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Iranian singer who won Grammy for Mahsa Amini protest anthem is sentenced to prison in Iran

Mar. 01, 2024 20:23 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian singer who won a Grammy presented by U.S. first lady Jill Biden has been sentenced to more than three years in prison over his anthem supporting the 2022 protests over the death of Mahsa Amini. Shervin Hajipour posted on Instagram on...

Iranian parliament vote, first since 2022 mass protests, sees a low turnout despite government push

Mar. 01, 2024 15:40 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran held its first parliamentary election Friday since mass 2022 protests over mandatory hijab laws following the death of Mahsa Amini, apparently drawing a low turnout amid calls for a boycott. It wasn't immediately clear if voter apathy or an...

A brazen iPhone scam in Iran reflects its economic struggles and tensions with the West

Feb. 29, 2024 00:33 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With flashy celebrity ads and promises of deep discounts, a shop in Iran's capital had offered consumers in the Islamic Republic one of the hottest products in the country — an iPhone that came out in 2021. But instead of getting their hands on the handsets,...

Many in Iran are frustrated by unrest and poor economy. Parliament elections could see a low turnout

Feb. 28, 2024 15:09 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran is holding parliamentary elections this Friday, yet the real question may not be who gets elected but how many people actually turn out to vote. Widespread discontent over the cratering economy, years of mass protests rocking the country,...

US and UK hit Iranian deputy commander and Houthi member with sanctions

Feb. 27, 2024 17:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. and U.K. sanctioned a deputy commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and a Houthi militant member, Tuesday. The U.S. additionally sanctioned firms registered in Hong Kong and the Marshall Islands, along with two ships, including one that transported $100...

Iran has further increased its total stockpile of uranium, UN nuclear watchdog report says

Feb. 26, 2024 15:00 PM EST

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has further increased its total stockpile of uranium, according to a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog seen by The Associated Press on Monday, and it continues to bar the agency's most seasoned inspectors from monitoring its nuclear program, The International...

Iran starts first election campaign since the 2022 mass protests over Mahsa Amini's death in custody

Feb. 22, 2024 12:17 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Candidates for Iran's parliament began campaigning Thursday in the country's first election since the 2022 crackdown on nationwide protests that followed the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody. Iran's state television said 15,200 candidates will...

Albanian authorities accuse Iranian-backed hackers of cyberattack on Institute of Statistics

Feb. 14, 2024 01:09 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania’s cybersecurity authorities have accused a hacker group “sponsored” by the Iranian government of attacking the country’s Institute of Statistics earlier this month. On Feb. 1, the institute reported becoming a target of a “sophisticated...

US says it's taken possession of a Boeing 747 that Iran sold to a Venezuelan firm

Feb. 12, 2024 14:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has seized a Boeing 747 cargo plane that officials say was previously sold by a sanctioned Iranian airline to a state-owned Venezuelan firm in violation of American export control laws. The Justice Department said Monday that the American-built...

Allies fear the US is becoming less reliable, with growing concern over a possible Trump return

Feb. 11, 2024 14:53 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — As chances rise of a Joe Biden-Donald Trump rematch in the U.S. presidential election, America’s allies are bracing for a bumpy ride. Many worry that a second term for Trump would be an earthquake, but tremors already abound — and concerns are rising that the U.S....