Iran begins marking 40th anniversary of Islamic Revolution

World 02/01/19, 11:09

Iran on Friday began celebrations to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed shah, overturned 2,500 years of monarchical rule and brought hard-line Shiite clerics to power. The climactic events that year — from revolutionaries in the streets of Tehran to blindfolded American hostages in ...

Key moments in Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution

World 02/01/19, 01:32

Forty years ago, Iran's exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini descended from a chartered Air France Boeing 747 to return to Tehran, a city on the cusp of revolution.The effects of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, including the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage crisis, have reverberated through ...

WAS THERE: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Iran

World 02/01/19, 01:26

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Feb. 1, 1979, Iran's exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini descended from a chartered Air France Boeing 747 to return to Tehran, a moment that changed the country's history for decades to come.Confrontations between security forces and demonstrators raged on even after Khomeini's arrival, which followed the departure of ...

Ayatollah Khomeini’s family mostly absent from Iran politics

World 02/01/19, 01:14

His image is on bank notes and in textbooks in Iran, often as a black-and-white embodiment of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that swept aside the country's shah and forever changed the nation.But unlike other countries ruled by family dynasties, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's children and grandchildren have never fully entered politics.Part ...

Amnesty criticizes Iran’s mass arrests as US frees reporter

World 01/24/19, 03:03

Iran arrested more than 7,000 people last year, including dozens of journalists, in what Amnesty International on Thursday called a "shameless campaign of repression" as the U.S. released an American anchorwoman for Iranian state television held for days as a material witness.While Iranian officials and state media have widely condemned ...

From New Orleans to Tehran: Life of detained Iran newscaster

World 01/17/19, 08:10

She is largely unknown in the United States. But the American anchorwoman for Iran's state-run broadcaster, detained last weekend by U.S. authorities, is a familiar face on its English-language channel.As a newscaster for Press TV, Marzieh Hashemi has been conducting interviews and reading the news as written by government loyalists ...

Shah of Iran modernized his nation but vacillated in crisis

World 01/17/19, 01:22

At the height of his power in 1971, Iran's Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi drew world leaders to a wind-swept luxury tent city, offering a lavish banquet of food flown in from Paris to celebrate 2,500 years of Persian monarchy in the ruins of Persepolis.Only eight years later, his own empire ...

Key moments in Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution

World 01/16/19, 01:35

Forty years ago, Iran's ruling shah left his nation for the last time and an Islamic Revolution overthrew the vestiges of his caretaker government.The effects of the 1979 revolution, including the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage crisis, have reverberated through decades of tense relations ...

WAS THERE: Shah leaves Iran as 1979 revolution looms

World 01/16/19, 01:09

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Jan. 16, 1979, Iran's powerful Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi abandoned his Peacock Throne and left his nation, never to return home, setting the stage for the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution a month later.His departure and the ensuing chaos blindsided the United States, which for decades relied on ...

Nuclear chief says Iran exploring new uranium enrichment

World 01/13/19, 10:56

The head of Iran’s nuclear program said Sunday that the Islamic Republic has begun “preliminary activities for designing” a modern process for 20-percent uranium enrichment for its 50-year-old research reactor in Tehran, signaling new danger for the nuclear deal. Restarting enrichment at that level would mean Iran had withdrawn the 2015 ...

Iran summons Polish envoy in protest against upcoming summit

World 01/13/19, 10:18

Angered by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's announcement that Poland will host an international conference on Iran in mid-February, Iranian authorities on Sunday summoned Warsaw's top diplomat in the country and called off a Polish film festival. The moves followed a tweet by Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who ...

8 EU nations support Iran nuke deal, urge halt to missiles

Europe 12/12/18, 10:44

Eight European Union nations are underlining their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal while urging Tehran to stop its "destabilizing regional activities" especially the launch of ballistic missiles.Their statement said "it has been confirmed that Iran continues to implement its nuclear related commitments."But the Europeans warned that ballistic-missile-related activities including ...

State TV says suicide car bombing kills 2 in southeast Iran

World 12/06/18, 05:53

A suicide car bomber attacked a police headquarters in the Iranian port city of Chabahar on Thursday, killing at least two police and wounding 28 people, state TV reported. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.The suicide attacker driving a vehicle loaded with explosives drove up to the police ...

U.S. Yemen diplomat accuses Iran of stoking regional conflicts

World 11/29/18, 14:53

The U.S. ambassador to Yemen on Thursday accused Iran of "throwing gasoline on the fire" of conflicts across the Middle East, vowing that America will defend its regional interests and not "shy away when the problems get difficult." Ambassador Matthew Tueller's comments during an interview with The Associated Press signal that ...

Britain’s top diplomat in Iran as US oil sanctions back on

Europe 11/19/18, 06:17

Britain's top diplomat is visiting Iran, less than two weeks after the United States re-imposed oil sanctions on the country.Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt speaks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during their meeting in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt met on ...

Japan’s Kashima wins Asian Champions League for 1st time

Sports 11/10/18, 13:35

Separated from male supporters, hundreds of Iranian women watched Saturday as Kashima Antlers of Japan won the Asian Champions League for the first time.Kashima beat Iranian champion Persepolis 2-0 on aggregate after the second leg ended 0-0 in Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Saturday.Persepolis' Ahmad Noorollahi, right, runs with the ball ...

Iranians fear more economic pain as US sanctions kick in

World 11/05/18, 14:02

Iranians already struggling to get by amid spiraling prices fear even more hardship is on the way with Monday's restoration of crippling U.S. sanctions. At a Tehran pharmacy, customers said medicines were already getting further out of reach. Manijeh Khorrami, who had come to buy tablets for his diabetic mother, said ...

Iran summons Danish envoy over alleged deadly Tehran plot

World 10/31/18, 13:39

Iran on Wednesday summoned the Danish ambassador to Tehran over Copenhagen's allegations about an Iranian plot to kill an opposition activist in Denmark, the official IRNA news agency reported.Iran expressed a "strong protest" to Ambassador Danny Annan over what it described as the Danish officials' "hasty, political" and "uncalculated actions" ...

US sanctions on Iran pressure Tehran’s regional allies

World 10/26/18, 02:11

The Trump administration will resume crushing oil sanctions on Iran early next month, a step aiming to strain Tehran's funding of its regional allies.In this January 21, 2016 photo, a piggy bank with a photo of Hezbollah leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, is displayed to collect money for the militant group, ...

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