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Iran's president slams US in first speech to UN as leader

Sep. 21, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's new president slammed U.S. sanctions imposed on his nation as a mechanism of war, using his first U.N address since his swearing-in to forcefully call out Washington's policies in the region and the growing political schism within America. ...

Report: Iran appoints new air force commander

Sep. 19, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader has appointed a pilot of Russian fighter jets to command the nation's air force, state television reported Sunday. It said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's choice is Air Force Brig. Gen. Hamid Vahedi. ...

Iran to allow new memory cards in UN's nuclear site cameras

Sep. 12, 2021 15:13 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran agreed Sunday to allow international inspectors to install new memory cards into surveillance cameras at its sensitive nuclear sites and to continue filming there, potentially averting a diplomatic showdown this week. The announcement by...

Biden tells Israeli PM he'll try diplomacy first with Iran

Aug. 27, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Friday that diplomacy was his first option, but he would consider other options if his effort to revive the Iran nuclear deal fails. Biden made the comments as the two sat down for...

Israeli PM and Biden postpone meeting because of Afghanistan

Aug. 26, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett have postponed their White House meeting as Biden focused his attention on dealing with the aftermath of deadly explosions near the Kabul airport that targeted U.S. troops and Afghans seeking to flee their...

Iran official acknowledges videos of Evin prison abuse real

Aug. 24, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of Iran's prison system acknowledged Tuesday that videos purportedly obtained by a self-described hacker group that show abuses at the Islamic Republic's notorious Evin prison are real, saying he took responsibility for the “unacceptable...

Leaked footage shows grim conditions in Iran's Evin prison

Aug. 23, 2021 07:58 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The guard in a control room at Iran's notorious Evin prison springs to attention as one by one, monitors in front of him suddenly blink off and display something very different from the surveillance footage he had been watching. ...

Japanese FM discusses de-escalation with Iranian officials

Aug. 22, 2021 11:07 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian president met Sunday with Japan's foreign minister in the capital of Tehran and the two discussed de-escalation of tensions in the region, Iranian news agencies reported. The president’s official website, president.ir, said that Japanese...

Iran appoints new navy chief

Aug. 17, 2021 07:37 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s top leader appointed a new chief for the country’s navy, state media reported Tuesday. The official IRNA news agency said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Adm. Shahram Irani as the new navy chief under the country's...

Iran will impose 6-day 'general lockdown' over coronavirus

Aug. 14, 2021 07:50 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it will impose a six-day-long “general lockdown” in cities across the country after being hit by what it describes as its fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, state media reported Saturday. The lockdown includes all bazaars, markets and...