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Iran election race narrows but fears persist of low turnout

Jun. 16, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran grappled with fears of low voter turnout two days ahead of its presidential election as the race narrowed on Wednesday into a showdown between the country’s hard-line judiciary chief and moderate former Central Bank chief. ...

Iran presidential candidate urges better ties with West

Jun. 15, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent contender in Iran’s presidential election appealed Tuesday for better economic and political relations with the West, his most extensive attempt yet to attract reformist voters just days ahead of the poll. Former Iranian Central Bank...

Many Iranians fear vote will underscore their powerlessness

Jun. 14, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians this week are preparing to vote in — or perhaps to boycott — a presidential election that many fear will only underscore their powerlessness to shape the country's fate. Hopefuls are running to replace the term-limited President Hassan...

Final presidential debate shows Iran's political fissures

Jun. 12, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran held a final presidential debate Saturday that showed the fissures within the Islamic Republic’s politics, as hard-liners referred to those seeking ties to the West as “infiltrators” and the race’s two other candidates brought up the unrest that surrounded...

Ex-Mossad chief signals Israel attacked Iran nuclear assets

Jun. 11, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The outgoing chief of Israel's Mossad intelligence service has offered the closest acknowledgment yet his country was behind recent attacks targeting Iran's nuclear program and a military scientist. The comments by Yossi Cohen,...

US hits alleged financing ring linking Yemen rebels, Iran

Jun. 10, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. leveled sanctions Thursday against a Yemeni network that it claims was cooperating with Iran's Revolutionary Guard to illicitly transfer tens of millions of dollars to Yemen's Houthi rebels. At the same time, the Biden administration also...

As Iran prepares to vote, its battered economy a major worry

Jun. 10, 2021 02:23 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Almost six years ago, Iranians poured into the streets to celebrate Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. They saw it as a chance for the Islamic Republic to re-enter the world economy and create opportunities like purchasing airplanes and selling its oil on the...

Iran candidate says he’s willing to potentially meet Biden

Jun. 09, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent Iranian presidential candidate said Wednesday he'd be willing to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden if he wins his country's election next week, though “America needs to send better and stronger signals” to the Islamic Republic. ...

Iran cleric who founded Hezbollah, survived book bomb, dies

Jun. 07, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, a Shiite cleric who as Iran's ambassador to Syria helped found the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and lost his right hand to a book bombing reportedly carried out by Israel, died Monday of the coronavirus. He was 74. ...

IAEA head: Iran hasn't answered questions on uranium find

Jun. 07, 2021 08:46 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has failed to answer questions about the discovery of uranium particles at former undeclared sites in the country, the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said Monday, calling on Tehran to provide information “without further delay.” Rafael Grossi,...