Iran

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.

January 24, 2014

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif [AFP]
22:55 GMT

Iran wants all foreign fighters to leave Syria, according to the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23, 2014. [AFP]
11:09 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stressed that the fate of Syria needs to be determined solely by the Syrian people, rejecting any interference in the future of the Arab country.

January 23, 2014

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani addresses the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 23, 2014. He said Iran is not interested in acquiring nukes. (AFP)
13:10 GMT

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that the Islamic Republic wants to pursue constructive relationships with its regional neighbours, and that it has no intention of acquiring nukes.

Rouhani was at this week's Davos World Economic Forum to encourage world investment in Iran (File Archive/AFP)
10:07 GMT

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani told reporters this week that Tehran will normalize relations with Europe once the interim nuclear accord is implemented.

January 22, 2014

All in all, Iran’s trade balance with 96 countries was positive in the first eight months of 2013, according to data released by the Iranian Customs Administration Office.
00:02 GMT

The two-way trade grew by 5.3 percent in the first ten months of 2013 in comparison to the corresponding time last year.

January 21, 2014

The Syria peace conference room at the conference center "Le Petit Palais" as part of the Montreux-Palace will be the location Wednesday for Geneva II peace talks. [AFP]
04:53 GMT

The UN has decided to cancel Iran's invitation to the Geneva II conference after Iran's inconsistency regarding Syria's transitional government.

January 20, 2014

The U.N. invited Tehran to attend the talks - a move that has unproved unpopular with those opposed to Assad's regime. (AFP/File)
13:28 GMT

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that Iran should not be allowed to attend the upcoming Geneva II talks on the Syrian crisis as Tehran does not support a transitional Syrian government.

U.N. chief extended an invitation to Iran to attend Syrian peace talks in Montreaux this week (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)
09:14 GMT

Iran's invitation has stirred controversy ahead of the highly-anticipated Syrian peace talks. France has called on Tehran to "accept the creation of a transitional government" or forego attending the conference altogether, and the Syrian opposition announced that they will not attend if Iran is present.

Unblocking billions of dollars in funds to Iran under a landmark six-month nuclear deal with the West, that will take effect on January 20, 2014 will have a significant economic impact on the Islamic republic. [AFP]
07:18 GMT

Iran is looking forward to the beginning of agreements made in Geneva to include the lifting of some US sanctions.

A picture taken on January 19, 2014 in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo shows buildings that fell following Government warplanes raids .[AFP]
05:10 GMT

The Syrian opposition has threatened to exit upcoming peace talks in Geneva after learning that the UN invited Iran to attend the conference as well.


The debts of BP to Iran has not published officially yet, but Shell said in March 2013 that it has $2.3 billion debts to Tehran.
03:55 GMT

The British companies say they will return to Iranian projects once the sanctions imposed on the country's oil and gas sector are completely lifted.

January 19, 2014

Meanwhile, diplomats said that providing the amount would not be an issue, because many IAEA member states have already expressed their willingness to help.
03:55 GMT

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says it needs an additional amount of about six million euros for activities related to the implementation of a recent deal on Iran’s nuclear energy program

he EU also will suspend bans on trade in gold, precious metals and petrochemical products while increasing a ceiling on financial transfers not related to remaining sanctions
03:55 GMT

The EU foreign ministers will announce the move in Brussels as soon as inspectors from the UN's nuclear watchdog, the international Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirm that the agreement started to be carried out,