Hasan Rouhani

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Iranian Billionaire Is to Be Executed

Country announced Babak Zanjani's sentence Sunday

(Newser) - In what is surely one of the most extreme reminders that money cannot buy everything, Iran on Sunday announced a death sentence had been handed to Babak Zanjani, whose fortune is worth an estimated $14 billion. The 42-year-old was arrested in December 2013, shortly after the election of President Hassan... More »

Italy Covers Its Marble Genitals for Iranian President

It also won't be serving wine

(Newser) - Does anyone know what size pants Michelangelo's David wears? Italy covered up nude statues in advance of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's visit this week, the BBC reports. According to the Independent , "plain white boards" were placed in front of certain sculptures at the Capitoline Museum in Rome... More »

France Needs Wine to Get Through Dinner With Iran

Really leaning into that cultural stereotype, France

(Newser) - They say we should embrace our differences. But they never tried to come between a Frenchman and his wine. The Washington Post reports on some dinner drama adding tension to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official visit to Europe, which starts this weekend. Apparently Rouhani and French president Franç... More »

Iran OKs Bill Clearing Way for Nuke Deal

Tehran will let itself back out if sanctions aren't dropped

(Newser) - Iran's parliament on Sunday approved an outline of a bill that would allow the government to implement a historic nuclear deal reached with world powers, the official IRNA news agency said. The bill allows the government to withdraw from implementing the agreement if world powers do not lift sanctions,... More »

Iran: Lift Sanctions Same Day or No Deal

Rouhani warns against Yemen strikes

(Newser) - Iran's president is warning that Tehran will not sign on to a final nuclear deal with world powers unless it's predicated on the immediate lifting of economic sanctions imposed on Iran over the controversial nuclear program. Hassan Rouhani, speaking during a ceremony marking Iran's nuclear technology day,... More »

Iran: We Shot Down Israeli Drone

Revolutionary Guards say aircraft was near Natanz

(Newser) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards is saying its forces have shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site. The Guards issued a statement saying forces fired a missile at the drone as it neared its uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, more than 185 miles south of... More »

Iran's Supreme Leader Denies Holocaust

Ayatollah reiterates belief in speech for new year

(Newser) - So much for the moderate new Iran. The nation's supreme leader today marked the start of the Persian New Year by denying the Holocaust, reports Haaretz . "The Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and, if it happened, it's uncertain how it happened," Ayatollah Ali... More »

Rouhani: World 'Surrendered' on Nuke Deal

Iran president, facing hardline critics, boasts of great deal

(Newser) - Many of the details surrounding the deal between six world powers and Tehran on the latter's nuclear program remain under wraps, but Iran President Hasan Rouhani sounds pretty happy. The "world powers surrendered to Iranian nation's will," says a tweet today under Rouhani's name, according... More »

Iran's Rouhani: Nuke Deal Already Boosting Economy

Plays up success of sanctions relief in face of critics

(Newser) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said today that last month's nuclear deal with world powers has already boosted the country's economy, as he continues a push to convince skeptics of the benefits brought by the pact's partial sanctions relief. Rouhani told an open session of parliament that,... More »

Secret US-Iran Talks Paved Way for Nuke Deal

Oman helped broker meetings after hikers' release

(Newser) - The landmark nuclear deal with Iran isn't as sudden a breakthrough as it might seem. Before the Geneva talks, a team of American diplomats hand-picked by President Obama held at least five secret meetings with their Iranian counterparts starting in March, the AP finds. The American delegations were led... More »

As Iran Talks Falter, Rouhani Calls Enrichment 'Red Line'

Talks end with progress but no deal; will resume Nov. 20

(Newser) - Iranian officials said today it made progress with world powers during "serious" talks over Tehran's nuclear program, but insisted the nation cannot be pushed to give up uranium enrichment as negotiations move into tougher ground. The remarks on enrichment repeat past declarations on the country's "right"... More »

Iran Talks, More Calculated Than Advertised, Begin

Report indicates Obama worked hard for that Rouhani phone call

(Newser) - Talks kick off today between Iran and the other P5+1 nations, and both sides were brimming with cautious optimism. Iranian negotiator Mohammad Javed Zarif touted the possibility of a breakthrough, while a senior Obama administration official said that they see "the outlines of a first step," the New ... More »

We Can Negotiate With Iran—I've Done It

Ryan Crocker explains how dialogue has worked before, and how Bush ruined it

(Newser) - Many in Washington, Tehran, and elsewhere are deeply skeptical about the latest stab at Iranian-American dialogue , but Ryan Crocker thinks there's reason for optimism. "Although most Americans may be unaware of it, talks with Iran have succeeded in the past—and they can succeed again," the ex-ambassador... More »

Angry Over Syria, Saudis Back Away From US

Intelligence chief wants more aggressive approach against Assad

(Newser) - Following his country's decision to reject a UN Security Council seat , Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief is edging away from the US specifically: Prince Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud told European officials that his country will reduce its secret work with the CIA on training Syrian rebels, reports the Wall ... More »

Iran Botches Man's Hanging, Plans a Do-Over

If at first you don't succeed...

(Newser) - On the laundry list of public despair over government's inability to do anything right, "executing criminals" doesn't usually get a mention—particularly in Iran, which is more than a little practiced at capital punishment . But the Guardian presents the case of Alireza, a 37-year-old drug smuggler sentenced... More »

'Optimism' as Iran, West Begin New Nuke Talks

First negotiations since Rouhani's election

(Newser) - Global leaders have gathered in Geneva for a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear capabilities—the first since Hasan Rouhani became the country's president. The New York Times sees "the most promising atmosphere for negotiations" in a decade, thanks to Rouhani's apparent willingness to work... More »

Netanyahu: Iran's Rouhani a 'Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'

Israeli leader blasts Iran, says it has nuclear weapons program

(Newser) - Benjamin Netanyahu took his turn at the UN General Assembly podium today, and used it to blast Iranian President Hasan Rouhani and his much-celebrated outreach efforts . "Now I know, Rouhani doesn't sound like Ahmadinejad," he said, according to CNN . But "the only difference between them is... More »

Protester Lobs Shoe at Iran's Rouhani

But it misses his car in Tehran

(Newser) - Hasan Rouhani might have skipped a handshake with President Obama, but his overtures to the West were still too cozy for hardliners back home: Someone chucked a shoe at the Iranian president upon his return to Tehran, reports AFP . This one was nowhere near as dramatic as the shoe-throwing that... More »

Historic Call: Obama Talks With Iran's President

He also tells GOP to 'knock it off' in regard to the budget

(Newser) - President Obama went to the White House briefing room this afternoon to scold House Republicans—"knock it off, pass a budget, and move on"—but he made more news with a brief announcement beforehand: Obama revealed that he had spoken on the phone with Iran President Hasan Rouhani... More »

US, Iran Hold Highest-Level Meeting Since 1977

Israel not pleased by UN gathering

(Newser) - Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif yesterday sat down with the top diplomats from all the permanent UN Security Council countries, plus Germany—including John Kerry. That made the hour-long meeting the highest-level US-Iranian talks in 36 years, dating back to before the Islamic Revolution, the Wall Street Journal observes. Kerry... More »

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