- Discussing police, Iran president pushes against hard-liners Updated: May-04-15 12:49 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Ahead of summer in Iran, when hard-liners want women in the Islamic Republic to be veiled and covered to their standards, the country's president is taking a stand against police enforcing morality rules.
- Iran scraps cash handouts to its wealthiest to ease burden Updated: Apr-29-15 1:13 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran has scrapped the country's wealthiest citizens off a list of people receiving monthly cash handouts in a small step toward easing the burden on the budget and freeing up more government funds, an official said Wednesday.
- African, Asian leaders agree to cooperate against terrorism Updated: Apr-23-15 10:04 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Asian and African leaders agreed to develop concrete ways to cooperate in fighting extremism and the financing of terrorism, they said at the conclusion of a summit in Indonesia's capital Thursday.
- Afghan deportees from Iran return to a home they barely know Updated: Apr-22-15 2:17 am
ISLAM QALA, Afghanistan - Tajigul Haidary had overstayed her residents' visa in Iran and was expecting just a hefty fine when she went to renew it, she said. Instead, she was arrested as an illegal immigrant, imprisoned, held in a transit center with hundreds of other Afghans and, early this week, deported at a dusty border point back to Afghanistan.
- Rouhani says Saudis will harvest hatred in Yemen Updated: Apr-18-15 6:29 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani harshly criticized Saudi Arabia Saturday, warning that the Saudi royal family in Riyadh will harvest the hatred it is sowing in Yemen through its airstrike campaign.
- Obama open to 'creative negotiations' on Iran sanctions Updated: Apr-17-15 2:20 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama on Friday left open the door to "creative negotiations" in response to Iran's demand that punishing sanctions be immediately lifted as part of a nuclear deal, even though the initial agreement calls for the penalties to be removed over time.
- Saudi-Iran rivalry over Yemen deepens Mideast sectarianism Updated: Apr-16-15 1:19 pm
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's government insists it is not at war with Iran despite its three-week air campaign against Tehran-backed rebels in Yemen, but the kingdom's powerful clerics, and its regional rival's theocratic government, are increasingly presenting the conflict as part of a region-wide battle for the soul of Islam.
- Iran's Rouhani dismisses US Congress pressure over nuke deal Updated: Apr-15-15 8:29 am
TEHRAN, Iran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday dismissed pressure from the U.S. Congress over a preliminary deal on Iran's nuclear program, saying that Tehran is dealing with world powers - not American lawmakers.
- Obama says partisanship over Iran deal has gone too far Updated: Apr-11-15 8:05 pm
PANAMA CITY - President Barack Obama said Saturday that partisan wrangling over the emerging nuclear agreement with Iran and on other foreign policy matters has gone beyond the pale, singling out two senior Republican senators for particularly harsh criticism. "It needs to stop," he declared.
- White House: Iran deal requires phased sanctions removal Updated: Apr-10-15 4:50 pm
PANAMA CITY - The White House pushed back Friday against declarations from Iran's leaders that any nuclear deal must include an immediate lifting of sanctions, indicating President Barack Obama will walk away from negotiations unless sanctions are removed over time.
- Re-imposing sanctions on Iran not as easy as it might sound Updated: Apr-10-15 3:29 am
WASHINGTON - Snap back? Not so fast.
- Turkish president visits Iran despite tensions over Yemen Updated: Apr-07-15 2:07 pm
TEHRAN, Iran - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Iran Tuesday amid deep differences between the two nations over the conflicts in Yemen and Syria.
- Framework for Iran nuclear deal may sideline hard-liners Updated: Apr-06-15 7:07 am
TEHRAN, Iran - As Iran's nuclear negotiators returned home with the framework of a deal with world powers, joyous revelers joked that "still, there is no whiskey" in the Islamic Republic, a jab at its theocratic government. But hard-liners here aren't laughing.
- Obama defends Iran deal as 'once in a lifetime' opportunity Updated: Apr-05-15 9:41 pm
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama staunchly defended a framework nuclear agreement with Iran as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to prevent a bomb and bring longer-term stability to the Middle East. He insisted the U.S. would stand by Israel if it were to come under attack, but acknowledged that his pursuit of diplomacy with Tehran has caused strain with the close ally.