Latest Iran government News

Iran internet slowly revives; US sanctions telecom minister

Nov. 22, 2019 11:07 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The internet slowly trickled back on in Iran on Friday after a dayslong shutdown by authorities amid protests and unrest that followed government-set gasoline prices sharply rising, as the U.S. sanctioned the country’s prominent telecommunications minister over the...

Iran net outage first to effectively isolate a whole nation

Nov. 21, 2019 5:21 PM EST

Internet connectivity is trickling back in Iran after the government shut down access to the rest of the world for more than four days in response to unrest apparently triggered by a gasoline price hike. The shutdown across a nation of 80 million people was the first to effectively isolate a modern, highly...

Trump lashes out at Iran for shutting down internet

Nov. 21, 2019 1:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Iran is so “unstable” that the Iranian government has shut down the internet so Iranians cannot disclose what he says is the “tremendous violence” occurring in the country. Trump tweeted Thursday that the Iranian government wants...

Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition

Nov. 20, 2019 2:59 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief rival announced Wednesday that he had failed to form a new government, dashing his hopes of toppling the long-time Israeli prime minister and pushing the country closer toward an unprecedented third election in less than a year. The announcement by Benny...

Iran blames deadly unrest on outsiders, including US

Nov. 20, 2019 1:04 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As a cold rain fell on a suburb of Iran’s capital on Wednesday, women swallowed by black chadors and men in green military-style jackets walked alongside the flag-draped coffin of a Revolutionary Guard member, one of over 100 people reported to be killed in...

Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket attack

Nov. 20, 2019 10:08 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday in a “wide-scale” operation in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before. A Britain-based war monitoring group said the strikes killed at least 23 people, including 15...

The Latest: Monitor says death toll at 23 in Israel strikes

Nov. 20, 2019 9:22 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the situation in the Mideast following latest Israeli airstrikes in Syria (all times local): 4:20 p.m. A war monitoring group says the death toll from Israeli airstrikes in Syria has risen to 23, including 15 non-Syrians, some of them Iranians. Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the...

Amnesty: At least 106 dead in protests, which Iran disputes

Nov. 20, 2019 12:31 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Days of protests over rising fuel prices and a subsequent government crackdown have killed at least 106 people across Iran, Amnesty International said Tuesday, adding that the real figure may be much higher. Iran’s government has not released a toll of those...

Iran will seek new fighter jets, tanks as 2020 embargo lifts

Nov. 19, 2019 3:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran will likely buy new advanced fighter jets and tanks next year when a U.N. Security Council arms embargo is scheduled to be lifted, a senior U.S. intelligence official said Tuesday as the Defense Intelligence Agency released a new assessment of Iran’s military capabilities. The...

Israeli military says 4 rockets fired from Syria intercepted

Nov. 19, 2019 8:18 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it intercepted four incoming rockets from Syria on Tuesday and explosions were heard shortly after that in Damascus, a week after another Israeli strike targeted a top Palestinian militant in the Syrian capital. Israeli air defense systems captured the...