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23 dead as Iran battles heavy rain and floods

Tehran - Iran battled torrential rain and floods across most of the country on Tuesday, warning citizens to stay vigilant after unprecedented flash flooding killed 23 people.

Death toll in 'unprecedented' Iran floods rises to 21

Tehran - The death toll from major floods swamping much of Iran has risen to 21, emergency services said Tuesday, as authorities sent safety warnings to mobile telephones across the country.

At least 19 dead in unprecedented Iran floods

Tehran - Major floods across much of Iran have left 19 people dead and more than 90 injured, blocking roads and triggering landslides with warnings of more heavy rain to come, emergency services said Monday.

At least 12 dead in Iran floods: emergency services

Tehran - At least 12 people were killed and 68 injured in floods that have swept across most Iranian provinces, the country's emergency services said Monday.

Iran leader dismisses Europe trade mechanism as 'bitter joke'

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday dismissed a trade mechanism launched by European countries to bypass renewed US sanctions as a "bitter joke" and said Europe could not be trusted.

Iran's Mahan Air cancels Paris flights over 'sanctions'

Tehran - Iran's Mahan Air has been forced to cancel its Paris flights over "sanctions", its customer services team said Tuesday weeks after Germany banned the airline."We have been told that (flights to France) have been cancelled...

Iran rights lawyer won't appeal new jail ruling: husband

Tehran - Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh will not appeal a 12-year prison sentence imposed on her last week for "encouraging corruption and debauchery", her husband said on Sunday.

Iran says UK diplomatic protection of jailed mother won't 'make things easier'

Tehran - Iran's foreign ministry warned the UK on Tuesday that giving diplomatic protection to a British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran would not make the situation "easier", state news agency IRNA reported.

Iran rights lawyer Sotoudeh sentenced to 7 years in prison

Tehran - Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to seven years in jail for security offences, a judge at Tehran's Revolutionary Court told semi-official ISNA news agency on Monday.

Iran, France to swap ambassadors after strained ties

Tehran - Iran and France are set to exchange ambassadors, officials said on Wednesday, after months of tensions including over an alleged Iranian plot to bomb an opposition rally near Paris.

Medical helicopter crash in southwest Iran kills five

Tehran - An emergency medical helicopter crashed in a southwestern Iranian village on Monday en route to treat a pregnant mother, killing all five people on board, state TV reported.

Iran warns US allies of 'humiliated citizens' uprising

Tehran - US allies in the Middle East risk an uprising by their "humiliated citizens" if they continue to rely on Washington, a top Iranian security official warned Sunday in comments carried by state media.

Iran says British Hezbollah ban 'irresponsible'

Tehran - Iran condemned Britain’s decision to outlaw the political wing of Lebanon's Hezbollah movement on Saturday, describing it as "wrong and irresponsible.

8 dead in Iran bus accident

Tehran - Eight people were killed and 36 wounded when a bus overturned on Friday on Iran's Qom-Tehran highway, the semi-official ISNA News Agency reported.

Iran president keeps FM Zarif in post

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's resignation on Wednesday, saying the departure of the public face of the Islamic republic's detente with the West would be against its best interests.

Iran president rejects FM Zarif's resignation

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's resignation on Wednesday, the government's official website said.

Zarif, Iran's veteran diplomat who crafted the nuclear deal

Tehran - Mohammad Javad Zarif is credited with crafting Iran's landmark nuclear deal, but the veteran diplomat has spent years dodging "daggers" from detractors at home.

Zarif urges Iran's diplomats not to resign too

Tehran - Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged Iranian diplomats Tuesday not to resign en masse following his shock announcement he was quitting but to keep up their work defending Iran's interests.

Iran's Javad Zarif, public face of detente with West, resigns

Tehran - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was the lead negotiator in a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, has abruptly tendered his resignation, although there was no sign on Tuesday President Hassan Rouhani had accepted it.

Iran foreign minister Zarif announces resignation on Instagram

Tehran - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was the lead negotiator in the 2015 nuclear deal, announced his resignation on Instagram on Monday.
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