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Thousands in Iran attend funeral for slain Guard members

Feb. 16, 2019 9:44 AM EST

ISFAHAN, Iran (AP) — Dozens of comrades circled caskets on the back of trucks on Saturday as thousands of mourners attended a mass funeral for 27 elite Revolutionary Guard soldiers killed in a suicide car bombing this week in Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan province. Men rhythmically struck their chests, a...

Indicted US intelligence analyst once drew media across Iran

Feb. 14, 2019 8:24 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst, her brown hair now hidden underneath a mandatory hijab, stood before an Iranian ayatollah as a television camera filmed behind her. It was 2012 and Monica Elfriede Witt offered Ayatollah Hadi Barikbin the pledge of faith all...

Top Iran cleric links suicide blast to foreign spy services

Feb. 14, 2019 5:55 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has sent condolences to the families of the victims of a suicide car bombing that struck a bus carrying Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard troops, killing at least 27 people. An al-Qaida-linked group, Jaish al-Adl, claimed responsibility for...

Absent Iran takes center stage at Mideast talks in Poland

Feb. 13, 2019 5:19 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Although it is absent from the stage, Iran is nevertheless taking the spotlight at a Middle East security conference co-hosted by the United States and Poland that has highlighted deep divisions between the U.S. and some of its traditional allies. Amid uncertainty over its aims and...

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...

The Latest: ICJ ruling favors Iran on part of assets claim

Feb. 13, 2019 11:02 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on relations between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 8:25 p.m. The International Court of Justice says it has jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States that seeks to claw back around $2 billion worth of frozen assets the U.S. Supreme...

Iran's supreme leader says any talks with US can only 'harm'

Feb. 13, 2019 8:59 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said Wednesday that any negotiations with the U.S. would "bring nothing but material and spiritual harm" in remarks before an American-led meeting on the Mideast in Warsaw. The comments from Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were part of a seven-page statement read...

US, Poland launch Mideast conference despite uncertain aims

Feb. 13, 2019 7:52 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States and Poland are kicking off an international conference on the Middle East on Wednesday amid uncertainty over its aims and questions about what it will deliver. Initially it was billed by President Donald Trump's administration as an Iran-focused meeting, but the...

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...

Iran's top leader defends Iranian 'Death to America' chants

Feb. 8, 2019 6:58 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is defending "Death to America" chants that are standard fare at anti-U.S. rallies across Iran but says the chanting is aimed at America's leaders and not its people. Khamenei's website on Friday quoted him as saying the chant means "death to...