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Iranian leaders defiant in face of Trump's move on sanctions

Apr. 24, 2019 7:35 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian leaders are defiant in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on countries that import Iranian oil, vowing to respond to America's move. The U.S. announced the sanctions in November but some countries got temporary waivers that allowed them to import...

Iranian parliament labels entire US military as terrorist

Apr. 23, 2019 6:26 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all U.S. military forces as terrorist, state TV reported, a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if it continues to buy...

The Latest: Iran brushes off US decision on sanction waivers

Apr. 22, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. sanctions on countries importing Iranian oil (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Iran has brushed off the Trump administration's decision to stop exempting countries from U.S. sanctions on its oil exports. In a statement carried by the official IRNA news agency on Monday, the...

Iran announces joint border security force with Pakistan

Apr. 22, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that a new joint security force with Pakistan will be formed to combat militants based along the two countries' shared border. Both Pakistan and Iran have said militant groups operate from the other country's soil, occasionally carrying out...

Iran's top leader picks new Revolutionary Guard chief

Apr. 21, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Sunday appointed a new chief of the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, picking a general with a history of threatening the U.S. just days after America designated the paramilitary force a terrorist organization. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's decision replaces...

The Latest: Muslim organization chief condemns attack

Apr. 21, 2019 1:23 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 10:10 p.m. The secretary general of the world's largest organization of Muslim nations has condemned the attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 200 people on Easter Sunday. The Organization of Islamic...

Iraq summit brings together rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran

Apr. 20, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — A summit organized by Iraq brought together regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday as part of a broader effort by Iraqi leaders to fashion the country's image as a friend among neighbors. Scarred by more than three decades of war, Iraq is recasting itself as a mediator among...

Pakistan says Iran-based group carried out deadly attack

Apr. 20, 2019 9:03 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A group of militants crossed the border from neighboring Iran earlier this week and carried out a deadly attack against Pakistan armed forces in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing 14, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. The ministry said in a letter to the Iranian government that...

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...