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'I don't trust them': Ayatollah Ali Khamenei bans import of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in Iran
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'I don't trust them': Ayatollah Ali Khamenei bans import of Pfizer, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in Iran

Khamenei’s statement reflects decades of tense relations between Iran and the West which have not abated in the waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency

Hassan Rouhani accuses Israel of assassinating Iran's top nuclear scientist, vows revenge
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Hassan Rouhani accuses Israel of assassinating Iran's top nuclear scientist, vows revenge

After years of being in the shadows, the image of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh suddenly was to be seen everywhere in Iranian media, as his widow spoke on state television and officials publicly demanded revenge on Israel for the scientist's slaying

Iran vows 'quick' return to 2015 nuclear agreement if Joe Biden lifts US sanctions
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Iran vows 'quick' return to 2015 nuclear agreement if Joe Biden lifts US sanctions

While Donald Trump has sought to maximise pressure on Iran and isolate it globally, Biden has proposed to offer the Islamic republic a return to diplomacy

Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows legal, diplomatic action against Charlie Hebdo's 'disgusting' caricature of him
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan vows legal, diplomatic action against Charlie Hebdo's 'disgusting' caricature of him

Turkish officials on Wednesday railed against the French satirical magazine, accusing it of sowing 'seeds of hatred and animosity'

Coronavirus Outbreak: Iran will never ask for US help in fight against COVID-19, says foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Iran will never ask for US help in fight against COVID-19, says foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has rejected offers from Washington of humanitarian assistance for Iran

Supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Donald Trump is a 'clown' pretending to support the Iranian people
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Supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Donald Trump is a 'clown' pretending to support the Iranian people

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Trump will 'push a poisonous dagger' into the nation's back

Public apology from top Iran military commander for downing Flight 752 sees protests across country
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Public apology from top Iran military commander for downing Flight 752 sees protests across country

A top Iranian military commander made a rare public appeal for forgiveness on Sunday as security forces fired on protesters and outrage over the mistaken downing of a jetliner reignited opposition on the streets and stirred dissent within the government’s conservative base

Iran will welcome peace initiative by India to de-escalate tension with US, says Tehran’s envoy Ali Chegeni
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Iran will welcome peace initiative by India to de-escalate tension with US, says Tehran’s envoy Ali Chegeni

Iran will welcome any peace initiative by India to de-escalate tensions with the US following the killing of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani, the Iranian envoy said on Wednesday while asserting that his country wants peace not war.

US-Iran tension: No longer a fence-sitter, India tilting towards Washington is based on hard-nosed realism
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US-Iran tension: No longer a fence-sitter, India tilting towards Washington is based on hard-nosed realism

If India’s response to the killing of Iran’s top general Qassem Soleimani made no criticism of the US' role, it is evident that the Narendra Modi government has weighed its options and has opted to tilt in favour of the US

Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wants to put country's stamp on reprisal for US killing of top general
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Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei wants to put country's stamp on reprisal for US killing of top general

In the tense hours following the American killing of a top Iranian military commander, the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, made a rare appearance at a meeting of the government's National Security Council to lay down the parameters for any retaliation.

Iran Soleimani killing: Pentagon chief Mark Milley denies plans of US military troops leaving Iraq, says letter sent by 'mistake'
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Iran Soleimani killing: Pentagon chief Mark Milley denies plans of US military troops leaving Iraq, says letter sent by 'mistake'

The latest developments came as a sea of black-clad mourners paid homage on Monday in Tehran to Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force killed Friday in a US drone strike in Baghdad.

After Qassem Soleimani assassination, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appoints Esmail Ghaani head of Iran's elite Quds Forces
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After Qassem Soleimani assassination, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appoints Esmail Ghaani head of Iran's elite Quds Forces

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday appointed Brigadier General Esmail Ghaani as head of the Revolutionary Guards' foreign operations arm, the Quds Forces, after the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, who had led the defence agency since 1998.

Brent crude jumps nearly $3 after US airstrike kills Iranian, Iraqi military personnel; raises concerns of disruption in oil supplies
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Brent crude jumps nearly $3 after US airstrike kills Iranian, Iraqi military personnel; raises concerns of disruption in oil supplies

Brent, the international benchmark, LCOc1 hit an intraday high of $69.16 a barrel, its highest since 17 September, before easing to $68.21, up $1.96, or 3 percent, by 0618 GMT

Iran-backed militia end siege of US embassy in Iraq after Washington dispatches extra troops, threatens reprisals against Tehran
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Iran-backed militia end siege of US embassy in Iraq after Washington dispatches extra troops, threatens reprisals against Tehran

Supporters of Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitary groups who stormed the US Embassy’s perimeter and hurled rocks in two days of protests withdrew on Wednesday after Washington dispatched extra troops and threatened reprisals against Tehran

Iran's top rated chess player Alireza Firouzja won't play for country due to ban on Israeli players
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Iran's top rated chess player Alireza Firouzja won't play for country due to ban on Israeli players

Iran’s top rated chess champion has decided not to play for his country, Iranian news agencies reported on Tuesday, in an apparent reaction to Tehran’s informal ban on competing against Israeli players.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs government's gasoline price hike, terms protesters 'thugs'
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Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backs government's gasoline price hike, terms protesters 'thugs'

Since the hike, demonstrators have abandoned their cars along major highways and joined mass protests in the capital, Tehran, and elsewhere

In another step away from nuclear deal, Iran to inject uranium gas into centrifuges at Fordo facility
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In another step away from nuclear deal, Iran to inject uranium gas into centrifuges at Fordo facility

The announcement by President Hassan Rouhani increases pressure on European nations that remain in the 2015 atomic accord to offer Iran a way to sell its crude oil abroad

Imran Khan visits Iran to act as 'facilitator' between Tehran and Riyadh amid rising tensions in the Gulf
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Imran Khan visits Iran to act as 'facilitator' between Tehran and Riyadh amid rising tensions in the Gulf

Imran Khan visited Iran on Sunday on a mission to act as a 'facilitator' between Tehran and Riyadh and try to defuse rising tensions in the Gulf.

Imran Khan flies to Tehran for day-long visit; Pakistan PM's tour aimed at resolving tensions between Iran, Saudi Arabia
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Imran Khan flies to Tehran for day-long visit; Pakistan PM's tour aimed at resolving tensions between Iran, Saudi Arabia

Tension has been simmering between Iran, Saudi Arabia ever since the start of attacks on Yemen in 2015 by a coalition-led by Riyadh and execution of a prominent Shia cleric in the Gulf Kingdom in 2016

'No talks on any level': Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rules out negotiations with United States
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'No talks on any level': Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei rules out negotiations with United States

Iran will never hold one-on-one talks with the United States but could engage in multilateral discussions if it returns to the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear programme, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, according to state television