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Iran ex-president slams Khomeini grandson vote exclusion

Tehran - Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani lashed out Monday at Iran's vote vetting panel over its exclusion of a grandson of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic republic."Who gave you the right to judge?

Iran president pessimistic on Syrian peace process

Paris - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has voiced pessimism over the prospects for peace in Syria, ahead of talks set to open in Geneva on Friday.

Iran coerces Afghans to fight in Syria: HRW

New York - Iran's Revolutionary Guards has recruited thousands of Afghans, some by coercion, to fight in Syria's war alongside forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

Iran, France hail 'new relationship'

Paris - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and his French counterpart Francois Hollande hailed a "new relationship" between their countries Thursday as the leader of the Islamic Republic visited Paris to seal a host of post-sanctions deals.

Rouhani ready to 'turn the page' in Iran-France relations

Paris - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Thursday for a new relationship with France as he met business leaders on a trip to Paris to revive economic ties after sanctions on his country were lifted.

Iranian President Rouhani visits Europe amid criticisms Special

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been visiting Europe this week as Iran reintegrates itself with the global economy. Are Iran's intentions genuine or could something else be at play?

Iranian president in France for deals bonanza

Paris - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will on Thursday agree a host of commercial deals during a visit to France that offers the clearest demonstration yet of the Islamic Republic's post-sanctions buying power.

Italy covers up nude sculptures for Iran president

Rome - Italy's desire to court visiting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani extended to covering up classical nude sculptures in the museum where he met Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, it emerged on Tuesday.

Scores of juveniles on death row in Iran: Amnesty

London - Iran is the world's most prolific executioner of offenders convicted while juveniles, Amnesty International said Tuesday, accusing the Islamic republic of using torture and ill-treatment to extract confessions from minors.

Pope urges Iran to act for peace in Middle East

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Tuesday urged Iran to back peace efforts in the Middle East as the Islamic Republic's emergence from international isolation took a significant step forward with President Hassan Rouhani's first visit to the Vatican.

Rouhani pitches Iran as safest country in Middle East

Rome - President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday described Iran as the safest and most stable country in the Middle East as he urged international investors to help modernise the country's sanctions-hit economy.

Grandson of Iran's Khomeini excluded from elections: Family

Tehran - The grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, has been excluded from contesting elections next month, his son said Tuesday.

Rouhani in Rome as Iran comes in from the cold

Rome - Iran President Hassan Rouhani flew into Italy on Monday looking to reap the economic and political dividends from the lifting of international sanctions imposed over the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme.

Kerry reassures Saudi of 'solid relationship' with U.S.

Riyadh - US Secretary of State John Kerry reassured Saudi Arabia on Sunday of the "solid relationship" between both countries, even after the lifting of sanctions on the kingdom's regional rival Iran.

Iran to buy 114 Airbuses to revamp ageing fleet

Tehran - Iran said Sunday it will buy 114 Airbus planes to revitalise its ageing fleet, in the first major commercial deal announced since the lifting of sanctions under its nuclear agreement.

Iran, China vow tighter ties as Xi visits

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday hailed a "new chapter" in relations with China after talks with President Xi Jinping, who is touring the region to boost Beijing's economic influence.

World Muslim body condemns attacks on Saudi missions in Iran

Jeddah - A global Muslim body on Thursday condemned the attacks on Saudi missions in Iran earlier this month and denounced Tehran's regional "interference".

Muslim body chief seeks healing of Saudi-Iran rift

Jeddah - Worsening relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran are diverting attention from the "real challenges" facing Muslims, the head of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation said on Thursday.

No military solution possible in Syria: Iran's Zarif

Davos - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday there could be no military solution to the devastating war in Syria and vowed to throw Tehran's weight behind a political solution.

Iran supreme leader condemns Saudi embassy attack

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicly condemned Wednesday for the first time the January 2 attack on Saudi Arabia's embassy in Tehran as "a very bad and wrong incident".

U.S. hostage recounts 'nerve-wracking' hours to freedom from Iran jail

Berlin - One of the Iranian-Americans freed in a historic prisoner swap with Washington over the weekend described his final hours in captivity as "nerve-wracking", in images broadcast Tuesday by US television channel MSNBC.

Saudi accuses Iran of sowing 'sedition, unrest, chaos'

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia on Tuesday accused Iran of a nearly four-decade record of "sedition, unrest and chaos," as the international community tried to calm tensions between the regional rivals.

Iran's Khamenei warns against US 'deceit' in nuclear deal

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned on Tuesday against American "deceit" after Tehran finalised a landmark nuclear deal with world powers led by the United States.

Chinese president in Saudi Arabia to bolster ties

Riyadh - Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the first stop on a trip to raise the economic giant's political profile in a troubled Middle East.

Iran's supreme leader warns against US 'deceit'

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Tuesday against American "deceit", just days after the end of sanctions under a nuclear deal that the central bank said would unblock $32 billion.

Americans reunited with families after Iran ordeal

Washington - Americans freed by Iran over the weekend reunited with their families at a US military base in Germany, but relatives of another hostage expressed serious disappointment he had not been released.

Ex-FBI agent's family 'outraged' he wasn't in Iran deal

Washington - "Crushed and outraged" relatives of an American missing in Iran for nine years expressed deep frustration that he was not included in a prisoner exchange over the weekend."Why did Iran prisoner swap not include my father?

One year on, Nisman death still troubles Argentina

Buenos Aires - A year after Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman's death, neither his own mysterious demise nor the politically explosive case he was investigating appear any closer to being solved.

Iran boosts oil production, condemns new sanctions

Tehran - Iran announced a major boost in oil production on Monday after the lifting of sanctions under its nuclear deal, while condemning new US measures against its missile programme.

Kerry 'frustrated, angry' at Iran video of US sailors

Washington - Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he was "frustrated and angry" at an Iranian video showing 10 detained US Navy sailors, as the American military described how the nine men and one woman were surrounded by machine gun-toting Iranian personnel.
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