Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami dies in France at 76

Jul 5, 2016

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Kiarostami dies in France at 76

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami has died at the age of 76 in France, Iranian media reported on Monday. Kiarostami, who won the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997 for “Taste of Cherry,” left Tehran last week to undergo treatment ...

U.S. Navy report blasts inept, buckling sailors captured by Iran

Jul 1, 2016

U.S. Navy report blasts inept, buckling sailors captured by Iran

U.S. sailors who were captured in January after straying into Iranian waters committed basic navigational blunders, were quick to surrender and some buckled under questioning, a damning Navy probe released Thursday found. The report into the Jan. 12 incident in the Persian Gulf highlights ...

Homes burned, looted in Iraqi city as Islamic State driven out

Jun 28, 2016

Homes burned, looted in Iraqi city as Islamic State driven out

Dozens of homes were looted and burned as Fallujah was liberated from the Islamic State group, and Iraqi government forces Monday accused the retreating militants. Some provincial police, however, blamed the fires on Shiite militias operating with the federal police. The allegations of sectarian ...

Iraqi commander: Fallujah 'fully liberated' from IS

Jun 26, 2016

Iraqi commander: Fallujah 'fully liberated' from IS

A senior Iraqi commander declared that the city of Fallujah was “fully liberated” from Islamic State group militants on Sunday, after a more than monthlong military operation. Iraqi troops have entered the northwestern al-Julan neighborhood, the last area of Fallujah to remain under IS ...

Iran cracks down on culture of 'vulgar Western' dog ownership

Jun 25, 2016

Iran cracks down on culture of 'vulgar Western' dog ownership

Dog lovers in central Iran are in uproar after authorities began confiscating their pets in an apparent crackdown on the “vulgar Western culture” of canine ownership, Iranian media reported Saturday. One unnamed dog owner in Shahin Shahr, in Isfahan province, told Iran’s Shahrvand newspaper ...

Jun 20, 2016

Iran says it thwarts attacks in Tehran, other cities

Iran has thwarted several planned bombings in cities including Tehran, the state news agency quoted the intelligence ministry as saying Monday, in what it called a major plot by Sunni Muslim militants against the Shiite Islamic Republic. Iranian authorities say Islamic State militants have ...