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US: UN report critical of drone strike 'whitewashing' Iran general

Washington - The United States on Wednesday blasted a UN finding that a US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general was unlawful, saying the report whitewashed Qasem Soleimani's record.

Iran to bolster Syria air defences, counter US 'pressure'

Tehran - Iran has said it will strengthen Syria's air defences as part of a bilateral military deal aiming to "fight terrorism" and counter American pressure.

Killing of Iraq expert stirs fear of new violent phase

Baghdad - The killing of jihadism expert Hisham al-Hashemi has stirred fears Iraq is entering a dark and violent phase, as boiling tensions between pro-Iran factions and the government reach new heights.

US killing of Iran's top general 'unlawful': UN expert

Geneva - The US drone strike that killed Iran's top general Qasem Soleimani was "unlawful", the United Nations expert on extrajudicial killings concluded in a report released Tuesday.

Iranian nuclear facility damaged by explosion and fire

The New York Times reported that an anonymous Middle Eastern intelligence official claimed that Israel was behing the fire at Iran's nuclear facility. The source said that a powerful bomb was used that caused a fire severely damaging the facility.

Iran says damage at nuclear site 'significant'

Tehran - An accident at a nuclear complex in Iran caused significant damage and could slow the production of centrifuges used to enrich uranium, the country's atomic energy spokesman said.

Rockets target US interests despite arrests: Iraq military

Baghdad - Two rocket attacks targeted American diplomatic and military installations overnight, Iraq's security forces said Sunday, a little over a week since unprecedented arrests prevented a similar incident.

Iran reports 'accident' at nuclear site, warns enemies

Tehran - Tehran on Thursday reported an "accident" at Natanz nuclear complex in central Iran, saying there were no casualties or radioactive pollution, and warned foes -- especially Israel -- against hostile actions.

Pompeo faces opposition in UN push on Iran arms embargo

New York - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, warning that the Middle East's stability was at risk, but he faced wide skepticism over US threats to trigger sanctions.

Pompeo to UN: Ending Iran embargo would risk Mideast stability

New York - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to extend an arms embargo on Iran, warning that its expiration would risk the stability of the oil-rich region.

Iran passes death sentence, upholds jail term in French-linked cases

Tehran - Iran on Tuesday sentenced to death an opposition figure who had lived in exile in France before his arrest last year and separately upheld a five-year jail term for a French-Iranian academic.

Iraq frees pro-Iran fighters held over rocket fire

Baghdad - More than a dozen pro-Iran fighters detained over a planned rocket attack were released on Monday, in an apparent major misstep for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi.

Iran to send black boxes of downed Ukraine jet to France

Paris - Iran will send to France next month the black boxes from a Ukrainian passenger jet that Tehran's armed forces mistakenly shot down in January, killing all 176 people on board, French aviation investigators said Friday.

'Slipped the net': Iranian judge's mysterious death angers activists

Paris - The unexplained death of a fugitive Iranian judge, who plunged from a top floor of his hotel in Bucharest last week, has infuriated activists who say a rare chance has been missed to bring a senior Iranian official to justice over alleged rights violat...

Iran's Rouhani says UN watchdog risks losing independence

Tehran - Iran's president warned Wednesday that the UN nuclear watchdog risks losing its independence after it adopted a resolution urging access to two sites alleged to have hosted past nuclear activities.

Jailed UK-Iranian pleads with PM Johnson to help inmates

London - The sound is a little fuzzy but Anoosheh Ashoori's voice does not falter as he delivers his message to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson from inside Iran's Evin jail.

Europe toughens stance on Iran, US over Tehran nuclear dispute

Paris - Europe on Friday toughened its stance on Iran and warned the US against sanctions in the latest bid to stop the unravelling of the international agreement on Tehran's nuclear programme.

Half year on, activists fear no justice for Iran protest killings

Paris - Half a year after protests which Iran has now acknowledged claimed more than 200 lives, rights groups fear the real toll from the crackdown was far higher and that nobody will be brought to justice.

Iran to send Ukraine jet black boxes to France 'soon': Trudeau

Ottawa - Iran has said it will "soon" send France the black boxes of a Ukrainian jetliner its forces mistakenly shot down in January, Canada's prime minister said Tuesday.

Iran warns against UN nuclear watchdog resolution

Vienna - Iran criticised on Tuesday a plan to put forward a resolution at a meeting of the UN's nuclear watchdog urging the country to allow access to two disputed sites.

Iran warns against UN nuclear watchdog resolution

Vienna - Iran criticised on Tuesday a plan to put forward a resolution at a meeting of the UN's nuclear watchdog urging the country to allow access to two disputed sites.

Iran says will execute spy who helped US target general

Tehran - Tehran said Tuesday it will execute an Iranian for spying for the United States and Israel after his conviction was upheld for helping the US to locate a top Iranian general killed in a drone strike.

Iran to execute spy who helped US target general: judiciary

Tehran - Iran said Tuesday it will execute a man whose conviction for spying for the US and Israel by helping target a top Iranian general has been upheld by the supreme court.

Iran says scientist back home from US after prisoner swap

Tehran - An Iranian scientist returned home Monday after his release from a US jail in what the Islamic republic said was a prisoner exchange it hopes can be repeated between the arch-foes.

A World Redrawn: Iranian photographer sees chance for solidarity

Nicosia - Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti has created a body of work that explores the relationship between nature, human migration and the ripple effects of conflict and social upheaval.

US shares UN embargo bid on Iran with Russia

New York - The United States said Friday it had shared a draft UN resolution with rival Russia that aims to extend an arms embargo on Iran that expires in October.

UN nuclear watchdog has 'serious concern' at Iran denying inspections

Vienna - Iran has now accumulated enriched uranium at nearly eight times the limit of a 2015 deal and has for months blocked inspections at sites where historic nuclear activity may have occurred, the UN watchdog said Friday.

Anger as French-Iranian academic marks one year in Iranian prison

Paris - French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah on Friday marked one year of incarceration in Iran, in a case that has intensified tensions between Paris and Tehran and angered supporters who fear she is the victim of a political battle of wills.

Trump hopeful for Iran after American freed in prisoner swap

Washington - President Donald Trump voiced hope for progress with arch-rival Iran on Thursday after the clerical regime released a US Navy veteran and the United States freed two Iranians.

US Navy veteran leaves Iran day after scientist returns to Tehran

Washington - US Navy veteran Michael White has been freed and left Iran nearly two years after his arrest, his mother said Thursday, following the US release of an Iranian scientist.
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