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  • Netanyahu says strike on Iran would be good for Arabs

    October 30, 2012 | 11:28 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Tuesday to convince Arab states that an Israeli military strike on Iran would benefit them, removing a potential threat and easing tensions across the Middle East.

    Netanyahu has made a number of veiled threats to attack Iran's...

  • Obama faces tough call on Iran oil sanctions

    October 22, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    Just weeks after the election, President Barack Obama will be faced with a pivotal decision on oil sanctions on Iran, in which he will have to balance the need to stay tough on Tehran without pushing oil prices too high.

    In considering whether to extend a new series of six-month...

  • Iran further expanding enrichment capacity, Western diplomats say

    October 17, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    Iran is believed to be further increasing its uranium enrichment capacity at its Fordow plant buried deep underground, Western diplomats say, in another sign of Tehran defying international demands to curb its disputed nuclear program.

    But they said the Islamic Republic did not...

  • Under the Tehran sky

    October 10, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Yom Kippur 2010. The part of the synagogue where I sit is full of women talking with one another, and small kids giggling and playing around. It is extremely hot, and the extra layers of manteau (long outerwear) and the scarf covering my hair add to the intolerable heat.

    I try to...

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  • Indigo: Remembering Iran

    By Gina Nahai

    October 10, 2012 | 2:22 pm

    You’re in school six days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or later, and afterward, you have hours of homework every night. The only time you’re on your own and without a task to perform is on the walk to school and back, and sometimes in the middle of the night, when you wake up and...

  • Iranian police clash with protesters over currency plunge

    October 3, 2012 | 9:24 am

    Riot police clashed with demonstrators and arrested money changers in Tehran on Wednesday in disturbances over the collapse of the Iranian currency, which has lost 40 percent of its value against the dollar in a week, witnesses said.

    Police fired tear gas to disperse the...

  • Iran to enrich uranium to 60 percent if nuclear talks fail

    October 2, 2012 | 11:42 am

    Iran would enrich uranium up to 60 percent purity if negotiations with major powers over its nuclear program fail, an Iranian lawmaker said on Tuesday, in comments that may add to Western alarm about Iranian intentions.

    Mansour Haqiqatpour, deputy head of parliament's Foreign...

  • Dinner with Ahmadinejad

    September 28, 2012 | 1:14 pm

    We could have been in Tehran.

    Men in dark suits and earpieces stood outside the doors of the hotel, keeping watch for protesters and anybody else who didn’t belong. Inside, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepared to meet a group of university students.

    Except this was...

  • U.S., Israel, Jewish groups apprehensive about Iran-hosted non-aligned summit

    August 23, 2012 | 10:15 am

    As Iran gets set to host the Non-Aligned Movement triennial summit, Israel, the United States and a number of Jewish groups are worried that what happens in Tehran won’t stay there.

    The decision Wednesday by Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. Secretary General, to attend the 16th triennial...

  • Australian Foreign Minister tells Tehran delegates to walk out if anti-Semtism

    August 23, 2012 | 10:06 am

    Jewish community leaders in Australia are angry that the government is sending delegates to a summit in Iran, though they have been instructed to walk out at the first sign of “anti-Semitic rhetoric.”

    Dr. Danny Lamm, president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, said the...

  • U.N. chief defies U.S., Israel; plans trip to Tehran

    August 22, 2012 | 9:56 am

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to attend a summit meeting of leaders of non-aligned developing nations in Tehran next week, defying calls from the United States and Israel to boycott the event, U.N. diplomats said on Wednesday.

    A spokesman for Iran’s U.N. mission said it...

  • U.S. urges non-aligned nations to press Iran on nukes

    August 21, 2012 | 10:30 am

    The Obama administration is urging countries attending the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran next week to press Iran to comply with demands to make its nuclear program more transparent.

    The United States, along with Israel and a number of Jewish groups, has said it favors a...

  • Peres says Israel can’t go it alone in Iran, trusts Obama

    August 16, 2012 | 11:00 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday came out against any go-it-alone Israeli attack on Iran, saying he trusted U.S. President Barack Obama’s pledge to prevent Tehran from producing nuclear weapons.

    His comments appeared to challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and...

  • ADL joins call urging Ban not to go to Tehran

    August 15, 2012 | 10:33 am

    The Anti-Defamation League joined calls urging United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon not to participate in a non-aligned nations conference in Iran.

    “At a time when responsible members of the international community are working together to pressure Iran to give up its nuclear...

  • Bunker buster bomb ready, says Air Force Secretary Donley

    July 27, 2012 | 11:25 am

    The U.S.Air Force’s bunker buster is ready for use, according to the Air Force secretary.

    The 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator, which is designed to destroy deeply buried bunkers that protect chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, is ready to be used, Michael Donley told...

  • Egypt’s president-elect never made overtures to Iran, aide says

    June 25, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    An Iranian news agency said Egypt’s Islamist President-elect Mohamed Morsi had voiced interest in restoring long-severed ties with Tehran to create a strategic “balance” in the region, but a Morsi aide denied the interview ever took place.

    Iran’s Fars agency said it spoke to Morsi a...

  • Egypt’s Morsi keen to renew long-severed Iran ties

    June 25, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Egypt’s Islamist President-elect Mohamed Morsi voiced interest in restoring long-severed ties with Tehran to create a strategic “balance” in the region, in an interview published on Monday with Iran’s Fars news agency.

    Morsi’s comments are likely to unsettle Western powers as they...

  • Iran, world powers fail to settle nuclear dispute

    June 19, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    World powers and Iran failed to secure a breakthrough at talks on Tehran’s nuclear program on Tuesday and set no date for more political negotiations, despite the threat of a new Middle East conflict if diplomacy collapses.

    European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said...

  • Satellite images show crews hiding evidence at Iran nuclear site

    May 31, 2012 | 8:25 am

    New satellite images show possible recent nuclear activity at the Parchin facility in Iran as well as attempts to hide evidence of past activity.

    A May 25 image of the facility east of Tehran revealed “ground-scraping activity” and the presence of bulldozers, according to...

  • U.N. nuclear chief holds talks in Tehran, hopes for deal

    May 21, 2012 | 8:57 am

    The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief held rare talks in Tehran on Monday after voicing hope for a deal to investigate suspected atomic bomb research - a gesture Iran might make to try to get international sanctions relaxed and deflect threats of war.

    International Atomic Energy Agency...

  • Iran nuclear concession would test big power unity

    May 16, 2012 | 8:25 am

    Facing an imminent toughening of sanctions, Iran is hinting at a readiness to give some ground in its long nuclear stand-off with world powers, but any flexibility could split their ranks and lead to protracted uncertainty about how to respond.

    The stakes are high, for the longer...

  • Iran cleaning building of nuclear traces, U.S. institute alleges

    May 9, 2012 | 9:53 am

    New satellite imagery analyzed by a U.S. security think tank shows that Iran may be clearing nuclear evidence from a building at a military site.

    The Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security believes the Iranians are cleaning the inside of the the Parchin...

  • For Murray Koppelman, a distasteful Tehran scene inspires a gift to New Israel Fund

    April 23, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    Murray Koppelman saw women pushed onto the back of a bus in Tehran and had a nightmare about Israel’s future.

    Koppelman, a well-known philanthropist in New York, is behind a New Israel Fund pledge drive to combat discrimination against women in Israel. He will match every new...

  • Netanyahu says sanctions hurting Iran but not enough

    April 3, 2012 | 11:51 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that international sanctions were hurting Iran’s economy but not enough to persuade it to curb its nuclear ambitions even slightly.

    “The Iranian government ... is having economic troubles but it has yet to move backward, even...

  • Iran parliament vote seen bolstering Supreme Leader

    March 2, 2012 | 8:57 am

    Iranians voted on Friday in a parliamentary election likely to reinforce Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s power over rival hardliners led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

    Iranian leaders were looking for a high turnout to ease an acute crisis of legitimacy caused by...

  • West seeks to pressure Iran at U.N. nuclear meet

    March 2, 2012 | 8:43 am

    Western powers hope to win Russian and Chinese backing for rebuking Iran at the U.N. nuclear agency next week over Tehran’s failure to address mounting fears that it is secretly bent on acquiring nuclear weapons capability, diplomats say.

    Seeking to ward off any such diplomatic...

  • Iran says making nuclear bombs a ‘great sin’

    February 28, 2012 | 11:44 am

    Iran, facing growing international pressure over its nuclear program, called for more talks with the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Tuesday and condemned production of atomic weapons as a “great sin.”

    Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful but negotiations with the International Atomic...

  • IAEA talks in Tehran to test Iran’s nuclear defiance

    January 26, 2012 | 11:03 am

    A rare visit by senior U.N. nuclear inspectors next week raises pressure on Iran to address suspicions it is trying to develop atomic weapons, though Western powers that are piling on sanctions expect no significant breakthrough.

    How Tehran deals with the International Atomic Energy...

  • Iran warns region against ‘dangerous’ stance on Hormuz

    January 19, 2012 | 10:59 am

    Iran’s foreign minister warned Arab neighbors on Thursday not to put themselves in a “dangerous position” by aligning themselves too closely with the United States in the escalating dispute over Tehran’s nuclear activity.

    Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, used for a...

  • Obama administration condemns Iran car bomb

    January 12, 2012 | 3:54 pm

    The Obama administration condemned an attack in Tehran that killed a nuclear scientist, and Iran threatened Israel with revenge.

    Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, 32, was killed Wednesday when a bomb placed on his car by a motorcyclist exploded. Roshan reportedly was a supervisor at the Natanz...

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