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Iran denies involvement but justifies Salman Rushdie attack

Aug. 15, 2022 14:49 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian official Monday denied Tehran was involved in the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie, though he sought to justify the attack in the Islamic Republic's first public comments on the bloodshed. The remarks by Nasser Kanaani, the spokesman...

Iran's Foreign Ministry denies Tehran was involved in assault on Salman Rushdie, in first public statement on attack

Aug. 15, 2022 02:56 AM EDT
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Foreign Ministry denies Tehran was involved in assault on Salman Rushdie, in first public statement on attack.

Praise, worry in Iran after Rushdie attack; government quiet

Aug. 13, 2022 06:55 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians reacted with praise and worry Saturday over the attack on novelist Salman Rushdie, the target of a decades-old fatwa by the late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini calling for his death. It remains unclear why Rushdie's attacker, identified by...

Tehran unveils Western art masterpieces hidden for decades

Aug. 11, 2022 03:56 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Some of the world’s most prized works of contemporary Western art have been unveiled for the first time in decades — in Tehran. Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, a hard-line cleric, rails against the influence of the West. Authorities have lashed out at...

Iranian operative charged in plot to murder John Bolton

Aug. 10, 2022 17:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iranian operative has been charged in a plot to murder former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton in presumed retaliation for a U.S. airstrike that killed the country’s most powerful general, offering $300,000 to “eliminate” the Trump administration official, the...

Houshang Ebtehaj, prominent Iranian poet, dies at 94

Aug. 10, 2022 10:13 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Houshang Ebtehaj, a distinguished Iranian poet whose small but influential body of work made him a major figure in his own country and in world literature, died on Wednesday in Cologne, Germany. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his daughter, Yalda Ebtehaj,...

Iran grants 5-day furlough for French-Iranian citizen

Aug. 09, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities granted a furlough for a French-Iranian academic who was sentenced to five years in prison for allegedly spreading propaganda, Iranian media reported Tuesday. The semi-official ISNA news agency quoted Fariba Adelkhah’s attorney, Hojjat...

Shiite Muslims in Mideast mark solemn holy day of Ashoura

Aug. 08, 2022 13:31 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Millions of Shiite Muslims — from Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan — were marking the festival of Ashoura on Monday, one of the most emotional occasions in their religious calendar, commemorating the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein. ...

Talks to revive Iran nuclear deal end, produce 'final text'

Aug. 08, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Talks to revive Tehran's tattered nuclear accord with world powers in Vienna ended Monday as the parties closed a final text and key negotiators prepared to consult with their capitals, diplomats said. After 16 months of torturous on-and-off...

Iran holds mass funeral for Guard officers killed in Syria

Aug. 04, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Mourners poured out onto the streets of Tehran on Thursday to pay their respects to several Iranian officers killed in Syria, a testament to the human cost of Iran’s involvement in the civil war and a public display of nationalist fervor as nuclear talks resume in Vienna. ...