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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.

Iran's new parliament has more women than clerics

Tehran - Iran's new parliament will have more women than clerics when its members are sworn in this month, a first in the Islamic republic and a sign of the country's evolving politics.

Rouhani allies win Iran parliament vote: unofficial results

Tehran - Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani have won second round parliamentary elections, unofficial results showed Saturday, opening the door to them controlling the legislature.

Iran votes as Rouhani reformist allies seek control of parliament

- Iranians voted Friday in second round elections for almost a quarter of seats in parliament, the latest political showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future.

World Bank keeps its distance from Iran, despite lifted sanctions

Washington - The World Bank aims to eradicate global poverty, but its push stops at the Iranian border despite the easing of sanctions against Tehran and the country's pressing economic needs.

Iran's Khamenei says U.S. lifted sanctions only on paper

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader and president accused the United States of hostility and bad faith Wednesday, saying the implementation of its nuclear deal with world powers was not being honoured.

Iran parliament in the balance in election run-offs

Tehran - Nearly a quarter of Iran's parliamentary seats are at stake Friday in an election in which reformists want to consolidate their recent comeback and minimise the clout of hardline lawmakers.

US insists European banks can now deal with Iran

New York - The United States insisted Friday that foreign banks should feel free to do business with Iran after Tehran's compliance with a nuclear deal with world powers.

U.S. Supreme Court ruling on assets amounts to theft: Iran

Tehran - Iran said Thursday that the US Supreme Court's decision to deduct $2 billion from Tehran's frozen assets to compensate American victims of terror attacks amounted to theft.

No country has an interest in 'conflict' with Iran: Obama

Riyadh - US President Barack Obama said Thursday that neither the United States nor Arab Gulf nations had an interest in conflict with Iran.

U.S. Supreme Court says terror victims can collect $2bn from Iran

Washington - The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Iran must hand over nearly $2 billion in frozen assets to survivors and relatives of those killed in attacks blamed on the Islamic republic.

Iran-Saudi hajj talks halted because of visa hurdle

Tehran - Talks between regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia on this year's hajj pilgrimage have stalled because of a disagreement on how visas can be processed when no formal diplomatic relations exist.

Iran capital has 7,000 undercover morality crime agents

Tehran - Police in Iran's capital have a network of 7,000 undercover agents whose job is to inform on alleged moral transgressors in the Islamic republic, a top official said Monday.

Iran unveils S-300 missile system parts at army parade

Tehran - Iran used its annual Army Day parade Sunday to showcase parts of a long-awaited air defence system ordered from Russia, a move likely to irk critics of the arms deal.

Turkey eyes Iran deals as Rouhani meets Erdogan

Ankara - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani held talks Saturday with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is hoping to boost trade with the Islamic republic following the lifting of most international sanctions on Tehran.

EU foreign policy chief admits Iran deal difficulties

Tehran - The European Union's top diplomat during a visit to Tehran Saturday admitted difficulties in implementing Iran's recent nuclear deal with world powers, but maintained that the agreement was on track.

Rouhani heads to Turkey for key Islamic summit

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani will head to Istanbul Wednesday for a summit of Islamic countries which Saudi Arabia's King Salman, Turkey's burgeoning ally, is also attending.

Iran set to diversify energy after sanctions are lifted

The Iranian government plans to inject US $ 55 billion into the petrochemical sector within the next 10 years. In addition, the country has plans to diversify its industry after the end of the international sanctions, including opening up mining.

Bahrain teachers’ activist freed after long campaign

Mahdi Abu Dheeb, the leader of the Bahrain Teachers Association, who was jailed for his work promoting human rights in his country, has been freed after over three years in prison.

Armenian shell 'falls in Iran' amid Karabakh clashes

Tehran - A shell fired by Armenian forces in their conflict with Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region fell in northern Iran but did not cause casualties, Iran's Fars news agency reported Tuesday.

Female Air France crew can opt out of Iran flights over headscarf

Paris - Female employees of Air France will be allowed to opt out of working on the resumed flights to Iran so that they can avoid having to wear a headscarf, a company official said Monday.

Italy's Renzi to make landmark visit to Iran

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will travel to Iran next week for a two-day trip that will make him the first major leader to visit since the lifting of international sanctions against Tehran.

Air France cabin crew told to wear headscarf in Tehran

Paris - A number of female Air France cabin crew are resisting an airline ruling that they should wear a headscarf while in Tehran, when flights to the Iranian capital resume on April 17, a union representative told AFP on Saturday.

Obama says will 'take time' for Iran to rejoin global economy

Washington - US President Barack Obama said on Friday it will take time for Iran to rejoin the global economy, as the country's leadership and citizens express unease that a sanctions windfall has been slow to materialize.

Iran 'certain' Security Council will not act on missile tests

Tehran - Iran's defence minister has said he is "certain" the UN Security Council will not take any action over its ballistic missile tests despite calls from Western powers.

Western powers at UN seek meeting on Iranian missile tests

New York - The United States and other Western powers believe Iran's recent ballistic missile launches violate UN resolutions, and have asked the Security Council to address the issue.

Op-Ed: Clinton's scandalous email release shows her Machiavellian side

The recent Wikileaks release of Hillary Clinton's scandalous emails since her time as Secretary of State have unveiled her role in fostering major crises, namely the overthrow of Ghaddafi, the destabilization of Syria, and Israel's role in Syria's war.

Iran denies supporting U.S. bank hacking

Tehran - Iran on Saturday denied supporting cyber attacks against the United States after a New York court indicted seven Iranians over hacking dozens of American banks and a major dam.

Calais 'Jungle' Iranians who sewed mouths shut end hunger strike

Calais - Nine Iranians who sewed their mouths shut in protest at the demolition of the "Jungle" migrant camp in the northern French port of Calais ended their hunger strike on Friday.

U.S. arrest of scandal-tainted Turkey tycoon enthrals Erdogan critics

Ankara - It has all the ingredients of one of the soap operas that keep Turks hooked for weeks. A flamboyant young businessman who rose fast, a superstar singer wife, and intrigue that goes to the dark heart of Turkish politics.
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