December 26, 2010 |
The captured leader of an outlawed militant group that has waged a years-long campaign of bombings and killings against Iranian authorities may soon be handed over to Tehran, Pakistani and Iranian news media reported Saturday. Abdul-Rauf Rigi, described as the leader of the Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluch group Jundallah, was arrested along the Iran- Pakistan border Dec. 22 and may be handed over to authorities in Shiite Muslim-run Iran after he is interrogated in Pakistan, Pakistani media reported.
November 28, 2010 |
Lebanon's prime minister kicked off a three-day visit to Iran on Saturday meant to strengthen economic and political bonds between the United States' chief regional adversary and a nation Washington once upheld as a model for Western-leaning Arab democracy. The first official visit to Iran by Prime Minister Saad Hariri comes as sectarian tensions within Lebanon simmer. An international tribunal is expected to indict members of the Iranian-backed Shiite Muslim militia Hezbollah in the 2005 assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a Sunni Muslim.
January 29, 2010 |
Iran executed two alleged government opponents Thursday, sentenced nine others to death as "enemies of God" and warned of more public trials of opposition supporters in an apparent attempt to intimidate a widespread protest movement challenging the nation's hard-line establishment. Mohammad-Reza Ali-Zamani, 37, and Arash Rahmanipour, 20, were hanged before dawn as members of an outlawed monarchist group, the Kingdom Assembly, Iranian news reports said. The government has stepped up legal pressure on the opposition movement with another round of confrontations possible Feb. 11, the 31st anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Republic.
October 31, 2009 |
Iran has yet to formally reply to an international plan to ship its enriched uranium abroad to be turned into fuel for a Tehran medical reactor but insists it won't agree to send all the material abroad at once, the nation's official news agency reported today. Western diplomats have decried such a proposed modification of the deal negotiated early this month because it would rob the international community of assurances that Iran would not have enough uranium around to quickly develop a nuclear bomb.
October 21, 2009 |
A court has sentenced Iranian American scholar Kian Tajbakhsh, who was detained after Iran's disputed June election, to more than 12 years in jail, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. U.S. State Department spokesman Ian Kelly urged Tehran to immediately release the scholar, saying the United States was "deeply concerned" about the long jail term. The verdict comes as the U.S. is seeking to engage Iran in direct talks to resolve a dispute over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
July 25, 2009 |
A Russian-made airliner skidded off the runway and caught fire Friday as it made a hard landing at an airport in eastern Iran, leaving at least 16 people dead and 21 injured, Iranian state television and official news agencies reported. It was the nation's second deadly plane accident in as many weeks. Aria Airlines Flight 1525 from Tehran, carrying 153 passengers and crew members, slid off the runway during an emergency landing at Mashhad, Iran's second-largest city, state news media reported.
May 5, 2008 |
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki's spokesman backed away Sunday from Iraqi officials' accusations of Iranian interference, saying that a committee had been formed to determine whether there is merit to U.S. charges that its eastern neighbor is arming and training Shiite Muslim militants here. But hours later, spokesman Ali Dabbagh told journalists that his comments at a news conference had been misinterpreted. In a telephone call with Reuters news agency, he said proof existed and the committee's job was to compile the evidence to submit to Iran.