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US rejects visa for Iranian diplomat linked to 1979 hostage crisis

Margaret Talev and Roger Runningen The United States won't issue a visa for an Iranian diplomat linked to the group that took over the US embassy in Tehran in 1979, President Barack Obama's spokesman said on Friday.

Tight grip

Iranian Minister for Culture and Guidence Mr Ali Janati (4th from left) kisses the Koran at the opening of an IT and digital media expo at the International Tehran Exhibition Centre, Tehran, Iran. 27th Feburary, 2014. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Paul McGeough Almost a week passes in Tehran before we catch a glimpse of the imposing Alborz Mountains. The peaks, usually obscured by a dense blanket of pollution hanging low over the Iranian capital,...

Today's surveillance worse than '1984': Snowden

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden preparing to make his television Christmas message on UK's Channel 4.

Jonathan D. Salant Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, in a Christmas message on a London television station, called government surveillance worse than anything envisioned by George Orwell in...

Plane diplomacy: Israeli jet parked next to Iranian in Zurich sparks Davos thaw

The Iranian aircraft of President Hassan Rouhani (left) stands alongside the aircraft of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu   at Zurich airport in Switzerland.

Gwen Ackerman Zurich air traffic controllers may have inadvertently succeeded where diplomats have failed for decades: to bring Israelis and Iranians together.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani wants nuclear deal in months

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Iran's new government, stepping up a campaign to project a more moderate image abroad, said on Wednesday it wants to jump-start talks with world powers to resolve a decade-long dispute over its...

Iran’s president calls on Israel to join nuclear treaty

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

President Hassan Rouhani of Iran told the United Nations on Thursday that “no nation should possess nuclear weapons,” and that Israel should join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, as Iran did long...

Google and Gmail blocked in Iran

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Iran blocks access to Google's popular and relatively secure Gmail service today amid first steps by the Islamic republic to establish a walled-off national intranet separate from the worldwide...

UN assembly divided by free speech row

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Paul Richter, New York The annual UN General Assembly meeting, intended to celebrate the world's common values, is this year exposing instead the gulf between Western and Islamic perspectives on freedom of expression.

Netanyahu draws 'red line' on Iranian nuclear program

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew his "red line" for Iran's nuclear program on Thursday - the point at which Iran has amassed nearly enough highly enriched uranium for a single atomic...

A beer with Ahmadinejad? Iranians fall for spoof

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Megan Levy An Iranian news agency has apologised for reporting as fact an opinion poll from spoof newspaper The Onion that stated most white Americans would vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over...

Iran currency plummets as sanctions bite

Saeed Kamali Dehghan and Julian Borger Iranians are suffering their worst financial crisis since the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, with the national currency hitting an all-time low and the prices of staple goods soaring.

Running battles in Tehran as Iran's currency collapses

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Robert Tait Iranian riot police fight protesters outside Tehran's grand bazaar as the country's economic woes worsen.

Economic woes spur public discontent in Iran's capital

Tehran THE first outbreak of public anger over Iran's collapsing currency and other economic maladies jolted the heart of the capital on Wednesday, with riot police violently clamping down on black-market...

Hugo Chavez names successor after cancer relapse

Hugo Chavez

After 14 years in power, the seemingly indefatigable Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has announced a relapse of his cancer and designated vice president Nicolas Maduro as his heir apparent.

Elections destined to bring about a new global order

US President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney smile after the first presidential debate at the university of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

Foreign Policy LAST year, the world witnessed an unusual number of high-profile elections. This year everything from the European debt crisis to Iran's nuclear program and the stability of Africa will be influenced...

Read all about it: how 2013 unfolded

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We live in an age in which the average consumer expects instant gratification and there is no reason why those people who are interested in the world's bigger picture should be left out.

Iran power struggle claims president's man

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani

Jason Rezaian TEHRAN: Iran's parliament has voted to impeach the country's labour minister, the ninth minister from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet to be sacked during Mr Ahmadinejad's second term.

Iran's top cleric rejects direct talks with the US

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Thomas Erdbrink Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rejected any idea of bilateral talks with the United States.

Turkey's Zionism comment 'dark and false'

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement at his office in Jerusalem January 23, 2013. Netanyahu narrowly won an election in which disgruntled voters catapulted a new centrist challenger into second place and he now faces the daunting task of building a coalition. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Israel has slammed Turkish Prime Minister's "crime against humanity" comment.

Strongmen weep as they bid Chavez adios

Some of the world's most notorious strongmen have wept openly at the lavish state funeral of Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan leftist whose revolution won him friends and foes at home and abroad.