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Iran elections have history of dark horses

Tehran - Election season is under way in Iran and the rumour mill is in overdrive as the public tries to divine the backroom machinations that have thrown up major surprises in the past.

Iran elections have history of dark horses

Tehran - Election season is under way in Iran and the rumour mill is in overdrive as the public tries to divine the backroom machinations that have thrown up major surprises in the past.

Iran election campaign kicks off without Ahmadinejad

Tehran - Campaigning began on Friday for Iran's presidential election with incumbent Hassan Rouhani facing a tough battle against hardliners, though not from former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who was barred from standing.

Ahmadinejad barred as Iran Guardians pick vote candidates

Tehran - Former Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was barred from running in next month's election Thursday while President Hassan Rouhani was among six candidates approved by Iran's conservative-controlled Guardian Council, state media reported.

Iran FM slams 'worn-out' US nuclear accusations

Tehran - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Thursday criticised "worn-out" US accusations that it was seeking a nuclear weapon to threaten the region and the world.

What would hardliner Raisi mean for Iran and the world?

Tehran - Ebrahim Raisi, the leading candidate for Iran's hardliners in next month's presidential election, has left many wondering whether the country's fragile opening to the West could be under threat.

Ebrahim Raisi: hardline challenger in Iran

Tehran - Ebrahim Raisi is a hardline judge who spent years in powerful backroom positions before emerging as a leading challenger for Iran's presidential election next month.

Rouhani, hardline rival register for bruising Iran election

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi registered on Friday as candidates in next month's election, setting up a bruising contest that could decide the future of the Islamic republic.

Iran's Rouhani registers to run for re-election

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the driving force behind a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, registered on Friday to run for re-election next month, state television footage showed.

Iran's Ahmadinejad registers to run for president

Tehran - Iran's former hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took the shock move on Wednesday of registering for next month's presidential election, going against the advice of the supreme leader.

Iran's Ahmadinejad registers to run for president

Tehran - Iran's former hardline president Mahmud Ahmadinejad took the surprise move on Wednesday of registering for next month's presidential election.

Iran warns US action in Syria 'won't go unanswered'

Tehran - Any new US action in Syria "will not go unanswered", Iran's Defence Minister Hossein Dehgan warned Tuesday after America threatened to follow up a strike last week with more attacks.

Iran's Rouhani reaffirms support for Assad in call

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called Bashar al-Assad to reaffirm his support for the Syrian leader in the wake of a US missile strike, Rouhani's office said on Sunday.

Iran's Rouhani says Trump abetting Syria 'terrorists'

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that "terrorists" were applauding his US counterpart Donald Trump for launching a missile strike on an airbase of his Syrian government ally.

Iran conservatives hold primary in hunt for candidate

Tehran - Iran's conservatives announced a shortlist of five presidential candidates on Thursday as they experimented with their first-ever democratic primary in a bid to find a leader to challenge President Hassan Rouhani.

Op-Ed: U.S. general threatens 'military means' against Iranian threat

U.S. Centcom commander General Joseph Votel told the U.S. House Armed Services Committee that Iran was the greatest destabilizing force in the Middle East. He said the U.S. must be prepared to use "military means" to both confront and defeat the threat.

Iran to appeal seizure of 9/11 compensation money

Tehran - Iran's central bank said Sunday it will appeal Luxembourg's decision to freeze $1.6 billion of its assets, which the US is claiming as compensation for victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Iran to sanction 15 US companies for Israel ties

Tehran - Iran will impose sanctions on 15 US companies for their support for Israel and its "terrorist actions", state news agency IRNA said Sunday.

Iran pre-nups land thousands of men in jail

Tehran - When Sadegh married his college sweetheart, he never thought he'd end up as one of those Iranians facing ruin and even prison because of huge sums demanded by his wife's family.

UN praises Iran's 'exemplary' refugee efforts

Tehran - While Iranians would bear the brunt of Donald Trump's visa ban, which has been blocked on the orders of a US court, international officials say the country has quietly emerged as one of the most generous towards refugees.
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