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Iran Parliament approves most of new president's ministers

Aug. 25, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s hard-liner dominated Parliament on Wednesday voted to approve most of the ministers proposed by newly elected President Ibrahim Raisi, state TV reported. Lawmakers voted in favor of 18 of 19 ministers proposed by Raisi after five days of...

Iran's new president presents conservative Cabinet list

Aug. 11, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s new president presented a Cabinet dominated by hard-liners on Wednesday, state TV reported, providing one of the first glimpses into the policies he might pursue over the next four years. The conservative cleric and former...

Iran supreme leader endorses hard-line protégé as president

Aug. 03, 2021 06:40 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader officially endorsed his hard-line protégé as the nation’s next president on Tuesday, just two days ahead of the inauguration of Ebrahim Raisi at a sensitive time for Iran and the wider Middle East. The country is reeling...

Analysis: Iran strikes hard-line pose ahead of new president

Aug. 02, 2021 06:29 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Once a protégé of Iran's supreme leader is sworn in as president this week, hard-liners will control all parts of the Islamic Republic's civilian government. Given the brinkmanship over its accelerating nuclear program and the West...

Outgoing Iran president says government not always truthful

Aug. 01, 2021 04:45 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's outgoing president on Sunday acknowledged his nation at times “did not tell part of the truth” to its people during his eight-year tenure, as he prepares to leave office with his signature nuclear deal with world powers in tatters and tensions...

Iran's supreme leader criticizes US as nuclear talks stalled

Jul. 28, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday called the U.S. "stubborn" in stalled nuclear talks in Vienna for discussing Tehran’s missiles and regional influence, likely signaling more trouble ahead for the negotiations. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...

Iran bypasses Hormuz Strait to export crude oil

Jul. 22, 2021 05:07 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran Thursday began exporting crude oil for the first time in the Gulf of Oman, bypassing the strategic Strait of Hormuz. During a ceremony marking the inauguration of the project, President Hassan Rouhani called the plan “strategic.” ...

Iran's president warns weapons-grade enrichment possible

Jul. 14, 2021 04:54 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's outgoing president on Wednesday warned his country could enrich uranium at weapons-grade levels of 90% if it chose, though it still wanted to save its tattered nuclear deal with world powers. President Hassan Rouhani's comments, carried by...

Major blackouts in Iran prompt rare apology from president

Jul. 06, 2021 07:25 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s outgoing president offered a rare apology Tuesday for the country’s most severe summer power outages in recent memory, as blackouts cripple businesses and darken homes for hours a day. In a government meeting broadcast live on state TV,...

Iran reimposes virus restrictions as delta variant spreads

Jul. 04, 2021 05:36 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran announced Sunday it was reimposing coronavirus restrictions on major cities, as the spread of the highly contagious delta variant spurs fears of another devastating surge in the nation. After over a year battling the worst virus outbreak in the...