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Final presidential debate shows Iran's political fissures

Jun. 12, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran held a final presidential debate Saturday that showed the fissures within the Islamic Republic’s politics, as hard-liners referred to those seeking ties to the West as “infiltrators” and the race’s two other candidates brought up the unrest that surrounded...

Iran judiciary chief stages 1st campaign rally despite virus

Jun. 10, 2021 12:09 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's leading presidential candidate staged a mass rally in the country's southeast that drew thousands of supporters, sparking controversy Thursday as the first such gathering amid the raging coronavirus pandemic that has largely halted traditional election...

Iran candidate says he’s willing to potentially meet Biden

Jun. 09, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent Iranian presidential candidate said Wednesday he'd be willing to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden if he wins his country's election next week, though “America needs to send better and stronger signals” to the Islamic Republic. ...

Outgoing Iran president, a debate target, defends his record

Jun. 09, 2021 04:32 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president angrily defended himself Wednesday after coming under harsh attack during a presidential election debate the night before, saying his critics' “love for power causes memory loss.” Hassan Rouhani, the relatively moderate cleric...

Iran debate puts problems on one man: the outgoing president

Jun. 08, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's seven presidential candidates on Tuesday put all the problems of the Islamic Republic squarely on the shoulders of the one man who wasn't there to defend himself: Outgoing President Hassan Rouhani. After a raucous first debate, the aspirants...

Iran cleric who founded Hezbollah, survived book bomb, dies

Jun. 07, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, a Shiite cleric who as Iran's ambassador to Syria helped found the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and lost his right hand to a book bombing reportedly carried out by Israel, died Monday of the coronavirus. He was 74. ...

Iran's president appeals to top leader to add candidates

May. 26, 2021 04:22 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday he wrote the country’s supreme leader to protest a decision by an election watchdog to reject high-profile nominees for the June 18 presidential election. Rouhani in a weekly Cabinet meeting said he...

Iran approves 7 for presidential vote, bars Rouhani allies

May. 25, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran named the hard-line cleric running its judiciary and six others Tuesday as approved candidates in its June 18 presidential election, barring prominent candidates allied with its current president amid tensions with the West over its tattered nuclear...

Florida law seeks to rein in large social media companies

May. 24, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Monday that seeks to punish social media platforms that remove “conservative ideas” from their sites, though it is not clear if it would pass constitutional muster because it might violate the First...

Iran official says nuke inspector deal expired; talks go on

May. 23, 2021 23:14 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's hard-line parliament speaker said Sunday a temporary deal between Tehran and international inspectors to preserve surveillance images taken at nuclear sites had ended, escalating tensions amid diplomatic efforts to save the Islamic Republic's atomic accord with...