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Iran military official: West used lizards for nuclear spying

TEHRAN: The former chief-of-staff of Iran’s armed forces said Tuesday that Western spies had used lizards which could “attract atomic waves” to spy on the country’s nuclear programme. Hassan Firuzabadi, senior military advisor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was responding to questions from local media on the recent arrest of environmentalists. He said he…

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Protests hit Tehran, two demonstrators reported killed in Iran town

TEHRAN: Street protests hit Iran for a third day running on Saturday, spreading to the capital Tehran with crowds confronting police and attacking some state buildings, and a social media report said two demonstrators had been shot dead in a provincial town. The wave of anti-government demonstrations, prompted in part by discontent over economic hardship…

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U.S. plan to move Israel embassy sign of ‘failure’, Iran’s leader says

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks as he meets with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials following an earthquake that hit Kermansheh province, in Tehran, Iran November 15, 2017. via REUTERS BEIRUT: U.S. plans to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem are a sign of incompetence and failure, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah…

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Iran fires missiles into Syria in revenge for attacks

TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said it launched a series of missiles into Syria on Sunday in revenge for deadly attacks on its capital that were claimed by the Islamic State group. It was the first missile attack by Iran outside its own territory in 30 years, since the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, media in the…

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Western terror policies have ‘backfired’: Iran leader

Attacks by the Islamic State group in Europe and elsewhere show that Western policies in the Middle East have backfired, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.  “Today, Daesh (IS) is being pushed out from its birthplace in Iraq and Syria and is moving to other countries — Afghanistan, Pakistan and even the…

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Khamenei terms Saudis as America’s ‘milking cow’

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched a fierce attack against regional rival Saudi Arabia, saying it was being pumped “like a milking cow” by “infidel” Americans. “The Americans have said, they are just there to pump them for money like a milking cow, and later slaughter them,” Khamenei said in his statement on…

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Results show Iran’s Rouhani winning re-election

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appeared to have secured a convincing election victory with voters backing his efforts to rebuild foreign ties, as initial results were announced on Saturday. With almost all votes counted, Rouhani looked to have an insurmountable lead with 22.8 million votes compared to 15.5 million for his hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi,…

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Long queues as Iranians start voting in presidential election

TEHRAN: Iranians began voting on Friday in a closely-fought presidential contest between pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani and hardline challenger Ebrahim Raisi that could determine the pace of social and economic reform and Iran’s re-engagement with the world. State television showed long queues outside polling stations in several cities and said 56 million Iranians out of…

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Khamenei says US Syria strike ‘strategic mistake’

Tehran: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said the United States made a “strategic mistake” by attacking Syria, Iran’s state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. The onslaught of 59 cruise missiles followed a suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhun in northern Syria that killed 87 civilians, including many children….

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Iran will retaliate if US renews sanctions: Khamenei

TEHRAN: Iran will retaliate if the United States renews sanctions next month, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Wednesday. “In the issue of the nuclear deal, the current administration has committed several violations, the latest of which is the renewal of the 10-year sanctions,” Khamenei said in a televised speech to thousands of members of…

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Iran leader slams ‘catastrophic’ US election

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader said Wednesday that the level of debate between the US presidential election frontrunners showed the “catastrophe” of American politics and warned against any further negotiations with Washington. “These two candidates (Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump) show the catastrophic reality which goes beyond what even we were saying,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said…

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Iran’s Ahmadinejad should stay out of election: conservatives

TEHRAN: Iranian conservatives called on former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to stay out of next year’s election following a speech by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday. In a cautiously worded statement ahead of a theological class, Khamenei said: “A certain person came to me and I told him not to do a certain thing,…

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Iran’s Khamenei blasts Saudi management of holy sites in Makkah, Madinah

TEHRAN: With Iranians blocked from this month’s Hajj pilgrimage, their supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a furious rebuke to rival Saudi Arabia, saying the Muslim world should challenge its management of Islam’s holiest sites. “Saudi rulers… who have blocked the proud and faithful Iranian pilgrims’ path to the Beloved’s House, are disgraced and misguided…

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Iran supreme leader condemns Saudi embassy attack

    TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei publicly condemned Wednesday for the first time the January 2 attack on Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran as “a very bad and wrong incident”. “Like the British embassy attack before it, this was against the country (Iran) and Islam, and I didn’t like it,” he added….

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Iran leader says fresh elections needed in Syria

TEHRAN:  Iran’s supreme leader dismissed Sunday the chances of foreign countries bartering a deal over Syria’s future, suggesting they should focus on securing a halt to fighting that allows fresh elections. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also repeated his ban on direct talks with the United States about turmoil in the Middle East, saying US objectives in…

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Iran’s Khamenei conditionally approves nuclear deal

TEHRAN: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday approved the Iranian government’s nuclear deal with world powers but said Tehran should yield core elements of its nuclear program until allegations of past military dimensions had been settled. In a letter to President Hassan Rouhani published on Khamenei’s official website, Iran’s highest authority ordered the July…

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Iran threatens ‘fierce’ reaction if Saudi does not return Hajj dead

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei threatened a “fierce” reaction Wednesday if Saudi Arabia does not quickly repatriate victims of last week’s Hajj stampede. “Saudi officials are failing to do their duties,” Khamenei said in a speech to graduating navy officers, following delays in the return of at least 239 Iranian bodies, accusing some…

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Iran’s Khamenei demands Saudi apology for hajj deaths

TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei demanded Saudi Arabia apologise on Sunday for a stampede that killed nearly 770 pilgrims at the hajj, at least 144 of them Iranians. “Instead of passing the buck and playing a blame game, the Saudis should accept their responsibility and apologise to the world’s Muslims and the bereaved…

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Iran’s Rouhani reassures Americans over death chant

WASHINGTON: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has tried to reassure a skeptical American public that when crowds in Tehran chant “Death to America!” they don’t mean in personally are just sensitive. In an interview with the CBS show 60 Minutes to be broadcast Sunday in the United States, the Iranian president said the famous Friday ritual…

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Fate of nuclear deal still ‘not clear’: Iran’s Khamenei

TEHRAN: The fate of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers is still not decided but it will not leave the country vulnerable to US influence, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday. Khamenei, the country’s highest authority, said in a statement quoted on his website that Tehran would block any US attempt to influence Iran…

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