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Iraqi Sunni politicians reject visit by Iran's Soleimani to Falluja | Reuters

May 28, 2016

Iraqi Sunni politicians reject visit by Iran's Soleimani to Falluja | Reuters

BAGHDAD Sunni politicians in Iraq condemned on Saturday a visit by Iranian General Qassem Soleimani to Shi'ite paramilitary forces fighting alongside the Iraqi army to drive Islamic State militants out of the Sunni city of Falluja. Three lawmakers from the province of Anbar told Reuters the visit by Iran's al-Quds brigade commander could fuel sectarian tension and cast doubt on Baghdad's assertions that the offensive is an Iraqi-led effort to defeat Islamic State, and not to settle scores with the Sunnis. Falluja, which lies about 50 kilometers (32 miles) west of Baghdad, is a bastion of the insurgency that fought the U.S #India #Business #Islam #Europe #Iran #Iraq #crisis
Iran's President Rouhani seeks majority in recently concluded parliamentary polls

May 28, 2016

Iran's President Rouhani seeks majority in recently concluded parliamentary polls

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged newly-elected lawmakers on Saturday to resist "schemes" from the West as parliamentarians met in Tehran. #US #NewsTracker #Iran #Hassan Rouhani #Western powers #President Rouhani #Ayotallah Ali Khamenei #Supreme Leader of Iran #Iran MaJlis #Islamic Republic of Iran
Putin says Romania, Poland may now be in Russia's cross-hairs | Reuters

May 28, 2016

Putin says Romania, Poland may now be in Russia's cross-hairs | Reuters

ATHENS Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned Romania and Poland they could find themselves in the sights of Russian rockets because they are hosting elements of a U.S. missile shield that Moscow considers a threat to its security #Middle East #Greece #Europe #Iran #Turkey #Romania #article
Whiplash: Partying in Iran? Receive 99 lashes

May 27, 2016

Whiplash: Partying in Iran? Receive 99 lashes

More than 30 students who partied at a graduation ceremony in northern Iran have each received 99 lashes for violating the Islamic republic's morality code, media reported. #NewsTracker #Iran #moral police #Shareworthy #Iran moral police #Esmail Sadeghi Niyaraki
Iran says Chabahar pact not over; Pakistan, China are welcome to join

May 27, 2016

Iran says Chabahar pact not over; Pakistan, China are welcome to join

The Chabahar port agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan "not finished" and "not limited to these three countries", says Iranian ambassador. #India #China #Pakistan #Narendra Modi #NewsTracker #Afghanistan #Iran #Hassan Rouhani #Port Chabahar #Ashrf Ghani
Brent crude surpasses USD 50 a barrel for first time this year

May 26, 2016

Brent crude surpasses USD 50 a barrel for first time this year

Brent crude passed $50 a barrel for the first time in 2016 on Thursday after data showed a fall in US crude inventories, adding to expectations of a tightening global market. #oil prices #crude oil #oil #NewsTracker #Iran #brent crude #Canada
Iran: Nuclear sanctions may have been eased but primary US embargo to stay

May 26, 2016

Iran: Nuclear sanctions may have been eased but primary US embargo to stay

Adam Szubin, the acting under secretary of the Treasury Department, said the embargo long pre-dates Washington's concerns with Iran's nuclear programme #US #Iran #US Treasury Department #Iran Nuclear deal #US and Iran nuclear deal #Adam Szubin #OFAC #Iran embargo
'Watching very closely' India's growing ties with Iran, says US

May 25, 2016

'Watching very closely' India's growing ties with Iran, says US

The US is "watching very closely" India's growing ties with Iran after it recently pledged $500 million for developing the Chabahar port and will see if its legal parameters and requirements are being met, the Obama Administration has told lawmakers. #Obama #India #US #Narendra Modi #Afghanistan #Iran #Central Asia #Chabahar port
A historical rendezvous: PM Narendra Modi meets Hassan Rouhani in Iran

May 24, 2016

A historical rendezvous: PM Narendra Modi meets Hassan Rouhani in Iran

PM Narendra Modi meets President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, in Jomhouri Building, at Saadabad Palace, in Tehran. #Iran #Tehran #Hassan Rouhani #PicturesOfTheDay #Narender Modi #Saadabad Palace