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Brother of Iran's president goes on trial for corruption

Feb. 19, 2019 8:28 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The trial has begun for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's brother and close confidante, who faces corruption allegations brought by hard-liners who dominate the country's judiciary. The semi-official ISNA news agency reported that Hossein Fereidoun, who was on the team that negotiated...

Iranian president: US sanctions are 'economic war' on Iran

Feb. 18, 2019 6:28 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Monday described U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran as an economic war being waged on his country and stressed that "economic war is more difficult than military war." Hassan Rouhani spoke as he inaugurated the third and final phase of the sprawling Persian Gulf Star...

Iran unveils first semi-heavy missile-equipped submarine

Feb. 17, 2019 10:39 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV is reporting that the country's President Hassan Rouhani has unveiled the first Iranian made semi-heavy submarine. The Sunday report said the Fateh, "Conqueror" in Persian, is capable of being fitted with cruise missiles. Since 1992, Iran has developed a homegrown...

Iran points to Pakistan after deadly attack on Guard

Feb. 17, 2019 9:23 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament speaker said Sunday that an attack that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard was "planned and carried out from inside Pakistan," which he said should answer for it. Ali Larijani's remarks, carried by the state-run IRNA news agency, came after Iranian...

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...

IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

Feb. 14, 2019 5:39 PM EST

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — Islamic State group militants clung to their last square kilometer (square mile) of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said. U.S.-backed forces conducted precision operations targeting the militants' outposts in and...

Pence urges Europe to quit Iran deal, stop busting sanctions

Feb. 14, 2019 2:02 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Trump administration lashed out at some of America's closest traditional allies Thursday, accusing Britain, France and Germany of trying to bust U.S. sanctions against Iran and calling on European nations to join the United States in withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal. In...

The Latest: Putin: Syria must take over lands US leaves

Feb. 14, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments related to Syria (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran have discussed the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Iranian counterpart Hasan Rouhani said at a news conference after...

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...

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...