Cabinet welcomes Saudi-Bahrain Coordinating Council

:: The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday thanked foreign leaders, officials, envoys and citizens for their condolences on the death of Prince Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, brother of King Salman. Chaired by the More »

Khalid bin Salman: Capture of ISIS leader shows commitment to eradicate terror

:: The capture of ISIS’ leader, Abu Osama al-Muhajir, in Yemen is just the latest example of our commitment to eradicating the scourge of terrorism, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid More »

Iran foreign minister accuses US’ Bolton of plotting for war

:: Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused US National Security Adviser John Bolton of plotting for war against Iran in a tweet on Tuesday. “Wanna know why those with proven record More »

Saudi Crown Prince departs for Asia trip including South Korea, Japan

:: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has departed on a trip to South Korea and Japan, where he will lead the Kingdom’s delegation to the G20 summit in Osaka, the More »

King Salman promotes, appoints 38 judges at various levels

:: King Salman issued a royal order on Monday promoting 38 judges at the Ministry of Justice at various ranks. The Kingdom is taking measures to revolutionize its judicial system. Recently, the More »


Tag Archives: Tehran

US blacklists Iran IRGC units in wake of missile tests

The US Treasury named units involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program to its sanctions blacklist Thursday, two weeks after the country ran missile tests that Washington labeled “provocative and destabilizing.” The Treasury placed sanctions on Shahid Nuri Industries and Shahid

Iran fire festival celebrations kill three, injure 259

Iran’s annual fire festival ahead of the Persian New Year claimed three lives and left 259 injured, officials said Wednesday, as warnings against dangerous celebrations were ignored. Each year Iranians celebrate Chaharshanbeh-Soori, an ancient Zoroastrian tradition on the eve of

Iran welcomes Vietnamese leader, looks to boost trade

Iran’s president welcomed his Vietnamese counterpart on Monday, saying Tehran hopes to boost trade with the Southeast Asian nation to $2 billion from the current $350 million within five years, state media reported. Hassan Rowhani said he and Vietnamese President

Second round of Iran elections set for April 29

Iran will hold a second round of voting on April 29 to fill 69 parliamentary seats for which no clear winner emerged during last month’s elections, state media said Monday. The run-off is necessary because under Iran’s election rules a

Iran: missile tests do not violate nuclear deal

Iran’s foreign ministry insisted on Thursday that the missile tests carried out by the country’s Revolutionary Guard this week do not violate Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers or a U.N. Security Council resolution. According to ministry spokesman, Hossein Jaberi

Iran election results split between 3 groups

Final election results show that Iran’s moderate President Hassan Rowhani’s allies made strong gains but none of the main political groupings won enough seats for a majority in parliament. An AFP tally, based on declarations on state television and Iranian

Rowhani and Rafsanjani lead Iran vote count

President Hassan Rowhani and his main ally were the front-runners Saturday after early counting of votes cast in Tehran in elections to Iran’s powerful Assembly of Experts. Rowhani and Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president, held second and first

Rafsanjani leads Iran assembly vote

Iran’s former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on Saturday urged all factions to work together after initial election results showed the veteran powerbroker leading polls to become one of Tehran’s delegates to the influential Assembly of Experts. “The competition is over

Reformists take lead in Iran parliament vote

Reformists and moderate conservatives were leading in parliamentary elections according to early results Saturday, an indication President Hassan Rowhani may face a more friendly house to pursue his domestic agenda. Early returns from Friday’s polls show that none of the

Polling ends in Iran elections, vote counting starts

Iranians across the Islamic Republic voted Friday in the country’s first election since its landmark nuclear deal with world powers, deciding whether to further empower moderates to back President Hassan Rouhani or side with hard-liners long suspicious of the West.

Iran’s top reformist election candidate hits campaign trail

Iran’s most prominent reformist candidate said Tuesday that should his camp win in the parliamentary elections later this week, his bloc will work on the country’s economic problems by creating more job opportunities through attracting both domestic and foreign investors.

Russia’s defense minister makes surprise visit to Iran

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu arrived on Sunday in Tehran for a surprise visit, Iran’s state television reported. Shoigu is expected to meet President Hassan Rouhani and his counterpart Hossein Dehghan during his trip to discuss the “situation in the

Saudi halts $3 bn in aid to Lebanon army

Saudi Arabia said Friday it has stopped a $3 billion program for military supplies to Lebanon in protest against Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group fighting in support of Syria’s regime. In response, Lebanon’s PM Tammam Salam urged Saudi to reconsider

Iran offers Assad air defense help

Iran’s air defense chief said Sunday his country is ready to help defend Syria’s airspace. The semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Gen. Farzad Esmaili as saying “We will help Syria in a full-fledged manner if the Syrian government requests help.”

Deploying Saudi troops up to U.S. coalition: FM

Any decision by Saudi Arabia to deploy Special Forces into Syria is linked to the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Sunday. “The Kingdom’s deployment of aircraft to the Incirlik air base in Turkey is

Rowhani calls for political unity before votes

President Hassan Rowhani urged Iran’s faction-ridden elite on Thursday to seek consensus after a hardline watchdog body disqualified thousands of moderate candidates from two elections this month, state television said. Rowhani, a popular pragmatist now reestablishing ties abroad after last

Grandson of Iran’s Khomeini fails election appeal

Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, said Wednesday he had lost an appeal against his exclusion from elections for the powerful Assembly of Experts. “Based on news we have received, Sayyad Hassan Khomeini’s qualification

Iran’s reformist ex-president calls on supporters to vote

Iran’s reformist ex-president has called on Iranians to cast their vote in the upcoming election despite a ban preventing many reformist candidates from running. In a statement issued late Monday Mohammad Khatami called on his supporters to vote in the

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