- Turkey under pressure as Syrians mass at border Updated: Feb-06-16 2:22 pm
BEIRUT - Turkey came under mounting pressure to open its border Saturday as tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a government onslaught sought entry and the European Union called on Ankara to grant them refuge.
- The Latest: Iran holds funeral for troops killed in Syria Updated: Feb-06-16 9:02 am
DAMASCUS, Syria - The Latest on the fighting in Syria, where government forces are waging a massive offensive around the northern city of Aleppo, once the country's largest. (all times local):
- Car-making deals, protests greet Iranian president in Paris Updated: Jan-28-16 3:09 pm
PARIS - France's government welcomed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday with promises of a new beginning in an old relationship, starting with investments to boost Iran's flagging economy that has been crippled by decades of sanctions.
- The Latest: France, Iran sign trade deals Updated: Jan-28-16 1:46 pm
PARIS - The Latest on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's visit to Europe (all times local):
- AP Exclusive: Officials say France wants more Iran sanctions Updated: Jan-27-16 4:54 pm
VIENNA - France has asked the European Union to consider new sanctions against Iran over recent missile tests, in a request made shortly after the EU ended sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, officials have told The Associated Press.
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- Iran training volunteer 'advisers' to serve in Syria Updated: Jan-27-16 12:02 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - A senior commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard said Wednesday that it is training volunteer "advisers" to serve alongside President Bashar Assad's forces in Syria.
- Italy minister says Iran statue cover-up 'incomprehensible' Updated: Jan-27-16 11:15 am
ROME - Italy's culture minister has criticized as "incomprehensible" the decision to cover up naked statues at a Rome museum where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was visiting, adding a new twist to the controversy that has dominated Rouhani's deal-making visit to Italy.
- Iran says it warned US warship to leave drill area Updated: Jan-27-16 9:59 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's navy warned a U.S. warship to leave an area where Iran has been conducting a naval drill near the narrow Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Wednesday. The U.S. Navy denied that its operations in the region were affected.
- Iran to stage naval drill near strategic Strait of Hormuz Updated: Jan-26-16 6:06 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran says it will hold a "massive" naval drill near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the first such exercise since the incident involving 10 U.S. sailors who were briefly captured by Iran when they drifted into Iranian territorial waters earlier this month.
- Iranian president Rouhani begins 4-day European visit Updated: Jan-25-16 4:56 pm
ROME - Italy's premier said Monday that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, kicking off the first state visit to Europe by an Iranian president in nearly two decades, "can play a fundamental role in the stability" of the Middle East.
- China seeks 'new chapter' with Iran after sanctions end Updated: Jan-23-16 12:52 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Chinese President Xi Jinping said Saturday he hopes to open a "new chapter" in relations with Iran after the lifting of international sanctions under a historic nuclear deal, as he paid the first visit by a Chinese leader to the Islamic Republic in 14 years.
- GOP lawmakers question $1.7 billion payment US made to Iran Updated: Jan-23-16 3:24 am
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration's $1.7 billion payment to Iran to settle an arcane, decades-old financial dispute is prompting questions among Republican lawmakers trying to piece together the full scope of last weekend's dramatic U.S.-Iranian prisoner swap and the lifting of many American sanctions on Tehran.
- Kerry: Some Iran sanctions relief likely to go to terrorists Updated: Jan-21-16 1:27 pm
DAVOS, Switzerland - It's likely that some of the billions of dollars in sanctions relief granted to Iran under a landmark nuclear deal will go to groups deemed to be terrorists, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday. But, he added, he doesn't believe Iran will be able to use the freed-up cash to boost funding of malign activities if it is serious about revamping its economy.
- AP Interview: Iran's top diplomat decries US 'coercion' Updated: Jan-20-16 10:07 am
DAVOS, Switzerland - New U.S. sanctions over Iran's ballistic missile testing are an example of an American "addiction to coercion" despite improved relations and a historic nuclear deal, Iran's foreign minister said in an interview Wednesday.
- Chinese president arrives in Saudi Arabia on Mideast tour Updated: Jan-19-16 3:02 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in Saudi Arabia for a two-day visit as part of a Middle East tour that will include stops in Egypt and Iran.
- White House says Levinson may no longer be in Iran Updated: Jan-19-16 2:52 pm
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials believe Robert Levinson may no longer be in Iran, a White House spokesman said Tuesday, vowing that the U.S. would keep up the search for the former FBI agent who disappeared from an Iranian resort nearly nine years ago.
- US military releases 1st account of sailors' Iran detention Updated: Jan-18-16 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON - In its first official account of Iran's seizure and subsequent release of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military said Monday the only items found missing from their two recovered boats were SIM cards for two satellite phones.
- Israel's military chief: Iran deal also offers opportunities Updated: Jan-18-16 11:56 am
TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel's military chief says the Iranian nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions that followed present Israel with "grave dangers but also opportunities."
- The Latest: Massachusetts man freed from Iran returns home Updated: Jan-18-16 12:16 am
TEHRAN, Iran - The latest developments as Iran and world powers implement a landmark deal reached last year to curb Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions (all times local).
- As sanctions are lifted, Iranian foes fear the worst Updated: Jan-17-16 2:41 pm
JERUSALEM - As the nuclear deal with Tehran goes into effect, many Middle Eastern countries fear a newly emboldened Iran, flush with cash and international recognition, will grow more aggressive with what they see as meddling in conflicts across the region.
- Rouhani: All happy about deal except Israel, US hard-liners Updated: Jan-17-16 12:02 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that the official implementation of the landmark deal reached between Tehran and six world powers has satisfied all parties except radical extremists.
- Rouhani: All happy about deal except Israel, US hard-liners Updated: Jan-17-16 6:12 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that the official implementation of the landmark nuclear deal has satisfied all parties except radical extremists, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that Israel would remain vigilant to ensure that Iran was not violating its commitments.
- Iran warmly welcomes sanctions' end, though long thaw ahead Updated: Jan-16-16 6:32 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - The announcement on Saturday that Iran had satisfied its obligations under a nuclear deal with world powers was expected to pave the way for a new economic reality in the Islamic Republic, free from years of harsh international economic sanctions.
- Kerry to meet Iranian FM ahead of imminent sanctions relief Updated: Jan-15-16 7:58 pm
WASHINGTON - Amid signs that a decision to provide Iran with billions of dollars in nuclear sanctions relief is imminent, Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Saturday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and a top European Union official, the State Department said Friday.