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Iran swears in new hard-line president amid regional tension

Aug. 05, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The protégé of Iran’s supreme leader, Ebrahim Raisi, was sworn in as the country's new president during a ceremony in parliament on Thursday, an inauguration that completes hard-liners’ dominance of all branches of government in the Islamic Republic. ...

Israeli defense minister threatens Iran with military action

Aug. 05, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's defense minister warned Thursday that his country is prepared to strike Iran, issuing the threat against the Islamic Republic after a fatal drone strike on a oil tanker at sea that his nation blamed on Tehran. The comments by Benny...

British navy group: Hijackers have left vessel off UAE coast

Aug. 04, 2021 23:42 PM EDT

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The hijackers who captured a vessel off the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman left the ship Wednesday, the British navy reported, as radio traffic appeared to reveal a crew member onboard saying Iranian gunmen had stormed the asphalt tanker. ...

Iranians fear new bill will restrict internet even further

Aug. 04, 2021 08:44 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — For Ali Hedieloo, a 40-year-old making wooden furniture in Iran's capital, Instagram is more than just a surfeit of glossy images. Like an estimated 1 million other Iranians, it’s how he finds customers, as the app has exploded into a massive e-commerce service in the...

British navy group: 'Potential hijack' of ship off UAE coast

Aug. 04, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British navy warned of a “potential hijack” of a ship off the coast of the United Arab Emirates in the Gulf of Oman on Tuesday, though the circumstances remained unclear. The incident comes amid heightened tensions between...

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...

Tensions between UK and Iran rise after oil tanker attack

Aug. 02, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain and Iran issued warnings to each other's diplomats Monday as tensions escalated over a recent attack on an oil tanker in the Arabian Sea. Britain began the day by summoning Iran's ambassador, Mohsen Baharvand, to the Foreign, Commonwealth &...

Iran records highest number of daily COVID cases in pandemic

Aug. 02, 2021 11:05 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday reported more than 37,000 new coronavirus infections, the country's single-day record so far in the pandemic, state media reported. State TV said health workers registered 37,189 new COVID-19 cases since Sunday — surpassing the...

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...

US, UK and Israel blame Iran for ship attack; Tehran denies

Aug. 01, 2021 14:22 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States and the United Kingdom joined Israel on Sunday in alleging Iran carried out a fatal drone strike on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, putting further pressure on Tehran as it denied being involved in the assault. ...