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Would you recognize the Taliban?

The Taliban have returned to power in Afghanistan after two decades. Over the next few weeks and months, a host of foreign nations with a stake in the country's future will have to make a very tough choice: grant legitimacy to a regime that…

Iran denies Baha’is a dignified burial

Jose Kalathil Continuing its decades-long agenda of persecution of Baha’is from cradle to grave, the Iranian government has now banned burying the dead bodies of the community members in a space previously allocated to them in Tehran’s…

5.9-magnitude earthquake hits Iran

TEHRAN An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter Scale Sunday hit Iran's southwestern Bushehr province, which houses a nuclear power plant, injuring five people but causing no major damage, state media said. The 10-kilometre…

Iran: No talks with US during Vienna meeting

TEHRAN, Iran Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sayed Abbas Araghchi on Sunday ruled out any direct or indirect talks with the US one day before heading to Vienna for much-anticipated talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal. Araghchi told…

Will Biden bury the hatchet with Iran?

TEHRAN, Iran While Donald Trump's unceremonious exit from the White House has been welcomed in Iran, the arrival of Joe Biden as the new US president is being viewed with guarded optimism. Biden, who served in the Barack Obama…

Iran records 422 additional virus deaths

TEHRAN Iran recorded 422 coronavirus-related deaths and saw its worst day of fresh case count with 8,932, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday. Tuesday's figures pushed the overall count up to 637,712 including 36,160 deaths, said Sima…

US envoy calls for Iran arms embargo renewal

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates An expiring United Nations weapons embargo on Iran must remain in place to prevent it from “becoming the arms dealer of choice for rogue regimes and terrorist organizations around the world,” the U.S. special…

Iran warns US of interfering with oil tankers

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday that intervention by the US against Iranian oil tankers sent to Venezuela will be met with retaliation. "Any ‘pirate-like’ action by the US Navy against the Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela…

COVID-19: Death toll in Iran surges to 6,277

The death toll in Iran from the coronavirus rose to 6,277, as 74 new deaths were reported over the past 24 hours, state media said on Monday. A total of 1,223 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the…

Iran’s coronavirus death toll reaches 5,710

Iran reported 60 new deaths from coronavirus, bringing the toll to 5,710, state media said on Sunday. A total of 1,153 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 90,481, Iran's state…

Iran’s coronavirus death toll nears 5,400

With 94 new deaths reported in Iran, the death toll from coronavirus surged to 5,391, state media said on Wednesday. A total of 1,194 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total infections to 85,996,…

Iran: Coronavirus death toll rises to 5,209

Iran reported 91 new fatalities from coronavirus, raising the death toll to 5,209, state media said on Monday. The Iranian state television reported Kianoush Jahanpour, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, as saying that 1,294 more people…

Iran: Coronavirus death toll jumps to 4,585

With 111 more deaths reported in Iran, the death toll out of coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has increased to 4,585, a country’s health official said on Monday. Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told the TV channels that 1,617…

Iran marks somber Nowruz amid coronavirus

Iran's top leadership on Friday said the country will overcome the coronavirus pandemic through unity -- in speeches delivered on Nowruz, the Persian new year. President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei released…

PHOTOS: Life in the time of coronavirus

As cases of the coronavirus increase in Italy, Iran, South Korea, the United States and elsewhere, photographers around the world are capturing the impact on daily life. Fear of the spreading illness has led to a run on sales of face…

The West discussed its existence in Munich

This year’s Munich Security Conference was held amid an atmosphere of deepening global geopolitical conflicts. This meeting carries vital importance for those who will be assessing global politics in the first quarter of the 21st century…

US seizes Iranian weapons cache in Arabian Sea

WASHINGTON The U.S. said Thursday it seized a cache of suspected Iranian-origin anti-tank weapons and other munitions in the Arabian Sea. The USS Normandy intercepted and boarded a dhow, a traditional sail boat used in the region, when it…

Iran open to dialog with all neighbours: Zarif

Tehran Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has reaffirmed Tehran’s readiness for talks with all its neighbours amid the ongoing tensions in the Persian Gulf region. “Iran remains open to dialogue with its neighbours, and we…

New great game in the Middle East

The old Great Game, a set of military-diplomatic confrontations, was played out between the British Empire and the Russian Empire in lower Central Asia and Afghanistan, primarily in the 19th century. The Russian Bear was suspected to be…

Standoff in the Middle East

Cynics expressed that the latest salvo from President Trump that led to stealth assassination of an Iranian military leader in Baghdad was designed to divert attention from his impending impeachment trial in the US Senate. This usually is…

Iran’s next : A cyberattack on the US?

For the overwhelming number of Americans who have little interest in adding a war with Iran to the list of ill-advised, modern U.S. military conflicts, this week brought only confusion about what lies ahead. On the one hand, leaders from…

US military presence in Iraq in spotlight

After Iran launched missile attacks early Wednesday on military bases in Iraq where U.S. forces are stationed, the spotlight is on the U.S. and foreign military presence in the country. The attacks came in retaliation for last week’s U.S.…

Iraq: No casualties in Iran missile strike

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities on Wednesday reported that there had been no casualties following Iran's missile strike targeting two U.S. military bases in Iraq. Iraq's state-run Security Media Network said in a written statement that 22…

Ukrainian airplane crashes near Tehran

TEHRAN, Iran: A Ukrainian airplane carrying at least 170 people crashed Wednesday near an airport in the capital, Tehran, state TV reported. There was no immediate word on casualties. The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini…

Denmark suspends training of Iraqi soldiers

COPENHAGEN Denmark suspended training of Iraqi forces amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran for the assassination of a top Iranian general by an American airstrike, according to a statement Saturday from the Danish Army. The…

Who was Qassem Soleimani?

Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, the top commander of the elite Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, helped Iran fight proxy wars across the Middle East by inspiring militias on the battlefield and negotiating with political…
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