Iran

February 2, 2014

$4.2 billion of Iranian frozen assets would be released in eight stages and Tehran
12:55 GMT

Following the implementation of a nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the six world powers, Tehran has received the first installment of its $4.2-billion funds previously blocked overseas.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani listens after his address at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23, 2014. [AFP]
10:37 GMT

As the beginning phases of Iran's nuclear deal take shape, previously frozen funds are being released for use in the process.

Zarif said that the Syrian opposition "which hardly controls any ground inside Syria and may not even be welcomed into territories that are even controlled by the armed groups inside Syria". (AFP/File)
09:17 GMT

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the "illusions of power" surrounding the Syrian opposition -who he says has little control inside Syria - is not helping to achieve a peaceful resolution to the country's crisis.

January 31, 2014

According to Hof, one Iranian official told him that “neither the U.S. nor Israel intervened in Syria,”
13:21 GMT

Former U.S. ambassador Frederic Hof has revealed that Iranian officials, in private meetings, told him that Iran is not in conflict with the U.S. or Israel but rather believe Saudi Arabia to be the main threat considering its perceived tampering in Syria.

“The need for the process to pick up the pace is obvious,” Director General Ahmet Uzumcu said in a statement. [AFP]
12:57 GMT

The world’s chemical watchdog called Friday for Syria to “pick up the pace” in shipping out its chemical weapons stockpile after a key deadline was missed, Agence France-Presse reported.

During Erdogan’s stay, Iran and Turkey signed a number of agreements, including a preferential trade agreement, which can dramatically increase the trade ties between the two countries.
12:26 GMT

The Leader made the remarks during a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran.

Former United Nations chief Kofi Annan during a visit to Tehran aimed at boosting dialogue between Iran and the international community. [AFP]
04:00 GMT

Iran has a chance to play a constructive role in bringing stability to Syria and the broader region, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday.

January 30, 2014

Iraq is poised to triple its crude oil output from three million barrels per day to nine million by 2020.
20:03 GMT

The combined oil reserves of Iraq and Iran are greater than that of Saudi Arabia - the world’s second largest producer of crude after Russia.

January 29, 2014

Erdoğan and Jahangir later held a joint press conference and attended the signing ceremony.
13:48 GMT

Ahead of a news conference, Turkey and Iran signed a number of agreements on establishing a joint trade committee as well as a preferential trade agreement betweeen the two countries.

January 27, 2014

Police Departments have shown "a pattern of abusive and unaccountable protest policing". [presstv]
20:30 GMT

A report recently released by the Iranian military criticizes the US for being a violator of human rights.

The delegation will be comprised of representatives from French automotive, oil, banking, and transportation sectors.
16:28 GMT

Former French ambassador to Iran Francois Nicoullaud told Reuters those French firms that operated in Iran before the sanctions wanted to return.

Zarif and Catherine Ashton will meet again in New York at the end of February to continue nuclear negotiations (File Archive/AFP)
14:13 GMT

Iran nuclear talks with world powers will resume in late February in New York, according to reports Monday.

Many mud-brick homes in rural areas of Iran crumbled in quakes from the past. [ibttimes]
10:20 GMT

A minor earthquake shook southern Iran although no damages have been reported.

January 26, 2014

Kofi Annan is representing a group called the Elders which is a group of 12 global leaders that was established to "promote peace, justice and human rights" (Courtesy of The Guardian)
13:52 GMT

Former UN chief Kofi Annan arrived in Iran Sunday in a visit "aimed at boosting dialogue between Iran and the international community.

 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a session at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 24, 2014. [AFP]
01:03 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Saturday that talks with world powers to reach a long-term nuclear deal will resume next month.