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Pompeo alleges Iran new 'home base' of Al-Qaeda

Washington - US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alleged Tuesday that arch-enemy Iran has become a new "home base" for Al-Qaeda worse than Afghanistan, an assertion questioned by experts.

Huthis defiant as US brands Yemen rebels 'terrorists'

Sanaa - Yemen's Huthis were defiant Monday after the United States moved to brand the Iran-backed rebels as terrorists, a last-minute move in defiance of aid groups who fear it will tip the country into famine.

Pompeo says US designating Yemen's Huthis a terrorist group

Washington - The United States will designate Yemen's Huthi rebels as a terrorist group, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday, a late-term move that aid groups fear will worsen a humanitarian crisis.

Cuba to test Covid vaccine candidate in Iran

Havana - Cuba will test its most advanced Covid vaccine candidate, in Iran, the research center that developed it announced on Saturday.

One year after plane downed, victims' governments demand justice from Iran

Toronto - Canada and other nations whose citizens died in Iran's downing of a Ukrainian jetliner one year ago on Friday called on Tehran to come clean about the tragedy and "deliver justice" for the victims' families.

Ukraine vows action as mourners mark Iran plane downing

Kiev - Ukraine's government vowed Friday to bring to justice those who downed a Ukrainian passenger jet in Iran, as hundreds gathered in Kiev to mourn the victims on the first anniversary of their deaths.

South Korean delegation heads to Iran over seized oil tanker

Seoul - A South Korean delegation left for Iran on Thursday to negotiate the early release of an oil tanker and its crew seized in strategic Gulf waters this week.

Iran dithering on crash probe, says Ukraine airline

Kiev - Iranian investigators probing the downing of a passenger plane a year ago are deliberately dragging their feet, Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) said on Wednesday.

S. Korean destroyer arrives in waters near Iran after oil tanker seizure

Seoul - South Korea will send a delegation to Iran to negotiate the release of a seized oil tanker and its crew, Seoul said Tuesday, as a anti-piracy unit arrived in waters near the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran Guards seize South Korean tanker amid US tensions

Tehran - Iran said Monday its Revolutionary Guards had seized a South Korean-flagged tanker in Gulf waters for breaking "environmental laws," at a time of heightened tensions with the United States.

Amid US tensions, Iran steps up uranium enrichment

Tehran - Iran said Monday it had started the process to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity, well beyond the threshold set by its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers, sparking international concern.

Anti-US chants as Iraqis mourn commanders killed a year ago

Baghdad - Thousands of Iraqi mourners chanted "revenge" and "no to America" on Sunday, one year after a US drone strike killed Iran's revered commander Qasem Soleimani and his Iraqi lieutenant Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

One year after US killed Iran general, Iraq tensions boil

Baghdad - One year after US forces assassinated Iran's most storied commander, tensions are boiling between Iraq's Washington-backed premier and pro-Tehran forces that accuse him of complicity in the Baghdad drone strike.

Israel open to German efforts to expand Iran deal

Berlin - Israel welcomes a German push to expand the Iran nuclear deal into a broader security agreement once Joe Biden moves into the White House next month, its ambassador to Berlin told AFP.

Trump warns Iran over rocket strike on embassy in Iraq

Washington - US President Donald Trump warned Wednesday he would hold "Iran responsible" in the event of a fatal attack on Americans in Iraq, as the first anniversary of the killing of a top Iranian general in a US air strike approaches.

Foreign authors top sellers with literature-loving Tehran women

Tehran - French authors Albert Camus and Simone de Beauvoir rub shoulders with the likes of Jewish diarist Anne Frank and Russian poet Osip Mandelstam in Tehran bookstores where the largely female readership lap up foreign writers.

Iran nuclear deal parties eye US return to accord

Vienna - The remaining parties to the ailing 2015 Iran nuclear deal said Monday that they were preparing for the possible return of the US to the pact as President-elect Joe Biden readies to take office next month.

Iran nuclear deal parties try to defuse tensions

Vienna - The remaining parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord on Wednesday discussed ways to shore up a deal under mounting pressure from Iranian breaches, US sanctions and uncertainty before President-elect Joe Biden takes office in Washington next month.

Iran summons German, French envoys over EU condemning dissident's execution

Tehran - Iran's foreign ministry Sunday summoned Germany and France's envoys to protest EU condemnation of the execution of an opposition figure, describing it as an "unacceptable interference" in Tehran's affairs, state media reported.

Iran executes opposition figure Ruhollah Zam

Tehran - Iran authorities on Saturday executed Ruhollah Zam, a former opposition figure who had lived in exile in France and was implicated in anti-government protests, days after his sentence was upheld.

Iran executes opposition figure Ruhollah Zam

Tehran - Iran on Saturday executed Ruhollah Zam, a former opposition figure who had lived in exile in France and was implicated in anti-government protests, state television said.

Iran centrifuge plan alarms European trio

Paris - Plans by Iran to install advanced centrifuges at its main nuclear enrichment plant in Natanz are "deeply worrying", France, Germany and the UK said on Monday.

Belgian court to give verdict in Iran diplomat case on Jan 22

Apo - A Belgian court will deliver its verdict on January 22 in the trial of an Iranian diplomat accused of plotting to bomb an exiled opposition group's rally, his lawyer told AFP.

Israel warns of threat to citizens abroad as Iran vows 'vengeance'

Jerusalem - Israel warned Thursday of an increased threat against its citizens abroad following Iran's call to avenge last week's assassination of its top nuclear scientist.

Iran postpones execution of Iranian-Swedish academic: wife

Stockholm - The planned execution of Iranian-Swedish academic Ahmadreza Djalali, who was sentenced to death in Iran three years ago for spying, has been postponed, his wife said Thursday.

Academic freed in Iran 'blown away' by support

Sydney - An Australian-British academic released after two years imprisoned in Iran on spying charges said she thanked supporters from the "bottom of my heart" Tuesday, saying they helped her through a "never-ending, unrelenting nightmare.

What we know about the slain Iranian nuclear scientist

Tehran - Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Iranian nuclear scientist whose assassination the Islamic republic has blamed on Israel, was little known before his death, but one thing is certain: he was important.

Iran mulls response as it prepares to bury killed nuclear scientist

Tehran - Debate raged in Iran on Sunday over how and when to respond to a top nuclear scientist's assassination, blamed on arch-foe Israel, as his body was honoured at Shiite shrines to prepare it for burial.

Iran assassination could undercut Biden's diplomatic options

Washington - The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist, which Tehran has blamed on Israel, risks not only sharpening tensions across the region but also severely complicating plans by US President-elect Joe Biden to resume dialogue with the Islamic repub...

US navy denies carrier group moved into Gulf after any 'threats'

Washington - A US aircraft carrier group has moved back into the Gulf region, but a navy spokeswoman said Saturday its return was not triggered by any "threats" after the killing in Iran of a top nuclear scientist.
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Ahar area, Northern Iran hit by earthquakes on August 11, 2012.
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The Strait of Hormuz pictured on the right side of this satellite image.
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Hundreds of people gather at Queen's Park in Toronto calling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
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Iranian village on March 26, 2019 during flooding.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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The ancient ruins of Persepolis, the once-standing capital of the Persian empire.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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Thousands of people gathered in St. Jamestown in downtown Toronto at Wellesley and Ontario to protest the government's policies on immigration. Many also promoted the ideologies of socialism and communism, while a group performed music.
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An Iranian ship crossing the Suez Canal in March 2012.
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