Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

Iran vows to control prices, boost production despite U.S. sanctions

21 Mar 2019

LONDON/GENEVA Iranian leaders vowed on Thursday to control soaring prices, bring stability to the national currency and create jobs as the nation marked the end of a year of economic crisis fuelled by renewed U.S. sanctions.

Newsmaker: Hardline Iranian cleric consolidates leadership position

12 Mar 2019

LONDON Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi has swiftly emerged as one of Iran's most powerful figures and a contender to succeed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Newsmaker: Hardline cleric named to lead Iran judiciary

07 Mar 2019

LONDON Hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, a protégé of Iran’s supreme leader who helped oversee the execution of political prisoners in 1988, was named chief of the judiciary on Thursday, a job that positions him to undermine the influence of moderates.

Stay in your job, Iranian president tells moderate ally Zarif

28 Feb 2019

DUBAI/LONDON Iranian President Hassan Rouhani rejected his foreign minister's resignation as "against national interests" on Wednesday, bolstering a moderate ally who has long been targeted by hardliners in factional struggles over the 2015 nuclear deal with the West. | Video

Iran government faces angry online backlash over activists' abuse claims

17 Feb 2019

GENEVA/LONDON In early January, labour activist Esmail Bakhshi posted a letter on Instagram saying he had been tortured in jail, attracting support from tens of thousands of Iranians online.

Suicide bomber kills 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards

14 Feb 2019

GENEVA/LONDON A suicide bomber killed 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday, state media said, in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise in attacks by militants from the country's Sunni Muslim minority.

Ebadi urges world action to weaken Iran rulers on revolution anniversary

09 Feb 2019

PARIS/LONDON Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi said she first had doubts about the 1979 Islamic Revolution when members of the Shah's regime were executed on the rooftop of a school housing its leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. | Video

Braving dangerous waters, Iranians seek a better life in Britain

23 Jan 2019

LIVERPOOL The traffickers told Fardin Gholami that a fishing boat would take him from France to England at midnight, but when he and five other Iranian asylum seekers got to the beach, all they found was an inflatable dinghy with nobody to sail it. | Video

Japanese refiners load first Iran oil cargo since U.S. sanctions

21 Jan 2019

TOKYO/LONDON Japanese refiners have loaded Iranian oil onto a tanker, resuming imports after halting purchases because of sanctions by the United States, a spokesman for a Japanese refinery and an Iranian official said on Monday.

U.S. issues fewer student visas to Iranians despite exemption

26 Nov 2018

LONDON/WASHINGTON With offers from four American universities, Mani Rezaei Rad gave up his well-paid job with a Siemens affiliate company in Tehran last year and proposed to his girlfriend so they could be together while he studied in the United States.

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North Korea's Kim enters Russia for summit with Putin

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un crossed the border into Russia on Wednesday by train, Russian media reported, for his first trip there aimed at galvanising support from President Vladimir Putin while nuclear talks with Washington are in limbo.