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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.

U.S. Navy officer in charge of sailors held by Iran reassigned

Washington - The officer in charge of 10 US sailors who were briefly captured by Iran in the Persian Gulf was relieved of his command, the Navy announced.

Iran says pilgrims to miss hajj after Saudi 'sabotage'

Tehran - Iran said Thursday its nationals will miss the annual hajj, accusing Saudi Arabia of sabotaging arrangements following a major diplomatic row and a deadly stampede at last year's pilgrimage.

Iran equipped with Russian missile system: defence minister

Tehran - Iran's army is now equipped with a Russian air defence system after a long and controversial delivery process, Defence Minister General Hossein Dehghan was quoted as saying Tuesday."I inform our people that...

Iran to sue U.S. over court seizure of $2 bn in frozen funds

Tehran - Iran is preparing international legal action to recover nearly $2 billion that the US Supreme Court has ordered be paid as compensation to American victims of terror attacks, President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards killed in Syria

Tehran - Thirteen military advisers with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have been killed in Syria in recent days and 21 others wounded, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

Iran allegedly sending child soldiers to Syria Special

The National Council of Resistance of Iran claims the Iranian government is encouraging Iranian children to join the war effort and to fight to save Bashir Assad's regime in Syria.

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.
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