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Iran welcomes U.S. rescue of nationals from pirates

The Iranian government on Saturday welcomed a US navy rescue of 13 of its nationals from pirates near the entrance to the Gulf, in a rare respite from months of rising tensions between Tehran and Washington. But one Iranian media outlet, the Fars news agency, which is close to the hardline Revolutionary…

U.S. hikers’ release in Iran delayed

TEHRAN — The lawyer of two American hikers convicted of spying in Iran told AFP on Sunday their release on bail has been delayed since a judge whose signature is needed is on leave. “I went to the court asking them what is the latest and they told me that…

Iranian nuclear scientist shot dead in front of home

TEHRAN — A nuclear scientist was shot dead on Saturday by unknown assailants on a motorcycle, the latest expert with links to Iran’s controversial atomic programme to be targeted, local media reported. “A physics professor and nuclear scientist was assassinated a few hours ago in front of his house in…

One dead as Iran protesters clash with police

TEHRAN – Iranian riot police fired tear gas and paintballs at protesters holding anti-government demonstrations in Tehran on Monday, websites and witnesses said, while an Iranian news agency reported that a gunshot killed a bystander. The report by the Fars news agency said a number of people were also wounded…

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