66 dead after plane crashes near Yasuj in southern Iran

Feb 18, 2018

66 dead after plane crashes near Yasuj in southern Iran

An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board, state media reported. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination, the city of Yasuj, ...

Feb 18, 2018

Sweden grants citizenship to scientist sentenced to death in Iran

Sweden has granted citizenship to a Stockholm-based scientist being held in Iran under sentence of death, the Swedish foreign ministry confirmed on Saturday. Ahmadreza Djalali, a medical doctor and lecturer at the Karolinska Institute in the Swedish capital, was arrested in Iran in April 2016 ...

U.S. top envoy Rex Tillerson says Hezbollah role poses threat to Lebanon

/ Feb 16, 2018

U.S. top envoy Rex Tillerson says Hezbollah role poses threat to Lebanon

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Lebanon on Thursday that the Iran-backed Hezbollah group's growing arsenal and involvement in regional conflicts threatened Lebanon's security. Speaking alongside Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in a Beirut news conference, Tillerson also said the United States was engaging ...

Feb 11, 2018

Iranian-Canadian environmental activist imprisoned by Tehran dies

An Iranian-Canadian dual citizen and environmental activist imprisoned by Iranian authorities last month has died in prison, his son wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Kavous Seyed-Emami was managing director of the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation, which seeks to protect Iran's rare animals, and a U.S.-trained ...

Israel and Iran clash in Syria, in harbinger of wider war

Feb 11, 2018

Israel and Iran clash in Syria, in harbinger of wider war

In its most serious engagement in neighboring Syria since fighting there began in 2011, Israel shot down an infiltrating Iranian drone Saturday and struck Iranian targets deep in Syria before one of its own jets was downed. The sudden escalation offers what could be a ...

Outside Yemen's rebel-held capital, stalemated war rages on

Feb 4, 2018

Outside Yemen's rebel-held capital, stalemated war rages on

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In the rocky highlands outside of Yemen's rebel-held capital, it quickly becomes clear how the Arab world's poorest country remains mired in a stalemated civil war. Soldiers and militiamen loyal to Yemen's internationally recognized government describe having a tantalizing view on a clear day of ...

Iran seeks control of info flow via 'halal' internet after unrest

/ Jan 29, 2018

Iran seeks control of info flow via 'halal' internet after unrest

The irony in Iran's recent explosion of protests was that it was the country's theocratic government itself that provided the oxygen that fueled their startlingly swift spread, blazing from city to city. For the past four years, authorities have encouraged wider internet use, allowing service ...