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In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Officials in Iran haven't announced the full results from parliamentary elections two days ago, but on Sunday the country's supreme leader accused enemy

Iran says voter turnout dips below 50% in a first since 1979

Feb. 23, 2020 10:22 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s interior ministry on Sunday said voter turnout in last week's parliamentary elections stood at 42.57%, the lowest ever in decades, in a possible sign of widespread dissatisfaction with Iran's clerical rulers and the state of the economy amid intense pressure...

A voter casts his ballot in the parliamentary elections in a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Iranians began voting for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and isolate the country diplomatically. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iranians vote in parliament elections favoring conservatives

Feb. 21, 2020 4:22 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians voted for a new parliament Friday, with turnout seen as a key measure of support for Iran's leadership as sanctions weigh on the economy and U.S. pressure isolates the country diplomatically. The disqualification of more than 7,000 potential candidates, most of them reformists...

US sanctions Iran clerics for vetoing election candidates

Feb. 20, 2020 11:57 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday ratcheted up pressure on Iran by slapping sanctions on top members of a powerful clerical body that disqualified thousands of candidates from running in that country's parliamentary elections. A day before Iranians go to the polls, the administration...

In this Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, Shiite seminary students attend a lecture at

Aging Shiite cleric a powerhouse in Iraq. What comes after?

Feb. 18, 2020 12:45 AM EST

NAJAF, Iraq (AP) — When Iraq’s top Shiite cleric underwent surgery for a fractured bone last month, it sent shivers around the country and beyond. “May God heal Iraq,” read a photo of Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani that circulated online. Frantic supporters shared prayers....

A boy carries an Iranian flag in front of Azadi (Freedom) monument tower in a rally celebrating the 41st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Hundreds of thousands across Iran mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution amid some of the highest tensions with Washington in decades while Iran's president denounces America and urges the crowds to vote in parliamentary elections this month.  (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Iran remembers 1979 Islamic Revolution amid high US tension

Feb. 11, 2020 9:05 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Hundreds of thousands across Iran marked the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution on Tuesday amid some of the highest tensions ever between Tehran and the U.S. in the past four decades. While Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave a speech in Tehran's iconic Azadi Square...

In this image taken from video an Iranian rocket carrying a satellite is launched from Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s Semnan province, some 230 kilometers (145 miles) southeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. The rocket failed to put the satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. (IRIB via AP)

Iran again fails to put satellite into orbit amid US worries

Feb. 9, 2020 3:10 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian rocket failed to put a satellite into orbit on Sunday, state television reported, the latest setback for a program the U.S. claims helps Tehran advance its ballistic missile program. The launch happened at 7:15 p.m. local time at Imam Khomeini Spaceport in Iran’s...

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 5, 2020. Khamenei said Wednesday that Donald Trump's Mideast plan will not outlive the president. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran's top leader says Mideast plan won't outlive Trump

Feb. 5, 2020 9:00 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s top leader said Wednesday that Donald Trump's Mideast plan will not outlive the president, state media reported. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in his first remarks since the plan was unveiled last week, predicted the deal will fall apart in Trump's lifetime. “This plan...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of Tehran, Iran. The downing of a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran highlights the limits of the civilian arm of Iran's government against the absolute power of the Shiite theocracy and the paramilitary forces beneath it. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Ukraine: Recordings show Iran knew jetliner hit by a missile

Feb. 3, 2020 6:43 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A leaked recording of an exchange between an Iranian air-traffic controller and an Iranian pilot purports to show that authorities immediately knew a missile had downed a Ukrainian jetliner after takeoff from Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard, despite days of denials by the Islamic...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo a rescue worker searches the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. The downing of a Ukrainian jetliner near Tehran highlights the limits of the civilian arm of Iran's government against the absolute power of the Shiite theocracy and the paramilitary forces beneath it. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Downing of jet in Iran reveals Islamic Republic's wider woes

Jan. 27, 2020 1:23 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Ukrainian jetliner stood ready for takeoff at Iran's main international airport bound for Kyiv, packed with passengers and so many bags on one of the cheapest routes to the West that the ground crew rushed to unload some luggage to make its weight for flight. Nearly...

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers his sermon in the Friday prayers at Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Iran's supreme leader said President Donald Trump is a

Iran's top leader strikes defiant tone amid month of turmoil

Jan. 17, 2020 6:03 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader lashed out at Western countries as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years, dismissing “American clowns” who he said pretend to support the Iranian nation but want to stick their "poisoned dagger” into its back....