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Iran 'hostile' to US involvement in Syria talks

Tehran - Iranian officials said Wednesday they were strongly opposed to the United States joining Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week, local media reported.

Iran president says 'no sense' in renegotiating nuclear deal

Tehran - President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday there was no chance of Iran renegotiating the nuclear deal with world powers if US President-elect Donald Trump demands it.

Iran to buy 130 tonnes of uranium

Tehran - Iran has received authorisation from world powers to import 130 tonnes of natural uranium, Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said Thursday.

Thousands throng Tehran funeral of key moderate Rafsanjani

Tehran - Hundreds of thousands of mourners attended the funeral on Tuesday of Iran's ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, whose death leaves a hole in the upper reaches of power for the country's moderates.

Iran mourns 'sheikh of moderation' Rafsanjani

Tehran - Iran began three days of mourning Monday after the death of ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a pillar of the Islamic revolution who became a leading counterweight to hardliners.

Iran ex-president Rafsanjani dies

Tehran - Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a pugnacious moderate who survived for decades despite challenging his own turbaned elite, died on Sunday after suffering a heart attack.

Iran's Rouhani clashes with judiciary in run-up to vote

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has clashed with the country's powerful and conservative judiciary, in a rare public row as tensions rise ahead of this year's presidential election.

Iran denies receiving Saudi invite for hajj talks

Tehran - Iran has denied receiving any invitation from Saudi Arabia for talks on the hajj, after a row between the arch-foes saw its pilgrims stay at home last year.

Turkmenistan halts gas flow to Iran in arrears row

Tehran - Turkmenistan halted gas supplies to Iran Sunday amid tensions between the two countries over arrears, the Iranian National Gas Company was quoted by oil ministry news agency Shana as saying.

Iran official calls for sterilisation for sex workers

Tehran - Female sex workers and homeless drug addicts in Tehran should be "convinced" to undergo sterilisation to prevent social problems, a deputy provincial governor in the Iranian capital said on Sunday.

Iran opposition leader quits after 6 years' house arrest

Tehran - Mehdi Karroubi, a leading member of the Iranian opposition who has been under house arrest for almost six years, announced he is quitting his party, Iranian media reported on Tuesday.

Putin, Rouhani welcome Aleppo 'victory'

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin welcomed the "Syrian army's victory against the terrorists in Aleppo" during a late-night phone call, Iranian media reported on Sunday.

Santa Claus is coming to Tehran

Tehran - Tehran might not seem like the most obvious pitstop for Santa Claus, but Iranians love the chintzy side of Christmas and it is also one of the safest places in the Middle East for Christians.

Is the Iran nuclear deal already being violated?

Tehran - Before Donald Trump has even arrived in the White House, Iran says the United States has already violated the nuclear deal and threatened to build atomic-powered ships in retaliation. Is the historic accord at risk?

Iran scores victories but faces limits: experts

Tehran - Iran has scored a string of victories across the Middle East, and decades of isolation mean it is well-placed to weather the uncertainties of a Trump presidency.But fears that it could dominate the region are overblown, experts say.

Iran discusses nuclear ships plan with IAEA chief

Tehran - Iran discussed its plans for nuclear-powered ships with UN nuclear chief Yukiyo Amano on Sunday, saying it would present details within three months, local media reported.

Iran seeks meeting of nuclear deal powers to protest US sanctions

Tehran - Iran formally requested a meeting of the commission that oversees its nuclear deal with world powers to complain about the renewing of sanctions by the United States, state television reported Saturday.

Iran says Aleppo 'victory' shows its regional clout

Tehran - Iranian officials celebrated the impending defeat of rebels in the Syrian city of Aleppo on Wednesday, saying it showed that Tehran had become the leading power in the region.

Iran says it will respond to US sanctions renewal

Tehran - Iran said on Friday that Congress's decision to renew US sanctions for 10 years was a violation of last year's nuclear agreement and promised an "appropriate" response.

Iran arrests three over deadly train crash

Tehran - Iran detained three railway officials on Saturday after a collision between two trains that left at least 44 people dead, the official IRNA news agency reported.
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