Exclusive - U.S. probing Standard Chartered over Dubai banking: sources


NEW YORK - U.S. authorities are investigating London-based Standard Chartered Plc for potential U.S. sanctions violations connected to its banking for Iranian-controlled entities in Dubai, according to people familiar with the probe.


U.S.'s Kerry, Iran minister to meet ahead of deadline for atom deal 31 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Iran's foreign minister and the European Union foreign policy chief in Oman on Nov. 9-10 to discuss the Iranian nuclear issue ahead of a looming deadline for a final agreement, the U.S. State Department said on Friday.


Iran hits back after West condemns its human rights record 31 Oct 2014

GENEVA - Iran defended itself on Friday against Western accusations of repression and a sharp rise in executions, including that of a woman hanged for murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her.


Iran says foils bid to sabotage nuclear heavy-water tanks - newspaper 30 Oct 2014

ANKARA - Iran has foiled an attempt to sabotage tanks used for transporting heavy water, which is needed to run some nuclear reactors, and blames a "foreign country" for the incident, a senior official was quoted by local media as saying.


Iran parliament rejects Rouhani's third nominee for universities minister 29 Oct 2014

DUBAI - Iran's conservative-dominated parliament rejected President Hassan Rouhani's third nominee to lead the coveted Ministry of Higher Education, underscoring the difficult task he faces in implementing his promised social and political reforms.

Iran envoy rejects U.N. investigator's charges of rights abuses 28 Oct 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Iran on Tuesday dismissed a U.N. investigator's allegations of severe human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic, saying the criticisms were aimed at inciting "Iranophobia and Islamophobia."

Iran accuses Turkey of prolonging civil war in Syria 28 Oct 2014

ANKARA - Iran accused Turkey on Tuesday of prolonging the three-year conflict in neighbouring Syria by insisting on President Bashar al-Assad's overthrow and supporting "terrorist groups" in Syria, the official IRNA news agency reported.

U.N. rights investigator 'shocked' by latest Iran execution 27 Oct 2014

UNITED NATIONS - A U.N. human rights investigator on Monday expressed shock at Iran's weekend execution of a 26-year-old woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager, saying he had repeatedly voiced concerns to Tehran about her trial.

Iran re-arrests leading human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh 25 Oct 2014

DUBAI - Iranian security forces arrested world-renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and several others on their way back from a protest on Saturday, her husband said.

Iran hangs woman convicted of killing alleged rapist 25 Oct 2014

DUBAI - A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared.


Kurdish peshmerga forces enter Syria's Kobani after further air strikes

SURUC Turkey/BAGHDAD - A convoy of Iraqi Kurdish forces in Turkey rolled late on Friday across the border into Syria to help Syrian Kurds defend the besieged town of Kobani that has become the focus of a Western-backed war against Islamic State insurgents. | Video