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Tag: Iran

66 people killed in Iran plane crash

Tehran: A passenger plane crashed in central Iran on Sunday killing all 66 people on board, authorities said. The ATR 72, a twin-engine turboprop operated by Aseman Airlines, crashed due to bad weather into the Dena Mountain near the town of Semirom, an official at the Iranian carrier confirmed to the media. The plane was […]

1st phase of Chabahar port opened, to boost India-Iran trade

New Delhi: The first phase of the Chabahar port was inaugurated today by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, opening up a new strategic transit route between Iran, India and Afghanistan, bypassing Pakistan. The port in the Sistan-Balochistan province on the energy-rich nation’s southern coast lies outside the Persian Gulf and is easily accessed from India’s western […]

Trump's threats will not intimidate us: Iran

Tehran: Iran’s Foreign Minister said on Saturday that threats made by the President of the US would never intimidate Iranians. Donald Trump threatened on Friday to pull out of the Iran nuclear agreement and blasted Tehran for misdeeds ranging from the 1979 hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran to recent ballistic missile tests. […]

Russia regrets Trump's decision on Iran nuclear deal

Moscow: The Russian Foreign Ministry has expressed regret over the decision of US President Donald Trump to decertify Iran’s compliance with a nuclear deal, arguing that Tehran strictly abides by the landmark agreement. Trump blamed Iran for committing “multiple violations” of the nuclear pact, formally known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and “not […]

Iran warns US military bases at risk upon new sanctions

Tehran: Iran warned the US against designating its Revolutionary Guards Corp as a terrorist group and said US regional military bases would be at risk if further sanctions were passed, state media reported on Sunday. The warning came after the White House said that President Donald Trump would announce new US responses to Iran’s missile […]

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Iran denies 'prepared' for talks on missile programme

Tehran: Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday “categorically” denied the reports that Tehran is ready to talk with powers over its ballistic missile programme. Iran has repeatedly announced that “its defence programme will never be subject to negotiations,” Xinhua cited IRNA news agency that quoted spokesman Bahram Qasemi as saying. Developing “missile programme is Iran’s […]

Iran, Turkey vow to boost military ties amidst Kurds' independence move

Tehran: Iran and Turkey on Monday reiterated their alliance against the recent Iraqi Kurdish disputed vote for independence and vowed to increase military cooperation. In a meeting here on the day, Iran and Turkey’s top military officials dismissed the results of the Kurds’ referendum and rejected it as “unacceptable,” Tehran Times daily reported. The visiting […]

Iran tests new ballistic missile defying US threats

Tehran: Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from the US that it was ready to ditch a landmark nuclear deal over the issue. State-run Press TV broadcast a footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military […]

Iran claims to have ‘father of all bombs' overshadowing America's ‘mother'

Tehran: A top commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) claimed that the country possesses the “father of all bombs” which overshadows the most powerful non-nuclear ordnance of the US. The bomb was developed under a special request of the IRGC, the corps’ Aerospace Force commander, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said in an […]

US imposes new Iran sanctions

Washington: The US Treasury Department announced it has imposed sanctions on 11 entities and individuals for supporting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for cyber-attacks against the US. The sanctions announced on Thursday targeted one entity engaging in supporting IRGC ballistic missile program, two Ukraine-based entities supporting designated airlines, and two Iran-based networks responsible for […]

Rouhani sworn in as Iran's President for 2nd term

Tehran: Hassan Rouhani was sworn in as Iran’s President for a second term in a ceremony at the country’s Parliament on Saturday. The 68-year-old cleric kissed the Quran and took the oath of office before lawmakers, foreign dignitaries and senior Iranian politicians, IRNA news agency reported. The inauguration ceremony was aired live on Iranian state […]

Iranian Parliament, Khomeini shrine attacked

Tehran: Armed men have opened fire at the Iranian Parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Khomeini here on Wednesday, the Iranian media reported. At least one gunman fired shots inside Parliament, wounding a guard, the reports said. There were also reports of a shooting at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of the modern state, […]

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Iran must never have nuclear weapons: Trump tells Netanyahu

Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump began his visit to Israel by warning of the threat that Iran could pose if it were to develop nuclear weapons. “Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon,” Trump said, standing beside Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Donald Trump on Monday was on the second stop of his […]

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Rouhani wins second term as Iran's President

Tehran: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has won a second term in office, state news agency reported on Saturday. Rouhani defeated his conservative challenger Ebrahim Raisi in the Presidential election on Friday in a victory for the reformist camp in the predominantly Shia nation, IRNA reported. Rouhani won 23,549,616 of the total 41,220,131 votes while Raeisi, […]

De-escalation zones deal goes into effect in Syria

Damascus: The de-escalation zones deal, signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, went into effect in Syria at midnight on Saturday, media reports said. Earlier on Friday, Russian media reports cited Russia’s head of the main operational directorate of Russia’s military, as saying that the agreement brokered by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran to establish “de-escalation zones” […]

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Iranian media tycoon shot dead in Istanbul

Istanbul: Iranian British and Gem TV owner Saeed Karimian has been shot dead along with a Kuwaiti business partner in Istanbul, the media reported on Monday. They were travelling in a car when a jeep blocked their path and two masked attackers opened fire at them in Maslak Square here on Saturday, the Hurriyet daily […]

Iran disqualifies Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from elections

Tehran: Iran’s high legislative body, Guardian Council of Constitution, on Thursday disqualified the former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the upcoming elections while released the names of six other candidates. Earlier Ahmadinejad had said he would not stand, but he registered as a candidate last week. It was on the request of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali […]

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Hardliner Ahmadinejad to run for Iranian presidency again

Tehran: Iran’s former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday got his name registered for the upcoming Iranian presidential election. While registering his name in Iran’s Interior Ministry, Ahmadinejad, expressed hope for victory. He vowed to serve the Iranians, and try hard for the establishment of “justice and freedom” if he was re-elected as President. Ahmadinejad was […]

China remains world's top executioner: Amnesty

London: China remained the world’s top executioner, putting more people to death in 2016 than all other countries combined, an Amnesty International report revealed on Tuesday. At least 1,032 people were executed in 2016. In 2015, the Amnesty International recorded 1,634 executions in 25 countries worldwide – a historical spike unmatched since 1989. However, the […]

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Russia, Iran sign economic cooperation deals

Moscow: Russia and Iran signed on Tuesday a string of cooperation agreements in various fields including the energy sector as President Vladimir Putin hosted his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for his official visit to Moscow. The two leaders discussed during the meeting prospects for expanding bilateral trade, economic and investment ties and agreed to deepen […]

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Iran 'successfully' tests S-300 air defence system

Tehran: Iran “successfully” tested the Russian-made S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system, Press TV reported on Saturday. During the test, conducted in the presence of several Iranian military and government officials, the missile system successfully detected, tracked and intercepted a ballistic missile, the report said. The test was also aimed at analyzing the performance of the […]

Odia shooter Shriyanka bags silver at Asian Airgun Championship

Bhubaneswar: Ace Odia shooter Shriyanka Sadangi has brought laurels to the State as well as to the country by winning silver medal at the ongoing 9th Asian Airgun Championship in Tehran of Iran. She bagged the medal in the category of 10 meter Air Rifle Shooting. Shriyanka had qualified for the finals individually by achieving […]

'Terror suspects' caught in AP turn out to be Iranian tourists

Bhubaneswar/Visakhapatnam: The five persons who were detained in Nakapalli area of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh yesterday on the suspicion of being terrorists, were found to be tourists from Iran who had entered the country with valid documents. Visakhapatnam Superintendent of Police (Rural), Koya Praveen said the group comprised two couples and a 20-year-old youth. “Based on […]

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Bobby Jindal denounces Iran nuclear deal

Washington: Louisiana’s Indian-American governor Bobby Jindal has joined other 2016 Republican presidential contenders in decrying the historic nuclear deal with Iran saying it doesn’t go far enough. Jindal, who joined his rivals in an interview with PBS, gave three reasons for his opposition. First, Iran will be allowed to hold onto “thousands of centrifuges,” which […]

Yemen action to inflate Saudi esteem but at what cost?

A week ago, the Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, had a free run of Yemen. In Tikrit, Iraq, the Shia militia, led by Iranian officers, and helped by the largely Shia Iraq army, had cornered the ISIS in Saddam Hussain’s palaces. The fall of Tikrit would add to the halo on the Iranian-led Shia fraternity