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Iran flies domestically made fighter jets to mark Army Day

Apr. 18, 2019 4:24 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran showcased its domestically made fighter jets by flying the aircraft over Tehran during a military parade Thursday marking National Army Day as the country grapples with U.S. sanctions and the Trump administration's recent terrorism designation of Iran's powerful paramilitary force....

Iran says US should suspend sanctions on account of floods

Apr. 17, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — President Hassan Rouhani says the U.S. should suspend sanctions against Iran because of the recent massive floods that have claimed dozens of lives. State TV quoted Rouhani's as saying on Wednesday that "if U.S officials were wise, they should have announced they would suspend the...

Turkey criticizes US for designating Iranian force terrorist

Apr. 17, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. decision to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization is a dangerous development that could lead to chaos, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Wednesday. Speaking at a joint news conference with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif,...

Iran's parliament labels US troops in Mideast as terrorist

Apr. 16, 2019 12:30 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill labeling U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorist, a day after the U.S. terrorism designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guard formally took effect, state TV reported. Defense Minister Gen. Amir Hatami introduced the bill...

Syria, Iran say US is waging 'economic terrorism'

Apr. 16, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria and Iran said Tuesday the United States is waging "economic terrorism" against countries that have different opinions and should pursue its aims through diplomacy instead. Syrian state news agency SANA quoted President Bashar Assad as saying the Trump administration's decision...

Syria fuel shortages, worsened by US sanctions, spark anger

Apr. 16, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrians in government-controlled areas who have survived eight years of war now face a new scourge: widespread fuel shortages that have brought life to a halt in major cities. Cars line up by the hundreds outside petrol stations, and long lines of people waiting to buy rationed cooking gas...

US terror label for Iran Revolutionary Guard takes effect

Apr. 15, 2019 11:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. terrorism label for Iran's Revolutionary Guard formally took effect on Monday, amid a battle between the Trump administration and some in Congress over waivers on oil and nuclear sanctions that are due to expire or be extended early next month. The Guard's formal designation as a...

Iran's top leader releases special funds for flood damages

Apr. 15, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Monday approved the use of special emergency funds to deal with damage from major flooding that has killed at least 76 people and injured more than 1,000 over the past several weeks. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the government permission to use the National...

Iran summons French ambassador over colleague's tweet

Apr. 14, 2019 10:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency reports the foreign ministry has summoned France's ambassador to Tehran over remarks made on Twitter by his colleague in Washington. Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud was being asked Sunday to explain why the French ambassador to the U.S., Gerard Araud,...

Iranian who removed headscarf sentenced to year in prison

Apr. 14, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in a public protest has been sentenced to one year in prison but pardoned by the supreme leader, her lawyer said Sunday. A court sentenced Vida Movahed in March after finding her guilty of encouraging public "corruption," her...