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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.

Iran arrests 12 for embezzling billions of dollars

Tehran - Iranian authorities have arrested 12 people for syphoning off more than $4.5 billion (3.6 billion euros) from one of the country's main banks over several years, media reported Thursday.

Iran official denies confirming strikes on IS in Iraq

Tehran - A senior Iranian official on Tuesday denied remarks attributed to him in a British newspaper saying Tehran had carried out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Iran minister says all web surfers to be 'identified'

Tehran - Iran's telecommunications minister has said his technicians are developing a system to identify any Internet user in the country at the moment of log-on, the ISNA news agency reported Saturday.

Iranian blogger Soheil Arabi sentenced to die for Facebook posts

A leading Iranian judicial official told reporters there is "no pardon" for a blogger sentenced to death for allegedly insulting the Muslim 'prophet' Mohammed on Facebook.

Iran supreme leader backs nuclear talks extension

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei said Thursday he supported the decision to extend talks with world powers in search of a nuclear agreement, after a missed deadline for a deal.

Op-Ed: Iran has no intention of agreeing to nuclear deal

Vienna - It's hard to tell whether the failure of Western nations to convince Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program should be a source of mirth or concern.

Iran refuses to give ground on key Arak reactor

Tehran - Iran's nuclear chief on Thursday ruled out further negotiations on the design of a reactor that the West fears could be used to produce plutonium for an atomic bomb.

British-Iranian volleyball woman gets one year in jail

Tehran - A Tehran court has jailed for one year a British-Iranian woman who was arrested after trying to attend a volleyball match, a decision that left her family in shock Sunday.
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