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Iran rules out nuclear inspections of military sites

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday ruled out allowing nuclear inspectors to visit military sites or to question scientists if Tehran strikes a long-sought deal with world powers.

Former FM denies Iranian involvement in 1994 Argentina attack

Buenos Aires - A former Iranian foreign minister and another ex-official have denied Tehran's involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina that has come under renewed scrutiny after the death of an investigator.

Shirin Neshat, inadvertent narrator of history

Washington - Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat's dark kohl-lined eyes are immediately recognizable. Now she is bringing their gaze on Iranian and Arab women's resistance to oppression to this most political of cities.

Iran aid ship to dock in Yemen Thursday: Captain

Tehran - An Iranian aid ship bound for Yemen in defiance of US warnings has entered the Gulf of Aden and is expected to reach port on Thursday, media reported.

Iranian boats 'fire warning shots' at Singapore-flagged ship

Washington - Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces fired warning shots at a Singapore-flagged commercial ship in the Gulf on Thursday, before vessels from the United Arab Emirates came to the ship's aid, US officials said.

Czechs blocked an attempt by Iran to buy nuclear tech this year

The Czech Republic was able to thwart a potential purchase by Iran of nuclear technology that can be used for nuclear enrichment earlier this year. The total value of the contract was about $61 million.

Op-Ed: Iran sends aid ship to Yemen with naval escort

Sanaa - Iranian Admiral Hossein Azad said that the 34th naval group was in the Gulf of Aden in the Bab-al-Mandab strait and had been given the task of protecting the Iranian aid ship.

Iran nuclear talks resume as Tehran expresses hope over deal

Vienna - Iranian negotiator Abbas Araghchi said on Tuesday he was "very hopeful" that an accord on Tehran's nuclear programme could be reached with world powers ahead of the June 30 deadline.

Tehran's notorious Evin Prison may become public park

Tehran - It is Iran's most notorious jail, renowned for housing political activists, but if Tehran's mayor has his way Evin Prison will close and be transformed into a public park.

U.S. Senate asserts right to review final Iran nuclear deal

Washington - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation giving Congress the right to review and perhaps even reject any nuclear deal with Iran, the culmination of weeks of wrangling over how to hold Tehran to account.

Iran releases seized Maersk cargo ship

Tehran - Iran has released the Maersk Tigris cargo vessel seized by its patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz last week over a business dispute, Iranian authorities said Thursday.

U.S. warships to 'accompany' U.S.-flagged ships into Gulf

Washington - U.. naval forces have started "accompanying" American-flagged commercial ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz, defense officials said Thursday, after Iran seized a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel this week.

Maersk urges Iran to release crew held over cargo spat

Copenhage - Danish shipping group A.P. Moeller-Maersk on Thursday urged Iran to release the crew of a chartered cargo vessel seized by Iran over a 10-year cargo dispute with an Iranian company.

Iran forces Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship to Iranian port: US officials

Washington - Iranian military ships fired across the bow of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel in the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday and forced it to head to Iranian territory, US officials said.

Iran leader criticises rich kids after deadly car crashes

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticised fast-driving wealthy youngsters Sunday for creating "psychological insecurity" on the streets after two high-speed accidents killed five people.

Final Iran nuclear deal: Tough issues still to crack

Vienna - Negotiators working to a June 30 deadline were on Wednesday set to begin finalising a historic nuclear deal curtailing Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for lifting painful international sanctions.

Talks begin on finalising Iran nuclear deal

Vienna - Iran and major powers on Wednesday began the difficult process of finalising by June 30 a historic deal putting an Iranian nuclear bomb out of reach, three weeks after agreeing the main outlines.

Israel court jails Belgian for spying for Iran

Lod - An Israeli court sentenced an Iranian-born Belgian to seven years in prison Tuesday after convicting him of spying for Tehran posing as a businessman.

Argentina court throws out case against Kirchner again

Buenos Aires - An Argentine prosecutor again rejected a case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a deadly 1994 bombing.

Nuclear deal could open door to regional cooperation: Iran

Washington - Iran on Monday pushed its call for peace talks to end the fighting in Yemen, and offered assurances that a nuclear deal would pave the way for greater cooperation with its neighbors.

Washington Post journalist faces spy trial in Iran

Tehran - A Washington Post reporter detained in Iran will be tried for espionage and collaborating with "hostile governments", in a decision branded absurd Monday by the White House and the newspaper.

Australia brokers intelligence-sharing deal with Iran

Sydney - Australia and Iran will share intelligence to track foreign fighters working with the Islamic State group in Iraq, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Monday, as lawmakers urged caution.

Afghan president starts Iran visit

Tehran - Afghanistan's president arrived in Tehran Sunday on his first trip to Iran since taking office, with security questions likely to dominate talks after the Islamic State group claimed a massive suicide bombing.

U.S. seeking to allay Gulf fears amid regional chaos

Washington - With conflicts raging across the Middle East, the U.S. is seeking to reassure its Gulf allies that it has a regional strategy which will be bolstered, not shredded, by any Iran nuclear deal.

Argentine prosecutor's death the stuff of fiction in new book

Buenos Aires - An Argentine prosecutor dead under mysterious circumstances. His case against the president thrust spectacularly into the national spotlight. These events -- are they fact or fiction?

Rouhani says Iran's military strategy purely defensive

Tehran - Iran's military is purely for defence and should not be seen as a threat in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday amid rising tension with Saudi Arabia.

Australian FM to tackle Iran on nuclear and asylum seekers

Sydney - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop visits Iran at the weekend looking for Tehran to take back failed asylum seekers, but the rare trip also has deeper significance as the West seeks to seal a deal to rein in the Islamic state's nuclear ambitions....

Iran poses growing cyber threat to U.S.

Washington - Iran poses a growing threat to America's computer networks and has launched increasingly sophisticated digital attacks and spying on U.S. targets, according to a new report released Thursday.

New round of Iran nuclear talks April 22-23 in Vienna: EU

Brussels - Major world powers and Iran will hold fresh talks in Vienna on April 22-23 to build on the framework accord reached on Tehran's contested nuclear programme, the EU announced Thursday.

Kerry 'confident' on Iran deal after US Senate compromise

Berlin - US Secretary of State John Kerry Wednesday welcomed a compromise with Congress on giving lawmakers a say on any final deal on Iran's nuclear programme, with negotiations set to resume next week.
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