Satellite photos of what looked like one of the U.S. Navy's Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, complete with planes, in the Gulf had sparked suspicions of strange military moves in the area. It was first believed that Iranians were building a mock-up of a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, possibly so they could...
UAE-based hotel management group Rotana is set to be the first international group to operate in Iran in over three decades. The 1979 Islamic revolution - which overthrew the Western-backed Shah from power - ended dealings with foreign hotel chains. However, after last month’s nuclear deal signed between the Islamic Republic...
An Iranian firm has expressed interest in completely financing and constructing Pakistan’s segment of a gas pipeline that will come from Iran, an offer that comes after cancellation of a $500 million loan by Tehran earlier. According to sources, Pakistan has got the offer from Jahanpars Engineering and Construction, which...
An Iranian court has sentenced filmmaker and actress Pegah Ahangarani to 18 months in prison, her mother told ISNA news agency Monday, apparently for her social activities, political comments and interviews with foreign media. "She has been sentenced to 18 months in the trial court," Manijeh Hekmat, who is also...
F-14s Versus UFOs … in Iran Yes, you read that right An incredible report from Babak Taghvaee in the latest issue of Combat Aircraft magazine. According to Taghvaee, the Iranian air force’s fleet of 1970s-vintage F-14 Tomcat fighters have spent the last nine years chasing aroundmysterious flying, glowing objects over Iran’s nuclear facilities. The Iranians...
While Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei supported President Hassan Rowhani’s diplomatic efforts at the U.N. General Assembly in New York last week, he criticized some of what occurred there was “not appropriate.” The moderate Rowhani spoke last week by telephone with U.S. President Barack Obama in the highest-level contact...
Iran has submitted Le Passé (The Past), a film by Director Asghar Farhadi, for Oscars consideration. Critics, however, are claiming the entry is not Iranian enough. The film tells the story of an Iranian who returns to France after four years away to sign divorce papers with his French wife...
A shoe was thrown at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s motorcade Saturday as he arrived home to a mixed reception after his historic call with Barack Obama, an AFP correspondent reported. Iranian newspapers hailed the first contact with a US president in more than three decades as the ending of a...
Iranian President Hassan Rowhani urged U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday to ignore “war-mongering pressure groups” at home in dealing with the Iranian nuclear dispute. In an address to the U.N. General Assembly in New York -- his first appearance on the world stage as Iran’s president -- Rowhani said...
Iran's newly elected president is giving a glimpse into what he says may lie ahead for relations between Tehran and the rest of the world.  Cleric Hassan Rowhani spoke at a news conference Monday, during which he promised to follow a path of moderation. President-elect Hassan Rowhani took to the...
Russian alignment outlines Kazakh policy with Iran. There is a Moscow-Tehran competition. Kazakhstan's orientation is grounded in the Russian drive to, 1) establish trade and transport links to the Persian Gulf, 2) coordination of oil and gas export policies, and 3) twart US influence in the Middle East. Turkey's...