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Iran cleric linked to 1988 mass executions to lead judiciary

Mar. 7, 2019 11:48 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A hard-line cleric once thought to be a possible successor to Iran's supreme leader was appointed head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary Thursday, sparking concern from rights activists over his involvement in the execution of thousands in the 1980s. Ebrahim Raisi was...

Iran lawyer convicted after defending women protesters

Mar. 6, 2019 12:20 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent human rights lawyer in Iran who defended protesters against the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarves for women has been convicted and faces years in prison, an activist group said Wednesday. The conviction of Nasrin Sotoudeh, who previously served three...

Iran's foreign minister hopes resignation empowers diplomats

Feb. 26, 2019 10:25 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Tuesday he hoped his sudden resignation would reinforce the position of his fellow diplomats, hinting that a dispute with the security apparatus and hard-liners led to a "deadly poison for foreign policy." Mohammed Javad Zarif's move sent shockwaves through...

Iran's president faces calls to resign over economic crisis

Feb. 24, 2019 7:11 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — As Iran marked the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution, a white-turbaned Shiite cleric at one commemoration targeted President Hassan Rouhani, a fellow clergyman, with this sign: "You who are the cause of inflation; we hope you won't last until spring." Already lashed by...

Suicide bomber targeting Iran's Revolutionary Guard kills 27

Feb. 13, 2019 2:51 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A suicide car bomber claimed by an al-Qaida-linked group attacked a bus carrying members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard paramilitary force Wednesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding 13 others, state media reported. Tehran immediately linked the attack in Iran's restive...

Iranian-Americans nurture new generations after revolution

Feb. 12, 2019 10:36 AM EST

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Minoo Sharifan came to the United States from Iran in the 1970s for graduate school, and like many others, wound up settling in America, starting a career and raising her family while a revolution upended her homeland and fractured relations with the U.S. The two countries remain...

Iranians mark anniversary of victory day in 1979 revolution

Feb. 11, 2019 1:42 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Waving Iranian flags, chanting "Death to America" and burning U.S. and Israeli flags, hundreds of thousands of people poured out onto the streets across Iran on Monday, marking the date that's considered victory day in the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution. On Feb. 11 that year, Iran's...

AP WAS THERE: Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution sweeps nation

Feb. 11, 2019 1:48 AM EST

EDITOR'S NOTE: On Feb. 11, 1979, after days of running street battles and uncertainty, Iran's military stood down and allowed the Islamic Revolution to sweep across the country. The caretaker government left behind by the cancer-stricken Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who weeks earlier left the nation, quickly...

Key moments in Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution

Feb. 11, 2019 1:22 AM EST

Forty years ago, Iran's military said it wouldn't stand in the way of revolutionaries and returned to its barracks, signaling the end of the rule of the shah. The effects of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, including the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the ensuing hostage crisis, have reverberated through...

Today in History

Feb. 11, 2019 12:04 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2019. There are 323 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. On this date: In 1531, the Church of England grudgingly accepted King Henry VIII...