Iran - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Iran 1 killed, 50 held after Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain police raided a town Tuesday that is home to a prominent Shiite cleric facing the threat of deportation, arresting 50 people in an assault that saw officers fire tear gas and shotguns at protesters. At least one demonstrator was killed and others wounded, activists said. Bahrain's Interior Ministry said the opera... Tue, 23 May 2017 17:07:00 GMT 2017-05-23T17:07:00Z Trump And Netanyahu Discuss Iran in Jerusalem President Donald Trump told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday the deal with Iran "was a terrible, terrible, thing for the U.S." to enter... Mon, 22 May 2017 17:37:00 GMT 2017-05-22T17:37:00Z Trump Hopeful on Peace in Israel President Donald Trump said in Israel that there's a "great feeling for peace throughout the Middle East," expressing optimism at the start of his visit... Mon, 22 May 2017 13:57:00 GMT 2017-05-22T13:57:00Z Iran reformists sweep Tehran municipal council election TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Candidates backing reform of Iran's clerically overseen government swept municipal elections in Tehran, taking all 21 local council seats in the country's capital while moderate President Hassan Rouhani won a second term in office, authorities said on Monday. Their win in Friday's election marks the first time reformists have gained to... Mon, 22 May 2017 11:59:00 GMT 2017-05-22T11:59:00Z Trump urges Mideast nations to drive out 'Islamic extremism' RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, describing a "battle between good and evil" rather than a clash between the West and Islam. In a pointed departure from his predecessor, Trump all but promised he would not publi... Mon, 22 May 2017 02:25:00 GMT 2017-05-22T02:25:00Z The Latest: Trump asks Mideast to extinguish extremism RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 11:15 p.m. President Donald Trump is imploring Middle Eastern countries to extinguish what he calls "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region. Speaking Sunday to Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia, Trump described the... Sun, 21 May 2017 20:18:00 GMT 2017-05-21T20:18:00Z What will New Orleans do with the Confederate statues? NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Now that New Orleans has removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy, what should it do with them? The city will receive proposals from groups that want to take three of the monuments — the last is tied up in legal issues — and display them. Plans are also being made to fill the spaces they leave behind. The city wa... Sun, 21 May 2017 15:16:00 GMT 2017-05-21T15:16:00Z Iran's president trounces hard-liner to secure second term TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's moderate President Hassan Rouhani trounced a hard-line challenger to secure re-election Saturday, saying his country seeks peace and friendship as it pursues a "path of coexistence and interaction with the world." Friday's election was widely seen as a referendum on the 68-year-old cleric's push for greater freedom at home and o... Sun, 21 May 2017 00:20:00 GMT 2017-05-21T00:20:00Z The Latest: Celebrations across Tehran after Rouhani win TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on Iran's presidential election (all times local): 10 p.m. Tens of thousands of supporters of President Hassan Rouhani have poured into the streets of Tehran as night falls to celebrate the incumbent's re-election. The impromptu rallies snarled traffic in the center of the capital, leavi... Sat, 20 May 2017 17:27:00 GMT 2017-05-20T17:27:00Z Iranians turn out in large numbers for closely watched vote TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Millions of Iranians voted late into the night Friday to decide whether incumbent President Hassan Rouhani deserves another four years in office after securing a landmark nuclear deal, or if the sluggish economy demands a new hard-line leader who could return the country to a more confrontational path with the West. The Islamic Republi... Sat, 20 May 2017 03:08:00 GMT 2017-05-20T03:08:00Z Trump to Muslims on first foreign trip: Drive out terrorists WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will use his first visit to the Middle East to call for unity in the fight against radicalism in the Muslim world, casting the challenge as a "battle between good and evil" and urging Arab leaders to "drive out the terrorists from your places of worship," according to a draft of the speech obtained by The Associated Press. ... Sat, 20 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-20T00:06:00Z AP Top Stories May 19 A Here's the latest for Friday, May 19th: Trump says FBI Director choice close; Iran votes in Presidential election; NY authorities say Times Square suspect... Fri, 19 May 2017 08:59:00 GMT 2017-05-19T08:59:00Z A look at Iran's presidential candidates TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians head to the polls Friday to vote in the Islamic Republic's presidential election. The contest is largely seen as a referendum on the incumbent president's more moderate political stance, which helped pave the way for the country's nuclear deal with world powers. President Hassan Rouhani is widely seen as the front-runner after... Fri, 19 May 2017 07:13:00 GMT 2017-05-19T07:13:00Z Iran's Asghar Farhadi collects Oscar at Cannes after boycott CANNES, France (AP) — Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has finally received his Oscar for best foreign language film, nearly three months after boycotting the Academy Awards ceremony. Farhadi received the statuette during the opening ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday. Farhadi boycotted the ceremony in February o... Thu, 18 May 2017 13:21:00 GMT 2017-05-18T13:21:00Z Rouhani looks to beat hard-liner as Iran prepares to vote TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani staked his political future on opening Iran ever so slightly to the outside world and overcoming hard-liners' opposition to secure a historic nuclear deal in exchange for relief from crippling sanctions. He'll soon find out if voters think it's enough to keep him in the job. The 68-year-old cleric, a mo... Thu, 18 May 2017 11:25:00 GMT 2017-05-18T11:25:00Z AP Top Stories May 18 A Here's the latest for Thursday, May 18th: Mueller named Special Counsel for Russia election probe; White police officer found not guilty in unarmed black... Thu, 18 May 2017 10:15:00 GMT 2017-05-18T10:15:00Z With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward preserving the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, coupling the move with fresh ballistic missile sanctions to show it isn't going light on the Islamic republic. The State Department said Iran would continue to enjoy relief from decades-old economic measures punishing Tehran for its... Thu, 18 May 2017 01:51:00 GMT 2017-05-18T01:51:00Z Iran receives first batch of French-made passenger planes TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian state media says four ATR 72-600s are being delivered, the first installment of a deal with the French manufacturer to purchase 20 passenger planes following the lifting of sanctions under the 2015 nuclear deal. The IRNA news agency said the first plane landed in Tehran early Wednesday, with the other three expected later in th... Wed, 17 May 2017 09:37:00 GMT 2017-05-17T09:37:00Z Iranian Voters on Upcoming Presidential Election Iranians voice their opinions about their country ahead of the nation’s presidential election on Friday. Wed, 17 May 2017 05:21:00 GMT 2017-05-17T05:21:00Z Iran reformist drops out of election, supports Rouhani TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A reformist candidate dropped out of Iran's presidential election on Tuesday and threw his support behind President Hassan Rouhani, in a widely expected move that will strengthen the incumbent's campaign against a hard-liner. Eshaq Jahangiri, senior vice president under Rouhani, dropped out, leaving just four candidates in the race. "I... Tue, 16 May 2017 18:26:00 GMT 2017-05-16T18:26:00Z France's ATR delivers first planes to Iran as trade grows PARIS (AP) — European plane maker ATR is delivering small passenger jets to Iran, the latest big-budget deal to emerge in the wake of Iran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers that ended years of sanctions. The first four ATR 72-600s were handed over to Iran Air in a ceremony Tuesday in Toulouse in southern France, where ATR is based. Iran Air finalize... Tue, 16 May 2017 10:39:00 GMT 2017-05-16T10:39:00Z Judge in Iran sanctions case homes in on Giuliani-Trump ties NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge demanded more answers on Monday about Rudolph Giuliani's efforts to get U.S. charges dropped against a wealthy Turkish businessman, zeroing in on the former New York City mayor's ties to President Donald Trump as a potential conflict that could disqualify him from the case. U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman's order aske... Mon, 15 May 2017 19:41:00 GMT 2017-05-15T19:41:00Z Tehran's mayor drops out of Iran election to back hard-liner TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran's conservative mayor dropped out of Iran's presidential election on Monday to back a hard-liner believed to be close to the country's supreme leader, consolidating the opposition aiming to unseat moderate President Hassan Rouhani. Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf's decision narrows Rouhani's path to victory in an election Friday that's l... Mon, 15 May 2017 15:46:00 GMT 2017-05-15T15:46:00Z Report: 5.7 quake jolts remote northern region in Iran TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that a 5.7 magnitude earthquake has jolted a remote area in the northeast of the country. The Saturday report said the epicenter of the quake was the town of Pishqaleh, with a population of about 2,000 people, some 800 kilometers (498 miles) northeast of the capital Tehran. ... Sat, 13 May 2017 19:12:00 GMT 2017-05-13T19:12:00Z Iran's Rouhani says upcoming election 'historical decision' TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said that Friday's presidential election will place the country at a critical juncture, and its people must choose between peace or tension. Speaking Saturday to tens of thousands of his supporters at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, his biggest campaign rally thus far, Rouhani said, "We are at the edge of a great historical dec... Sat, 13 May 2017 16:44:00 GMT 2017-05-13T16:44:00Z The Latest: Pence offers 'unwavering support' to Ukraine WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Washington visit of Russian's top diplomat for meetings with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence has expressed the Trump administration's "unwavering support" for Ukraine's sovereignty in a meeting with the country's foreign minister. ... Thu, 11 May 2017 01:03:00 GMT 2017-05-11T01:03:00Z EU criticizes US for $640 million cut to UN agencies UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Putting money into U.N. agencies, where the Trump administration has just cut U.S. funding by $640 million, is as important to global peace and security as defense spending — "and sometimes even more," a top European Union official said Tuesday. EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told the U.N. Security Council that she wanted... Tue, 09 May 2017 22:51:00 GMT 2017-05-09T22:51:00Z Syria rejects international forces in safe zones BEIRUT (AP) — Syria on Monday dismissed the idea of foreign forces patrolling four so-called de-escalation zones that are to be established under a deal struck by Russia, Iran and Turkey, suggesting Damascus would agree only to Russian "military police" who are already on the ground. Syria planned to abide by the agreement signed in Kazakhstan last week, ... Mon, 08 May 2017 21:53:00 GMT 2017-05-08T21:53:00Z Mattis: US reviewing Syria safe zones but has many questions COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the U.S. owes it to the people of Syria to take a close look at the Russian proposal to create several "safe zones" in Syria. But Mattis also said the plan poses many unanswered questions, including whether it would be effective. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Copenhagen, Mattis sai... Mon, 08 May 2017 18:21:00 GMT 2017-05-08T18:21:00Z Syrian army advances at edge of cease-fire zone BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces seized a village from rebels on the edge of a large cease-fire zone in the northwest on Sunday as warplanes targeted opposition positions farther inside the area, according to activists. A local media activist who goes by the name Obeida Hamawi said the government pushed opposition fighters out of the village of Zala... Sun, 07 May 2017 17:17:00 GMT 2017-05-07T17:17:00Z