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Iranian hardliners accuse Rouhani of voter fraud, interference


Defeated hardline candidate Ebrahim Raisi has complained of voter fraud in Iran's presidential election and called on the judiciary and the election watchdog to investigate, the semi-official Fars news agency said on Monday.

Iran-backed Iraqi force says takes Islamic State villages near Syria

BAGHDAD An Iraqi Shi'ite force backed by Iran said it pushed Islamic State out of several villages on the border with Syria on Monday, potentially reopening a supply route to send Iranian weapons to President Bashar al-Assad.

World, Syria, Iraq May 29 2017

Iranian film 'A Man of Integrity' wins 'Certain Regard' competition at Cannes

CANNES, France A movie by an Iranian who was arrested for his work in Iran won the "Un Certain Regard" competition at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, bolstering the country's filmmakers' reputation for defying the censors to make high-quality films.

Entertainment, Film May 28 2017

Iraq's Iran-backed paramilitary advances toward Syria border

BAGHDAD Iraq's Iran-backed Shi'ite paramilitary force said on Sunday it had dislodged Islamic State from a number of villages west of Mosul, scoring further progress toward the border with Syria. | Video

World, Syria, Iraq May 28 2017

Iran's Khamenei says Saudis will fall, Rouhani calls for better ties

DUBAI Iran's hardline Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday Saudi Arabia's rulers faced "certain downfall" for aligning themselves with the United States, hours after the country's pragmatist president called for improved ties with Gulf states.

World, Davos, Saudi Arabia May 27 2017

Former U.S. national security adviser Brzezinski dies at 89

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as U.S. President Jimmy Carter's national security adviser during the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and drove a normalization of relations with China, has died. He was 89.

Senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard killed fighting Islamic State in Iraq: Tasnim

BAGHDAD A senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) was killed fighting Islamic State west of the Iraqi city of Mosul, the Tehran-based Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.

World, Iraq May 27 2017

Kuwaiti envoy meets Qatar's emir amid Gulf dispute

DUBAI Kuwait's foreign minister met Qatar's ruler on Friday for talks that appeared aimed at trying to ease renewed tensions between Qatar and fellow Gulf Arabs over its policy toward Iran and regional Islamist groups.

May 26 2017

Hezbollah says Saudi on path to more bloodshed in Iran struggle

BEIRUT The Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah said on Thursday Saudi Arabia was on a losing path to more bloodshed in its struggle with Iran and instead urged Riyadh to seek dialogue and negotiations with Tehran.

World, Saudi Arabia May 25 2017

Qatar seeks to smooth ties with Gulf states after spat over 'fake' criticism

DOHA Qatar sought on Thursday to allay strains with fellow Gulf Arabs over its policy toward Iran and Middle East Islamist groups, days after the Sunni-ruled monarchies put on a show of unity for a visit to the region by U.S. President Donald Trump.

May 25 2017

North Korea warns of 'bigger gift package' for U.S. after latest test

SEOUL North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test of a new ballistic missile controlled by a precision guidance system and ordered the development of more powerful strategic weapons, the North's official KCNA news agency reported on Tuesday.