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Iran Guards seize South Korean tanker amid US tensions

Tehran - Iran said Monday its Revolutionary Guards had seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf waters for breaking "environmental laws," at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

Amid US tensions, Iran steps up uranium enrichment

Tehran - Iran said Monday it had started the process to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity, well beyond the threshold set by its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, sparking international concern.

Op-Ed: Al-Sadr fears Iraq will be battleground for Iran US conflicts

Moqtada al-Sadr, the influential Iraqi Shi'ite cleric has warned both the US and Iran not to involve Iraq in any of their conflicts. Sadr claimed that the Iraq had been "greatly affected" through being an arena for proxy fights.

Foreign authors top sellers with literature-loving Tehran women

Tehran - French authors Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir rub shoulders with the likes of Jewish diarist Anne Frank and Russian poet Osip Mandelstam in Tehran bookstores where the largely female readership lap up foreign writers.

New nuclear agreement with Iran may be needed

Iran is willing to return to compliance with a nuclear deal should the US agree to remove sanctions against the country. However, a new agreement would be needed to revive the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA).

Iranian tanker loads crude oil at Venezuelan port for Iran

Ties are growing between Venezuela and Iran as the US uses sanctions and threats against both countries. The two countries are forced to forge more ties as the US limits their ability to work with other countries.

Iran summons German, French envoys over EU condemning dissident's execution

Tehran - Iran's foreign ministry Sunday summoned Germany and France's envoys to protest EU condemnation of the execution of an opposition figure, describing it as an "unacceptable interference" in Tehran's affairs, state media reported.

Iran executes opposition figure Ruhollah Zam

Tehran - Iran authorities on Saturday executed Ruhollah Zam, a former opposition figure who had lived in exile in France and was implicated in anti-government protests, days after his sentence was upheld.

Iran executes opposition figure Ruhollah Zam

Tehran - Iran on Saturday executed Ruhollah Zam, a former opposition figure who had lived in exile in France and was implicated in anti-government protests, state television said.

What we know about the slain Iranian nuclear scientist

Tehran - Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Iranian nuclear scientist whose assassination the Islamic republic has blamed on Israel, was little known before his death, but one thing is certain: he was important.

Iran mulls response as it prepares to bury killed nuclear scientist

Tehran - Debate raged in Iran on Sunday over how and when to respond to a top nuclear scientist's assassination, blamed on arch-foe Israel, as his body was honoured at Shiite shrines to prepare it for burial.

Iran accuses Israel of assassinating scientist and seeking 'chaos'

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani Saturday accused arch-foe Israel of acting as a "mercenary" for the United States and seeking to create chaos, vowing Tehran would avenge the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist.

Iran accuses Israel of killing top nuclear scientist, vows 'revenge'

Tehran - Iran said one of its most prominent nuclear scientists was assassinated Friday in an attack outside Tehran, blaming arch foe Israel and warning of "severe revenge".

Iran frees Australian academic in prisoner swap

Tehran - Australian-British academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been freed in Iran after more than two years in jail for spying, in what the Islamic republic said Wednesday was a swap for three Iranian prisoners.

Uphill battle but Tehran aims to become bike-friendly

Tehran - One sunny day, Tehran's mayor and foreign diplomats rode bicycles through the Iranian capital to promote cycling -- no mean feat in a city of steep roads, heavy traffic and toxic fumes.

Iran says to meet nuclear commitments if Biden lifts sanctions

Tehran - Iran said Wednesday it would "automatically" return to its nuclear commitments if US President-elect Joe Biden lifts sanctions, as the outgoing administration doubled down with more pressure.

Iran mocks Al-Qaeda No. 2 killed in Tehran report

Tehran - Iran on Saturday dismissed a US newspaper report that Al-Qaeda's second-in-command was killed in Tehran by Israeli agents as "made-up information" and denied the presence of any of the Sunni jihadist group's members in the Islamic republic.

Iran lawyer tests positive for Covid-19 after release from jail

Tehran - Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has tested positive for Covid-19 only days after being released from prison, her husband said on Tuesday."Nasrin tested positive today," Reza Khandan wrote in a brief post on his Facebook account.

Biden may 'change course' on Iran, but obstacles abound

Tehran - Joe Biden has promised a change in US policy on Iran, but the president-elect's room for manoeuvre with the Islamic republic is narrow, and time is running out.

Iran's supreme leader mocks US democracy

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader has mocked the rancorous aftermath of election day in the United States, saying that the vote has exposed the reality of US democracy.
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