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Iran’s Shiite Muslims commemorate the mourning day of Ashoura with processions

Jul. 16, 2024 09:18 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian Shiite Muslims on Tuesday commemorated Ashoura, a remembrance of the 7th century martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Hussein, that gave birth to their faith. Over 1,340 years after Hussein’s death, Tehran and other cities across the country...

Azerbaijan reopens its embassy in Iran as the countries try to ease tensions

Jul. 15, 2024 11:34 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The embassy of Azerbaijan in Tehran resumed its work Monday after more than a year of negotiations between the two countries to ease tensions, media reports said. An official at the embassy told The Associated Press that it had resumed operations but the formal...

Yemen Houthi rebels fired an Iranian missile at Norwegian-flagged ship, debris analyzed by US shows

Jul. 11, 2024 20:53 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Yemen's Houthi rebels likely fired an Iranian-made anti-ship cruise missile at a Norwegian-flagged tanker in the Red Sea in December, an assault that now provides a public, evidence-based link between the ongoing rebel campaign against shipping and Tehran, the...

Oil tanker held by Iran for over a year heads reaches international waters, tracking data shows

Jul. 11, 2024 13:10 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil tanker held by Iran for over a year after being seized amid tensions between Tehran and the United States reached international waters on Thursday, tracking data showed. The Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Advantage Sweet traveled through...

Tehran police close Turkish Airlines office after its employees defy Iran's headscarf law

Jul. 09, 2024 14:28 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Police in Iran shut down the Turkish Airlines office in the capital of Tehran, Iranian media reported Tuesday, after female employees there apparently refused to wear the mandatory headscarf, or hijab, in an act of defiance of the country’s law. The...

Polls close in Iran presidential election held after hard-liner's death and as Mideast tensions rise

Jun. 28, 2024 17:13 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranians voted on Friday in a snap election to replace the late hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi, with the race's sole reformist candidate vowing to seek “friendly relations” with the West in an effort to energize supporters in a vote beset by apathy. ...

The Latest | Polls close in Iran after election to replace a president killed in a helicopter crash

Jun. 28, 2024 17:08 PM EDT

Iranians voted on Friday to replace the late President Ebrahim Raisi, who was killed in a May helicopter crash in the country's northwest along with the foreign minister and several other officials. Analysts broadly described the race as a three-way contest. There are two...

Two candidates drop out of Iran presidential election, due to take place Friday amid voter apathy

Jun. 27, 2024 20:24 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two candidates in Iran's presidential election withdrew from the race as the country on Thursday prepared for the upcoming vote, an effort by hard-liners to coalesce around a unity candidate in the polls to replace the late President Ebrahim Raisi. ...

As Iran's presidential vote looms, tensions boil over renewed headscarf crackdown

Jun. 26, 2024 01:00 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Seemingly every afternoon in Iran's capital, police vans rush to major Tehran squares and intersections to search for women with loose headscarves and those who dare not to wear them at all. The renewed crackdown comes not quite two years since...

Parliament speaker. The Tehran mayor. A heart surgeon. The race is on for Iran's next president

Jun. 25, 2024 11:04 AM EDT

Six candidates have been approved by Iran's theocracy to run in Friday’s presidential election to replace the late President Ebrahim Raisi, who died in a helicopter crash with several other officials in May. Among them, Iran’s parliament speaker stands out as the most...