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World Jan 15Iran warns European soldiers in the Mideast ‘could be in danger’
The warning comes after three European nations challenged Tehran over breaking the limits of its nuclear deal.
World Jan 13Video shows Iran police shot tear gas and bullets at protesters
Videos sent to the New York-based Center for Human Rights in Iran and later verified by The Associated Press show a crowd of demonstrators near Azadi, or Freedom, Square fleeing as a tear gas canister landed among them.
World Jan 12Iran braces for protests after admitting plane shootdown
Iran's security forces deployed in large numbers across the capital on Sunday, expecting more protests after its Revolutionary Guard admitted to accidentally shooting down a passenger plane at a time of soaring tensions with the United States.
World Jan 11Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who modernized Oman, dies at 79
Oman’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Mideast’s longest-ruling monarch who seized power in a 1970 palace coup and pulled his Arabian sultanate into modernity while carefully balancing diplomatic ties between adversaries Iran and the U.S., has died. He was 79.
World Jan 10Plane crash may be grim echo of U.S. downing of Iran flight in 1988
The July 3, 1988 downing of Iran Air flight 655 by the U.S. Navy remains one of the moments the Iranian government points to in its decades-long distrust of America.
World Jan 09Iran says Ukrainian plane was on fire and tried to turn back
The Iranian report suggests that a sudden emergency struck the Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines that crashed just minutes after taking off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran.
World Jan 08Ukrainian airplane crashes near Iran’s capital, killing 176
Iranian officials said they suspected a mechanical issue brought down the 3½-year-old Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
World Jan 07Iran strikes back at U.S. with missile attack at bases in Iraq
According to State TV, Iran has launched “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles at Iraq’s Ain Assad air base housing U.S. troops over America’s killing of a top Iranian general.
World Jan 07Stampede kills 40 at funeral for Iranian general slain by U.S.
The stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, as the procession began, said the semi-official Fars and ISNA news agencies, citing Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency medical services.
World Jan 06PHOTOS: Throngs mourn for Iranian general slain by U.S.
Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani's slaying already has pushed Tehran to abandon the remaining limits of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as his successor and others vow to take revenge.