China, Iran meet amid efforts to preserve nuclear deal
BEIJING (AP) — The Iranian foreign minister's passionate defense of his country's interests at the Munich Security Conference has made him "a famous person" in China, his Chinese counterpart told him Tuesday, as the sides met amid efforts to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.
Iran points to Pakistan after deadly attack on Guard
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament speaker said Sunday that an attack that killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard was "planned and carried out from inside Pakistan," which he said should answer for it.
Iran’s parliament approves 4 ministers backed by president
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament approved four new ministers on Saturday, all endorsed by President Hassan Rouhani who urged them to help "resist" and "fight" the U.S. as it reinstates sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Rouhani's comments came as lawmakers were discussing the vote for candidates vying for the ministries of labor, finance, industry and transportation.
Iran votes to join pact to combat terror financing
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament voted Sunday to join a global convention to cut off terror financing, hoping to avoid further international sanctions as the 2015 nuclear accord unravels.
Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said 143 out of 268 lawmakers voted to join the "Combating the Financing of Terrorism," or CFT. The bill must be ratified by the Guardian Council, a constitutional authority, to become a law.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers Wednesday voted to sack President Hassan Rouhani's labor minister, a victory for hard-liners opposed to the relative moderate amid a worsening economic crisis.
Iran’s parliament approves Rouhani’s cabinet picks
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's parliament has approved two nominees by President Hassan Rouhani to head the ministries of energy and higher education.
Parliament speaker Ali Larijani says 225 of 276 lawmakers in attendance voted for Reza Ardakanian to serve as energy minister. Mansour Gholami secured 180 votes to serve as the minister of science, who is in charge of universities and higher education.
Iran approves nearly all of Rouhani’s Cabinet picks
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian lawmakers on Sunday approved 16 Cabinet members nominated by recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, including the first defense minister unaffiliated with the elite, hard-line Revolutionary Guard in 25 years.
Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said 16 of 17 proposed ministers were approved, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who negotiated the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Oil Minister Began Zanganeh was also approved.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has complained to the U.N. Security Council over the latest U.S. sanctions imposed on Tehran.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency says Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani announced the complaint on Tuesday, though it's unclear what Iran expects the United Nations would do.
The move came after the U.S. Senate approved sanctions on Friday against Iran for launching a satellite-carrying rocket into space.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran staged anti-Israel rallies across the country on Friday, with protesters condemning Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories and chanting "Death to Israel" as the powerful Revolutionary Guard displayed its ballistic missiles, including the type used this week in Syria.
Mourners pay respects to former Iranian leader Rafsanjani
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Mourners from all walks of life in Iran — from the country's president to passers-by on the street — paid their respects on Monday to the late Iranian leader Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani following his death over the weekend at the age of 82.
President Hassan Rouhani and his administration visited the mosque in northern Tehran where Rafsanjani's body was brought. Mourners, including Rafsanjani's family members, wept at the sight of his coffin, reaching out to touch it.