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Iran parliament urges ballistic missile improvements

Tehran - Iran's outgoing parliament approved a motion Sunday to increase the capabilities of the country's ballistic missiles, a military programme that has been ruled dangerous by the United Nations.

Iran's new parliament has more women than clerics

Tehran - Iran's new parliament will have more women than clerics when its members are sworn in this month, a first in the Islamic republic and a sign of the country's evolving politics.

Rouhani allies win Iran parliament vote: unofficial results

Tehran - Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani have won second round parliamentary elections, unofficial results showed Saturday, opening the door to them controlling the legislature.

Iran votes as Rouhani reformist allies seek control of parliament

- Iranians voted Friday in second round elections for almost a quarter of seats in parliament, the latest political showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future.

Iran's Khamenei says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader and president accused the United States of hostility and bad faith Wednesday, saying the implementation of its nuclear deal with world powers was not being honoured.

Iran parliament in the balance in election run-offs

Tehran - Nearly a quarter of Iran's parliamentary seats are at stake Friday in an election in which reformists want to consolidate their recent comeback and minimise the clout of hardline lawmakers.

Coast Guard rescues man running in bubble on the ocean — Again

Pompano Beach - An ultra-marathoner who likes to "run" in an enormous, inflatable bubble on the ocean may want to contemplate the cliche "No means no." That's because he was rescued by the Coast Guard for the second time, while trying to run from Florida to Bermuda.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on assets amounts to theft: Iran

Tehran - Iran said Thursday that the US Supreme Court's decision to deduct $2 billion from Tehran's frozen assets to compensate American victims of terror attacks amounted to theft.

Iran-Saudi hajj talks halted because of visa hurdle

Tehran - Talks between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia on this year's hajj pilgrimage have stalled because of a disagreement on how visas can be processed when no formal diplomatic relations exist.

Iran capital has 7,000 undercover morality crime agents

Tehran - Police in Iran's capital have a network of 7,000 undercover agents whose job is to inform on alleged moral transgressors in the Islamic republic, a top official said Monday.

Iran unveils S-300 missile system parts at army parade

Tehran - Iran used its annual Army Day parade Sunday to showcase parts of a long-awaited air defence system ordered from Russia, a move likely to irk critics of the arms deal.

EU foreign policy chief admits Iran deal difficulties

Tehran - The European Union's top diplomat during a visit to Tehran Saturday admitted difficulties in implementing Iran's recent nuclear deal with world powers, but maintained that the agreement was on track.

Rouhani heads to Turkey for key Islamic summit

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani will head to Istanbul Wednesday for a summit of Islamic countries which Saudi Arabia's King Salman, Turkey's burgeoning ally, is also attending.

Iran set to diversify energy after sanctions are lifted

The Iranian government plans to inject US $ 55 billion into the petrochemical sector within the next 10 years. In addition, the country has plans to diversify its industry after the end of the international sanctions, including opening up mining.

Op-Ed: Once again, John Kerry rebuked by Iranian leader

Teheran - John Kerry's signature accomplishment, the Iranian nuke deal he tailored, apparently on behalf of the ayatollahs, is glowing testimony to his incredible, detachment from the real world - and the American people.

Bahrain teachers’ activist freed after long campaign

Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the leader of the Bahrain Teachers Association, who was jailed for his work promoting human rights in his country, has been freed after over three years in prison.

Armenian shell 'falls in Iran' amid Karabakh clashes

Tehran - A shell fired by Armenian forces in their conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region fell in northern Iran but did not cause casualties, Iran's Fars news agency reported Tuesday.

Iran 'certain' Security Council will not act on missile tests

Tehran - Iran's defence minister has said he is "certain" the UN Security Council will not take any action over its ballistic missile tests despite calls from Western powers.

Iran denies supporting U.S. bank hacking

Tehran - Iran on Saturday denied supporting cyber attacks against the United States after a New York court indicted seven Iranians over hacking dozens of American banks and a major dam.

Bi-partisan bill introduced to protect Camp Liberty Residents

Washington - A resolution has been introduced in Congress to provide protection and security for the residents of Camp Liberty in Baghdad, Iraq. The residents are exiles from Iran, and have been attacked numerous times by pro-Iranian forces.
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