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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 …


U.S. military ponders Iran’s nuclear plans

WASHINGTON – The nation’s top military officer said Sunday that Iran has enough nuclear material to make a bomb, but Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the country was not …


In brief: Art auction breaks world records

Two rare bronze sculptures that disappeared from China nearly 150 years ago – and were demanded back by Beijing – sold for millions Wednesday as an auction of art works …


World in brief: Antarctic melt faster than thought

Antarctic glaciers are melting faster than previously thought, which could lead to an unprecedented rise in sea levels, scientists said today. A report by thousands of scientists for the 2007-2008 …


World in brief: Iran has enough fuel for bomb

Iran has enough nuclear fuel to build a bomb if it decides to take the drastic steps of violating its international treaty obligations, kicking out inspectors and further refining its …


Iran’s president says U.S. talks possible

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s hard-line president told crowds celebrating the Islamic revolution’s anniversary Tuesday that the country is ready for talks with the United States, the strongest signal yet that …


Khatami plans run for president

Former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami declared Sunday he would run again for president, setting the stage for a major political showdown in coming months between the popular reformist leader – …


Iranians announce first successful satellite launch

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Iran announced its first successful satellite launch Tuesday, a step into the space age as well as a showy demonstration of firepower amid continued concerns about the …


Former president to join Iran ballot

TEHRAN, Iran – Former president Mohammad Khatami, who for two terms led failed attempts to give Iranians more legal freedoms and end Iran’s international isolation, has decided to run in …


World in brief: Netanyahu says he’d stop Iran

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s leading candidate for prime minister, said Saturday that Iran “will not be armed with a nuclear weapon.” In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2 TV, Netanyahu said …


World in brief: President softens anti-U.S. rhetoric

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad struck a milder-than-usual tone toward the United States in remarks Thursday, saying he did not want to “judge ahead of time” the policies of President-elect Barack …


Iranian leader skewers West

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wishes the world a merry Christmas, even though he thinks much of it is in crisis because, he said, the West’s “bullying, ill-tempered …


Goodwill Tour

When Jafar Edrisi and Nasim Yousefi embarked on a two-year bicycle tour of the world last spring, the couple from Tehran had no idea exactly where their travels would take …


Air Iran

He’s best known as a voice on the airwaves – the guy on Spokane’s community radio station who talks about life and culture in Iran while playing all the funky …