- Lawyer says Iranian cartoonist freed after prison sentence Updated: May-03-16 9:35 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - An Iranian cartoonist imprisoned over portraying lawmakers as animals to criticize a draft law restricting contraception and criminalizing voluntary sterilization has been released from prison.
- Refugee sets herself alight at immigration camp on Nauru Updated: May-02-16 9:52 pm
CANBERRA, Australia - A Somali refugee was critically injured when she set herself on fire at an Australian immigration camp on the Pacific island nation of Nauru three days after an Iranian refugee died of injuries sustained in a similar apparent protest, officials said.
- Iran's atomic chief visits Prague to talk nuclear business Updated: May-02-16 2:01 pm
PRAGUE - With sanctions lifted, the head of Iran's nuclear program came to talk business with Czech leaders.
- Iran leader urges for nuclear weapons-free Korean Peninsula Updated: May-02-16 1:21 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Monday appealed for a Korean Peninsula free of nuclear weapons during a visit to Tehran by his South Korean counterpart, the official IRNA news agency reported.
- Iran criticizes US presence in the Persian Gulf Updated: May-02-16 8:13 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's Supreme Leader criticized the U.S. presence in the Persian Gulf region on Monday, saying American forces should go back to the Bay of Pigs, state media reported.
- Iran votes in parliamentary runoff as rare shooting wounds 4 Updated: Apr-29-16 12:05 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iranians voted Friday in the country's parliamentary runoff elections, a key poll that will decide how much power allies of moderate President Hassan Rouhani will have in the next legislature after the landmark nuclear deal with world powers.
- Iran calls on UN to help with US court asset award Updated: Apr-28-16 7:54 pm
UNITED NATIONS - Iran asked the United Nations on Thursday to intervene with the U.S. government over a Supreme Court ruling that allows nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian assets to be paid to victims of terrorist attacks for which the Middle Eastern country has been blamed.
- Lawyer for Turkish businessman: US charges are 'defensible' Updated: Apr-27-16 5:45 pm
NEW YORK - A lawyer for a prominent Turkish businessman said Wednesday that U.S. charges that his client dealt illegally with Iran are "very defensible."
- Dems block spending bill in dispute over Iran nuclear deal Updated: Apr-27-16 3:50 pm
WASHINGTON - Democrats on Wednesday blocked the Senate's first spending bill of the year in a last-minute fight over a Republican effort to undercut the Iran nuclear deal and scuttle U.S. plans to buy Iranian "heavy water."
- Undercover squad may mean more covering up for Tehran women Updated: Apr-27-16 10:29 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Tehran resident Sousan Heidari has stopped letting her headscarf slip casually down over her neck and shoulders while driving in the Iranian capital. These days, the 22-year-old with a taste for bold makeup makes sure to pull it tightly over her dark hair, fearful of running afoul of a newly established undercover division of the morality police.
- Former refugee wants to earn Rio taekwondo medal as Belgian Updated: Apr-27-16 7:29 am
BRUSSELS - For a refugee, competing in the Olympics is an improbable dream. Now, former Iranian taekwondo fighter Raheleh Asemani seeks to go one better - earn a medal for her newly adopted nation, Belgium.
- Reporter jailed in Iran to spend year as Harvard fellow Updated: Apr-26-16 7:43 pm
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts - The Washington Post reporter who was detained for more than 18 months in Iran after being accused of espionage will spend the coming year at Harvard University as a Nieman journalism fellow.
- Report: Jailed Iranian Texas graduate student hospitalized Updated: Apr-24-16 1:15 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's judiciary spokesman has said that an Iranian graduate student studying at the University of Texas who is in jail in Tehran, has been hospitalized for surgery outside prison.
- Ex-president calls on Iranians to cast votes in runoff Updated: Apr-24-16 11:58 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's reformist ex-president has called on Iranians to cast their votes in the upcoming runoff parliamentary elections on April 29.
- Kerry: US won't block foreign business deals under nuke deal Updated: Apr-22-16 5:54 pm
NEW YORK - The Obama administration moved Friday to try to address Iranian complaints that U.S. financial regulations are denying Iran the sanctions relief it deserves under last year's landmark nuclear deal.
- AP Exclusive: US Navy accuses Gulf commander of misconduct Updated: Apr-21-16 4:07 pm
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A U.S. Navy officer relieved of commanding a Persian Gulf patrol ship allegedly failed to maintain equipment to the point of exposing "his crew to unnecessary risk," interfered with an inquiry into his actions and once slept drunk on a bench at a Dubai port, according to a naval investigation.
- GOP warily eyes Kerry-Zarif meeting on Iran sanctions relief Updated: Apr-21-16 3:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart will meet Friday for a second time this week over complaints from Iran that it's not getting the sanctions relief it deserves under last year's nuclear deal. The meeting drew concern from Republicans who said Kerry should not announce changes to U.S. sanctions that go beyond what Iran is entitled to.
- In Saudi visit, Obama works to calm Gulf tensions with US Updated: Apr-21-16 3:09 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - President Barack Obama strained to ease tensions with Persian Gulf allies Thursday, pledging U.S. help in confronting Iran and other security threats. Yet he failed to win the commitments he sought to boost economic aid to Iraq.
- Iran calls US Supreme Court ruling on Beirut blast a 'theft' Updated: Apr-21-16 3:03 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran rejected on Thursday a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court the day before that clears the way for families of victims of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut and other attacks linked to Iran to collect nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian funds.
- The Latest: White House touts security agreements in Gulf Updated: Apr-21-16 10:57 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - The Latest on President Barack Obama's meeting with top officials from six Arab nations in Saudi Arabia. (all times local):
- Iran: no output freeze until it restores pre-sanctions level Updated: Apr-21-16 7:17 am
PARIS - Iran won't consider a production freeze until it reaches its pre-sanctions level of output of 4.2 million barrels a day, a senior energy official said Thursday.
- Iranian player suspended after chasing official off court Updated: Apr-21-16 5:30 am
LONDON - An Iranian tennis player has been provisionally suspended after chasing a tournament official off the court at a low-tier event in Turkey.
- UN hears major differences on global approach to drug use Updated: Apr-21-16 12:34 am
UNITED NATIONS - Jamaica defended its decriminalization of possession of small amounts of marijuana. Iran said it seized 620 tons of different types of drugs last year and is helping protect the world from "the evils of addiction." Cuba opposed the legalization of drugs or declaring them harmless.
- High Court sides with families of '83 Beirut bombing victims Updated: Apr-20-16 4:50 pm
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for families of victims of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing in Beirut and other attacks linked to Iran to collect nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian funds.
- Obama pushes Saudis, Gulf allies to step up Iraq aid Updated: Apr-20-16 3:31 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - With fresh friction wearing on an old alliance, President Barack Obama pressed Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf nations on Wednesday to step up efforts to defeat the Islamic State group and help rebuild war-torn Iraq.