Iran's Ahmadinejad launches website ahead of vote

Iran's former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched a website ahead of parliamentary elections next year in a sign he may be eyeing a political comeback despite a recent corruption scandal.

Israel`s Netanyahu defends US Congress address

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday defended his decision to accept a controversial invitation to address the US Congress that has sparked a bitter row with the White House.

Iran lawmakers drafting law on nuclear enrichment hike

Iran`s parliament has started to draft a law that would allow the country`s nuclear scientists to intensify their uranium enrichment, a step that could complicate ongoing talks with world powers.

US, Iran to hold nuclear talks in Switzerland on Friday, Saturday

US and Iranian negotiators will hold talks about Iran`s nuclear program in Switzerland on Friday and Saturday, the US State Department said.

Russia may send S-300 missile system to Iran - media

Russia might deliver a long-overdue S-300 air defence missile system to Iran, honouring a contract that was cancelled in 2010 following strong pressure from the West, Iranian and Russian media said on Tuesday.

Spain hopes Iran will join fight against Islamic extremism

Spain said on Tuesday that it hopes Iran will join the global fight against Islamic extremism if Tehran reaches an agreement with world powers over its disputed nuclear programme. 

Russia may send S-300 missile system to Iran: RIA

Russia may fulfil the delivery of S-300 air defence missile systems, long delayed after Western pressure, following a meeting between Iran and Russia`s defence ministers in Tehran, RIA state news said on Tuesday.

Memorial brings recognition to Iran`s Jewish 'martyrs'

 It seems incongruous in Iran, where politicians chant "Death to Israel" and the Israeli flag is often burned, but a new memorial in Tehran is bringing recognition to the country`s "Jewish martyrs".

Iran 'backward' after sanctions 'lies': Minister

A government minister launched a rare attack on Monday on Iran's downplaying of the impact of international sanctions, saying that "lying" to the public over the measures had left the country "backward".

Iran general killed with Hezbollah fighters in Israel raid

An Israeli strike on Syria killed an Iranian general, Tehran confirmed Monday, as Lebanon`s Hezbollah movement buried one of six of its fighters killed in the same raid.

Iran confirms general killed in Israel strike on Syria

Iran confirmed on Monday that a general of its elite Revolutionary Guards died in an Israeli strike on Syria that also killed six members of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

EU hails `serious` Iran nuclear talks, says new round in February

Negotiators for Iran and six global powers striving to reach a complex deal on Tehran`s nuclear programme had "serious and useful" discussions in Geneva Sunday and will meet again next month, the EU said.

Abu Dhabi fund offers $57 mn loans for clean energy

 An Abu Dhabi fund said on Sunday that it will provide $57 million worth of concessional loans for clean energy projects in five developing countries.

US lawmakers unveil more toned down Iran sanctions bill

Supporters of Iran sanctions in the US Senate have unveiled a toned-down bill aimed at gaining enough votes to override a presidential veto.

Senator to push for Iran sanctions _ or a say on any deal

A leading Republican critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy is pushing for new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, unswayed by a White House veto threat and lobbying by Britain's leader.

Nuke talks will succeed only if pressure on Iran stops: Tehran

A complex deal on Iran's nuclear programme can be reached only if global powers stop pressuring Tehran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Saturday evening.

Iran bans paper for 'I am Charlie' headline: State media

Iran has banned reformist newspaper Mardom Emrouz for publishing on its front page the headline "I am Charlie", state news agency IRNA reported Saturday.

Hezbollah chief threatens Israel over Syria strikes

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has threatened to retaliate against Israel for repeated strikes on Syria, in an television interview to be broadcast on Thursday.

Iran courts must decide fate of detained US journalist: FM

Iran hopes the case of an American journalist jailed in Tehran on ambiguous charges can be resolved, but stresses it is a matter for the courts, the foreign minister insisted Wednesday.

Iran urges nuclear negotiators to adopt logical attitude

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday said it would be against the interests of Western nuclear negotiators if they failed to pursue a reasonable and quick approach towards Iran.