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Iran's president-elect says 'no' to meeting Joe Biden

  • Raisi’s moderate competitor in the recent election, Abdolnasser Hemmati, said he’d be willing to potentially meet Biden.
Iran's new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi.(AP)
Iran's new President-elect Ebrahim Raisi.(AP)
Published on Jun 21, 2021 04:21 PM IST
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Iran’s sole nuclear power plant undergoes emergency shutdown

  • An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last "for three to four days.”
An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last
An official from the state electric company Tavanir, Gholamali Rakhshanimehr, said on a talk show that the Bushehr plant shutdown began on Saturday and would last "for three to four days.”(Representative Image)
Published on Jun 21, 2021 07:49 AM IST
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Nuclear talks to be adjourned for consultations in capitals, says Iran

Negotiations have been going on in Vienna since April to work out the nature and sequencing of steps Iran and the United States must take on nuclear activities.
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, during a meeting.(Reuters)
Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, during a meeting.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 20, 2021 05:37 PM IST
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Watch: PM Modi's message for Iran's new President Ebrahim Raisi on election win

PM Modi congratulated Ebrahim Raisi on his victory in the Iran Presidential election (Agencies)
PM Modi congratulated Ebrahim Raisi on his victory in the Iran Presidential election (Agencies)
Published on Jun 20, 2021 05:06 PM IST
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PM Modi congratulates Iran's new president Ebrahim Raisi on poll victory

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Iran's Ebrahim Raisi on his poll victory and vowed to work with him to further strengthen the "warm ties" between India and Iran.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Iran's new president Ebrahim Raisi (File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Iran's new president Ebrahim Raisi (File Photo)
Published on Jun 20, 2021 01:38 PM IST
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With a hardline president in Iran, ties with Saudi may hinge on nuclear pact

Prospects for better relations between Muslim Shi'ite Iran and Sunni Gulf Arab monarchies could ultimately hinge on progress to revive Tehran's 2015 nuclear accord with world powers, they said, after Ebrahim Raisi won Friday's election.
A supporter of Ebrahim Raisi displays his portrait during a celebratory rally for his presidential election victory in Tehran, Iran June 19, 2021. (Majid Asgaripour / WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS)
A supporter of Ebrahim Raisi displays his portrait during a celebratory rally for his presidential election victory in Tehran, Iran June 19, 2021. (Majid Asgaripour / WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS)
Published on Jun 20, 2021 11:34 AM IST
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US regrets Iranians denied 'free and fair electoral process' in Raisi win

  • The United States will nonetheless continue indirect talks with Iran on the US rejoining the 2015 nuclear accord that Donald Trump abandoned, the spokesperson also said.
In Iran's election, many political heavyweights were barred from running.(AP)
In Iran's election, many political heavyweights were barred from running.(AP)
Published on Jun 20, 2021 05:34 AM IST
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Ebrahim Raisi: Amnesty demands probe into Iran’s next president over rights

  • Amnesty said Ebrahim Raisi had been a member of the “Death Commission” that forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed thousands of political prisoners.
Amnesty accused Iran's next president Ebrahim Raisi of presiding over a “spiralling crackdown” on human rights(via Reuters)
Amnesty accused Iran's next president Ebrahim Raisi of presiding over a “spiralling crackdown” on human rights(via Reuters)
Published on Jun 19, 2021 05:14 PM IST
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Iran's next president: Ebrahim Raisi, ultraconservative 'champion of the poor'

  • Raisi is not renowned for great charisma but, as head of the judiciary, has driven a popular campaign to prosecute corrupt officials.
Leading presidential candidate for elections Ebrahim Raisi.(AP)
Leading presidential candidate for elections Ebrahim Raisi.(AP)
Updated on Jun 19, 2021 01:36 PM IST
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Iran's sole moderate presidential candidate congratulates Raisi for win: Report

Iranian Presidential election: Ebrahim Raisi is expected to emerge victorious.
Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi (VIA REUTERS)
Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi (VIA REUTERS)
Published on Jun 19, 2021 11:35 AM IST
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Iran votes for new president with an eye on nuclear deal

Iran presidential polls 2021: Ebrahim Raisi, is seen as the dominant front-runner in a field of just four candidates. If elected, he would be the first serving Iranian president sanctioned by the US government even before entering office
An Iranian woman walks past banners of ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, in Tehran, on June 17, 2021, on the eve of the Islamic republic's presidential election. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)
An Iranian woman walks past banners of ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, in Tehran, on June 17, 2021, on the eve of the Islamic republic's presidential election. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)
Published on Jun 18, 2021 08:59 AM IST
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Iran presidential election today, likely to be won by hardline judge

Iran presidential election 2021: With uncertainty surrounding Iran's efforts to revive its 2015 nuclear deal, and growing poverty at home after years of US sanctions, voter turnout is seen by Iranian analysts as a referendum on the leadership's handling of an array of crises.
An Iranian woman walks past banners of ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, in Tehran, on June 17, 2021, on the eve of the Islamic republic's presidential election. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)(AFP)
An Iranian woman walks past banners of ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, in Tehran, on June 17, 2021, on the eve of the Islamic republic's presidential election. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 18, 2021 06:57 AM IST
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Israel's new prime minister unlikely to change stance on Iran nuclear deal

Naftali Bennett, who became the new prime minister of Israel topping Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year rule, is unlikely to shed the adversarial stance held by his predecessor against the Iranian nuclear deal, a view shared by the top military and political establishment within the country.
Israel's new prime minister Naftali Bennett. (File Photo)
Israel's new prime minister Naftali Bennett. (File Photo)
Published on Jun 14, 2021 06:39 AM IST
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Iran may get advanced satellite from Russia: Report

Iran would get a Russian-made Kanopus-V satellite equipped with a high-resolution camera, a report said.
The satellite would feature Russian hardware, the Post said,
The satellite would feature Russian hardware, the Post said, "including a camera with a resolution of 1.2 meters — a significant improvement over Iran’s current capabilities.(Reuters Photo)
Published on Jun 11, 2021 06:29 AM IST
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'Unacceptable': Iran says as UN suspends country's voting rights

Iran's voting rights at the UN General Assembly were suspended in January under rules for countries whose arrears are equal to or exceed their contributions due for the past two years.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his "strong dismay" at the loss of voting rights, in a letter sent Thursday to UN chief Antonio Guterres.(Reuters)
Published on Jun 04, 2021 01:14 AM IST
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Massive fire breaks out at oil refinery near Iran's capital

  • The fire struck the state-owned oil refinery to the south of Tehran, said Mansour Darajati, the director-general of the capital's crisis management team.
Huge smoke rises up from Tehran's main oil refinery south of Tehran, Iran.(AP)
Huge smoke rises up from Tehran's main oil refinery south of Tehran, Iran.(AP)
Published on Jun 02, 2021 09:40 PM IST
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Iran's largest warship, Kharg, catches fire, sinks in Gulf of Oman

  • Iranian officials offered no cause for the fire aboard the Kharg, though they said an investigation had begun.
Gulf of Oman: This image shows smoke rising from Iran's navy support ship Kharg in the Gulf of Oman. Kharg, Iran's largest warship.(AP)
Gulf of Oman: This image shows smoke rising from Iran's navy support ship Kharg in the Gulf of Oman. Kharg, Iran's largest warship.(AP)
Published on Jun 02, 2021 06:54 PM IST
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UN nuclear watchdog 'concerned' over undeclared Iran sites

The two reports issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Monday are the first substantive reports since Iran suspended some inspections in February.
Last week the IAEA said it had extended a temporary agreement with Iran until June 24 which has allowed many inspections to continue.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Last week the IAEA said it had extended a temporary agreement with Iran until June 24 which has allowed many inspections to continue.(File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Jun 01, 2021 05:52 AM IST
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Iran fails to explain uranium traces found at several sites: IAEA report

Three months ago Britain, France and Germany scrapped a U.S.-backed plan for the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation Board of Governors to criticise Iran for failing to fully explain the origin of the particles.
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran.(REUTERS)
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran.(REUTERS)
Published on May 31, 2021 11:36 PM IST
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Iran bans cryptocurrency mining for 4 months after blackouts

Iranian officials have regularly blamed unlicensed cryptocurrency miners for using vast amounts of electricity. "Cryptocurrency activities and mining cryptocurrencies must be stopped" until September 22, Rouhani said in televised remarks.
Rouhani said
Rouhani said "illegal" miners who usually have access to subsidised electricity consume between six and seven times more power than those with permits.(Reuters file photo)
Published on May 26, 2021 09:20 PM IST
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IAEA may no longer get nuclear sites images: Iran

  • Iranian parliament in December approved a bill that would suspend part of UN inspections of its nuclear facilities if European signatories did not provide relief from oil and banking sanctions by February.
There are 18 nuclear facilities and nine other locations in Iran under IAEA safeguards.(AP)
There are 18 nuclear facilities and nine other locations in Iran under IAEA safeguards.(AP)
Published on May 23, 2021 05:19 PM IST
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Two main contenders sign up for Iran's presidential election

The June 18 election to succeed President Hassan Rouhani is seen as a test of the legitimacy of the country's clerical rulers who are hoping for a high turnout.
Voter interest may be hit by rising discontent over an economy that has been crippled by US sanctions reimposed.(AP)
Voter interest may be hit by rising discontent over an economy that has been crippled by US sanctions reimposed.(AP)
Published on May 15, 2021 10:02 PM IST
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Iran police probe Swiss diplomat's death after 'fall'

Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesman for the national rescue service, said that the body was found in the morning after the diplomat "fell from a (residential) tower in Kamranieh," a northern district of Tehran.
In a message to AFP's Geneva office, Switzerland's foreign ministry confirmed that
In a message to AFP's Geneva office, Switzerland's foreign ministry confirmed that "a Swiss employee of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran died in a fatal incident on Tuesday".(AP Photo)
Published on May 05, 2021 07:01 AM IST
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Syria's top court accepts three candidates to run for president

Assad won nearly 90% of the votes in the 2014 elections and is widely expected to win a fourth seven-year term. He has held power since 2000 when he took over after the death of his father, who ran the country for 30 years.
Head of the higher constitutional court, Jihad Al Laham, speaks during a news conference in Damascus, Syria May 3, 2021. (Firas Makdesi / REUTERS)
Head of the higher constitutional court, Jihad Al Laham, speaks during a news conference in Damascus, Syria May 3, 2021. (Firas Makdesi / REUTERS)
Published on May 03, 2021 03:15 PM IST
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US denies Iran's claims of prisoner, cash swap; UK downplays

  • The official quoted by Iranian state TV said a deal made between the US and Tehran involved a prisoner swap in exchange for the release of $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds.
The announcement comes amid a wider power struggle between hard-liners and the relatively moderate government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.(AP)
The announcement comes amid a wider power struggle between hard-liners and the relatively moderate government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.(AP)
Published on May 02, 2021 09:38 PM IST
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Iran orders probe into leaked Zarif audio 'conspiracy'

President Hassan Rouhani ordered the investigation to identify who leaked the "stolen" three-hour-long recording by top diplomat and member of his moderate government Mohammad Javad Zarif, the spokesman said.
Zarif did not comment on the controversy, but published on Tuesday a brief audio message on Instagram, saying
Zarif did not comment on the controversy, but published on Tuesday a brief audio message on Instagram, saying "I believe you should not work for history... I say that don't worry about history so much, but worry about God and the people".(Reuters file photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2021 04:35 PM IST
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Iran sentences British-Iranian aid worker to one year jail

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it would be wrong to send her back to prison.
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation charity, was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment.(AP file photo)
Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager with the Thomson Reuters Foundation charity, was arrested at a Tehran airport in April 2016 and later convicted of plotting to overthrow the clerical establishment.(AP file photo)
Published on Apr 26, 2021 06:55 PM IST
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Iran to bar travellers from India over Covid-19 variant: Officials

  • Officials, however, did not say if any cases of the variant first identified in India in late March had been detected in Iran, the epicentre of the pandemic in the Middle East.
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.(Reuters)
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 24, 2021 03:15 PM IST
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Iran provides 'lethal' support to Yemen's Houthis, says US official

A Saudi Arabia-led military coalition intervened in Yemen in 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthi group ousted the country's government from the capital Sanaa. The Houthis have said they are fighting a corrupt system. Iran has denied supporting the Houthis.
A Yemeni government fighter holds a machine gun bullet belt at a frontline position during fighting against Houthi fighters in Marib, Yemen on March 16, 2021. (REUTERS)
A Yemeni government fighter holds a machine gun bullet belt at a frontline position during fighting against Houthi fighters in Marib, Yemen on March 16, 2021. (REUTERS)
Published on Apr 22, 2021 07:54 AM IST
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Iran sees Vienna talks moving forward, warns against excessive demands

Under the 2015 deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for relief from US and other sanctions.
Iran and world powers have made headway in the Vienna talks though much more work is needed, a senior European Union official said, with meetings to resume next week after consultations in their respective capitals.(AFP file photo)
Iran and world powers have made headway in the Vienna talks though much more work is needed, a senior European Union official said, with meetings to resume next week after consultations in their respective capitals.(AFP file photo)
Published on Apr 21, 2021 12:19 AM IST
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