Jan 14, 2015

Islamic State video purports to show boy executing 'Russian spies'

The Islamic State group released a video Tuesday purporting to show a young boy executing two men accused of working for Russian intelligence services. The video shows the two men apparently being shot dead by the child after being interrogated on camera about their ...

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Jan 11, 2015

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Tournament favorite Iran downed a spirited Bahrain 2-0 and the United Arab Emirates trounced Qatar 4-1 in the opening Group C matches of the Asian Cup on Sunday. Ehsan Hajsafi and Masoud Shojaei scored late in each half to give Iran the win over ...

Jan 6, 2015

France 'will not yield' on Iran nuclear demand: Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said on Monday his country would stand firm on its demand that Tehran vow not to pursue nuclear weapons ahead of fresh international negotiations. “If there is no clear statement from Iran on giving up nuclear weapons, there will be ...

Lebanon limits entry of Syrians fleeing war

Jan 5, 2015

Lebanon limits entry of Syrians fleeing war

Overwhelmed by a massive influx of desperate refugees, Lebanon began imposing unprecedented visa restrictions on Syrians on Monday, including those fleeing their country’s civil war. “Today we began implementing the new entry measures and Syrians at the borders have begun presenting their documents to ...

Jan 3, 2015

Iran, six powers agree on plan to move nuclear material to Russia

Iran and the United States have tentatively agreed on a formula that Washington hopes will reduce Tehran’s ability to make nuclear arms by committing it to ship to Russia much of the material needed for such weapons, diplomats say. In another sign of progress, ...

Their nation in pieces, Iraqis ponder what comes next

Dec 30, 2014

Their nation in pieces, Iraqis ponder what comes next

The machine gun poking out from between a framed portrait of a Shiite imam and a stuffed toy Minnie Mouse was trained on anyone who approached the checkpoint. Like dozens of other communities in Iraq, this small Sunni settlement in northern Salahuddin province’s Tuz ...

Islamic State claims killing of Iranian military adviser in Iraq

Dec 30, 2014

Islamic State claims killing of Iranian military adviser in Iraq

The Islamic State group has claimed the killing of a senior Iranian officer advising Iraqi forces in their fight against the jihadis, in posts on jihadi Internet forums on Monday. Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Sunday announced the death of Brig. Gen. Hamid Taghavi, who ...

Dec 30, 2014

Obama doesn't rule out having embassy in Iran

While President Barack Obama has not ruled out the possibility of reopening a U.S. Embassy in Iran, Republicans say the Senate will vote within weeks on a bill to impose more sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear program. Obama was asked in an NPR ...

Iran tests suicide drone in major military drill

Dec 28, 2014

Iran tests suicide drone in major military drill

Iran’s army said Saturday it has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, the army’s chief commander of ground forces, described ...