U.S. sharply criticizes Iran's election to U.N. committee

UNITED NATIONS - The United States on Wednesday sharply criticized the election of Iran to the United Nations' committee on non-governmental organizations, saying it was a "troubling outcome."

Iran asks U.N. to act on U.S. ban on new ambassador 23 Apr 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Iran asked the United Nations on Tuesday to demand that the United States grant a visa to Tehran's proposed new U.N. envoy, while Washington stood firm on its decision to deny entry to Hamid Abutalebi over his suspected links to hostage-takers.

Iran protests at U.N. committee on envoy ban as U.S. stands ground 22 Apr 2014

UNITED NATIONS - Iran complained to a United Nations committee on Tuesday about Washington's refusal to grant a visa to Tehran's proposed new U.N. envoy due to his suspected links to hostage-takers, even as the United States stood firm on its decision.

Bahrain sentences 12 people for life for spying, Iran links 22 Apr 2014

MANAMA - A Bahraini court has sentenced 12 men to life in prison for spying, receiving training from Iran's Revolutionary Guard and processing weapons and explosives, a defence lawyer and rights activist said on Tuesday.


Iran admits nuclear agency reshuffle to pave way for 5+1 talks 21 Apr 2014

DUBAI - President Hassan Rouhani's government confirmed rumours on Monday it had reshuffled the leadership of Itan's atomic agency to sideline nuclear experts opposed to talks on its atomic programme with the West.


Iran to cut gasoline subsidy this week, in test of Rouhani's support 21 Apr 2014

DUBAI - Iran will start cutting gasoline subsidies this week, an official said on Monday, a move that will test President Hassan Rouhani's public support as higher petrol prices add to inflation in a country already squeezed by economic sanctions.

Iran says it is drafting complete account of past nuclear work 21 Apr 2014

DUBAI - Iran said on Monday it was drafting a comprehensive account of its nuclear activities, but did not indicate whether this would be made available to help the final diplomatic push to resolve a decade-old dispute with the West over the programme.

Iran, world powers to start work on nuclear drafts next month 20 Apr 2014

DUBAI - Iran and world powers will begin work drafting a long-term settlement of Iran's disputed nuclear programme at expert-level talks in New York next month, the official state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday.

Families of Iran prisoners stage protest outside parliament 20 Apr 2014

DUBAI - Families of Iranian prisoners charged with political offences demonstrated outside parliament in Tehran on Sunday to protest at what they said was violent treatment of their relatives at the Evin prison, the Iranian Students' News Agency reported.

Ghana company says U.S. plane seen in Tehran broke no laws 20 Apr 2014

ACCRA - A U.S.-flagged plane which landed at an airport in the Iranian capital Tehran last week was carrying business executives from Ghana and did not flout international laws, according to the mining firm which leased it.