China says wants closer military ties with Iran

BEIJING - China wants to have closer military ties with Iran, the Chinese defense minister told the visiting head of the Iranian navy on Thursday, state media reported, reaffirming diplomatic links despite controversy over Iran's nuclear plans.

Boeing books first sales to Iran since 1979

SEATTLE - Boeing said on Wednesday it had sold aircraft-related goods to Iran Air in the third quarter, marking the first acknowledged dealings between U.S. aerospace companies and Iran since the 1979 U.S. hostage crisis.

Iran president denounces bill to empower Islamic vigilantes

DUBAI - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani came out on Wednesday against a parliamentary bill to empower vigilantes who enforce Islamic morals, strongly re-asserting a moderate agenda that had taken a back seat since his election last year.

World, Davos 22 Oct 2014

Iran's Khamenei says oil reliance putting country at mercy of big powers

DUBAI - Iran's dependence on oil revenue is putting the Islamic Republic's economy at the mercy of major powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday.

World, Davos 22 Oct 2014

Iranian human rights lawyer stages protest over ban from practice

DUBAI - Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh said on Wednesday she would protest outside the Iranian Bar Association offices in Tehran until it reversed a decision to ban her from practicing law for three years.

World, Davos, United Nations 22 Oct 2014

Rise in divorce in Iran linked to shift in status of women

BEIRUT - Weddings in Iran have long been an over-the-top affair with families spending thousands of dollars to celebrate a union. But now some couples are splurging on an entirely different sort of nuptial celebration: a divorce party.

22 Oct 2014

Iran supreme leader blames West for Islamic State rise, wants regional solution

DUBAI - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed Western powers on Tuesday for the rise of Islamic State (IS) insurgents in Iraq and Syria and said they had no business tampering with the region's geopolitics.

Syria, Iraq, Davos, World 21 Oct 2014

Iran arrests several spies near Bushehr nuclear plant: Fars news agency

ANKARA - Iranian security services have arrested several suspected spies in the southern province of Bushehr where the country's first nuclear power plant is located, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.

World, Davos, Nuclear Power 21 Oct 2014

Iranian cleric's death leaves gap in key power body

ANKARA - The head of Iran’s top clerical body has died after lying in a coma for months, leaving a gap in the only institution that has the authority to elect and dismiss the country's Supreme Leader.

World, Davos 21 Oct 2014

Exclusive: Iran offers 'compromises' in nuclear talks, West unmoved

ANKARA/NEW YORK - Iran is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western negotiators say it offers no viable concessions, underscoring how far apart the two sides are as they enter crunch time before a Nov. 24 deadline.

21 Oct 2014

Canada's Harper pledges tougher security laws after attack

OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper pledged more surveillance and detention powers for security forces in Canada on Thursday after a gunman killed a soldier and rampaged through parliament before being shot dead. | Video