Iran

December 19, 2014

Hundreds of Iraq's Yazidi minority were trapped on Mount Sinjar by Daesh militants since August. (AFP/File)
11:10 GMT

Peshmerga forces in Iraq freed hundreds of Yazidis who were trapped by Daesh militants on Mount Sinjar, according to a Kurdish leader.

The seven-day war game, codenamed "Mohammad Rasolallah," will involve the Army, Navy, Air Force, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and the Basij (Volunteer) Force, Army Brig. Gen. Abdolrahim Mousavi told reporters. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Iran will conduct a large-scale military exercise in the south of the country beginning Dec. 25, a senior Iranian military commander announced Thursday.

December 16, 2014

An FBI official did not provide further details, but said the agency routinely provides private industry with advisories to help it fend off cyber threats.
15:20 GMT

The FBI has warned US businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation.

December 15, 2014

The Painting Pool has been enjoying several screenings and awards at various international film festivals. (Image: Mehr News)
14:12 GMT

A UNESCO award-winning Iranian film titled "The Painting Pool" has entered the competition lineup of the 2015 Victoria Film Festival in Canada.

Iran is considered one of the world's most corrupt places.
04:55 GMT

Iranian authorities have arrested 12 people for syphoning off more than $4.5 billion (3.6 billion euros) from one of the country's main banks over several years.

December 12, 2014

Despite making progress, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany failed to clinch a final nuclear deal by a November 24 deadline during their talks in Vienna. (AFP/File)
14:36 GMT

The European Union has confirmed that the new round of nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 powers will resume on December 17 in Geneva.

December 11, 2014


Riyadh has said its oil policy is based on economic principles.
16:40 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has blamed unnamed countries of plotting to bring down crude prices.

After the Nov. 24 deadline to reach a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran expired, international negotiators vowed to continue the talks for an additional seven months. (AFP/File)
05:00 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran is committed to the "tough path" ahead as nuclear negotiations enter a seven month extension phase.

December 10, 2014

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif  stressed that a final deal over Iran’s nuclear work is possible provided there is political will. (Photo: AFP)
09:08 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the next round of talks between Tehran and the P5+1 group will be held at the deputy level.

At a press conference Tuesday, Zarif underlined the necessity for regional cooperation with Iraq and Syria to succeed in countering terrorism and extremism. (AFP/File)
06:00 GMT

Foreign ministers from Iraq, Iran and Syria met Tuesday in Tehran on the sidelines of the World Against Violence and Extremism conference.

December 9, 2014

Official figures show that more than 30 million people out of Iran's total population of 75 million use the Internet.
04:55 GMT

Iran's telecommunications minister has said his technicians are developing a system to identify any Internet user in the country at the moment of log-on.

December 8, 2014

Rouhani admitted the budget for the fiscal year starting in March 2015 "would be under pressure" given the big fall in oil prices in recent months
12:40 GMT

"Such a drop is unprecedented," he said in a speech to parliament carried live on state television, noting that the government had been cautious in its forecasts.

The set for "Songs of My Homeland" film about the Islamic State and romance.
09:11 GMT

The trauma of a kidnapping by ISIL contrasts with the romantic tale of two lovers in the Syrian town of Rablah is told on screen via Iranian director Abbas Rafei's new film "Songs of My Homeland".

December 7, 2014

Bahrain FM says Hezbollah like ISIL and Al-Qaeda. (AFP/File)
13:20 GMT

Bahrain's foreign minister compares Hezbollah to groups like ISIL and Al-Qaeda.

Mahmoud Vaezi announced that a team of technicians is developing a system to identify all Internet users in Iran. (AFP/File)
12:00 GMT

Iran's telecommunications minister plans to identify all Internet users in Iran.