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Iranian women take historic role in protests

For years, women’s defiance in Iran came in carefully planned flashes of hair under their head scarves, brightly painted fingernails and trendy clothing that could be glimpsed under bulky coats …


Hard-liners try to stifle protests

Iran’s hard-line leaders moved aggressively Tuesday to silence protests over the disputed June 12 presidential election, rejecting demands for a new vote and announcing that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be …


Obama critical of Iran violence

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Tuesday abandoned the restrained tone he had maintained in recent days in discussing the unrest in Iran, opening a news conference by reading a …


Obama talks tougher on Iran violence

President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared the United States and the entire world “appalled and outraged” by Iran’s violent efforts to crush dissent, a clear toughening of his rhetoric as …


Video of Iranian woman’s fatal shooting creates an icon

TEHRAN – A video clip showing the violent death of a 26-year-old woman during Saturday’s riots in Tehran has captured the world’s attention and turned her into an icon for …


Eerie calm in Tehran as death toll jumps to 17

TEHRAN, Iran — An eerie calm settled over the streets of Tehran Sunday as state media reported at least 10 more deaths in post-election unrest and said authorities arrested the …


Spokane-area residents see another side of Iran

They didn’t travel as tourists. When Spokane resident Shahrokh Nikfar and two families with young children journeyed to Iran last month, they saw themselves as a “peace delegation” – a …


Iranians defy ban on street protests

TEHRAN, Iran – Thousands of protesters defied Iran’s highest authority Saturday and marched on waiting security forces that fought back with baton charges, tear gas and water cannons as the …


Ayatollah expected to address election

TEHRAN, Iran – With titans of the Islamic republic entrenched against each other, crowds of protesters clad in green and black pressed into President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s home turf Thursday to …


Huge rallies planned in Iran

TEHRAN, Iran – Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flooded Tehran Wednesday in the fifth day of protests to demand the annulment of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s re-election, and more nationwide …


Kathleen Parker: Film exposes truth in Iran

There’s a “new” old name suddenly in circulation that is both filled with ancient history and ripe with a revolutionary spirit for today’s game-changing events. Zahra.


Wheat growers concerned about Iranian market

Regional wheat farmers hope the political unrest roiling Iran won’t disrupt a business breakthrough that during the past year resulted in the first grain sales into the country in nearly …


Top Iran cleric: election rigged

TEHRAN, Iran – Supporters of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main rival in the disputed presidential election, Mir Hossein Mousavi, massed in competing rallies Tuesday as the country’s most …


Probe ordered in Iran as masses roil

TEHRAN, Iran – Hundreds of thousands of Iranian protesters defied authorities Monday and marched to Tehran’s Freedom Square, as the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader ordered an investigation into allegations of …


Iran vote unrest grows

TEHRAN, Iran – Protesters battled police over Iran’s disputed election and shouted their opposition from the rooftops Sunday, but President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the unrest as little more than “passions …


Tehran erupts in riots over disputed election

TEHRAN, Iran – Huge swaths of the Iranian capital erupted in fiery riots that stretched into the early hours today as hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared victory in his quest …


Iranian results thwart hopes

WASHINGTON – The re-election of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a stinging setback to the Obama administration’s hopes of cultivating a better relationship with the Islamic republic. Although Ahmadinejad and …


Rivals in Iran vote issue competing victory claims

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s state news agency reported that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won re-election Friday, but his main reformist challenger also confidently claimed victory at a news conference moments earlier.


Election could transform Iran’s international stance

TEHRAN, Iran – After an exuberant campaign season, voters across this country of 70 million head to the polls today in a fiercely contested presidential election with potentially broad domestic …


Campaign concludes with a threat

TEHRAN, Iran – In the final hours of Iran’s fierce election campaign, the top pro-reform challenger to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got a sharp warning Wednesday that authorities would crush any …


Iran missile firing seen as advance

SEMNAN, Iran – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced Wednesday that his country had successfully test-fired a medium-range missile apparently capable of striking Israel and U.S. bases in the Persian Gulf …


Jailed journalist on hunger strike

TEHRAN, Iran – An American journalist jailed in Iran for allegedly spying for the U.S. was on her fifth day of a hunger strike Saturday and does not plan to …


Israel linking Palestinian talks, Iran

JERUSALEM – The new Israeli government will not move ahead on the core issues of peace talks with the Palestinians until it sees progress in U.S. efforts to stop Iran’s …


Iran president draws ire for U.N. conference comments

GENEVA – Dozens of Western diplomats walked out of a U.N. conference and a pair of rainbow-wigged protesters threw clown noses at Iran’s president Monday when the hard-line leader called …


U.S. official meets with Iranian diplomat

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – A senior U.S. official met with an Iranian diplomat during an international conference Tuesday, marking the Obama administration’s biggest step so far to reach out to …


Trudy Rubin: In relations, next move is Iran’s

If you want to know how President Obama is changing America’s foreign-policy strategy, watch the short video in which he wishes Iran’s people and leaders a happy Nowruz. Nowruz is …


Iran’s Khamenei rebuffs Obama’s New Year gesture

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s most powerful figure dismissed President Barack Obama’s extraordinary Persian New Year gesture, insisting Saturday that the U.S. administration’s actions must match its rhetoric before Iran would …


U.S. may ask Iran to attend meeting

BRUSSELS – In its first overture to Iran, the Obama administration is pushing to convene a high-level meeting on Afghanistan this month that would include an invitation to Tehran, Secretary …


Clinton denounces Iran’s tactics

BRUSSELS, Belgium – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton swiped hard at Iran on Wednesday, accusing its hard-line leaders of fomenting divisions in the Arab world, promoting terrorism, posing …


Helicopter security breached

WASHINGTON – The Navy is investigating how an unauthorized user in Iran gained online access to blueprints and other information about a helicopter in President Barack Obama’s fleet. Employees at …