Iran

June 20, 2014

Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. is ready for "targeted" and "precise" action in Iraq to combat the growing violence in the MENA country (Mandel Ngan/AFP)
15:00 GMT

Tehran said Friday that U.S. President Barack Obama lacks a serious will to combat terrorism, and will inevitably as a result, heighten sectarian tensions in Iraq.

Germany's Foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said every "effort as possible" should be made to meet the July 20 deadline (File/AFP)
11:30 GMT

Germany's foreign minister pushed for talks over the Iranian nuclear program to be reached by the July 20 deadline.

June 19, 2014

Iran's nuclear program is controversial among the international community. (AFP/File)
06:56 GMT

Iran and the P5+1 have begun drafting a nuclear deal in the Austrian capital Vienna.

June 18, 2014

"Payment difficulties do come up and it is not a straightforward place to trade with, but deals to Iran are still being done," another European grains trade source said.
14:22 GMT

Iran is not barred from buying food or other goods for humanitarian purposes under sanctions imposed over Tehran's pursuit of nuclear technology.

Hassan Rouhani said Iran will make every effort to safeguard Shia holy shrines across Iraq (File/AFP)
13:11 GMT

Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani said his country will spare no effort to protect holy shrines in Iraq, as ISIS militants advance towards Baghdad.

The British embassy in Tehran was closed in 2011 after Iranian protesters stormed the building (File/AFP)
11:32 GMT

Iran welcomed the British government's decision to reopen an embassy in Tehran in a move seen to improve ties between both countries.

June 17, 2014

British Foreign Minister William Hague (left) pictured with Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zari in 2013 (File/AFP)
14:02 GMT

The British embassy is set to open in Tehran, in a move to rebuild a diplomatic relationship with the Shia republic amid growing violence in Iraq.

Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, is leading negotiations with the UN (File/AFP)
12:39 GMT

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council started a second day of negotiations to strike a deal over Tehran's nuclear program.

Imports of oil from Iran often swing widely from month to month as one of South Korea's two refiners to import Iranian oil usually buys the crude only every other month.
04:55 GMT

South Korea and other Asian buyers are supposed to hold their crude imports from the OPEC member at end-2013 levels under the terms of the Geneva accord between Iran and six major powers.

June 16, 2014

Iraqi forces have been battling ISIL militants for control of Iraq. (AFP/File)
16:00 GMT

The prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan has arrived in Tehran for talks about the Iraq crisis.

The P5 +1 reached an interim nuclear deal in Geneva in 2013. (AFP/File)
10:08 GMT

A new round of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5 + 1 begins today in Vienna.

A successful nuclear deal will potentially empower Rouhani to implement his progressive agenda. (AFP/File)
09:26 GMT

A successful outcome of the current nuclear talks will strengthen the strained yet crucial relationship between the U.S. and Iran.

June 14, 2014

Iran also denied media rumors that three battalions had been dispatched to Iraq (File/AFP)
09:57 GMT

Washington on Friday dismissed media reports about the possibility of talks between the U.S. and Iran over the ongoing violence in Iraq.

June 13, 2014

ISIL terrorists vowed to overthrow Iraq's capital Baghdad in the coming days (File/AFP)
11:05 GMT

ISIL militants took control of two towns in the Diyala Province late on Thursday, two days after capturing Nineveh.

June 12, 2014

Iraqi families fleeing violence in Nineveh Province wait at the northern Kurdish border (File/AFP)
18:56 GMT

President Hasan Rouhani said Thursday that Iran would not tolerate violent militant groups stemming in Iraq as over 500,000 people fled Nineveh Province.