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Flash floods in southern Iran kill at least 17, injure 74

Mar. 25, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Flash floods in southern Iran have killed at least 17 people and injured 74, Iranian state TV reported on Monday. Heavy rains outside the city of Shiraz triggered the sudden flooding, according to the head of Iran's emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand. State TV earlier said...

Iranians prepare for Nowruz, the Persian new year

Mar. 20, 2019 9:25 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians on Wednesday were preparing for the annual Nowruz holiday that marks the Persian new year and the arrival of spring. The holiday, dating back to at least 1700 B.C. and incorporating ancient Zoroastrian traditions, is the most important event in the Iranian calendar and is...

Iran's woes briefly go up in smoke during fire festival

Mar. 19, 2019 11:51 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's many woes briefly went up in smoke as Iranians observed a nearly 4,000-year-old Persian tradition known as the Festival of Fire. The celebration is held on the last Tuesday night before Nowruz, or the Iranian New Year, which will be celebrated Thursday. The annual ritual dates...

Iran's Rouhani urges Iranians to 'put all your curses' on US

Mar. 18, 2019 7:01 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Monday urged Iranians to put a curse on the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia, reiterating his long-standing charge that the U.S. and its allies are responsible for the country's ailing economy. President Hassan Rouhani's remarks were meant to deflect criticism...

Born into al-Qaida: Hamza bin Laden's rise to prominence

Mar. 17, 2019 8:41 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The boy is only 12 years old and looks even younger and smaller kneeling next to the wreckage of a helicopter, flanked by masked jihadis carrying Kalashnikov assault rifles with bandoliers strapped across their chests. Hamza bin Laden, with a traditional Arab coffee pot...

Lawyer: US Navy veteran held in Iran sentenced to 10 years

Mar. 16, 2019 11:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, his lawyer said Saturday, becoming the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Donald Trump took office. Though the case against Michael R. White remains unclear, it...

Iran's hard-line judiciary chief becomes deputy of key panel

Mar. 12, 2019 5:29 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says the country's newly appointed head of judiciary has also been elected as a deputy chief in the panel known as Assembly of Experts, which can appoint or remove the country's supreme leader. Tuesday's report says the panel voted 43-35 in favor of...

Iran's Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

Mar. 11, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Since Rouhani's election in 2013, Iraq has relied on Iranian paramilitary support...

Iranian couple arrested after marriage proposal in public

Mar. 11, 2019 6:53 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A young Iranian couple have been arrested after a marriage proposal in public that was captured on a video clip that went viral on social media. The police say the pair offended Islamic mores on public decency but were later released on bail. The video, which spread on social media last...

Report: Verdict issued against US Navy veteran held in Iran

Mar. 11, 2019 6:31 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's judiciary has delivered a verdict against U.S. Navy veteran Michael White who was detained last July in Iran but there is no information as to what the ruling contained, a semi-official news agency reported Monday. A prosecutor in the northeastern city of Mashdad, Gholamali...