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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....

US porn actor who advocates for Palestinians visits Iran on trip unacknowledged by Tehran

Feb. 05, 2024 08:28 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An American porn actor who has advocated for Palestinians online during Israel's war on Hamas traveled to Iran and visited the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran, which was abandoned after the 1979 hostage crisis. The visit by Whitney Wright as Iran imprisons Nobel...

Iran executes 4 men convicted of planning sabotage and alleged links with Israel's Mossad spy agency

Jan. 29, 2024 01:42 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran executed on Monday four men convicted of planning sabotage and alleged links with Israel's Mossad secret service, state media reported. The official IRNA news agency said the men were convicted of planning to target a factory in 2022 belonging to Iran’s...

Iran launches 3 satellites into space that are part of a Western-criticized program as tensions rise

Jan. 28, 2024 14:47 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Iran said Sunday it successfully launched three satellites into space with a rocket that had multiple failures in the past, the latest for a program that the West says improves Tehran's ballistic missiles. The launch comes as heightened tensions grip the wider...

US warned Iran that ISIS-K was preparing attack ahead of deadly Kerman blasts, a US official says

Jan. 25, 2024 11:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government privately warned Iran that the Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan was preparing to carry out a terrorist attack before bombings in Kerman earlier this month that killed 95 people, a U.S. official said Thursday. The official, who was...

Iran disqualifies former moderate president from running for reelection to influential assembly

Jan. 25, 2024 11:46 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s former moderate President Hassan Rouhani says he has been disqualified from running for reelection to the country’s influential Assembly of Experts, calling it a move to limit the people’s participation in elections, official state media reported. ...

Iranian soldier kills 5 comrades in southeastern city where IS attack killed dozens, state TV says

Jan. 21, 2024 15:57 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian soldier opened fire on fellow soldiers Sunday, killing five of them in the southeastern city of Kerman, where 94 people were killed in a bombing attack earlier this month, Iranian state TV reported. State TV said the shooting happened when the...