Iran's Rouhani says military power not affected by nuclear deal: state TV


DUBAI - Iran's military capability has not been affected by its nuclear deal last month with six world powers, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday, moving to reassure hardliners that the deal was no sign of Iranian weakness.

Obama reassures Jewish groups on U.S.-Israel relationship

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama reassured U.S. Jewish groups on Friday that the U.S.-Israel relationship is strong, despite differences over the nuclear deal with Iran, and called for more talks between the two governments on security cooperation.

Politics, Israel 28 Aug 2015

Iranian film on Prophet Mohammad stirs calls for Tehran to ban it

DUBAI - A film on the life of Prophet Mohammad is expected to break box office records in Shi'ite Muslim Iran after its release on Thursday, but some Sunni Muslim clerics in the Arab world are demanding that Tehran ban it.

Entertainment, Film 28 Aug 2015

Switzerland says regrets envoy's display of Netanyahu cartoon

ZURICH - Switzerland expressed regret on Friday after its ambassador to Iran displayed a cartoon depicting two doves defecating on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's head, at an event promoting Iranian business opportunities.

World, Israel 28 Aug 2015

Iranian ship and crew escape after 5 months in captivity off Somali coast

NAIROBI - An Iranian fishing vessel and its crew have escaped after being held captive for five months by Somali fishermen, maritime piracy experts said on Friday, but it was not clear how many crew members had escaped.

World, United Nations 28 Aug 2015

Democrats confident Iran deal will survive in Congress

WASHINGTON - Democrats are confident they will have enough votes to protect the Iran nuclear deal in the U.S. Congress, but they face an uphill task to avoid President Barack Obama having to use his veto power to ensure the agreement's survival.

27 Aug 2015

Iran may have built extension at disputed site: U.N. nuclear watchdog

VIENNA - Iran appears to have built an extension to part of its Parchin military site since May, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Thursday, as part of its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Tehran's past nuclear activity.

27 Aug 2015

Iran executes Kurdish activist, wary of Kurdish gains in Middle East

DUBAI - Iran executed a Kurdish activist on Wednesday accused of killing a public prosecutor, the second such case this month, rights groups said, as Iran, unsettled by Kurdish gains in the region, tightens the screws on its Kurdish minority.

World, Davos 27 Aug 2015

Coalition poised to retake capital, but Yemen risks grow

SANAA/RIYADH - Weeks after seizing Yemen's southern port, Aden, members of a Saudi-led military coalition and the local fighters it supports say they are poised to oust Iranian-allied Houthi forces from the capital Sanaa.

World, Yemen, Saudi Arabia 27 Aug 2015

Rejecting Iran deal would isolate Washington: U.S. envoy to U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - Rejecting the Iran nuclear deal would lead to diplomatic isolation for the United States and significantly undermine Washington's ability to achieve other foreign policy goals, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Thursday.

World, United Nations 27 Aug 2015

Thai police arrest foreign man over Bangkok bombing

BANGKOK - Thai police said they arrested a foreigner on Saturday who matched the description of a man who left a bag at the site of a Bangkok blast that killed 20 people nearly two weeks ago. | Video