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Op-Ed: A bun fight — the mud of the Middle East

Several years ago I attended a gentleman’s evening with buffet and drink offered in copious amounts. As the drink flowed and noise levels were building up, the atmosphere became a little volatile. Then it all kicked off and became very riotous.

Op-Ed: The plight of Iranian dissident refugees in Iraq Special

While the world is focused on the battle against ISIS (Daesh), there is another situation in Iraq which has in general passed under the radar of most people who are watching events in the Middle East. That is the mistreatment of Iranian refugees.

Iran says it foiled holy city bomb plot, arrested 130

Tehran - Iran said Tuesday it had seized explosives destined for an attack on one of its holy cities and that more than 130 members of militant extremist groups had been arrested.

South Korea snatches basketball gold medal in XVII Asiad

South Korea earns its fourth basketball gold medal in the Asian Games when the country's national basketball team scored a two-point victory over the highly rated Iranian basketball team Friday night in Incheon, South Korea.

Iran postpones controversial execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari

Tehran - Anticipating a possible public outcry, Iran has postponed the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, 26, convicted of killing her rapist in 2007.

'Engine failure, overloading' behind Tehran plane crash

Tehran - A plane crash in Tehran that left 39 people dead last month was caused by engine failure and overloading, local media quoted Iranian authorities as saying on Monday.

Rouhani says Iran a bulwark against 'terrorists' in Mideast

Tehran - Iran is a cornerstone of stability in the Middle East in the face of the "terrorists" rocking the region, President Hassan Rouhani said Monday before leaving for the United Nations.

Iran 'Happy' dancers 91 lashes - suspended (update)

Tehran - Six Iranians arrested for filming a video tribute to Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" have been given a suspended sentenced of 91 lashes and potential jail terms.

Iran supreme leader has 'successful' prostate surgery

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei successfully underwent prostate surgery, official media announced Monday in an unprecedented public statement on his health, which has long been subject to speculation.

Iran ordered plane carrying Americans to land

Tehran - A charter plane carrying 100 people, including Americans, out of Afghanistan was ordered to land in southern Iran because of errors in its flight plan, a Tehran-based official said Saturday.

Hover bikes soon to be a reality

In the future flying machines would replace the automobile our teachers once told us. That prediction has just become a reality. The first hover bike is now making headlines for being the first of many hover machines being produced for the mass market.

Iran says fresh US sanctions have deepened mistrust

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday condemned a new round of American sanctions linked to his country's nuclear activities, saying mistrust had been "further deepened" by the fresh measures.

Iran modifies Arak reactor over nuclear concerns

Tehran - Iran said Wednesday it has started to modify its Arak heavy water reactor and limit plutonium output, a cause of Western concerns over the country's nuclear programme.

Op-Ed: Silver lining of ISIS terror may be dialogue with Iran, Russia

The rise of ISIS has created strange bedfellows: With airstrikes on ISIS renegades, the U.S. is now on the same side as Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and the leaders of Iran. Could a silver lining of ISIS terror be dialogue with Iran?

Iran 'will speed arming of Palestinians' after Israeli drone downed

Tehran - Tehran will "accelerate" arming Palestinians in retaliation for Israel deploying a spy drone over Iran, which was shot down, a military commander said on Monday.

Iran says it downed Israeli drone over nuclear site

Tehran - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard said it has brought down an Israeli stealth drone above the Natanz uranium enrichment site in the centre of the country."A spy drone of the Zionist regime (Israel) was brought down by a missile...

Op-Ed: ISIS publicity campaign – Multiple threats, multiple backlashes

In keeping with the habitual high profile publicity model started by Al Qaeda, ISIS is making multiple threats against targets around the world. Threats are receiving backlash responses online.

Iran refuses UN nuclear watchdog access to Parchin base

Tehran - Iran will not give UN nuclear inspectors access to a military base outside Tehran that they have been seeking to visit since 2005, Defence Minister Hossein Dehgan said on Saturday.

Iran won't accept nuclear restraints 'beyond IAEA rules'

Tehran - Iran will reject any restraints on its nuclear operations outside the international rules set by the industry watchdog, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday.

Iran backs choice of new Iraq PM, top official says

Tehran - Iran, a key ally of Iraq's sidelined Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, said Tuesday it backed the legal process which led to him being replaced, following the nomination of Haidar al-Abadi as premier.
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