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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 …


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 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 …


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 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 …


Iranian uranium site heightens concerns

VIENNA, Austria – Iranian construction of a previously secret uranium enrichment site is at an advanced stage, with high-tech equipment already in place at the fortified facility ahead of its …


Mosque, school pegged for seizure

WASHINGTON – Federal prosecutors on Thursday moved to seize several U.S. assets allegedly controlled by entities linked to the government of Iran, including a mosque and Islamic school in Potomac, …


Nuclear cooperation is doable, Iran leader says

BEIRUT – Iran’s president called for international cooperation on nuclear technology in a Wednesday prime-time television appearance filled with conciliatory language toward the world community, in stark contrast to the …


U.S. hikers, held since July, accused of spying in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran accused three detained Americans of spying Monday, signaling Tehran intends to put them on trial. It drew a sharp U.S. response that the charges are baseless …


Israeli navy seizes arms cargo

JERUSALEM – Israel’s navy seized a cargo ship Wednesday, intercepting what officials described as 300 tons of weapons being smuggled from Iran to Lebanon’s Hezbollah guerrillas. The haul was the …


Iranians denounce U.S., Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, Iran – Thousands of Iranians took to the streets Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, but the annual state-sponsored …


Khamenei decries negotiation with U.S.

TEHRAN – Iran’s supreme leader, spurning what he described as several personal overtures from President Obama, warned Tuesday that negotiating with the United States was “naive and perverted” and said …