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Iran announces May 19 presidential election

Tehran - Iran's Guardian Council announced Wednesday that next year's presidential election will take place on May 19 with embattled incumbent Hassan Rouhani expected to run for a second term.

Iran destroys 100,000 satellite dishes in crackdown

Tehran - Iran destroyed 100,000 satellite dishes and receivers on Sunday as part of a widespread crackdown against the illegal devices that authorities say are morally damaging, a news website reported.

French carmaker to build Citroens in Iran

Paris - French automaker Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) said Thursday it had signed a preliminary agreement on creating a joint venture that plans to invest more than 300 million euros ($330 million) to build and sell Citroen vehicles in Iran.

Iran calls in French envoy over exiled opposition rally

Tehran - Iran has called in the French ambassador and lodged a formal protest over a rally outside Paris held by an exiled opposition group last weekend, a diplomatic source said Wednesday.

Iran bids farewell to late director Kiarostami

Tehran - Several thousand cinema lovers joined top artists in Tehran on Sunday to bid farewell to renowned Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami following his death last week in Paris.

Iran missile tests inconsistent with nuclear deal: UN report

New York - Iran's ballistic missile tests in March were "not consistent" with the spirit of the nuclear agreement signed with world powers, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said in a report to the Security Council.

Iran won't coordinate with U.S. on Syria: Khamenei

Tehran - Iran will never coordinate with the United States in Syria and other regional conflicts, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in remarks published on his website Sunday.

US Navy probe highlights leadership failings in Iran capture

Washington - A string of leadership and procedural failings -- coupled with basic navigational and communication errors -- lead to Iran's humiliating capture of 10 American sailors in January, a US Navy probe released Thursday found.

Iran 'to hang two Afghans' for rape of French hiker

Tehran - Iran sentenced to death two Afghans convicted of raping a French tourist hiking in the high mountains just north of Tehran, a government newspaper reported on Thursday.

Detained British-Iranian woman linked to 2009 protests: Iran

Tehran - An Iranian-British woman detained in Iran on charges of seeking to overthrow the government was implicated in anti-regime protests in 2009, a judicial official said.

Iran warns Bahrain 'will pay price' for crackdown on Shiites

Dubai - Iran has warned Bahrain that it is fanning armed rebellion and "will pay the price" after an escalating crackdown on the country's Shiite majority saw a top cleric stripped of citizenship.

Iran thwarts major 'terrorist plot': State media

Tehran - Iran's intelligence ministry said Monday it had thwarted a major jihadist plot to carry out bomb attacks in the capital Tehran and other parts of the country, state media reported.

Worrying 'climate of xenophobia' in Europe: UN refugee chief

Tehran - The UN's refugee chief says a worrying "climate of xenophobia" has taken hold in Europe as the continent struggles with the biggest influx of migrants since World War II.

Afghan refugees already 'forgotten' before migrant crisis: UN

Tehran - Displaced Afghans had already been "forgotten" by the international community before they began arriving in Europe en masse last year, UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi said on Saturday in Iran.

Iran accuses British-Iranian woman of bid to 'overthrow regime'

Tehran - A British-Iranian woman who was arrested in Iran in April was accused on Wednesday of seeking to "overthrow the regime", according to a statement from the powerful Revolutionary Guards.

Russia, Iran coordinate with Syria in Tehran talks

Tehran - The defence ministers of allies Iran, Russia and Syria on Thursday held talks in Tehran on pressing the fight against opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Canadian-Iranian anthropologist jailed in Iran

Montr - A Canadian-Iranian anthropologist, Homa Hoodfar, has been arrested and held in Iran since Monday, sources close to the case said Wednesday. Hoodfar, 65, is a professor at Concordia University in Montreal, and also holds Irish nationality.

Iran says U.S. ally Saudi the real 'terrorism sponsor'

Tehran - Tehran on Sunday dismissed its renewed blacklisting by Washington as a state sponsor of terrorism charging that it was US allies including Riyadh that were the real culprits.

Iran video scrubbing 'stupid and inappropriate': Kerry

Paris - US Secretary of State John Kerry hit out at someone in his department for selectively editing footage of a press briefing on secret talks with Iran, calling it "stupid and inappropriate".

Deleted footage of 2013 Iran briefing appears to be intentional

Video of an eight-minute exchange between a reporter and former State Department spokeswoman at a 2013 briefing on the Iran nuclear deal mysteriously disappeared following the briefing, and it "wasn't a glitch," said State Department spokesman John Kirby.

Tattoo lands Iranian actress in feminism controversy

Tehran - A popular Iranian actress has found herself at the centre of a dispute over feminism in the Islamic republic after cameras appeared to capture a "women power" symbol tattooed on her arm.

Iran says to miss hajj, Saudi 'blocking path to Allah'

Tehran - Iran said Sunday its pilgrims will miss this year's hajj because Saudi Arabia, custodian of Islam's holiest sites, was raising obstacles and "blocking the path to Allah" for its faithful.Riyadh said Iran's hajj demands were "unacceptable".

Conservative reelected Iran speaker despite reformist gains

Tehran - Moderate conservative Ali Larijani retained the speakership of Iran's parliament Sunday despite major gains for reformists in February elections, benefiting from credit gained by his support for last year's nuclear deal.

Iran sticking to nuclear deal: UN watchdog

Vienna - Iran is still complying with the July 2015 landmark nuclear deal with major powers, a report from the UN atomic watchdog seen by AFP showed on Friday.

Hardliner elected head of key Iran oversight body

Tehran - Iran's Assembly of Experts chose another hardline cleric as its chief on Tuesday, keeping the powerful religious body in ultraconservative hands despite gains by reformists and moderates in February elections.

Iran denies killed Taliban leader was in the country

Tehran - Iran on Monday denied reports that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour entered Pakistan from the Islamic republic before being killed in a US drone strike, state media reported.

House Committee passes resolution to protect Camp Liberty

Washington D.c. - The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution to provide for the protection of the residents of Camp Liberty.

Cannes spotlight puts Iranian cinema centre stage

Tehran - As Iranian films and actors compete this weekend at Cannes attention is turning toward the country's thriving independent cinema sector which is succeeding despite tough regulations.

Iran arrests eight in crackdown on Instagram modelling

Tehran - Iran has arrested eight people for working in "un-Islamic" online modelling networks, particularly on Instagram, the head of Tehran's cybercrimes court said on state television.

Netanyahu says Iran 'preparing another Holocaust'

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Sunday a Tehran anti-Israel cartoon contest themed around the Holocaust, accusing Iran of denying and belittling it as well as "preparing another Holocaust.
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