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 ...

May 28, 2016

Hajj row escalates as Iran and Saudi Arabia miss new deal

An Iranian delegation has left Saudi Arabia without an agreement for its citizens to attend the Muslim hajj pilgrimage this year, Saudi media have reported, a second failure by the rival Middle East powers to strike a deal. Relations between the two countries plummeted ...

May 26, 2016

Former Shimizu boss Ghotbi says future 'bright' for Thai soccer

Former Shimizu S-Pulse and Iran manager Afshin Ghotbi, named new coach of Buriram United on Tuesday, believes Thai soccer is on the rise and gaining on Asia’s two premier leagues, the J. League and K-League. “Both K-League and J. League have a longer history ...

Islamic State terrorist attacks in Iraq undermine faith in government

May 25, 2016

Islamic State terrorist attacks in Iraq undermine faith in government

Even as Iraq slowly claws back territory from the Islamic State group, faith in the government is crumbling among many Iraqis — particularly Shiites — who are angered by political disarray and the continual militant bombings in Baghdad. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi triumphantly announced ...

May 20, 2016

Iran hopes quake-experienced Japan can help build nuclear plant

Iran expects Japan’s cooperation in its nuclear power plant construction, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyed Abbas Araghchi said in Tokyo on Thursday. Iran, a country with as many earthquakes as Japan, needs Japan’s advanced nuclear plant construction technologies, Araghchi, a former ambassador to Japan, ...