January 9, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syrian opposition fighters Wednesday released 48 Iranians captured in August in exchange for the freeing of at least 2,130 detainees held by President Bashar Assad's government, in the largest prisoner swap of the country's civil war, officials said. Meanwhile, Lakhdar Brahimi, the special envoy to Syria for the United Nations and Arab League, denounced the peace plan Assad unveiled this week as sectarian and one-sided, offering little hope that a diplomatic solution to the country's violence will be found any time soon.
October 15, 2013 |
GENEVA - Iranian and U.S. diplomats held a rare one-on-one meeting Tuesday as six-power talks got underway at a United Nations palace. In another sign of easing tensions between Washington and Tehran, a team led by U.S. Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman met with one led by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi for an hour Tuesday evening. It was only the second such U.S.-Iranian bilateral meeting in seven years of diplomatic efforts by a six-nation group that has been seeking to resolve the conflict over Iran's nuclear program.
June 4, 1989 |
The news of the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's death sparked both happiness and fear late Saturday in Southern California's large, far-flung Iranian community. At Shahrezade, a restaurant in the heart of Westwood's "Little Tehran" commercial district, the predominantly Iranian clientele was "happy" about Khomeini's death, a cashier said. But they were not in a celebratory mood. They are worried, she said, about what comes next. "It might be worse than it is." Violence in Iran is feared in the expected struggle for power.
November 4, 2009 |
It's not a good time to be a dry cleaner in downtown Tehran. "I just bought a month's supply of detergents and softeners and the cost was 40% higher than four months ago," said Reza Salimi, standing behind the counter in his shop on Taleghani Street. "But inspectors from the Ministry of Commerce come to make sure I don't raise my prices. They're not allowing us to balance the rising costs we face." Stop in any store and the gripes are the same. Oil prices are down and unemployment and anger are high.
August 26, 1986 |
Senior representatives from Canada, Western Europe, and Australia began three days of private consultations Monday on problems posed by an influx of Iranians seeking asylum in their countries, U.N. officials said. Representatives of the Geneva headquarters of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees also attended the talks, the latest in a series called to discuss refugees.
May 23, 1987 |
Iranian Revolutionary Guards with high speed launches attacked a small Qatari freighter in the northern Persian Gulf on Friday, setting it ablaze and injuring three crewmen. Regional shipping sources said the Iranians fired at least 10 rocket-propelled grenades into the 2,596-ton Rashidah. A spokesman for the ship's owners said that the crew was able to douse the flames, adding that a Saudi Arabian navy vessel transferred the injured to a hospital in Saudi Arabia.
February 27, 1987 |
If historians decide that the Iranian arms operation wasn't kosher, at least the chocolate cake delivered to the fiercely anti-Israel leaders of Iran was. A delegation led by former National Security Adviser Robert C. McFarlane carried a chocolate cake "from a kosher bakery in Tel Aviv" when they flew to Tehran to meet the strict Islamic leaders in secret last May, according to the report of the presidential commission that investigated the Iran- contras scandal.
November 1, 1998 |
Iranian students are to burn an Uncle Sam puppet instead of the U.S. flag in annual rituals Monday to mark the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, a student leader said Saturday. Students said that burning a puppet was less provocative than the flag-burning in previous anniversary rituals and that they were making the switch to stay in line with President Mohammad Khatami's friendly overture to the U.S. in a January television interview.
July 31, 1990 |
Hundreds of inmates at prisons around France refused to return to their cells in a wave of protests against President Francois Mitterrand's pardon of five members of a pro-Iranian assassination team. Protests began erupting after Friday's pardon of Anis Naccache and four accomplices. He had served 10 years of a life sentence for the failed assassination in 1980 in Paris of Shahpour Bakhtiar, Iran's former prime minister. Two people were killed in the attack.
June 23, 2003 |
French judges put 17 suspects under investigation for links to terrorism in a crackdown on an Iranian exile group that has triggered protests in several European capitals, officials said. Those placed under investigation -- one step short of being charged -- include Maryam Rajavi, a co-leader of the Moujahedeen Khalq, according to judicial officials. Police raided the group's offices near Paris on Tuesday.