AJ IMPACT

Iran unveils 'budget of resistance' against US sanctions

Draft budget announcement comes ahead of parliamentary vote and after fuel price rise that sparked deadly protests.

Iran unveils 'budget of resistance' against US sanctions

United States

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held Iranian scientist

US releases Massoud Soleimani in exchange for Xiyue Wang in swap of prisoners after months of tensions.

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held Iranian scientist

Iran

Iran nuclear deal stays alive after talks, avoids sanctions blow

The European parties did not trigger a mechanism in the accord that could renew UN sanctions against Iran.

Iran nuclear deal stays alive after talks, avoids sanctions blow

AJ Impact

US blacklists Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders over protests

Washington is ramping up economic pressure to try to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East.

US blacklists Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders over protests

Iran

Europeans, Iran to clash at nuclear talks as deal nears collapse

Europeans will urge Iran to stop violating nuclear deal, but Tehran remains angered by sanctions imposed by Washington.

Europeans, Iran to clash at nuclear talks as deal nears collapse

Iran

Iran rejects EU powers' letter to UN as 'desperate falsehood'

A letter by UK, German and French ambassadors to UN said Iran's activities were 'inconsistent' with a 2015 resolution.

Iran rejects EU powers' letter to UN as 'desperate falsehood'

United States

US denies 14,000 more troops deployed to Middle East

Pentagon says Wall Street Journal report on 14,000 extra American forces to counter Iran 'is wrong'.

Pentagon denies US mulling 14,000 more troops for Middle East

Iran

Europeans warn Iran over nuclear-capable missile development

Tehran insists its missile programme is 'purely defensive' and compliant with UN Security Council resolutions.

Europeans warn Iran over nuclear-capable missile development

Iran

US warship in the Gulf seizes alleged Iranian missile parts

US sailors boarded the vessel and found advanced missile components allegedly bound for Iran-aligned Houthis in Yemen.

US warship in the Gulf seizes alleged Iranian missile parts

Middle East

Iran: Rouhani calls for release of 'innocent, unarmed' protesters

President Hassan Rouhani calls for 'clemency' for unarmed demonstrators during Iran's recent fuel price rise protests.

Iran: Rouhani calls for release of 'innocent, unarmed' protesters

Iran

'Rioters' shot and killed at protests, Iran admits for first time

State TV describes killings by security forces and again denies 'fabricated' death toll by 'hostile groups'.

'Rioters' shot and killed at protests, Iran admits for first time

Middle East

Iran elections: Candidates register for 2020 vote

In Iran, candidates began on Sunday to register for Iran's 2020 parliamentary election.

Iran

Amnesty says at least 208 killed in Iran protests

Rights group calls 'alarming' death toll 'evidence that Iran's security forces went on a horrific killing spree'.

Amnesty says at least 208 killed in Iran protests

AJ Impact

Comoros seeks $4.6bn in investment to climb out of poverty

The African island nation plans to use the money to boost tourism, agriculture projects, transportation and energy.

Comoros seeks $4.6bn in investment to climb out of poverty

Iraq

Why are Iraqi protesters targeting Iranian buildings?

Attacks on consulates in Iraqi cities reflect growing anger towards 'Iranian intervention', protesters and analysts say.

Why are Iraqi protesters targeting Iranian buildings?