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Iran thwarts major 'terrorist plot': State media

Tehran - Iran's intelligence ministry said Monday it had thwarted a major jihadist plot to carry out bomb attacks in the capital Tehran and other parts of the country, state media reported.

Worrying 'climate of xenophobia' in Europe: UN refugee chief

Tehran - The UN's refugee chief says a worrying "climate of xenophobia" has taken hold in Europe as the continent struggles with the biggest influx of migrants since World War II.

Afghan refugees already 'forgotten' before migrant crisis: UN

Tehran - Displaced Afghans had already been "forgotten" by the international community before they began arriving in Europe en masse last year, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Saturday in Iran.

Iran accuses British-Iranian woman of bid to 'overthrow regime'

Tehran - A British-Iranian woman who was arrested in Iran in April was accused on Wednesday of seeking to "overthrow the regime", according to a statement from the powerful Revolutionary Guards.

Russia, Iran coordinate with Syria in Tehran talks

Tehran - The defence ministers of allies Iran, Russia and Syria on Thursday held talks in Tehran on pressing the fight against opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Iran says U.S. ally Saudi the real 'terrorism sponsor'

Tehran - Tehran on Sunday dismissed its renewed blacklisting by Washington as a state sponsor of terrorism charging that it was US allies including Riyadh that were the real culprits.

Tattoo lands Iranian actress in feminism controversy

Tehran - A popular Iranian actress has found herself at the centre of a dispute over feminism in the Islamic republic after cameras appeared to capture a "women power" symbol tattooed on her arm.

Iran says to miss hajj, Saudi 'blocking path to Allah'

Tehran - Iran said Sunday its pilgrims will miss this year's hajj because Saudi Arabia, custodian of Islam's holiest sites, was raising obstacles and "blocking the path to Allah" for its faithful.Riyadh said Iran's hajj demands were "unacceptable".

Conservative reelected Iran speaker despite reformist gains

Tehran - Moderate conservative Ali Larijani retained the speakership of Iran's parliament Sunday despite major gains for reformists in February elections, benefiting from credit gained by his support for last year's nuclear deal.

Hardliner elected head of key Iran oversight body

Tehran - Iran's Assembly of Experts chose another hardline cleric as its chief on Tuesday, keeping the powerful religious body in ultraconservative hands despite gains by reformists and moderates in February elections.

Iran denies killed Taliban leader was in the country

Tehran - Iran on Monday denied reports that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour entered Pakistan from the Islamic republic before being killed in a US drone strike, state media reported.

House Committee passes resolution to protect Camp Liberty

Washington D.c. - The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution to provide for the protection of the residents of Camp Liberty.

Cannes spotlight puts Iranian cinema centre stage

Tehran - As Iranian films and actors compete this weekend at Cannes attention is turning toward the country's thriving independent cinema sector which is succeeding despite tough regulations.

Iran arrests eight in crackdown on Instagram modelling

Tehran - Iran has arrested eight people for working in "un-Islamic" online modelling networks, particularly on Instagram, the head of Tehran's cybercrimes court said on state television.

Elected female member of Iranian parliament cannot take seat

Tehran - In February, Minoo Khaleghi handily won a seat in the Iranian parliament along with many other independents and reformists, who now outnumber the conservative hard-liners.

Iran says pilgrims to miss hajj after Saudi 'sabotage'

Tehran - Iran said Thursday its nationals will miss the annual hajj, accusing Saudi Arabia of sabotaging arrangements following a major diplomatic row and a deadly stampede at last year's pilgrimage.

Iran equipped with Russian missile system: defence minister

Tehran - Iran's army is now equipped with a Russian air defence system after a long and controversial delivery process, Defence Minister General Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying Tuesday."I inform our people that...

Iran to sue U.S. over court seizure of $2 bn in frozen funds

Tehran - Iran is preparing international legal action to recover nearly $2 billion that the US Supreme Court has ordered be paid as compensation to American victims of terror attacks, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards killed in Syria

Tehran - Thirteen military advisers with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have been killed in Syria in recent days and 21 others wounded, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

Iran parliament urges ballistic missile improvements

Tehran - Iran's outgoing parliament approved a motion Sunday to increase the capabilities of the country's ballistic missiles, a military programme that has been ruled dangerous by the United Nations.
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