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Iran calls for review of rejected nuclear plan

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Iran said today it wants a technical panel to review a U.N.-backed plan that envisages sending most of its uranium stockpile to Russia for enrichment, limiting …


Iran-U.S. nuclear deal near approval

BEIRUT – Deft diplomacy and regional security woes are driving Iran and the United States toward a deal on Iran’s nuclear program, experts say, illustrated by movement Wednesday in talks …


As talks begin, Iran threatens to retaliate

CAIRO – Iran threatened to accelerate its uranium enrichment capabilities if talks with world powers that began Monday in Vienna don’t reach a compromise on an international plan to provide …


Iran Guard leaders killed in bombing

TEHRAN, Iran – A suicide bomber killed five senior commanders of the powerful Revolutionary Guard and at least 37 others Sunday near the Pakistani border in the heartland of a …


Russia rebuffs U.S. on Iran sanctions

MOSCOW – Further sanctions against Iran would be “counterproductive,” Russia’s top diplomat said on Tuesday, pushing back pointedly against U.S. pressure for a tougher stance against Iran’s nuclear ambitions. The …


Iran attitude shift reported

TEHRAN, Iran – The visiting head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog set Oct. 25 as the date for his inspectors to check Iran’s newly revealed uranium enrichment site and struck …


Iran OKs inspections

GENEVA – The United States and Iran tentatively stepped back from looming confrontation on Thursday, reaching an agreement with other major powers that would greatly reduce Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched …


U.N. says Iran breaking nuclear resolutions

UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that Iran’s construction of the Qom nuclear enrichment facility violates U.N. resolutions requiring greater candor about its atomic activities, adding …


Iran test-fires bigger missiles

WASHINGTON – Iran reported Monday that it successfully test-fired its most advanced and powerful medium-range missiles as part of war games it said were intended to deter the country’s enemies. …


Iran rejects nuclear charges

TEHRAN, Iran – On the eve of a visit by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the United States, Iran’s supreme leader charged Sunday that the United States is falsely accusing …


U.S. accepts offer for talks with Iran

WASHINGTON – The United States has decided to ignore Iran’s refusal to discuss its nuclear program and instead accept a vague Iranian plan for talks on security issues as the …


Iran closer to ‘breakout capacity’

WASHINGTON – Iran “is now either very near or in possession” of enough low-enriched uranium to produce one nuclear weapon, a senior U.S. diplomat said Wednesday as he offered some …


Iran’s leaders mute Ramadan

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian officials have canceled or downgraded major Shiite religious events during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, suggesting fear that the opposition might use them to stage …


Iran ready to reopen nuclear program talks

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said Tuesday that the country is prepared to resume talks with world powers over its contentious nuclear technology program and that it has …


Defiant Iran expands mass trial

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran expanded a mass trial of opposition supporters on Sunday with the addition of 25 defendants – including a Jewish teenager – in defiance of international condemnation, …


Iran admits prison abuse

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s police chief acknowledged Sunday that detained protesters were abused in prison and the country’s top prosecutor said those responsible for the mistreatment should be punished, in …


Swearing-in angers protesters in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in to a second presidential term Wednesday with a call for the divided nation to “join hands,” but it was greeted by protests …


Trudy Rubin: Hope for change within Iran

Neda Agha-Soltan’s memorial ceremony took place Thursday, 40 days after she was shot through the chest during a demonstration in Tehran. Neda was the music student whose face became the …


Ahmadinejad sworn in to second term in Iran

TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was inaugurated Monday by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, during a sober ceremony notable for the absence of several prominent figures linked to …


Iran threatens jail time for critics of hearings

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Iran’s hard-line Revolutionary Court warned Sunday that those criticizing its ongoing proceedings against post-election protesters could face jail time themselves. The threat came after a chorus of …


Trudy Rubin: Sea change possible in Iran

In Tehran University’s huge prayer hall, the Islamic regime’s most powerful clerics deliver heated Friday sermons to thousands. These diatribes are normally accompanied by the chant “Death to America!” But …


Jetliner crashes near Tehran, killing all 168 people on board

TEHRAN, Iran – A Russian-made jetliner carrying 168 people nose-dived into a field after taking off from the Iranian capital on Wednesday in a fiery crash that shredded the aircraft …


In brief: Report says Iran hangs rebels

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s state radio said authorities have hanged in public 14 members of a Sunni Muslim rebel group blamed for bombings and killings in southeastern Iran. The report …


Protesters hit streets in Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran – Violent clashes erupted Thursday in downtown Tehran between thousands of defiant protesters chanting “Death to the dictator” and security forces wielding truncheons, as the political crisis over …


Paper: Mousavi to form party

BEIRUT, Lebanon – The top figure of Iran’s nascent political reform movement, presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, will launch a political party to pursue his goals, a reformist newspaper reported …


Trudy Rubin: Direct talks with Iran off the table

Now that Iran has officially confirmed its tainted election outcome, President Barack Obama must reconsider how to deal with the regime. The big question is whether Obama should junk his …


In interview, Saddam said WMD talk was meant for Iran

WASHINGTON – Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein told an FBI interviewer before he was hanged that he allowed the world to believe he had weapons of mass destruction because he …


Iran affirms vote results

WASHINGTON – The Iranian government’s electoral watchdog Monday confirmed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s landslide victory in the disputed June 12 presidential election after police wielding batons and cables prevented more than …


New clashes erupt in Iran

Several thousand protesters – some chanting “Where is my vote?” – clashed with riot police in Tehran on Sunday as Iran detained local employees of the British Embassy, escalating the …


Mousavi blasts Iranian leaders, state-run media

TEHRAN, Iran – After days of relative quiet, Mir-Hossein Mousavi launched a broadside against the Iranian leadership in comments published Thursday, suggesting that the political rift over the country’s disputed …