Jul 19, 2017

Iran's president says his country will 'stand up to' U.S.

Iran's president said Wednesday that his country will stand up to the United States and reciprocate for any new sanctions that Washington imposes on the Islamic republic. Hassan Rouhani's remarks came a day after the Trump administration announced new, non-nuclear sanctions while at the same ...

Iran's Rouhani to Trump: 'Not the time to build walls'

Jan 28, 2017

Iran's Rouhani to Trump: 'Not the time to build walls'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday, saying now was "not the time to build walls between nations." "They have forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed many years ago. Even if there are walls between nations, they must be removed," ...

Tehran vows 'firm response' unless Obama stops Iran sanctions renewal

Dec 4, 2016

Tehran vows 'firm response' unless Obama stops Iran sanctions renewal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday demanded that U.S. President Barack Obama block an extension of sanctions passed by Congress, saying Tehran will otherwise "firmly respond." In a speech to parliament, Rouhani denounced legislation passed by Congress to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for ...

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 of ...

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 limiting ...

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, including ...

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 that ...

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 after ...

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 does ...