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Iran upholds death sentence for Iranian academic with Swedish residency

BEIRUT Iran's Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against an Iranian academic with Swedish residency convicted of espionage, Amnesty International and his family said on Tuesday.

U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump

WASHINGTON The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on re-imposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily.

Politics, Election 2016 1:03pm EST

France's Le Drian says 'no' to Iran Mediterranean axis

PARIS France's foreign minister criticized Iran's regional ambitions, saying Paris could not accept Tehran's military expansion to the Mediterranean, and accused Russia of failing to use its influence to push U.N.-led Syrian peace talks and curb violence.

World, Russia, France 12:44pm EST

Be careful, murdered Iranian activist's daughter tells European exiles

THE HAGUE The daughter of an Iranian Arab activist killed in the Netherlands last month linked his death to political conflict in the Middle East, and warned other exiles in Europe to be on their guard.

World, Saudi Arabia 7:55am EST

Trump's Jerusalem move will hasten Israel's destruction: Iran

BEIRUT Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will hasten the country's destruction, Iran's defense minister said on Monday, while a top Revolutionary Guards commander phoned two Palestinian armed groups and pledged support for them.

World, Israel Dec 11 2017

Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen: foreign ministry

BEIRUT Iran will treat a British-Iranian aid worker as an Iranian citizen and she will serve her sentence as determined by the judiciary, Iran's foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday.

Dec 11 2017

Iran foreign minister defends missile program, asks European support

BEIRUT Iran's foreign minister on Monday defended its ballistic missile program and urged European countries not to be influenced by U.S. President Donald Trump's confrontational policy towards Tehran.

Dec 11 2017

Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias push towards Idlib province

AMMAN The Syrian army and Iranian-backed militias backed by Russian air power stepped up a military campaign against rebels in eastern Hama province in a push towards the rebel stronghold of Idlib province in northwestern Syria, rebels and witnesses said.

World, Russia, Syria Dec 10 2017

UK's Johnson meets Iran president as he lobbies for jailed aid worker

DUBAI/LONDON British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson held almost an hour of talks with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday after flying to Tehran to seek the release of a jailed British-Iranian aid worker. | Video

World, Davos Dec 10 2017

U.N. says missiles fired at Saudi Arabia have 'common origin'

UNITED NATIONS United Nations officials have found that missiles fired at Saudi Arabia by Yemen's Houthi rebels appear to have a "common origin," but they are still investigating U.S. and Saudi claims that Iran supplied them, according to a confidential report.


'We are one': Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump's Jerusalem call

JERUSALEM Less than an hour after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians protested by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus. | Video