Iran backs Russia's Syria talks initiative

Iran backs talks between the Syrian government and the opposition groups, a senior Iranian diplomat was quoted as saying by media Thursday.

Mahinda Rajapaksa asks minority Tamils to 'forget the past'

Sri Lanka will not allow any Arab Spring-type uprising in the country which is emerging from decades of ethnic war, President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is seeking an unprecedented third term, vowed today as he appealed to minority Tamils to "forget the past".

Iran says resumed nuclear talks `useful`

Iran welcomed as "useful" Thursday its first round of nuclear talks with the major powers since the two sides gave themselves another seven months to strike a deal.

UN should stop funding Iran anti-drugs operations: Rights groups

Six rights groups urged the United Nations anti-drugs agency on Wednesday to stop funding counter-narcotics police operations in Iran until Tehran ends the death penalty for such offences.

Hamas' deputy chief says it has patched up ties with Iran

Hamas and Iran have repaired a close political and military relationship frayed by the Syrian civil war, the Palestinian Islamist group`s deputy leader said on Wednesday.

Split over Syria highlighted in Turkish FM visit to Iran

 A visit to Iran by Turkey`s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Wednesday highlighted their opposing views on the Syrian conflict, with both countries saying dialogue was needed to close gaps.

Iran nuclear talks resume in Geneva

World powers resumed negotiations with Iran on Wednesday over Tehran`s disputed nuclear programme, more than three weeks after they last met and gave themselves another seven months to strike a deal.

Iran says Australia ignored warnings about gunman

Iran repeatedly warned Australia about the criminal past of the perpetrator of the Sydney cafe siege and called for him to be kept under surveillance, top officials in Tehran said.

Tony Abbott says will not rest till Australians safe as possible

Prime Minister Tony Abbott vowed Wednesday not to rest until he was assured Australians were safe, as he formally announced a review into the fatal Sydney cafe siege.

Ex-US Marine held in Iran to start hunger strike

The family of a former US Marine imprisoned in Iran says he is going on a hunger strike and has dictated a letter asking President Obama not to forget him as dialogue continues between the two countries over Iran's nuclear activities.

Iranian media links Australia siege to IS, blames West

Iran's media reacted on Tuesday to the deadly hostage siege in Sydney by pointing the finger of blame at the West and linking the Iranian-born gunman to Islamic State group militants.

Sydney siege sparks "I'll ride with you" campaign for worried Muslims

Hours after a self-styled sheikh and two of his hostages were killed in a gun battle in a Sydney cafe, inflaming anti-Muslim sentiment in Australia`s biggest city, a social media movement showing solidarity with Australian Muslims was gathering steam.

Victims killed in Sydney hostage drama identified

Two hostages who have been killed in the 17-hour-long hostage drama at a cafeteria here were identified as the manager of the Lindt Chocolate cafe and a lawyer.

Owners of Sydney siege cafe Lindt 'devastated' by deaths

Swiss chocolate-maker Lindt, the owner of the Sydney cafe at the centre of a day-long siege Monday that ended in the deaths of the gunman and two of his hostages, said it was "devastated" by the outcome of the standoff.

Iran condemns deadly Sydney hostage crisis

Tehran has condemned the deadly hostage-taking in Australia reportedly by an Iranian-born gunman, branding it an act foreign to Islam, state media quoted a government official as saying.

Man Haron Monis: The lone wolf, self-styled sheikh behind Sydney cafe siege
Man Haron Monis: The lone wolf, self-styled sheikh behind Sydney cafe siege

Man Haron Monis, the Sydney hostage-taker killed in a 16-hour siege, was a self-styled sheikh with his own Wikipedia entry who was on bail when he emerged as a lone wolf gunman.

Iran extends visas for 450,000 Afghan refugees

Iran said it had agreed to extend temporary visas for 450,000 Afghan refugees for six months, lifting a threat to send them back home to a country facing attacks by resurgent militants.

India thrash USA in Kabaddi World Cup
India thrash USA in Kabaddi World Cup

Iran men's team and Indian women's team secured semifinal berths after defeating Spain and Denmark respectively in the fifth Kabaddi World Cup here on Saturday.

Terror acts un-Islamic: Iran

A senior Iranian official has condemned on Friday's terrorist attack near the Iraqi holy city of Karbala, stressing that such acts run counter to the spirit of true Islam.

Throw books not bombs at Islamic State jihadists: Nobel winner tells US

The US-led coalition of countries involved in airstrikes against Islamic State will never bomb the jihadist group out of existence, a Nobel peace prize winner warned on Friday.