Iranian president meets Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says President Hassan Rouhani has met with Iraq's most senior Shiite cleric — the first such meeting for an Iranian leader.
Greek court refuses to extradite dissident to Iran
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A Greek court has refused to extradite to Iran an Iranian political dissident and Christian wanted in her country for alleged drugs-smuggling, citing fears that she...
Report: Iran sentences female pro-reform journalist to jail
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that a revolutionary court has sentenced a female pro-reform journalist to a nearly 13-year prison term over security charges.
The Saturday report said that Hengameh Shahidi can still appeal the verdict that sentenced her to 12 years and 9 months in jail. It did not elaborate.
Shahidi, 43, has been in jail since June after months at large during which she was active on social media.
NY professor says swastikas spray-painted outside her office
NEW YORK (AP) — A Jewish professor at Columbia University's Teachers College says she's been targeted with anti-Semitic graffiti.
Elizabeth Midlarsky told the Daily News she saw two swastikas and an anti-Semitic slur spray-painted on a wall outside her office when she arrived at work Wednesday afternoon.
Iranian human rights lawyer released after 8 years in prison
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say authorities have released a prominent human rights lawyer after eight years in prison.
The semi-official ISNA news agency reported Wednesday that Abdolfattah Soltani was reunited with his family after a Revolutionary Court ruled to release him the day before.
Iran arrests ex-minister of welfare over financial fraud
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency says authorities have arrested the former minister of welfare and social security for financial fraud.
The Sunday report says Parviz Kazemi was taken to Tehran's Evin prison two days ago.
Kazemi resigned from his post in 2006 after nearly a year under former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over political differences. He later worked in the banking sector.
Former Iranian president Ahmadinejad’s ally gets prison time
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian court sentenced a close ally of former hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to six-and-a-half years in prison, semi-official ISNA news agency reported Wednesday.
The report quoted Tehran Justice Department chief Gholamhossein Esmaili as saying Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei was sentenced to five years for plotting and conspiring to commit crimes against national security, one year for propaganda against the Islamic Republic system and six months for insulting officials.
Iran president fails to appease lawmakers in economic crisis
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani failed to convince parliament on Tuesday that his plans will pull the country out of an economic nosedive worsened by America's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, further isolating his relatively moderate administration amid nationwide anger.
Iran’s ex-president tweets in defense of Serena Williams
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tennis star Serena Williams has received support over her recent catsuit controversy from the unlikeliest of sources — the former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Concerns were raised this week when the French Tennis Federation's president said that the full-length outfit Williams wore at this year's French Open would no longer be allowed. Williams, who said she wore the outfit for health reasons, appeared to shrug off the decision.
Iran’s former hard-line president asks Rouhani to resign
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Former hard-line Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked President Hassan Rouhani to resign.
In a video published on his Telegram account Thursday, Ahmadinejad said that Iranians do not trust Rouhani. He says: "Your continued presence is at the expense of the country."
Uncertainty resulting from the U.S. pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers has led Iran's already anemic economy to worsen.
Iran’s Ahmadinejad opines on Trump, James spat
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's quest to return to the spotlight now includes weighing in on a spat between President Donald Trump and basketball star LeBron James.
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he will pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, a 2015 agreement that capped over a decade of hostility between Tehran and the West over its atomic program.
Here's a timeline of major events over that timespan:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British-Iranian university professor who actively campaigns against military action targeting his homeland has been detained in Iran by the country's hard-line Revolutionary Guard, a semi-official Iranian news agency reported Thursday, becoming the latest dual national held there since the 2015 nuclear deal.
Director Oliver Stone in Iran for movie festival
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — American movie director Oliver Stone was Iran on Monday attending an international film festival.
Stone hosted a workshop for filmmakers during the Fajr Film Festival and planned to hold a news conference on Wednesday, Iranian media reported. French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud and Italian producer Giovanni Spagnoletti are also attending the festival.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency said Stone briefly visited the historical city of Isfahan the previous day.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian police have arrested a former prosecutor known as the "torturer of Tehran," who faces a two-year prison sentence over the death of prisoners following 2009 protests, Iranian media reported on Sunday.
The official website of the judiciary, Mizanonline.com, said former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi had been arrested, without elaborating. The semi-official Tasnim news agency said police detained Mortazavi in a villa in northern Iran, near the Caspian Sea.
2009 vs now: How Iran’s new protests compare to the past
CAIRO (AP) — Nearly nine years ago, the upheaval was stunning. Massive crowds marched through the streets of Iran's capital and other cities demanding change in the first major unrest to shake the rule of hard-line Muslim clerics over the country since they came to power in 1979.
Iran sentences former vice president to 63 years in prison
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says a former vice president has been sentenced to 63 years in prison over misuse of public funds while in office.
The sentence against Hamid Baghaei is the longest for a former official in Iran in decades. Tehran's Justice Department says the verdict was reached on Tuesday.
Iran to probe state-built homes destroyed by deadly quake
SARPOL-E-ZAHAB, Iran (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched an investigation Tuesday into why government housing built by his hard-line predecessor collapsed while others withstood a powerful earthquake near the border with Iraq that killed more than 530 people.
Iranian authorities bar reformist ex-president from meeting
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian opposition news website says authorities have barred former reformist President Mohammad Khatami from attending a meeting of his allies.
The report late Wednesday says security forces arrived at Khatami's residence in three cars to block him from attending the meeting.
Khatami is still popular among young people, and pro-reform activists and groups regularly meet with him. He supports President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate.
Detained, ailing Iran opposition leader ends hunger strike
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The son of Iranian opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi, under house arrest since 2011, says his father has ended a hunger strike over his detention but remains in hospital.
Mohammad Karroubi tweeted that his father decided to end the strike after authorities said that security guards could leave the inside part of the Karroubis' home. The guards remain on the premises, though, and Mahdi Karroubi is still officially under house arrest.
Iran opposition leader under house arrest on hunger strike
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian opposition leader who has been under house arrest since 2011 has begun a hunger strike over his detention.
A website associated with Mahdi Karroubi announced Wednesday that the 79-year-old cleric has stopped eating and is only taking heart medication.
The website quoted his wife, Fatemah Karroubi, as saying he wants a public trial and for security forces to vacate his home.
Iran opposition leader’s daughter holds painting exhibition
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The daughter of Iran's opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, who has been under house arrest since early 2011, hides her pain behind abstract watercolor paintings of birds and blossoms — but bullets and bars are never far away.
That's according to Narges Mousavi's latest art exhibition, which opened on Friday in Tehran.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's presidential election is seen as a referendum on Hassan Rouhani's outreach to Western nations and the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, which lifted crippling international sanctions.
The average Iranian has yet to see benefits from the deal, making Rouhani vulnerable in his bid for another four-year term.
A look at Iran’s presidential candidates
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has announced the final list of candidates for next month's presidential race, which will largely serve as a referendum on the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
President Hassan Rouhani is widely seen as the front-runner, but could face tough competition from hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi, who is close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and popular among hard-liners. Former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought to run but was disqualified.
AP Interview: Iran’s Ahmadinejad sees no threat from US
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Saturday he does not view recent U.S. missile strikes on ally Syria as a message for Iran, which he called a "powerful country" that the U.S. cannot harm.
The controversial former president made the remarks to The Associated Press on Saturday in his office in northern Tehran, three days after he stunned Iranians by registering to run for president again.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say more than 600 candidates have registered to run in next month's presidential election.
At least 638 have registered in the first three days of the process through Thursday, more than twice the number that had registered during the same period in 2013. Registration closes on Saturday.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Stunning Iran and disregarding the words of its supreme leader, former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad registered Wednesday to run in the country's May presidential election and upended a contest largely expected to be won by its moderate incumbent.
Why it matters: Ahmadinejad filing for Iran’s presidency
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has defied the advice of the Islamic Republic's supreme leader and registered to run again for the nation's presidency.
While the hard-line showman's candidacy still would need to be approved by authorities, his entering the race could upend politics in the country of 80 million people and affect global affairs.
Key events in the career of Iran’s Ahmadinejad
Key events in the career of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a hard-line firebrand who has surprised Iran by filing paperwork to seek the presidency again in next month's election:
Oct. 28, 1956: Ahmadinejad born in the city of Aradan in Iran's Semnan province.
2003: Ahmadinejad becomes mayor of Tehran, Iran's capital and largest city.
2005: Ahmadinejad becomes Iran's president, issues a series of provocative statements against the U.S. and Israel.
The Latest: Iran’s Ahmadinejad defends decision to run
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on Iran's upcoming presidential election after former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defied the advice of the supreme leader and registered to run (all times local):
Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described comments by the supreme leader suggesting he not run in May's presidential election as "just advice."
Ahmadinejad made the comments at a Wednesday news conference after stunning election officials by registering.
Iran sentences a son of an opposition leader to 6 months
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A son of an Iranian opposition leader has been sentenced to six months in jail on charges of distributing propaganda against the government, the semi-official ILNA news agency reported Monday.
The report quoted Mohammad Jalilian, a lawyer for Hossein Karroubi, the son of opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi, as saying Iranian authorities pronounced Hossein guilty for publishing his father's letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in April in which he asks for an open trial.
Letter-writing former Iran president pens dispatch to Trump
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter Sunday to President Donald Trump, striking a somewhat conciliatory tone while applauding immigration to America and saying it shows "the contemporary U.S. belongs to all nations."
It isn't the first dispatch sent by Ahmadinejad, who has counted U.S. Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama among his pen pals.
Iran official: Gay Utah senator watched during recent trip
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's intelligence minister is defending his agents' handling of a visit by a gay Utah state senator after hard-liners alleged it represented a security breach.
Mahmoud Alavi made the comments on Tuesday in an open session of Iran's parliament.
Hard-line former president of Iran won’t seek re-election
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's hard-line former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday he won't run in next year's presidential election, ending weeks of speculation after the country's supreme leader discouraged his candidacy.
Ahmadinejad could have posed a strong challenge to President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who many believe will seek a second term after his administration struck the landmark nuclear accord with world powers.
Ahmadinejad allies say Iran leader told him not to run again
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Close allies of Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose presidency was marked by confrontation with the West, said Monday that the country's supreme leader recommended he not run in next May's presidential election because he is a polarizing figure among hard-liners.
Report: Iran detains Greek national for smuggled oil tankers
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian state-run daily is reporting that authorities in Tehran have detained a Greek national they accuse of embezzling money from smuggled oil and selling three oil tankers for $100 million.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter on Monday to President Barack Obama, asking him to "quickly fix" a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing families of people killed in attacks linked to Iran to collect damages from some $2 billion in frozen assets.
While writing that his letter "is by no means of (a) political nature," Ahmadinejad's message to Obama arrives amid swirling speculation that the hard-line politician may run...