Iran government - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Iran government Iran's president criticizes US after Trump's sharp words TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani took barbed swipes at the U.S. and its ally Saudi Arabia on Monday, hitting back at both a day after President Donald Trump used his first foreign trip to the kingdom to call for further isolation of Iran. The 68-year-old cleric, a political moderate within Iran who secured a resounding ... Mon, 22 May 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-05-22T19:19:00Z 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 Human rights concerns prove no obstacle in Trump-Saudi ties DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — On his first overseas visit, President Donald Trump presided over a nearly $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia that made clear his administration did not see the kingdom's human rights record or its devastating war in Yemen as an obstacle to restoring ties that had been strained under his predecessor. ... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:21:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:21:00Z Rouhani, a man of the Islamic Revolution, opens Iran to West DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As Iran's chief nuclear envoy, Hassan Rouhani earned the nickname "diplomat sheikh" when negotiators in 2004 reached a deal that saw the Islamic Republic halt all its enrichment of uranium. Over 10 years later, it would be Rouhani as president who would strike a bargain with world powers to again limit Iran's atomic prog... Sun, 21 May 2017 15:41:00 GMT 2017-05-21T15:41:00Z The Latest: Trump gets royal treatment from Saudis. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local): 4:15 a.m. President Donald Trump is getting the kind of royal treatment in Saudi Arabia that must be a welcome change from the tense atmosphere he left behind in Washington. In the capital of Riya... Sun, 21 May 2017 01:52:00 GMT 2017-05-21T01:52:00Z 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 AP Top Stories May 20 P Here are the top stories for Saturday, May 20th: President Trump receives lavish welcome in Saudi Arabia; Moderate Rouhani re-elected in Iran; Southern... Sat, 20 May 2017 23:50:00 GMT 2017-05-20T23:50:00Z 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 What's next for Iran after President Hassan Rouhani's win? DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — After Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's electoral victory Saturday, what's next for the Islamic Republic? Here's some things to watch for: HARD-LINERS' REACTION Those backing Ebrahim Raisi will accept the results. However, hard-liners within Iran's judiciary and security services will continue to pressure Rouhani in different ways. Even be... Sat, 20 May 2017 14:38:00 GMT 2017-05-20T14:38:00Z 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 AP Explains: Voting, governance and clerical power in Iran DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iranians vote Friday for the next president of the Islamic Republic, but how does that elected leader fit into the country's clerically managed government that approves candidates ultimately overseen by its supreme leader? THE SUPREME LEADER'S POWER At the heart of Iran's complex power-sharing government created after it... Fri, 19 May 2017 08:43:00 GMT 2017-05-19T08:43:00Z 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 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 Iran's top leader urges high turnout in presidential vote TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader called on Wednesday for a high turnout in this week's presidential election, urging voters to head to the polls and send a message to the United States — but stopped short of saying which candidate he prefers of the four remaining in the race. In a televised speech, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the U... Wed, 17 May 2017 18:24:00 GMT 2017-05-17T18:24:00Z 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 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 Iran's reformist ex-president Khatami says re-elect Rouhani TERHAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former reformist President Mohammad Khatami has called on voters to re-elect President Hassan Rouhani in the May 19 presidential elections. Khatami, in a video posted online, urged voters to cast their ballot for Rouhani to ensure the "implementation of social and economic justice." Khatami lauded the accompli... Sun, 14 May 2017 15:01:00 GMT 2017-05-14T15:01:00Z 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 All eyes on turnout as Iran election looms closer TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's presidential election may turn on turnout. Historically, the more Iranians who cast ballots, the greater the chance a reformist or a moderate like incumbent President Hassan Rouhani will be elected. However, Rouhani's bid for another four-year term comes amid apathy and grumbling from an electorate that largel... Sat, 13 May 2017 14:27:00 GMT 2017-05-13T14:27:00Z Candidates trade blows as Iran's presidential election nears TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered a full-throated defense Friday of his opening the country to the world through the nuclear deal as his opponents sought to sully his reputation in the last televised debate before the presidential election. Rouhani insinuated the top hard-line candidate he faces, Ebrahim Raisi, of being in the p... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:33:00 GMT 2017-05-12T19:33:00Z The Latest: White House says Trump pressed envoy on Syria 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): 12:55 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump stressed several issues in a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (SEHR'-gay LAHV'-rahf), including ending the civil war in Syria a... Wed, 10 May 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-05-10T17:26:00Z 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 Miners at disaster site besiege Iranian president's car TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Angry coal miners besieged a car carrying Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday after he visited the site of a deadly mine explosion, a rare protest targeting the nation's top elected official as he campaigns for re-election. Soot-covered miners, enraged over the disaster that reportedly killed at least 35 miners Wednesday in Iran... Sun, 07 May 2017 13:58:00 GMT 2017-05-07T13:58:00Z A new type of deal to reduce violence in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The Russian plan to create safe zones in Syria, which came into effect Saturday, is the latest in a string of efforts to ease the country's horrendous violence. After past failures, this deal provides for the first time a mechanism to observe the cease-fire: Russian, Iranian and Turkish troops are to monitor compliance on the ground. But the... Sat, 06 May 2017 06:03:00 GMT 2017-05-06T06:03:00Z Iran's presidential candidates spar over nuclear deal yield TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A hard-line candidate challenged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani over the nuclear deal with world powers during a televised debate Friday, while the incumbent accused hard-liners of attempting to derail the accord. The second of three debates before Iran's May 19 presidential election saw Rouhani accuse elements within Iran's Revoluti... Fri, 05 May 2017 19:28:00 GMT 2017-05-05T19:28:00Z Iran's presidential candidates spar over nuclear deal TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A hard-line candidate has challenged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani over the nuclear deal with world powers during a televised debate, while the incumbent accused hard-liners of attempting to derail the accord. The second of three debates before Iran's May 19 presidential election on Friday saw Rouhani accuse elements within Iran's R... Fri, 05 May 2017 19:07:00 GMT 2017-05-05T19:07:00Z Reports: At least 35 killed in Iran coal mine explosion TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A coal mine explosion that struck northern Iran killed at least 35 people, semi-official news agencies reported Thursday, as rescuers worked a second day to reach those trapped inside after the blast. The Fars, Mehr and Tasnim news agencies all carried similar reports Thursday morning. State media did not immediately report on the rise... Thu, 04 May 2017 14:00:00 GMT 2017-05-04T14:00:00Z Iranian filmmaker imprisoned over his work released early DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An award-winning Iranian filmmaker imprisoned over his work has been released after serving about five months of his yearlong sentence, though he doesn't know whether he'll make movies again in the Islamic Republic. Keywan Karimi told The Associated Press on Sunday that he credited international pressure for his early re... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:09:00 GMT 2017-04-30T14:09:00Z Iran: Tehran's mayor attacks Rouhani in pre-election debate TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran's mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf accused on Friday President Hassan Rouhani's administration of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential candidates. During the first of three planned debates ahead of the May 19 election... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:28:00 GMT 2017-04-28T18:28:00Z