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2 Indians, 1 Pakistani killed in blast from ‘drone attack’ in Abu Dhabi

While Abu Dhabi police did not immediately offer any suspects for the possible assault, Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for an attack targeting the United Arab Emirates, without elaborating.
Abu Dhabi police identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani. It did not identify the wounded. (Photo via social media)
Abu Dhabi police identified the dead as two Indian nationals and one Pakistani. It did not identify the wounded. (Photo via social media)
Updated on Jan 17, 2022 05:55 PM IST
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Watch: Iran carries out space launch amid nuclear deal revival talks with West

IRAN ROCKET LAUNCH A REBUKE TO WESTERN POWERS?
IRAN ROCKET LAUNCH A REBUKE TO WESTERN POWERS?
Published on Dec 30, 2021 09:35 PM IST
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Iran state TV says Tehran launched rocket into space

Iranian state media recently offered a list of upcoming planned satellite launches for the Islamic Republic’s civilian space program.
 Iran launched a satellite carrier rocket bearing three devices into space, though it's unclear whether any of the objects entered orbit around the Earth. (AP)
 Iran launched a satellite carrier rocket bearing three devices into space, though it's unclear whether any of the objects entered orbit around the Earth. (AP)
Published on Dec 30, 2021 04:13 PM IST
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Iran closing land borders with neighbouring countries amid Omicron spread

Starting from today, foreign citizens are prohibited from entering Iran for 15 days. Only those who have student, medical and working visas, and residency permits will be allowed to enter amid Omicron spread
Iranians pose for a picture in front of a shop selling Christmas decorations in the capital Tehran (Photo by AFP)
Iranians pose for a picture in front of a shop selling Christmas decorations in the capital Tehran (Photo by AFP)
Updated on Dec 26, 2021 05:28 PM IST
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Watch: Iran flexes military muscle to warn arch-enemy Israel amid fresh tensions

IRAN FIRES BALLISTIC MISSILES TO WARN ISRAEL
IRAN FIRES BALLISTIC MISSILES TO WARN ISRAEL
Published on Dec 24, 2021 08:59 PM IST
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Iran announces anti-missile system for its tanks

  • The report came during Iranian military exercises, and after the United States said it was preparing "alternatives" in case negotiations to revive a deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme collapse in Vienna.
An explosion is seen behind a soldier during a joint exercise called the 'Great Prophet 17',in the southwest of Iran, in this picture obtained on December 22, 2021.(via REUTERS)
An explosion is seen behind a soldier during a joint exercise called the 'Great Prophet 17',in the southwest of Iran, in this picture obtained on December 22, 2021.(via REUTERS)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 02:27 AM IST
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Iran reports first case of Omicron variant of Covid-19: Report

The announcement comes as the variant spreads around the globe less than a month after scientists alerted the World Health Organization to the concerning-looking version.
The coronavirus has killed more than 131,000 people in Iran, the worst fatality rate in the Middle East.(Representative image)
The coronavirus has killed more than 131,000 people in Iran, the worst fatality rate in the Middle East.(Representative image)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 03:37 PM IST
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'Losing precious time': European diplomats on Iran nuclear stance

  • After a five-month pause, talks resumed on salvaging the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna on November 29.
The 2015 agreement aimed to prevent Iran from developing an atomic bomb, a goal Tehran has always denied.(REUTERS)
The 2015 agreement aimed to prevent Iran from developing an atomic bomb, a goal Tehran has always denied.(REUTERS)
Published on Dec 14, 2021 03:39 AM IST
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Chabahar port more economical, stable route to reach India: Jaishankar

Jaishankar said India has committed a total grant assistance of $85 million and a credit facility of $150 million for developing Shahid Beheshti terminal.
External affairs minister S Jaishankar speaks in Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)
External affairs minister S Jaishankar speaks in Lok Sabha during the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 11, 2021 12:30 AM IST
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Ahead of nuclear talks, US hits Iran with new sanctions for human rights abuses

The sanctions announced by the Treasury and State Department targeted government officials and organizations involved in the repression of protesters and political activists and prisons where activists have been held in brutal conditions.
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria (REUTERS / File Photo)
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria (REUTERS / File Photo)
Published on Dec 08, 2021 05:16 AM IST
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Will not let Iran 'slow walk' over nuclear deal, warns United States

"We can't accept a situation in which Iran accelerates its nuclear program and slow walks its nuclear diplomacy," said a senior administration official.
United States to not allow Iran to
United States to not allow Iran to "slow walk" over nuclear deal. (REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 04, 2021 11:56 PM IST
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Israel worries Iran will get sanctions relief without capping nuclear projects

  • Negotiators will convene in Vienna on Monday in a last-ditch effort to salvage a nuclear deal which the United States under then-President Donald Trump quit in 2018, reimposing sanctions on Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.(AFP)
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.(AFP)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 01:48 AM IST
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Israel, US likely behind cyberattack on gas stations, Iran says

Tuesday’s cyberattack targeted software that controls an online payment system used by tens of millions of drivers in Iran to buy state-subsidized fuel at gasoline stations.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks with gas station workers in Tehran, Iran.(AP)
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks with gas station workers in Tehran, Iran.(AP)
Published on Oct 31, 2021 04:59 PM IST
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Iran says cyberattack closes gas stations across country

  • It bore similarities to another attack months earlier that seemed to directly challenge Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as the country's economy buckles under American sanctions.
A gas station is empty because the pumps are out of service, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.(AP)
A gas station is empty because the pumps are out of service, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.(AP)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 08:13 PM IST
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US warns of 'other options' on Iran if diplomacy fails

Top US diplomat Anthony Blinken has hinted that Iran could face force if talks fail to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal.
Blinken (front l.) and Lapid (front r.) discussed 'other options' than diplomacy for bringing Iran back to the 2015 nuclear deal. (Andrew Harnik/AP Pool/dpa/picture alliance)
Blinken (front l.) and Lapid (front r.) discussed 'other options' than diplomacy for bringing Iran back to the 2015 nuclear deal. (Andrew Harnik/AP Pool/dpa/picture alliance)
Published on Oct 14, 2021 11:26 AM IST
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Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first president after 1979 revolution, dies

  • Among a sea of black-robed Shiite clerics, Banisadr stood out for his Western-style suits and a background so French that it was in philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre that he confided his belief he'd be Iran’s first president some 15 years before it happened.
Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first president after the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, died Saturday.(AP)
Abolhassan Banisadr, Iran's first president after the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, died Saturday.(AP)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 03:46 PM IST
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Tropical storm over west Pacific travelled upto Oman

Meteorologists are intrigued by the long life of a stormy weather system from the western Pacific that had three lives — Dianmu, Gulab and Shaheen – and did not weaken despite its long travel over the Indian subcontinent.
Cyclone Shaheen, the offspring of Cyclone Gulab, severely battered Oman and parts of Iran on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people. (REUTERS)
Cyclone Shaheen, the offspring of Cyclone Gulab, severely battered Oman and parts of Iran on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 05, 2021 03:49 AM IST
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ByJayashree Nandi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

In a first after 2 years, Iran allows female fans to enter stadium for match

  • Iran last allowed its women to watch a sports match in 2019, but the ban on their presence in stadiums was imposed in 1979 after the country’s Islamic revolution wherein Muslim clerics said that women must be protected from masculine environment and images of semi-clad men.
Iranian women cheer during the World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C qualification football match between Iran and Cambodia at the Azadi stadium in the capital Tehran in October 2019. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP)
Iranian women cheer during the World Cup Qatar 2022 Group C qualification football match between Iran and Cambodia at the Azadi stadium in the capital Tehran in October 2019. (Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP)
Published on Oct 04, 2021 09:07 PM IST
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Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘Crossed all red lines’: Bennett vows not to allow Iran acquire a nuclear weapon

In his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly, Bennett said Iran sought to dominate the Middle East under a "nuclear umbrella" and urged a more concerted international effort to halt Iran's nuclear activities.
Israel's prime minister Naftali Bennett addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 27, 2021, at UN headquarters in New York. (AFP)
Israel's prime minister Naftali Bennett addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, on September 27, 2021, at UN headquarters in New York. (AFP)
Published on Sep 27, 2021 10:23 PM IST
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Explained: How close is Iran to producing a bomb?

Iran began breaching the deal's curbs last year in a step-by-step response to President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the deal in May 2018 and the reimposition of US sanctions.
The reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr.(AP)
The reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr.(AP)
Published on Sep 25, 2021 01:55 AM IST
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'Serious progress': Iran on talks with Saudi Arabia

  • Shiite-majority Iran and Sunni kingpin Saudi Arabia, on opposing sides in multiple regional conflicts, have been engaged in talks since April with the aim of improving relations, for the first time since cutting ties in 2016.
The discussions were launched under Iran's former moderate president Hassan Rouhani and have continued since his ultraconservative successor, Ebrahim Raisi, took office in August.(Reuters)
The discussions were launched under Iran's former moderate president Hassan Rouhani and have continued since his ultraconservative successor, Ebrahim Raisi, took office in August.(Reuters)
Published on Sep 23, 2021 06:20 PM IST
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News updates from HT: Iranian boat, packed with heroin, seized off Gujarat coast

Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
The Iranian boat is being searched, according to an official. (File Photo)
The Iranian boat is being searched, according to an official. (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 19, 2021 01:08 PM IST
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India to join SCO summit in Dushanbe today, Afghanistan affairs high on agenda

The SCO, seen as a counterweight to Nato, is an eight-member economic and security bloc and has emerged as one of the largest transregional international organisations.
21st SCO summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian delegation virtually via a video link, while the minister of external affairs, S Jaishankar, will represent India at a meeting on Afghanistan with the heads of state of SCO and the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation. (File Photo)
21st SCO summit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the Indian delegation virtually via a video link, while the minister of external affairs, S Jaishankar, will represent India at a meeting on Afghanistan with the heads of state of SCO and the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation. (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2021 06:44 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Iran resumes commercial flights to Afghanistan

  • Tehran has remained a critic of the Taliban and has routinely urged the formation of a government representing all Afghan groups.
Planes are parked at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
Planes are parked at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.(AP)
Published on Sep 15, 2021 05:56 PM IST
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UN nuclear watchdog chief in Iran, set to ease showdown with the West

Washington and its European allies have been urging Iran's hardline president Ebrahim Raisi's administration, which took office in August, to return to the nuclear talks.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-General Rafael Grossi (Leonhard Foeger / REUTERS)
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-General Rafael Grossi (Leonhard Foeger / REUTERS)
Published on Sep 12, 2021 10:32 AM IST
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In Afghanistan, China and Iran aim for smooth transition of power

The US is bound to make mistakes more serious than those in Afghanistan if it is unable to learn due lessons, China's Wang Yi said
A member of Taliban forces stands guard next to a plane after its arrival from Kandahar at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. (REUTERS)
A member of Taliban forces stands guard next to a plane after its arrival from Kandahar at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. (REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 06, 2021 08:11 PM IST
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BySutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing

Iran will impose 6-day 'general lockdown' over coronavirus

The lockdown includes all bazaars, markets and public offices, as well as movie theaters, gyms and restaurants in all Iranian cities.
An Iranian woman wearing a face mask walks in Tehran Bazaar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases spike, in Tehran, Iran.(via Reuters)
An Iranian woman wearing a face mask walks in Tehran Bazaar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases spike, in Tehran, Iran.(via Reuters)
Published on Aug 14, 2021 05:38 PM IST
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Iran President backs India’s role in Afghan peace process

At his meeting with Jaishankar, Raisi stressed the importance of close cooperation and coordination between India and Iran in developing regional peace and stability, according to a statement from the Iranian president’s office.
Afghan security forces keep watch at a checkpoint in the Guzara district of Herat province. (REUTERS)
Afghan security forces keep watch at a checkpoint in the Guzara district of Herat province. (REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 07, 2021 04:40 AM IST
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US urges Iran to resume negotiations 'soon'

"If President Raisi is genuine in his determination to see the sanctions lifted, well that is precisely what's on the table in Vienna," State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
"We hope that Iran seizes the opportunity now to advance diplomatic solutions," Price said. In picture - Iran's newly elected President Ebrahim Raisi (centre) waves as he arrives for his swearing in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in Tehran.(AFP)
Published on Aug 06, 2021 12:17 AM IST
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S Jaishankar to attend Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi's oath ceremony

S Jaishankar will meet Raisi during the visit, and also hold talks with other leaders on the sidelines of the trip, the ministry said without giving details.
Iran had invited India to attend the swearing-in ceremony when S Jaishankar met Raisi during a stopover in Tehran on July 7 while travelling to Moscow.(Photo Courtesy- ANI)
Iran had invited India to attend the swearing-in ceremony when S Jaishankar met Raisi during a stopover in Tehran on July 7 while travelling to Moscow.(Photo Courtesy- ANI)
Updated on Aug 05, 2021 05:17 AM IST
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