Sep 15, 2016

Shinoyama sparks Japan past Qatar at FIBA Asia Challenge

Point guard Ryusei Shinoyama scored 16 points to lead Japan to its third win of the FIBA Asia Challenge in Tehran on Wednesday, beating Qatar 79-65 and in the process setting up a quarterfinal clash with Jordan. Shinoyama, 28, had his second standout performance ...

Sep 10, 2016

Work starts on two new Iran nuclear reactors

Russian and Iranian firms began work on Saturday on two additional reactors at Iran’s nuclear power plant on the Gulf coast at Bushehr, the project manager said. The plant has been a bone of contention with Iran’s Gulf Arab neighbors, even after a deal ...

Sep 9, 2016

South Korea tops Japan in FIBA Asia Challenge opener

Despite getting a 29-point performance from Makoto Hiejima, Japan was unable to beat South Korea in its FIBA Asia Challenge tournament Group D opener, losing 80-73 in Tehran on Friday. With a number of new faces wearing the Japanese colors in the 12-team tournament, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mar 26, 2016

Iran denies supporting U.S. bank hacking

Iran on Saturday denied supporting cyber attacks against the United States after a New York court indicted seven Iranians over hacking dozens of American banks and a major dam. “The Islamic Republic of Iran has never had dangerous cyber actions on its agenda and ...

Iran, China vow tighter ties as Xi visits

Jan 23, 2016

Iran, China vow tighter ties as Xi visits

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday hailed a “new chapter” in relations with China after talks with President Xi Jinping, who is touring the region to boost Beijing’s economic influence. The Asian giant and the Middle East’s foremost Shiite power aim to build economic ...