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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for end to airstrikes and formation of a unity government. (AFP/File)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for end to airstrikes and formation of a unity government.

April 17, 2015

The Iraqi prime minister said that everything "must be done through the government of Iraq." (AFP/File)
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Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has welcomed help from Iran in the fight against Daesh (ISIS), but has warned the country to respect Baghdad's sovereignty.
The UN boss says he is trying to find a new representative to deploy to Yemen. (AFP/File)
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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has called for an immediate stop to fighting in Yemen and is urging a political solution as the best way to stop to violence.

April 16, 2015

Even assuming a conclusion of a nuclear agreement in June, it would take a while for its economic impact to be felt on the ground.
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The economic implications of lifting the sanctions would be enormous for Iran but it would take about a year to be felt in full and growth could accelerate from around 3 per cent in fiscal year 2015-16.
Saud al-Faisal said the country's judiciary would invest the case. (AFP)
17:57 GMT
Saudi Arabia has said two Saudi officers responsible for the sexual abuse of two teenage Iranian girls at Jeddah airport would receive the maximum penalty.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during a ceremony marking the Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 15, 2015 at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem. (AFP/Gil Cohen-Magen)
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At a ceremony commemorating the mass killing of Jews during World War II, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared Iran to Nazi Germany.
Last month's talks overran but a framework was eventually reached. (AFP/File)
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A new round of nuclear talks between major world powers and Iran will take place next week, the European Union has announced.
Ali Abdullah Saleh served as Yemen's President from 1990 to 2012. (AFP/File)
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Yemen's former President Ali Abdullah Saleh has allegedly requested safe passage out of the country for him and his family.
if things go well, that the six powers and Iran will sign a final agreement on Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme (image: on flle)
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The world — and the Arabian Gulf in particular — is awaiting a significant event less than three months from now that will have geopolitical and economic ramifications
In resource-scarce Yemen, the Saudi campaign's blockade on airspace and sea ports and strained significantly the flow of foodstuffs and medical supplies from entering the country, further escalating international concern for the humanitarian crisis unfolding amid the fighting. (AFP/File)
07:12 GMT
In escalating tension between the rival nations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a fresh call for Saudi to 'halt immediately' its air campaign against Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen.

April 15, 2015

US Secretary of State John Kerry, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier sit on a round table during a meeting of G7 foreign ministers on April 15, 2015 in Luebeck, northern Germany. (AFP/File)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry met with representatives from the G7 countries to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, which should be finalized in the near future, as well as the crisis in Yemen.
Iranian's council for human rights has called on the UN to investigate the recent sexual abuse of two teenage boys. (AFP/File)
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Iranian's council for human rights has called on the UN to investigate the alleged sexual abuse of two teenage boys.

April 14, 2015

Russia signed an $800 million contract to sell Iran the missile system in 2007, but the operation was suspended three years later following heavy criticism from Israel and the US. (AFP/File)
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After Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted a 5-year ban on the project Monday, the head of the Iranian security council said Tuesday his country expects the delivery of the S-300 missile system by the end of this year from Russia.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to drive Iran's wilted women's rights record into reform, but progress has been slow. (AFP/File)
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Iran will appoint Foreign Minister Marzieh Afkham to a foreign ambassador posting, making her the country's second ever woman to take up the position, and the first since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.
Iranian director Marjane Satrapi at the Cannes Film Festival 2008. (Image: Wikipedia Commons)
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Known for being an author and animated film creator, Marjane Satrapi is ready to reinvent herself.
An Iranian flag flutters at an undisclosed location in Iran next to a liquid fuel surface-to-surface Qiam-1 missile with advanced guidance systems. (AFP/Getty Images/File)
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While Israel branded Iran as a “messianic and apocalyptic regime," Zakaria argues that it is in fact a rational, but perhaps not reasonable, state.
Yemeni supporters of the southern seperatist movement drive a tank in the city of Aden on April 13, 2015. Humanitarian groups have struggled to deliver aid and said the situation in Aden was deteriorating rapidly. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
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The United Nations Security Council will vote on a draft resolution which proposes imposing an arms arms embargo on Yemen’s Houthi leaders and urge the movement to withdraw from the territories under its control.

April 13, 2015

Putin has signed a presidential decree paving the way for the delivery of the S-300 missile system Monday. (EPA)
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Putin has signed a presidential decree paving the way for the delivery of the S-300 missile system Monday.
Pakistan hasn’t begun construction in light of threatened US sanctions for trading with Iran, the report said.
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China plans to build a pipeline to transport natural gas from Iran to Pakistan in a move to alleviate the crippling burden of electricity shortage in Pakistan.
An armed Shiite Houthi rebel walks above debris on April 12, 2015 at the compound of Sanaa's al-Yarmuk football club which was reportedly hit by an air strike by the Saudi-led coalition the previous day in the Yemeni capital's northern al-Rawda district. (AFP/File)
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The UN Chief, Ban Ki-moon, urged rival parties in Yemen to resume peace talks as the death toll continues to grow.

April 12, 2015

A Yemeni Shiite man holds up a picture of the Abd al-Malik al-Houthi during a demonstration. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
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Hacker's fraudulently announced the death of a top Houthi leader over Iranian state media. No individual or group has claimed the attack.
The insurgency of the Taliban and the US war in Afghanistan have created years of instability that’s difficult to track. In times when interest in sex dipped down, there also tended to be casualties in NATO forces. Maybe most of those with Internet access in the country were also foreign troops.
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Sex is a universal interest. But when revolutions begin, priorities change.
Carlos Queiroz
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Head of Iran Football Federation has secured a contract with Portuguese manager of Iran football national squad Carlos Queiroz in Saturday’s session.

April 11, 2015

Hundreds of teenage Iranians gathered to protest a sexual abuse case of two Iranian teenagers by Saudi airport authorities outside the Saudi embassy in Tehran, where days earlier another protest broke out over Saudi's air campaign in Yemen.  (AFP/File)
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Hundreds of Iranians rallied around the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran Saturday to protest a recent case of alleged sexual abuse by Saudi officers of Iranian pilgrims at the Jeddah airport.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (AFP/File)
05:55 GMT
The June deadline for the final agreement between Iran and world powers will be extended if it did not meet the expectations of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a senior Iranian official warned Friday.

April 9, 2015

Iran's president Rouhani insisted Thursday that Iran would not sign a deal "unless all sanction are lifted on the same day." (AFP/File)
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U.S. officials respond to Rouhani's insistence that Iran won't sign a deal unless all sanctions are lifted "on the same day."
Smoke rises from the Faj Attan Hill area in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on April 7, 2015, following an alleged air strike by the Saudi-led alliance on Shiite Houthi rebels camps. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
13:57 GMT
Nearly 450 people have been killed since Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes in Yemen last month.
The Iranians on board were travelling to the Kingdom to perform Umrah. (AFP/File)
10:37 GMT
A Iranian airplane carrying 260 Iranian pilgrims was denied entry into Saudi airspace for allegedly failing to obtain the necessary permissions.
A comprehensive, binding, irreversible, verifable treaty is the most effective and practical way to eliminate nuclear weapons (image: file/photo)
07:12 GMT
Iran is accusing the five nuclear powers of failing to take concrete action to eliminate their stockpiles and is calling for negotiations on a treaty to achieve nuclear disarmament by a target date.

April 8, 2015

Two Iranian warships dock in the Sudanese Red Sea city of Port Sudan on Dec 8, 2012. (AFP/File)
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Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, establishing a military presence off the coast of Yemen.
Sanctions on Iran will only be lifted after a final deal is brokered, which the six powers and Iran aim to reach by June 30. (Image: File photo)
14:29 GMT
The reimposed EU sanctions on Iran's Bank Tejarat and 32 shipping companies are a sign that the 28-nation bloc will maintain economic pressure on Iran, until a final deal regarding Iran’s contentious nuclear program is sealed.
This is Sarmadi's fifth stop on his tour of the region. (AFP/File)
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Iran's special envoy Morteza Sarmadi arrived in Beirut early Wednesday morning.
A full deal on Iran’s nuclear facilities and sanctions would be the historical bookend that begins to reverse the negative regional consequences of the 1979 revolution. (Image: file photo)
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The consummation of a full, multidecade agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany), based on last week’s agreed parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program, is likely to have monumental consequences – mostly for the better – across the Middle East.
Iranian oil officials are in Beijing this week to discuss oil sales and Chinese investments in Iran.
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Iranian oil officials are in Beijing this week to discuss oil sales and Chinese investments in Iran, just days after Tehran and world powers reached a framework nuclear deal, and with the OPEC nation’s oil minister due to arrive Thursday.

April 7, 2015

The Red Cross reported a blockade of medical supplies by the Saudi-led airstrike campaign Saturday, which they said was further deepening the crisis for civilians trapped between Yemen's warring factions. (AFP/File)
12:17 GMT
Amid a two week old Saudi bombing campaign and an ever-deepening conflict on the ground, the World Health Organization said Yemen's crisis has left at least 540 civilians dead and another 1,700 wounded in less than a month.
The Turkish leader fired at Iranian leadership last month, accusing the nation of trying to strong arm the region. (AFP/File)
11:38 GMT
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Tehran Tuesday with accompanying ministers, despite regional tensions over the Saudi-led airstrike campaign in Yemen.
Saudi's military campaign in Yemen, Cockburn argues, is much more complicated than the common 'defense against Iranian proxy power' reason the Arab Gulf nation has floated around lately. (AFP/File)
09:28 GMT
Patrick Cockburn on how Saudi Arabia's campaign in Yemen has less to do with Iran, and more to do with the Gulf country's desire to become MENA biggest superpower.
The nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers could lead to a burst in the country’s oil exports and open the way for international energy groups to return to the country after a five-year absence.
08:57 GMT
The nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers could lead to a burst in the country’s oil exports and open the way for international energy groups to return to the country after a five-year absence.
US President Barack Obama has warned Republicans he will veto any new sanction propositions they put forth for Iran, while they say they're planning a bill which would ban him from vetoing for a period of 60 days. (AFP/File)
07:35 GMT
Despite warnings by US Preside Barack Obama to veto any new Iran sanctions, disgruntled Republican lawmakers say they're planning a formal response to the nuclear deal agreed upon by Tehran and world powers last week.
Tuesday's clashes were the deadliest in almost two years; the last uptick in violence with Sunni militants in the border province was in October 2013 and left 14 soldiers dead. (AFP/File)
07:14 GMT
Eight Iranian soldiers died after clashing with Sunni militants along the Iran-Pakistan border Tuesday in an attack that's so far been unclaimed.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (
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Saudi Arabia's government announced on Monday that it welcomes the interim deal between Iran and the P5+1 world powers over Tehran's nuclear program.

April 6, 2015

Shiite Houthi rebels gather in the Crater district of the the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on April 5, 2015. (AFP/Saleh Al-Obeidi)
11:00 GMT
The Shiite Houthis claimed to have taken control of Mualla district in southern Aden.

April 5, 2015

Iran eases ban on women watching sports matches in country
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A senior Iranian sports official has recently announced that the country's authorities have partially lifted a ban on women to attend men's sports matches, a report said.

April 4, 2015

Nagar Valley, Pakistan: Is this what you had in mind? Nagar Valley is a popular tourist destination for those looking to enjoy beautiful scenery while hiking in the mountains.
23:24 GMT
The Arab Spring isn't just revolutions and uprisings… These 11 slides showcase the Middle East’s surprisingly lush spring.
The Assad regime was one of several governments and lawmakers in the Middle East to address Tehran's nuclear framework deal with world powers, which has drawn criticism most prominently from Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu and Iranian hard-liners. (AFP/File)
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In a minefield of criticism from Israeli leaders and hard-liners in Iran, the newly-struck nuclear framework deal between Tehran and world powers was endorsed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Friday.