Khomeini grandson loses appeal to stand in Iranian election


DUBAI The grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of Iran's Islamic Republic, will not be allowed to stand in this month's election in Iran, the clerical vetting body said on Wednesday, in a blow to reformist forces in the country.


Iran to upgrade missiles, get Russian defence system - minister 8:48am GMT

DUBAI Iran will unveil an upgrade of its Emad ballistic missiles this year, the defence minister was quoted as saying, advancing a programme that has drawn criticism from the United Nations and sanctions from the United States.


Russian firepower helps Syrian forces edge towards Turkey border 09 Feb 2016

BEIRUT/ONCUPINAR, Turkey The Syrian army advanced towards the Turkish border on Monday in a major offensive backed by Russia and Iran that rebels say now threatens the future of their nearly five-year-old insurrection against President Bashar al-Assad. | Video


Israel may bank on Obama's successor for future U.S. aid pact - minister 08 Feb 2016

JERUSALEM/WASHINGTON Israel may be unable to reach a new defence aid agreement with the Obama administration and could wait for the next U.S. president to secure better terms, a senior Israeli official said on Monday in a veiled rebuke signalling a snag in negotiations.

Iran hopes for agricultural boom post-sanctions 08 Feb 2016

DUBAI Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran's state grain buying agency said.


Groups urge Kerry to work for release of U.S. businessman held in Iran 08 Feb 2016

WASHINGTON Five Iranian-American groups wrote to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week, urging him to work for the release of an Iranian-American businessman who has been detained in Iran since October.


Iran says Peugeot to pay $446 million compensation for sanctions move 07 Feb 2016

DUBAI French car-maker PSA Peugeot Citroen will pay Iran over 400 million euros ($446 million) in compensation for losses after it quit the country due to sanctions, the managing director of the country's largest carmaker said on Sunday.

Iran-backed militia warns against sending Arab forces to Syria, Iraq 07 Feb 2016

BAGHDAD One of Iraq's most powerful Iranian-backed Shi'ite militias on Sunday warned that Arab forces sent to Syria or Iraq would "open the gates of hell", in comments clearly aimed at Sunni Arab countries that have said they might join such an operation.


Saudi King Salman calls for others not to interfere in kingdom 07 Feb 2016

RIYADH Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Sunday called on other countries not to interfere in the kingdom's internal affairs in what appeared to be a rebuke to Riyadh's main foe Iran, which it accuses of attempting to stir unrest.

Several dual citizens in Iran face espionage charges - official 07 Feb 2016

DUBAI There are several detained dual citizens in Iran, most of whom face espionage charges, the judiciary spokesman was quoted as saying on Sunday, although he did not give details of any individual cases.


Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks

LONDON/ONCUPINAR, Turkey Rebel groups urged U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in Syria as pressure mounted on Washington ahead of a new round of peace talks this week.