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Japan PM Abe says visit by Iran's Rouhani being arranged

Dec. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday his country is arranging a visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani because it wants to play a greater role in resolving a nuclear impasse between Tehran and Washington and in relieving tensions in the Middle East, the source of more than 80% of...

Iran says new budget bucks US oil embargo, uses Russian loan

Dec. 8, 2019 11:18 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president said on Sunday his country will depend less on oil revenue next year, in a new budget that is designed to resist crippling U.S. trade embargoes. Iran is in the grip of an economic crisis. The U.S. re-imposed sanctions that block Iran from selling its crude oil abroad,...

Report: Some 14,000 to run for 290 seats in Iran parliament

Dec. 7, 2019 1:08 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s official IRNA news agency reports that nearly 14,000 people have registered to run for office in the country’s parliamentary elections in February. The Saturday report said the exact number would be announced Sunday but already the number of potential candidates was...

Iran leader calls for ‘Islamic mercy’ after bloody crackdown

Dec. 4, 2019 12:08 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader called Wednesday for those detained in recent gasoline price protests to be treated with “Islamic mercy” even after authorities acknowledged government forces shot and killed demonstrators nationwide in unrest that reportedly...

Iran president: Tehran hasn’t closed window on talks with US

Dec. 4, 2019 8:44 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Tehran hasn’t closed the window on talks with the U.S. but reiterated his government’s standing condition that the Trump administration lift sanctions imposed on Iran before any negotiations can take place. Rouhani’s statement...

Iran says it killed ‘rioters’ in deadliest unrest in decades

Dec. 3, 2019 11:53 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran acknowledged for the first time Tuesday that its security forces shot and killed protesters across the country to put down demonstrations last month over the sharply spiking price of gasoline, the deadliest unrest to hit the country since the turmoil of the 1979...

Iran begins registering candidates for parliamentary polls

Dec. 1, 2019 6:08 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran has begun registration of candidates for running in the country’s parliamentary elections set for February 2020, the official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday. The elections will be a gauge for the popularity of the moderate and reformist camps that...

Iran opposition leader compares supreme leader to shah

Nov. 30, 2019 10:45 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A long-detained opposition leader in Iran on Saturday compared a bloody crackdown on those protesting government-set gasoline prices rising under its supreme leader to soldiers of the shah gunning down demonstrators in an event that led to the Islamic Revolution. The...

AP Analysis: Iran protests point to turmoil in the future

Nov. 29, 2019 6:22 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Even among hardliners in Iran, there seems to be an acknowledgment of one fact after widespread protests, violence and a security force crackdown following a spike in government-set gasoline prices: This will not be the last time demonstrators come out on the street. As...

Iran says protesters attacked hundreds of banks, blaming US

Nov. 27, 2019 1:07 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Protesters angry over government-set gasoline prices spiking in Iran attacked hundreds of banks, police outposts and gas stations in the demonstrations, Tehran acknowledged Wednesday as its supreme leader alleged without evidence that a “conspiracy”...