Iran rejects illegitimate demands in nuclear talks: Minister

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said Tehran has never accepted illegitimate demands in nuclear talks with the P5+1 group of world powers.

Iran foreign minister says nuclear deal `within reach`

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that he is confident that a lasting agreement can be struck with world powers over his country`s disputed nuclear programme.

Iran warns West to keep expectations realistic on nuclear compromise

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned Western powers to curb their demands on limiting his country`s nuclear activities in order to guarantee a landmark settlement, which he said was "within reach".

Resuming ties with US not on agenda: Iranian official

 An Iranian official has said the country`s ongoing negotiations are only on the nuclear issue and resumption of ties with the US is not on the Islamic republic`s agenda, Press TV reported Wednesday.

Syrian crisis can't be solved militarily: Iran speaker

Regime change in Syria cannot be achieved under military pressure, Speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani said Monday.

Pakistan, Iran agree to enhance border cooperation

Pakistan and Iran Monday agreed to enhance mutual cooperation and coordination to fight terrorism, narcotics and human smuggling.

States making big mistake in backing terrorism: Iran

 Countries supporting terrorism in the Middle East have made a "big mistake", says Iran`s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Press TV reported.

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.