December 14, 2009 |
Three Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border last summer will soon be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, accusing them of "dubious intent." U.S. citizens Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all living in or visiting the Middle East, were arrested July 31 during what friends and family describe as a travel adventure on the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, which abuts Iran. A friend who was traveling with them said they may have accidentally strayed across the Iranian border.
February 5, 2013 |
Six world powers and Iran announced they will resume talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program Feb. 26 in Kazakhstan, after three months of gridlock over arrangements for a new meeting. Iran's official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday that Iran's national security council had agreed to the session. It was confirmed a few hours later by the European Union's foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, who is the point person for the six power group. The six countries - Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States - have been urging Iran to accept limits on a nuclear program many fear is aimed at developing a nuclear weapon.
September 5, 2011 |
Iran offered on Monday to open its nuclear program to five years of "full supervision" by the U.N. atomic energy agency if the world body lifts its sanctions, but made clear that it would forge ahead with its programs for uranium enrichment regardless. The offer from Fereydoun Abbasi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, came amid a new increase in warnings internationally over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. That was led by a report Friday in which the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency said it was "increasingly concerned" that Tehran may be developing its uranium-enrichment program to produce nuclear payloads for missiles.
May 16, 2010 |
A French researcher held in Tehran since the days after Iran's disputed 2009 presidential elections left the Islamic Republic for Paris on Sunday morning just days after France defied Washington by refusing to extradite an alleged Iranian arms smuggler to the United States. Clotilde Reiss, 24, a lecturer and student of Persian language and Iranian history, had been stuck in Iran since July on espionage charges. She is set to arrive Sunday in Paris to join her family and meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
July 21, 2010 |
A series of earthquakes on Wednesday rattled southern Iran, injuring at least 19 people and damaging buildings amid a dispute over government plans to disperse offices to provincial cities because of the seismic threat to the capital. Dozens of employees of the state-run Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization gathered outside parliament Monday and Tuesday to protest their transfer to cities such as Esfahan and Shiraz. About 150 employees are scheduled for imminent transfer, and an additional 1,100 have been notified that they could also be moved.
July 2, 2012 |
TEHRAN - As a European Union oil embargo took effect, a defiant Iran said Sunday that it was beginning a new round of war games that would involve firing missiles at models of foreign air bases. The war games are an example of how Iranian leaders are projecting an image of strength at a time when the country's sanctions-battered economy is in a downward spiral. Iran also is facing the possibility of attack because of its nuclear program, and its major Arab ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, is struggling to put down an armed rebellion.