Iran

April 23, 2014

Bank Mellat, which has been in Turkey since 1982, faced restrictions in 2012 which led to a decline in its growth due to economic sanctions imposed against Iran.
23:36 GMT

Earlier this year, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he considered Iran to be “his second home” during a visit to Tehran aimed at strengthening economic ties between the neighboring countries.

April 22, 2014

Get your "Love Melody 10" on! (Image used for illustrative purposes only)
14:29 GMT

With his new album "Love Melody 10" just out, the Iranian composer is already working on another project that combines Iranian and western music.

April 21, 2014

 
By holding 157 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil reserves, Iran possesses the world’s fourth largest reserves of crude oil.
03:55 GMT

On April 12, Iranian MP Ali Marvi quoted Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh as saying that Iran will increase its crude oil output to 5.7 million barrels per day by the end of Iranian calendar year 1397 (March 2019).

April 20, 2014

Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran is complying with the terms of its nuclear agreement with six world powers. (AFP/File)
18:00 GMT

Iran has finished diluting half of its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium to five-percent purity and is to convert the rest to uranium oxide, an Iran nuclear official says.

Zoe Saldana is best known for her roles in Avatar and as the new Uhura in the resurrected Star Trek franchise. The proudly black Latina actress from Dominica has been broadcasting her other DNA, confirming in a recent TV interview that she is also part Lebanese, loves Lebanese cooking and is uber-proud of her Middle Eastern roots.
09:02 GMT

Wake up Hollywood - Western entertainment is overdue for an Arab awakening! Here's Al-Bawaba's list of 10 influential celebrities you didn't know had Arab roots.

April 19, 2014

Negotiations continue between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear status. The United States recently released almost $500 million to Iran as part of the interim deal. (photo courtesy: azernews.az)
16:42 GMT

Western officials fear that the Arak reactor could be used to provide Tehran with nuclear bomb making capabilities.

April 18, 2014

The 36-story, 382,500 square-foot (35,535 square-meter) building is located on the Fifth Avenue in New York.
08:32 GMT

The US government says it is going to sell an Iranian skyscraper in New York City in favor of anti-Tehran plaintiffs.

April 17, 2014

Iran shares oil and gas fields with most of its neighbors, including Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, as well as Oman and Turkmenistan.
22:53 GMT

Iran shares oil and gas fields with most of its neighbors, including Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, as well as Oman and Turkmenistan.

In return for Iran's cooperation under the UN Geneva deal, six world powers granted the Islamic state some sanction relief (Joe Klamar/AFP)
19:37 GMT

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said Iran diluted half of its uranium, complying with an interim agreement between Tehran and six world powers including the U.S., France, U.K. and Germany.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif represents Iran during the nuclear talks. (AFP/File)
06:54 GMT

Iran and six world powers will meet in New York City in May to resume talks about Iran's disputed nuclear program.

April 16, 2014

The U.S. has refused to issue Iran's new UN envoy a visa to the U.S. due to Aboutalebi's role in the 1979 Iranian revolution (AFP)
07:17 GMT

The U.S. has refused to issue a visa to Iran's newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi.

April 15, 2014

Yuval Steinitz is a member of Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party. (AFP/File)
07:42 GMT

Israeli intelligence minister Yuval Steinitz recently criticized U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for his comments on Iran's nuclear program.

In September 2013, the World Bank removed Iran from its list of deadbeat borrowers, saying the Islamic Republic had paid outstanding loan amounts.
03:55 GMT

The Bank has not lent any new money to Iran since 2005.

April 14, 2014

Iran will build six oil refineries in Indonesia's Benten and West Java regions (File Archive)
11:00 GMT

Iran has agreed with Indonesia's leadership to construct six oil refineries in the Asia Pacific country.

April 13, 2014

Happy Jordan: Solid choreography and slick production make this a winner!  Produced by BeAmman, a grassroots website that promotes the city of Amman, it sets spectacular dance moves against the backdrop of the Citadel, Roman Amphitheater and Amman skyline. Best scene? The two old men in red fez waving their coats as they dance down the street!
14:17 GMT

If it hasn't already reached its sell-by, what’s the appeal of Pharrell William’s pop sensation “Happy”? and how has it fared across the Middle East's far-flung corners?