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Iran Re-Elects Moderate by Wide Margin

Rouhani will serve another 4 years

(Newser) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani won re-election by a wide margin Saturday, giving the moderate cleric a second four-year term to see out his agenda pushing for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world. The 68-year-old incumbent secured a commanding lead of 57% in a race that drew more... More »

Iran's Friday Vote Seen as Referendum on Ties to West

Hard-line cleric Raisi is strongest challenger to more moderate Rouhani

(Newser) - Iranians voted Friday in the country's first presidential election since its nuclear deal with world powers, as incumbent Hassan Rouhani faced a staunch challenge from a hard-line opponent over his outreach to the West. The election is largely viewed as a referendum on the 68-year-old cleric's more moderate... More »

Powerful Saudi Prince Grants Rare Interview

He says there's no room for dialogue with Iran

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's deputy crown prince said Tuesday in a rare and wide-ranging interview that there is no space for dialogue with rival Iran due to its Shiite ambitions "to control the Islamic world." The interview, which aired on multiple Saudi TV channels, offered a glimpse into how... More »

Politico: Obama White House Didn't Tell Full Story on Iran

Report alleges US gave Tehran more than it admitted

(Newser) - Politico is out with a damning report about the Obama administration's dealings with Iran last year in the lead-up to a nuclear arms accord. The story by Josh Meyer alleges that former President Obama gave up more than he acknowledged publicly, particularly in regard to a prisoner swap... More »

US Accuses Iran of 'Alarming Provocations'

Trump has ordered review of policy

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson wants Iran to know that the US hasn't forgotten about it amid current difficulties with Syria, Russia, and North Korea. He accused the country of "alarming ongoing provocations" Wednesday, the day after the Trump administration began a government-wide review of Iran policy, Reuters reports. Tillerson called... More »

Iran Absolutely Stunned by Ahmadinejad's Election Move

He files to run once more for president

(Newser) - Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday stunned the country by unexpectedly filing to run in the May presidential election, contradicting a recommendation from the supreme leader to stay out of the race. Ahmadinejad's decision could upend an election many believed would be won by moderate President Hassan... More »

New Twist in Case of American Missing in Iran for 10 Years

Robert Levinson's family sues Iran for his kidnapping and imprisonment

(Newser) - The family of a CIA operative who went missing a decade ago is suing Iran, claiming the country has lied about the role it played in his disappearance. The New York Times reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington seeks damages against Iran for inflicting emotional distress... More »

Family of Ex-FBI Agent Lost in Iran Finds Hope in Trump

Thinks president's negotiating skills could bring CIA operative home

(Newser) - Ten years after a former FBI agent working on an unauthorized CIA mission disappeared in Iran, his family hopes President Trump will be the one to finally bring him home. Robert Levinson's family tells the AP that Trump's background as a deal-making businessman and his harder line on... More »

Iran Begins 1st Major Military Drill Since Trump Inauguration

Annual navy drill begins in Strait of Hormuz

(Newser) - Iran's navy began an annual drill Sunday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, state television reported. The TV report quoted navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari as saying the two-day maneuver will cover an area of 772,000... More »

Ayatollah Khamenei Says Trump Is Proving Iran's Point

The Supreme Leader says Trump has revealed the 'real face of America'

(Newser) - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he's glad President Trump has shown "the real face of America," Al Jazeera reports. According to CNN , the supreme leader of Iran noted the country's leaders had been trying for decades to prove the US government's corruption and Trump, who he... More »

Baby Originally Barred by Travel Ban Will Get Critical Surgery

Fatemeh Reshad's family, who are from Iran, had their visa canceled

(Newser) - A 4-month-old girl barred from entry to the US and the lifesaving surgery she required by President Trump's travel ban received an exemption Friday, the New York Daily News reports. Fatemeh Reshad was born with structural abnormalities in her heart. According to KOIN , US doctors reviewing her medical files... More »

US Delivers New Sanctions on Iran

Trump warns he won't be as 'kind' as Obama

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on 13 people and a dozen companies in response to Iran's recent ballistic missile test , reports the AP . Those targeted by the Treasury Department include various individuals and companies involved in procuring ballistic missile technology for Iran. They include Iranians, Lebanese, Chinese,... More »

Iran Says US Shouldn't Make 'Empty Threats'

It says it will continue work on its missile systems

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Michael Flynn said the US was "putting Iran on notice." President Trump seconded that notion Thursday in the way only he can: an early morning tweet-storm. "Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE," Trump tweeted . The AP reports he went on to falsely claim... More »

The US Is 'Officially Putting Iran on Notice'

Michael Flynn calls Iranian missile test 'destabilizing'

(Newser) - President Trump's national security adviser said the US is "officially putting Iran on notice," without specifying exactly what that means, Reuters reports. According to NBC News , Michael Flynn made the remark during a "surprise appearance" at a White House press briefing Wednesday. It was spurred by... More »

Iran May Limit Issuing of US Visas Over Trump's Order

'To defend the dignity of the great Iranian nation'

(Newser) - Iran's foreign ministry is suggesting the country will limit issuing visas to American tourists in retaliation for President Trump's suspension of immigration and visas for nationals from Muslim countries including Iran, the AP reports. The official IRNA news agency Saturday carried a statement by the Iranian foreign ministry... More »

Burning High-Rise Falls, Kills 30 Firefighters

More deaths are possible in Tehran, Iran

(Newser) - A 17-story building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported, per the AP . Iran's state-run Press TV announced the firefighters' deaths, without giving a source for the information. Local Iranian state television said 30... More »

Obama Declines to Sign Iran Sanctions Renewal

10-year extension will become law anyway

(Newser) - In an unexpected move, President Obama has declined to sign legislation renewing sanctions against Iran—but has let it become law anyway. Obama faced a midnight Wednesday deadline to sign the 10-year renewal of the decades-old sanctions law, the AP reports. The White House had said that Obama was expected... More »

Thanks to Nuke Deal, Iran Makes a Big US Buy

Tehran goes shopping, inks $16.6B deal with Boeing to upgrade crippled commercial fleet

(Newser) - Iran said Sunday it has finalized a $16.8 billion deal with Boeing to purchase 80 passenger planes, reports the AP , a deal made possible by last year's landmark nuclear deal. The state-run IRNA news agency said 50 Boeing 737s and 30 Boeing 777s would be delivered over the... More »

Dozens Die in Iran Train Crash

3 railroad employees arrested after collision

(Newser) - A train collision in northern Iran killed at least 45 people and injured 100 on Friday, Iran's state media reported. The official IRNA news agency reported that the accident occurred in sub-zero temperatures when a moving passenger train struck another parked at Haftkhan station, about 150 miles east of... More »

Iran to Lash 'Serial Human Rights Abuser'

If he doesn't buy his way out, that is

(Newser) - As a judge, and then prosecutor general in Tehran from 2003 to 2009, Saeed Mortazavi earned a reputation as a "serial human rights abuser" and "butcher of the press" for his role in quieting journalists and political dissenters. Now, he may get a taste of his own medicine.... More »

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