Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

U.S. 12/07/19, 04:28

Iran and the U.S. conducted a prisoner exchange Saturday that saw a detained Princeton scholar released for an Iranian scientist held by America, marking a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions. In a trade conducted in Zurich, Switzerland, Iranian officials handed over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue ...

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 5.9 magnitude earthquake kills at least 5, injures 300

Asia & Pacific 11/08/19, 04:44

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, killing at least five people and injuring over 300 others, officials said. The temblor struck Tark county in Iran's Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2:17 a.m., Iran's seismological center said. The area is some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of Iran's capital, Tehran. Over ...

Iran says missiles strike its oil tanker off Saudi Arabia

Asia & Pacific 10/11/19, 12:24

Iran said Friday two missiles struck one of its oil tankers traveling through the Red Sea off the coast of Saudi Arabia, a mysterious assault not immediately corroborated that still spiked oil prices amid months of heightened tensions at sea across the wider Mideast. There was no acknowledgement of the incident ...

US imposes sanctions on Iran space agency after failed launch

Politics 09/04/19, 06:21

The State Department imposed sanctions on Iran's space agency on Tuesday, Sept. 3 following a failed rocket launch last week, which the United States suspects was an effort to develop its ballistic missile program. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that Iran's recent attempt to launch a space ...

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 breaches uranium stockpile limit set by nuclear deal

Europe 07/01/19, 20:34

Iran has broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and international inspectors, Tehran said Monday. It's the first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the accord. The announcement by Iran's Foreign Minister ...

Envoy: US doesn’t want war with Iran, but wants to be ready

Europe 06/27/19, 14:40

The United States does not want a full-blown war with Iran, although it still is seeking to build up international defenses in the region just in case of a conflict, President Donald Trump's special envoy to the country said Thursday. Iran is poised to surpass a key uranium stockpile threshold, threatening ...

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 ...

Iranians say their ‘bones breaking’ under US sanctions

Asia & Pacific 06/24/19, 00:57

As the U.S. piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it's the average person who feels it the most. From a subway performer's battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be's empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic pressure facing Iran's 80 million people can be seen everywhere. A carpet ...

Update: Bolton says US ‘prudence’ on Iran isn’t weakness

Asia & Pacific 06/23/19, 05:17

The Latest on tensions between the U.S. and Iran and in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 1:30 p.m. U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Iran should not "mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness." Speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Sunday, Bolton said no one has granted ...

Here’s the reason President Trump called off Iranian strikes

Politics 06/21/19, 09:25

President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. was "cocked and loaded" to retaliate against Iran for downing an unmanned American surveillance drone, but he canceled the strikes 10 minutes before they were to be launched after being told 150 people could die. Trump's tweeted statement was the latest indication that he ...

Iran Revolutionary Guard shoots down US drone amid tensions

Asia & Pacific 06/20/19, 03:24

Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, American and Iranian officials said, while disputing the circumstances of the incident. The Guard said it shot down the drone over Iranian airspace, while two U.S. ...

Iran says it will break uranium stockpile limit in 10 days

Asia & Pacific 06/17/19, 06:52

Iran will break the uranium stockpile limit set by Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers in the next 10 days, the spokesman for the country's atomic agency said Monday while also warning that Iran could enrich uranium up to 20% — just a step away from weapons-grade levels. The announcement by ...

US says Iran took mine off tanker; Iran denies involvement

Asia & Pacific 06/14/19, 03:27

The U.S. military on Friday released a video it said shows Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the Strait of Hormuz, suggesting the Islamic Republic sought to remove evidence of its involvement from the scene. Iran denies being involved, accusing ...

Senior German diplomat in Tehran for nuclear deal talks

Europe 05/23/19, 03:50

A senior German diplomat is in Tehran to press Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear deal, despite the unilateral withdrawal of the U.S. and increasing pressure from Washington.The Foreign Ministry says Political Director Jens Ploetner is meeting with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi on Thursday.The visit comes ...

Key events raising tensions in the Persian Gulf

Asia & Pacific 05/20/19, 11:57

Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared in recent weeks, with Washington dispatching warships and bombers to the Persian Gulf, and Tehran threatening to resume higher uranium enrichment. The tensions come a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers and restored ...

Trump warns Iran not to threaten US or it will face ‘end’

Asia & Pacific 05/20/19, 08:18

President Donald Trump warned Iran early on Monday not to threaten the United States again or it would face its "official end," shortly after a rocket landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad overnight and only 48 hours after he seemingly sought to soften his tone. Trump's tweet follows days of ...

Key events raising tensions in the Persian Gulf

World 05/15/19, 10:48

Tensions between the United States and Iran have soared in recent weeks, with Washington dispatching warships and bombers to the Persian Gulf, and Tehran threatening to resume higher uranium enrichment. The tensions come a year after President Donald Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers and restored ...

Update: Kremlin says Pompeo didn’t ease Moscow concerns

Europe 05/15/19, 05:22

The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in Middle East amid heightened tensions between the United States and Iran (all times local): 2:20 p.m. The Kremlin's spokesman said U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo didn't offer President Vladimir Putin any reassurances or ease Moscow's concerns over the ongoing ...

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