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Mideast states made 'chilling' use of executions amid pandemic: Amnesty

Paris - States in the Middle East made "ruthless and chilling" use of the death penalty in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, led by Iran which employed capital punishment as a method of political repression and Egypt which tripled executions, Amnesty Interna...

Iran sees progress on reviving deal but US, EU says work needed

Vienna - The United States and European Union said Tuesday that more work was needed to revive a 2015 agreement on Iran's nuclear program, although Tehran reported progress after the latest diplomacy.

Oriental lute makes comeback on Iran music scene

Tehran - The Oriental lute is making a comeback in Iran after decades in the shadows as musicians reconnect with an instrument integral to Arab and Turkish musical tradition in a fragmented region.

Envoys to Iran nuclear talks hail 'progress' in Vienna

Vienna - The EU, Russia and Iran hailed progress at nuclear talks Saturday as discussions resumed in Vienna following an attack on one of Tehran's nuclear sites.

High seas the new front in Iran-Israel shadow war

Jerusalem - Arch-foes Israel and Iran have long fought an undeclared shadow war across the Middle East, landing blows in Lebanon, Syria and inside the Islamic republic itself.

Enrichment, sabotage cast shadow over new Iran nuclear talks

Vienna - Talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resume in Vienna Thursday facing new tensions, with Tehran preparing to ramp up uranium enrichment in response to an attack on a facility it blamed on arch-foe Israel.

Biden faces tangle of sanctions in talks with Iran

Washington - Reviving the Iran nuclear deal would seem like a simple task for US President Joe Biden. Iran wants him to lift sanctions in exchange for Tehran's return to compliance.

Iran's Khamenei warns against nuclear talks dragging on

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader warned Wednesday against protracted talks on the country's atomic programme, in remarks on the eve of another round of negotiations aimed at reviving a landmark nuclear accord.

Iran vows to ramp up uranium enrichment closer to weapons-grade

Tehran - Iran warned Tuesday it will start enriching uranium up to 60 percent purity, two days after an explosion it blamed on Israel damaged its enrichment plant in Natanz.

Iran accuses Israel of sabotage at nuclear site, vows revenge

Tehran - Iran charged Monday that its arch-enemy Israel was behind an attack on its Natanz uranium enrichment plant and vowed it would take "revenge" and ramp up its nuclear activities.

Iran atomic agency says nuclear facility hit by act of 'terrorism'

Tehran - Iran's atomic energy organisation said Sunday the Natanz nuclear facility was hit by a terrorist act, hours after it said an "accident" had caused a power failure there.

Iran starts up advanced centrifuges in nuclear deal breach

Tehran - Iran announced Saturday it has started up advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges in a breach of its undertakings under a troubled 2015 nuclear deal, days after the start of talks on rescuing the accord.

US asks Iran to be 'pragmatic' as optimism rises on nuclear talks

Washington - The United States said Friday it offered "very serious" ideas on reviving the Iran nuclear accord but was waiting for Tehran to reciprocate as partner nations voiced optimism following talks in Vienna.

Iran details plan to verify US lifting of sanctions

Tehran - Iran plans to verify whether the US is actually lifting sanctions through oil exports and via international banking transactions, a member of Tehran's negotiating team said in an interview published Friday.

Iran releases seized South Korean tanker

Tehran - Iran on Friday released a South Korean-flagged tanker it had seized three months ago after a dispute over billions in frozen oil funds.

Iran releases seized S. Korean tanker: Seoul foreign ministry

Seoul - Iran on Friday released a South Korean-flagged tanker it seized amid a dispute over billions in frozen oil funds, and the vessel's captain, the foreign ministry in Seoul said.

New life for Iran nuclear deal? Here's where it stands

Vienna - The Iran nuclear deal -- thrown into disarray when the US left it in 2018 -- may get a second lifeline with US President Joe Biden saying he is ready to reverse his predecessor Donald Trump's decision.

Iran Covid cases hit two million in 'meteoric' rise

Tehran - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Iran passed the two-million mark Thursday, while the daily caseload set a new record high in what a health official warned amounted to a "meteoric" spike.

Iran's Rouhani says Vienna talks open 'new chapter'

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that talks in Vienna on rescuing a troubled 2015 nuclear deal had opened a "new chapter".

Iran ship in Red Sea blast, suspicion falls on Israel

Tehran - An Iranian freighter was hit by an "explosion" in the Red Sea, Tehran said Wednesday, after US media reported Israel had struck the ship in retaliation for past Iranian strikes on its vessels.

Russia hails 'successful' start to talks to save Iran nuclear deal

Vienna - Russia said talks aimed at salvaging an international agreement on Iran's nuclear programme got off to a "successful" start on Tuesday, with the US expected to join indirectly for the first time since President Joe Biden's arrival in the White House.

US, Iran to start indirect talks to salvage nuclear deal

Apo - The United States and Iran will open indirect talks next week in Vienna as the European Union spearheads efforts to bring President Joe Biden's administration back into a nuclear accord.

World powers, Iran to discuss US return to nuclear deal

Apo - World powers and Iran will meet by videoconference Friday to discuss the possible return of the United States to the Iran nuclear deal, in a development welcomed by Washington.

World powers, Iran to hold virtual nuclear talks Friday

Apo - World powers and Iran will meet by videoconference to discuss the possible return of the United States to the Iran nuclear deal, the EU announced Thursday, in a development welcomed by Washington.

Iran and China sign 25-year cooperation pact

Tehran - Iran and China signed a 25-year "strategic cooperation pact" Saturday in the latest expansion of Beijing's flagship trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative as the US rivals build closer ties.

US charges 10 Iranians with evading sanctions

Washington - US authorities on Friday unveiled charges against 10 Iranians for allegedly evading American sanctions on Tehran by concealing more than $300 million in transactions over 20 years through front companies.

Iran report on downed Ukrainian jet absolves armed forces

Tehran - Iran on Wednesday released its final report on the Ukrainian passenger jet it shot down last year killing 176 people, devoting two paragraphs to causes and absolving the armed forces.

Iran report on downed Ukrainian jet absolves armed forces

Tehran - Iran on Wednesday released its final report on the Ukrainian passenger jet it shot down last year killing 176 people, devoting two paragraphs to causes and absolving the armed forces.

Iran, Russia denounce UK plan to boost nuclear arsenal

Tehran - Iran and Russia on Wednesday denounced the UK's decision to bolster its nuclear arsenal, with the Islamic republic accusing it of "hypocrisy" and the Kremlin warning the move threatens international stability.

Husband of UK woman held in Iran for 5 years fears second conviction

London - The husband of the British-Iranian dual national facing new charges a week after finishing a five-year sentence said Sunday that his wife was a "political bargaining chip" who would be convicted again.
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