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Intelligence agencies identify executioner in ISIS videos

London - Two unnamed U.S. officials confirmed Thursday that a black-dressed militant who spoke for the Islamic State group in a series of gruesome videos is London-born Mohammed Emwazi, a 26-year-old Islamic militant already known to British security services.

Afghan bank clerks rob their own bank of $1.4 million and run

Kabul - Bank clerks in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province may have stolen as much as 81 million Afghanis ($1.4 million) from the country's central bank when they raided their own bank and fled, said one official on Saturday.

New Iran-U.S. nuclear talks to be held in Geneva

Tehran - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and top U.S. diplomat John Kerry will meet in Geneva this weekend for talks on Tehran's nuclear programme, an Iranian official said Thursday.

ISIS vows to take down Rome

In the most recent propaganda video released by the militant group ISIS, the terroristic group vows to conquer Rome. Some say it is a blatant attack on Christians.

No end to Middle East strife without Iran: Rouhani

Tehran - Iran's president said Wednesday that the world needs its help to stabilise a troubled Middle East, in remarks pointing to the wider ramifications of a deal over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme.

Iran president says world must 'seize opportunity' of nuclear deal

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that world powers must "seize the opportunity" of a landmark nuclear deal, saying Tehran had taken "the necessary steps" for an accord.

Review: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Tehran - After being expelled from the University of Tehran for refusing to wear the veil, Professor Azar Nafisi invites seven female students to her home every week to discuss books that have been banned by the Iranian regime.

Iran leader says no nuclear deal better than bad one

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader said Sunday he would rather see talks with world powers over Tehran's nuclear programme fail than reach a "bad deal", as both sides spoke out against extending the negotiations.

Iran lawmakers drafting law on nuclear enrichment hike

Tehran - Iran's parliament has started to draft a law that would allow the country's nuclear scientists to intensify their uranium enrichment, a step that could complicate ongoing talks with world powers.

Op-Ed: Saudis and Iran ride rocky road to improved relations

Iran and Saudi Arabia are competitors for influence in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia also represents Sunni influence in the area while Iran is a prime supporter of Shia groups.

Iran students plan demo at French embassy over cartoon

Tehran - Iranian students have called for a demonstration Monday outside the French embassy in Tehran in response to a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed published by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, media reports said.

Iran could resume nuclear enrichment if sanctions hiked

Tehran - Some Iranian lawmakers are considering a push toward resuming unlimited uranium enrichment if the United States imposes new sanctions on Tehran amid negotiations on the country's nuclear programme, speaker Ali Larijani said Thursday.

Iran to combat 'immoral' dating with official marriage site

Tehran - Iran has announced plans to combat what it says are "immoral" online dating websites by launching an official site for young people seeking marriage.

Cancer-stricken Iranian teacher's pupils shave heads

Tehran - It is a disease that strikes tens of thousands of Iranians each year, but for 300 pupils news that their teacher had cancer prompted an unusual response -- they shaved their heads in sympathy.

Iran condemns 'insulting' Charlie Hebdo prophet cover

Tehran - Iran condemned Wednesday the publication of a new cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed by the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying it was "insulting" and "provocative".

Kerry to meet Zarif in Geneva on January 14: Iran

Tehran - US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif next week in Geneva ahead of a fresh round of nuclear talks, an Iranian official said Friday.

Iran military adviser killed in Iraq

Tehran - A senior Iranian military officer has been killed while advising Iraqi troops in their fight against the Islamic State group, Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday.

Iran says Australia ignored warnings about gunman

Tehran - Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.

Australian PM: We must examine why Sydney gunman was out on bail

Sydney - The Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has questioned why the Sydney gunman was not on the country's watch list of terror suspects. Man Haron Monis should have been flashing red flags all over the place.

At least five dead in Pennsylvania shooting spree

Five confirmed dead in a shooting spree that took place in four separate locations. Reports coming in say at least five have been confirmed dead. Authorities say death toll is likely to rise.
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