sanctions against Tehran in exchange for curbs on its atomic programme, a US official says.

Iran wants to greatly expand uranium enrichment

2014-07-10 09:22

Iran says it wants to greatly expand its uranium enrichment programme despite Western fears that it could be used to make atomic arms.

Iran ex-president can 'co-operate' with US

2014-07-09 20:04

Tehran could cast aside bitter differences with Washington to "co-operate" on Iraq as the crisis-hit country battles a fierce militant offensive.

Iran nuke talks make little progress - diplomats

2014-07-08 08:26

Talks over Iran's nuclear programme are making little headway, with Tehran resisting US-led efforts to crimp activities that could be turned toward making weapons, diplomats say.

Final push in 'historic' Iran nuclear talks

2014-07-03 16:31

Iran nuclear talks have entered the decisive endgame with a final round of negotiations which could go right down to a 20 July deadline for a deal.

Clock ticking on Iran nuclear talks: Kerry

2014-07-01 19:24

Time is running short to reach a nuclear deal between world powers and Iran, and negotiations will not be extended merely as a foot-dragging ploy, John Kerry warns.

Asiatic cheetahs face extinction in Iran

2014-06-26 10:00

Iran is rushing to try to save one of the world's critically endangered species, the Asiatic cheetah, and bring it back from the verge of extinction in its last remaining refuge.

Al-Qaeda merges with ISIL at Iraq border

2014-06-25 16:23

Al-Qaeda's Syrian offshoot has made an oath of loyalty to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at a key town on the Iraqi border.

Netanyahu warns US not to work with Iran

2014-06-22 22:20

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned close ally the United States against working with arch-foe Iran in the effort to pull Iraq back from the brink.

Iran sends operatives into Iraq

2014-06-20 22:33

Iran has deployed "small numbers" of operatives into Iraq to bolster the Shi'ite-led government there but there was no sign of a major deployment of army units.

Kerry says US may share information with Iran

2014-06-20 05:00

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US is interested in communicating with Iran to share information about the Sunni insurgency spreading across Iraq.

Iraq sacks top officers

2014-06-18 05:00

Iraq's prime minister has fired top security commanders in a major shake-up as fighting approaches Baghdad.

US, Iran hold brief talks on Iraq crisis

2014-06-17 07:21

The US and Iran have briefly discussed the crisis in Iraq on the sidelines of nuclear talks in Vienna, according to US officials.

US doesn't want military co-ordination with Iran

2014-06-17 05:59

A White House official says the US is not interested in military co-ordination with Iran on the mounting crisis in Iraq.

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