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Amy Goodman: Progress made in avoiding war in Syria

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing …


All nuke proposals on table for Moscow talks

TEHRAN, Iran — Proposals from both Iran and the group of six world powers will be on the table at the next round of talks in Moscow next week, not …


Obama: Diplomacy can stop Iran from getting bomb

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared today that diplomacy can still resolve the crisis over Iran’s possible pursuit of nuclear weapons, and he accused his Republican critics of “beating the …


Iran sentences American man to death in CIA case

An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported today, in a case adding to the accelerating tension …


U.S. to Iran: American warships to remain in Gulf

The Obama administration today brushed aside Iran’s warning to keep U.S. aircraft carriers out of the Persian Gulf, dismissing its threats as a consequence of hard-hitting American sanctions on the …


Britain orders Iran’s diplomats to leave UK

Britain ordered all Iranian diplomats out of the U.K. within 48 hours and shuttered its ransacked embassy in Tehran on Wednesday, in a significant escalation of tensions between Iran and …


Americans freed from prison leave Iran

Iran’s state news agency reports that the two Americans freed from a Tehran prison after more than two years in custody have been flown out of Iran.


Iran: Court to commute sentences for 2 Americans

Iran’s foreign minister said today that the courts are willing in “the near future” to commute the prison sentences for two Americans convicted of spying. The Americans’ lawyer, meanwhile, was …


Iran to subsidize population growth

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated a new policy on Tuesday to encourage population growth, dismissing Iran’s decades of internationally-acclaimed family planning as ungodly and a Western import. …


EU endorses Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON – In a diplomatic turnabout after years of U.S.-European tensions over how to confront Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, the 27-nation European Union on Thursday gave initial approval to the …


Doubts linger about Iran sanctions’ effect

WASHINGTON – A divided United Nations Security Council voted Wednesday to tighten sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, but left widespread doubt that the new strictures will slow the …


Iran sanction backers seek Brazil’s support

WASHINGTON – With a critical U.N. Security Council vote looming, Western diplomats appealed to Brazilian officials Tuesday to drop their opposition to a new battery of international sanctions against Iran. …


Iran progressing on enrichment

WASHINGTON – Iran could have enough highly enriched uranium to make a single nuclear device within a year, but it would take three to five years before the Islamic republic …


China signals readiness to back Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON – China on Monday indicated for the first time it might back new U.N. sanctions against Iran, giving a significant boost to President Barack Obama as he opened a …


U.S. says Iraqi officials linked to Iran

WASHINGTON – The top American commander in Iraq said Tuesday that the U.S. has “direct intelligence” that two senior Iraqi officials in charge of keeping Saddam Hussein loyalists out of …


Reject idea of war with Iran

Sarah Palin has suggested that President Barack Obama could improve his re-election prospects by declaring war on Iran. “Say he played the war card,” she told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. …


Iranian forces crush protests

TEHRAN, Iran – The Iranian security forces unleashed a crushing sweep against opposition protesters on Thursday as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used the 31st anniversary of the Islamic revolution to defy …


Iran moves on enrichment

BEIRUT – Iran’s move on Tuesday to produce higher-grade uranium for a medical reactor prompted widespread international condemnation and an uncharacteristically harsh response by Russia, whose support is key to …


Gates urges global pressure on Iran

BEIRUT, Lebanon – As Iran moved to enrich uranium to a higher level of purity and build new nuclear-fuel plants, U.S. and French defense officials suggested Monday that sanctions were …


Nuclear order defies West

In a possible move to deflect attention from Iran’s political woes, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday ordered the nation’s atomic energy agency to begin enriching uranium from 3.5 percent to …


Iran detains 7 tied to U.S.-funded radio

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran has arrested seven people linked to a U.S.-funded Farsi-language radio station for allegedly fomenting unrest, and accused some of the suspects of working for American spy …


Iran hurting its cause by holding U.S. hikers

More U.S. and international attention should be focused on the plight of three American hikers who have been languishing in solitary confinement in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison for six months. …


Iran demonstrators back government

TEHRAN, Iran – Tens of thousands of Iranians backing the country’s rulers rallied in central Tehran on Wednesday, calling for the death of anti-government protesters and opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi. …


Iran holds bodies of five protesters

CAIRO – Iranian authorities said Monday that they were holding the bodies of five slain anti-government protesters, including the nephew of the opposition leader, in what appeared to be an …


Iran protests erupt

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian security forces fired on stone-throwing protesters in the center of the capital Sunday in one of the bloodiest confrontations in months, opposition Web sites and witnesses …


Iran reform cleric dies

TEHRAN, Iran – The spiritual father of Iran’s reform movement died Sunday at the age of 87, prompting thousands of his followers to immediately head to the holy city of …


Trudy Rubin: Honor those who died for right to speak out

In this Christmas season, I want to pay tribute to two unsung heroes who stood up to repressive regimes – and paid with their lives. One was Iranian, one Russian, …


Iran will put U.S. hikers on trial

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran announced Monday that it will try three Americans who were accused of espionage after entering the country illegally during a hiking trip, raising the stakes in …


Iran OKs enrichment sites

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran approved plans Sunday to build 10 industrial-scale uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion of the program in defiance of U.N. demands it halt enrichment and a …


Iran flexing its muscles

TEHRAN – Iran’s army and Revolutionary Guard staged large-scale air defense war games on Sunday in an effort to show off the country’s deterrence capabilities amid rising pressure from the …