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Iran's World Cup team gets tepid welcome home, amid protests

Dec. 01, 2022 08:03 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran's national soccer team received a subdued welcome home after its World Cup defeat against the United States, a match played against the backdrop of ongoing anti-government protests in Iran. One Iranian man was shot dead celebrating the American victory. The...

In protest-riven Iran, some celebrate U.S. World Cup victory

Nov. 30, 2022 05:22 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Soccer fans in Iran's Kurdish region set off fireworks and honked car horns early Wednesday to celebrate the U.S. win over the Iranian national team in a politically charged World Cup match that divided the protest-riven country. Cheering fans hit the streets in...

Iran-US World Cup clash rife with political tension

Nov. 29, 2022 17:56 PM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The last World Cup clash between the United States and Iran 24 years ago is considered one of the most politically charged matches in soccer history. Tuesday night's match in Qatar likely eclipsed it. The Americans prevailed 1-0 on the pitch, where no one...

Iranian general acknowledges over 300 dead in unrest

Nov. 28, 2022 13:40 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian general on Monday acknowledged that more than 300 people have been killed in the unrest surrounding nationwide protests, giving the first official word on casualties in two months. That estimate is considerably lower than the toll...

Iran leader praises force tasked with quashing protests

Nov. 26, 2022 08:38 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader praised paramilitary volunteers tasked with quashing dissent on Saturday in a televised address as dozens of eye doctors warned that a rising number of demonstrators have been blinded by security forces during anti-government protests. ...

Iran media blames humiliating World Cup loss on protests

Nov. 22, 2022 06:00 AM EST

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Iran was reeling Tuesday from the humiliation of starting the World Cup with a lopsided 6-2 loss against England in a match overshadowed by protests on and off the field. Hard-line Iranian media sought to blame the defeat on the unrest that has gripped the...

Shops in Iran, including Grand Bazaar, close over protests

Nov. 15, 2022 10:39 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranian shops in Tehran's historic Grand Bazaar and elsewhere across the country closed their doors Tuesday amid protests gripping the nation, as two prominent soccer stars also announced they would not be attending the upcoming World Cup over the...

Iran protests rage on streets as officials renew threats

Nov. 10, 2022 04:57 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protests in Iran raged on streets into Thursday with demonstrators remembering a bloody crackdown in the country's southeast, even as the nation's intelligence minister and army chief renewed threats against local dissent and the broader world. ...

Iran Revolutionary Guard launches rocket amid more protests

Nov. 05, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard on Saturday launched a new satellite-carrying rocket, state TV reported, seeking to demonstrate the hard-line force's prowess even as anti-government protests rage across the country. Iranian state...

Iran acknowledges sending drones to Russia for first time

Nov. 05, 2022 04:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Saturday acknowledged for the first time that his country has supplied Russia with drones, insisting the transfer came before Moscow's war on Ukraine that has seen the Iranian-made drones divebombing Kyiv. The comments...