Mass protests grip major Iran cities over gas prices; 1 killed

Asia & Pacific 11/16/19, 15:26

Protesters angered by Iran raising government-set gasoline prices by 50% blocked traffic in major cities and occasionally clashed with police Saturday after a night of demonstrations punctuated by gunfire, in violence that reportedly killed at least one person. The protests put renewed pressure on Iran’s government as it struggles to overcome ...

Iran’s president: New oil field found with over 50B barrels

Business 11/10/19, 05:53

Iran has discovered a new oil field in the country's south with over 50 billion barrels of crude, its president said Sunday, a find that could boost the country's proven reserves by a third as it struggles to sell energy abroad over U.S. sanctions. The announcement by Hassan Rouhani comes as ...

Rouhani: Iran will enrich uranium to ‘any amount we want’

Europe 07/03/19, 03:30

Iran's president Rouhani warned European partners in its faltering nuclear deal on Wednesday that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to "any amount that we want" beginning on Sunday, putting pressure on them to offer a way around intense U.S. sanctions targeting the country. Authorities on Monday acknowledged Iran broke ...

Iran says new US sanctions mean ‘the permanent closure for diplomacy’

World 06/25/19, 03:27

Iran on Tuesday sharply criticized new U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's supreme leader and other top officials, saying the measures spell the "permanent closure" for diplomacy between the two nations. For his part, Iran's president described the White House as "afflicted by mental retardation." President Hassan Rouhani went on to ...

Iran’s president says country could hold vote over nuke deal

Asia & Pacific 05/26/19, 05:34

Iran's president has suggested the Islamic Republic could hold a referendum over the country's nuclear program amid the unraveling deal with world powers and heightened tensions with the United States, Iranian media reported Sunday. According to the official IRNA news agency, President Hassan Rouhani, who was last week publicly chastised by ...

Analysis: Iran supreme leader comments signal strategy shift

Asia & Pacific 05/23/19, 11:03

For years, Iran's supreme leader only criticized the West over Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. Now, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is publicly chastising the country's elected president and his foreign minister as the accord unravels amid heightened tensions with the U.S. By naming President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad ...

Europeans struggle to preserve Iran nuclear accord

Europe 05/08/19, 14:09

The world powers struggling to preserve a nuclear deal with Iran are facing an increasingly uphill battle, with a new deadline from Tehran on finding a solution to make up for last year's unilateral U.S. withdrawal from the accord and the increasing economic hardship that has put on the Islamic ...

EXPLAINS: Iran’s nuclear program as 2015 deal unravels

Asia & Pacific 05/08/19, 03:28

Iran has set a 60-day deadline for world powers to renegotiate the terms of its 2015 nuclear deal, a year to the day after President Donald Trump pulled America from the landmark accord. President Hassan Rouhani says Iran will stop exporting its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, ...

Update: Iran steps away from parts of nuclear deal

Asia & Pacific 05/08/19, 01:45

The Latest on Iran's decision to step away from embattled nuclear deal (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Iran's president says the Islamic Republic will keep its excess enriched uranium and heavy water, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms for its nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that if that deadline passes without ...

Update: Iran wants US Mideast forces labeled ‘terrorist’

Politics 04/08/19, 10:18

The Latest on the Trump administration's stance on Iran (all times local): 11:13 a.m. Iran's foreign minister wants to include Middle East-based U.S. military forces the country's "terrorist groups" list. FILE - In this Feb, 11, 2019 file photo, Iranian Revolutionary Guard members arrive for a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ...

Iraqi TV: Iran’s president arrives in Baghdad on 3-day visit

Asia & Pacific 03/11/19, 01:42

Iraqi television says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Iraq, making his first official visit to the neighboring nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Rouhani landed in Baghdad on Monday. He is scheduled to meet with ...

First time in Baghdad: Iran’s president to visit Iraq

Asia & Pacific 03/10/19, 08:27

Iran's president is making his first official visit to Iraq this week as he faces mounting pressure from hard-liners at home in the wake of the Trump administration's unraveling of the nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani's trip — billed as "historic and noble" by his foreign minister — is meant to solidify ...

Iran cleric linked to 1988 mass executions to lead judiciary

Asia & Pacific 03/07/19, 11:47

A hard-line cleric once thought to be a possible successor to Iran's supreme leader was appointed head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary Thursday, sparking concern from rights activists over his involvement in the execution of thousands in the 1980s. Ebrahim Raisi was named to the post in a decree by Supreme ...

Iran lawyer convicted after defending women protesters

Asia & Pacific 03/06/19, 06:54

A prominent human rights lawyer in Iran who defended protesters against the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarves for women has been convicted and faces years in prison, an activist group said Wednesday.The conviction of Nasrin Sotoudeh, who previously served three years in prison for her work, underlines the limits of challenging ...

Iran’s president rejects resignation of his foreign minister

Asia & Pacific 02/27/19, 02:15

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency says President Hassan Rouhani has rejected the resignation of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.The report on Wednesday comes after Zarif's sudden resignation late on Monday night.It's unclear what will happen next. Zarif could stop going to work at the Foreign Ministry, forcing Rouhani's hand. But ...

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