DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia was hit Tuesday by drones, the Saudi energy minister said, as regional tensions flared just days after what the...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf, elsewhere in Mideast, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed a new chief for the national carrier, Iran Air, the country's state media reported on Monday.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian leaders are defiant in the wake of President Donald Trump's decision to impose sanctions on countries that import Iranian oil, vowing to respond to America's...
Iran’s top leader picks new Revolutionary Guard chief
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Sunday appointed a new chief of the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, picking a general with a history of threatening the U.S. just days after...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Monday approved the use of special emergency funds to deal with damage from major flooding that has killed at least 76 people and injured more than...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf in a public protest has been sentenced to one year in prison but pardoned by the supreme leader, her lawyer said...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers dressed in paramilitary uniforms chanted "Death to America" as they convened Tuesday for an open session of parliament after the White House designated Iran's...
Iran’s top leader urges Iraqi PM to remove US forces
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader has warned visiting Iraqi prime minister about a lengthy presence of U.S. forces in Iran's neighboring Arab country.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says the country's newly appointed head of judiciary has also been elected as a deputy chief in the panel known as Assembly of Experts, which...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Judiciary said it sentenced a prominent human rights lawyer to seven years in prison after she defended protesters against the Islamic Republic's mandatory headscarves...
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A hard-line cleric once thought to be a possible successor to Iran's supreme leader was appointed head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary Thursday, sparking...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says its foreign minister wanted to resign last month after being kept in the dark about a surprise visit by Syrian President Bashar Assad to Tehran.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader has cautioned the country's government not to pin its hopes on Europe as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers founders under U.S....
AP Explains: Iran’s FM quits as atomic deal unravels
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The nuclear deal with world powers once buoyed the political fortunes of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and his trusted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif....
Iran’s foreign minister resigns as his nuclear deal teeters
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif resigned without warning late Monday, offering an "apology" to the nation as the nuclear deal he negotiated with world powers is...
Syria’s Assad visits Iran in rare trip abroad
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad has made an unannounced trip to Iran, where he met with the supreme leader and other top officials to discuss the planned U.S. troop withdrawal...
Top Iran cleric links suicide blast to foreign spy services
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has sent condolences to the families of the victims of a suicide car bombing that struck a bus carrying Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard troops, killing at least 27 people.
An al-Qaida-linked group, Jaish al-Adl, claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack in Iran's restive southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province. Tehran linked the bombing to an ongoing U.S.-led conference in Warsaw largely focused on Iran.
Iran’s supreme leader says any talks with US can only ‘harm’
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said Wednesday that any negotiations with the U.S. would "bring nothing but material and spiritual harm" in remarks before an American-led meeting on the Mideast in Warsaw.
Iran’s top leader defends Iranian ‘Death to America’ chants
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is defending "Death to America" chants that are standard fare at anti-U.S. rallies across Iran but says the chanting is aimed at America's leaders and not its people.
Khamenei's website on Friday quoted him as saying the chant means "death to U.S. leaders, death to (President Donald) Trump and John Bolton and (Mike) Pompeo."
Iran decrees mass pardon in honor of revolution anniversary
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pardoned a "large number" of prisoners in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, state TV reported Thursday.
The report did not say how many prisoners were released, but previous reports suggested it would apply to some 50,000 people, the largest number ever covered in a single pardon. Some prisoners would be released while others would have their sentences reduced.
Iran supreme leader calls US officials ‘first-class idiots’
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday called U.S. officials "first-class idiots," mocking American leaders as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo toured the Mideast to promote the White House's tough stance on Iran.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's comments were unusually harsh, reflecting the broader tension between Iran and the United States after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
Report: High-ranking Iranian cleric dies at 70
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV is reporting that Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, head of the Expediency Council advisory body to the country's Supreme Leader, has died at the age of 70.
The Monday report said Shahroudi was long sick and hospitalized in north Tehran. Reportedly, he was suffering from gastrointestinal cancer.
Shahroudi, a relatively moderate cleric, was appointed as chairman of the Expediency Council in 2017 by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Report: Iran sentences 3 rights lawyers to prison
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has sentenced two human rights lawyers to six years in prison and a third to 13 years, newspapers reported Tuesday.
The Arman daily said Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi and Arash Keikhosravi were sentenced to five years in prison for taking part in an "illegal gathering" and one year for "propaganda" against the ruling system. It says they can appeal the verdict.
Khamenei: Iran ‘victorious’ after years of US confrontation
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader says on the eve of the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran that the Islamic Republic is the "victorious party" after nearly 40 years of confrontation by the U.S.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that despite military, economic and propaganda wars waged by the U.S. against Iran over the last four decades, "the U.S. is the defeated side and the Islamic Republic is the victorious party."
Iran supreme leader promises to ‘slap’ US, defeat sanctions
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader says the Islamic Republic will "slap" the United States by defeating new American sanctions targeting the nation.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comments Thursday in a speech in Tehran before thousands of members of the Basij, an all-volunteer force under Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard.
Iran video threatens missile strikes on UAE, Saudi Arabia
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian media outlet close to the hard-line Revolutionary Guard published a video Tuesday threatening missile attacks on the capitals of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, further raising tensions after a weekend militant attack on an Iranian military parade.
Iran appoints former F-14 Tomcat pilot as air force chief
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's top leader has appointed a new chief for its air force.
The Sunday report says Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has appointed Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh as the new air force chief.
Gen. Nasirzadeh, a former F-14 Tomcat pilot and veteran of the 1980s Iran-Iraq war, has been the air force's acting commander since 2017. He succeeds Gen. Hassan Shahsafi, who has held the post since 2008.
Iran’s top leader says no war or talks with US
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader said Monday that his country will neither go to war nor enter into negotiations with the United States as the Trump administration restores sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
In remarks carried by state television, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "along with sanctions, Americans have recently raised two more options, war and talks... War will not happen and we will not enter talks."
Iran’s top leader approves special corruption courts
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader has approved a request by the judiciary to set up special courts to punish corrupt officials.
The official IRNA news agency Saturday reports Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying punishments should be "carried out quick and fair."
Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, said the courts should be "firm."
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reports that authorities have detained the Central Bank of Iran's deputy chief as part of a crackdown on financial fraud.
The Sunday report quotes Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejehi, a judicial spokesman, as saying Ahmad Araghchi was dismissed from his positon before being arrested and taken to prison. The report did not elaborate on allegations against him.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran reacted skeptically Tuesday to President Donald Trump saying that he's willing to negotiate with his Iranian counterpart "anytime," but top officials did not reject a sit-down out of hand.
Ali Akbar Nategh Nouri, a senior cleric and member of the influential Expediency Council, said Trump's suggestion Monday that he would be willing to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani should not be categorically rejected.
Iran’s top leader endorses warning over oil supplies
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader has endorsed a warning made earlier by the country's president over Mideast oil supplies.
State TV reported Saturday that Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, meeting with Iranian diplomats, praised the remarks by Hassan Rouhani and called them "a policy and attitude by the system."
Khamenei, who has final say on all state matters, did not elaborate.
MOSCOW (AP) — Iran has no intention of leaving Syria regardless of U.S. and Israeli pressure, a senior envoy to Iran's leader said Friday, reaffirming a tough stance on the issue expected to top the agenda of the upcoming U.S.-Russian summit.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has received the Iranian leader's top adviser hours after conferring with the Israeli prime minister about Iran's presence in Syria.
The Kremlin said Thursday that Putin has met with Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, but wouldn't offer any details of the talks. Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said that Velayati handed Putin letters from Khamenei and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Supreme Leader has accused the United States and allies of fomenting unrest in Iran.
State TV Sunday quotes Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as saying the U.S. has formed a coalition with other regional countries that is unable to defeat Iran.
Khamenei didn't name any specific nations in the so-called coalition but alleged it is imposing economic pressure on Iran to "separate the nation from the system."
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader is urging the country's judiciary to take measures to secure people's "businesses and lives" amid economic protests that have struck the capital, Tehran.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said during a meeting with judiciary officials on Wednesday that authorities need to ensure an "atmosphere of security" and that the judiciary "must confront those who disrupt economic security."
Guard chief says Iran won’t increase missile range
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that the country has no plan to increase the range of its missiles.
The Tuesday report quotes the chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari, as saying: "We have the scientific ability to increase our missile ranges, but it is not our current policy."
Gen. Jafari added most of Iran's enemies are already situated within a 2,000-kilometer (1,240-mile) radius.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader has sought to clarify his position on Israel after being accused of threatening its destruction.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by the official IRNA news agency late Sunday as saying the Mideast conflict should be resolved through a popular referendum among "all real Palestinians, including Muslims, Jews and Christians" who trace their roots back to before the creation of Israel.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The star of a live television interview in Iran's new nuclear workshop wasn't the head of the country's atomic agency, but three centrifuges labeled in English in the background, advanced devices Tehran is prohibited from using by the nuclear deal with world powers.
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she condemns a tweet from Iran's top leader saying that Israel is a "cancerous tumor" that needs to be removed and pledged to increase pressure on Tehran to scale back its military influence in the region.
Speaking alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Merkel said Israel's security was a top priority for Germany.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on the Iran nuclear deal (all times local):
Iran's top leader says anyone who fires one missile at his country "will be hit by 10" in response, but dismisses fears of war as "propaganda" by the West.
Tensions have soared since the Trump administration withdrew from the landmark 2015 nuclear accord and vowed to restore sanctions unless Iran meets a list of strict demands.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is proposing Iran resume its uranium enrichment in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal between world powers and Tehran.
Ali Akbar Velayati was quoted Wednesday by the semi-official Tasnim news agency as saying Iran is "capable to spin centrifuges for enrichment" to higher levels should it choose to do so.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian university students in a meeting with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered harsh criticism of the country's direction, local media reported Tuesday, an unusually frank discussion showing the concerns many feel over the Trump administration's pullout from the nuclear deal with Tehran and Iran's battered economy.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader criticized the U.S. on Wednesday over its hard-line stance toward the country since President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal with Western powers.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, addressing government officials on the occasion of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, said the U.S. has been aiming to topple the Islamic republic for 40 years.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader chastised President Donald Trump on Wednesday over his decision to pull America out of the 2015 nuclear deal, while lawmakers lit a paper U.S. flag on fire inside parliament, shouting, "Death to America!"
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top leader said Monday the United States is pushing Saudi Arabia into a war against Iran.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on his website that the "Americans are trying to put Saudis and some other regional countries before Iran. If they are wise, they should not be deceived by the U.S."
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's presidency has banned all government bodies from using foreign-based messaging apps to communicate with citizens, state media reported Wednesday, after economic protests organized through such apps shook the country earlier this year.