Iran supreme leader spurns U.S. overture to fight Islamic State


PARIS/DUBAI - Iran's supreme leader said on Monday he had personally rejected an offer from the United States for talks to fight Islamic State, an apparent blow to Washington's efforts to build a military coalition to fight militants in both Iraq and Syria. | Video

Kerry says refuses to be drawn into 'back and forth' with Iran

PARIS - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry refused be drawn into a "back and forth" with Iran on Monday following Tehran's assertion that it had rebuffed a U.S. request to coordinate a response to the Islamic State jihadist group.

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Iran says it rebuffed US invitation to join anti-Islamic State coalition

DUBAI - Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday he had vetoed a U.S. invitation to cooperate in fighting Islamic State, but Washington insisted it would not coordinate militarily with Iran against the militants.

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Iran nuclear bomb probe will not be 'endless': IAEA

VIENNA - A U.N. nuclear agency investigation into suspected atomic bomb research by Iran will not be an "endless process", its chief said on Monday, pressuring Tehran to step up cooperation with the long-stalled probe.

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U.S. rules out military coordination with Iran

PARIS - The United States on Monday ruled out any possibility of future military coordination with Iran in a U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State fighters but held out the prospect of separate talks with Tehran on Iraq, describing the jihadists as a “serious threat” to Iran and the region.

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Philippines starts inquiry into Filipino militants in Syria

MANILA - The Philippines is investigating the involvement of Filipino Islamists in the three-year civil war in Syria after two locals were reported killed fighting for Islamic State militant group, an intelligence official said on Saturday.

World, Syria 13 Sep 2014

Kerry opposes Iran role in anti-Islamic State coalition

ANKARA - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday it was "not appropriate" for Iran to join talks on confronting Islamic State militants, as he appeared to play down how fast countries can commit to force or other steps in an emerging coalition. | Video

Politics, World, Turkey 12 Sep 2014

Iran's president has not delivered on pledges of more freedom: U.N.

UNITED NATIONS - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's promises of greater freedoms for the Islamic Republic have not resulted in any major improvements regarding human rights and freedom of expression, the U.N. chief said in a new report on Iran.

World, Davos, United Nations 12 Sep 2014

Iran wants U.N. atomic agency to condemn Israeli drone 'aggression'

VIENNA - Iran has called on the U.N. atomic agency to condemn an "act of aggression" by Israel for sending, Tehran says, a drone last month to spy on a site which is at the center of its decade-old nuclear dispute with the West.

World, United Nations, Israel 12 Sep 2014

Trip Tips: In summer, Iranians cool off at 'jeweled plains'

DUBAI - For those who prefer to bundle up rather than strip down in summer, Iran's highland pastures offer something cooler than the usual coastal retreats.

11 Sep 2014

U.S. lawmakers move toward arming Syrian rebels, with conditions

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives will begin debating legislation on Tuesday to give President Barack Obama approval for arming and training rebels who oppose both Islamic State militants and Syria's government.