Iran

Iranian TV executive shot dead in Istanbul, Turkish media report

Saeed Karimian, founder of Farsi-language network GEM TV, reportedly shot dead along with his Kuwaiti business partner<p>The Iranian founder of a popular Farsi-language satellite television network has been shot dead in Istanbul alongside a Kuwaiti business partner, according to Turkish media, months …

Turkey

Nuclear deal brought to its knees

Johannesburg - This week’s Western Cape High Court judgment, which set aside government’s attempts to secure nuclear energy, has cut the procurement …

South Africa

Iranian filmmaker jailed for his work released early

Keywan Karimi imprisoned for film on Iran's graffiti, credits international pressure for getting him out<p>An award-winning Iranian filmmaker imprisoned …

Middle East

Nafta talks, Duterte receives Trump invite, perils of corporate gobbledegook

Aborted TPP said to provide common ground for talks<p><b>Sign up to receive FirstFT by email here</b><p>Mexico is urging Donald Trump to reuse agreements reached …

Hassan Rouhani

Iran-Iraq war documentary premieres in Canada

A documentary about two former soldiers who fought on opposite sides in the Iran-Iraq war and then became friends after moving to Canada has premiered in Toronto.<p>A documentary about two former soldiers who fought on opposite sides in the Iran-Iraq war and then became friends after moving to Canada …

Documentaries

Iranian-born media mogul fatally shot by masked assailants in central Istanbul

ISTANBUL — An Iranian-born TV mogul who had run afoul of Iran’s government was fatally shot Saturday night by masked gunmen in Istanbul, media reports said.<p>The identities of the assailants were unknown. But Saeed Karimian, the director of GEM Group, a Persian-language media conglomerate, was …

Turkey

Ayatollah Khamenei’s favorite underperformed in Iran’s first presidential debate

Just a few days ago, hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi was the contender to watch in the race to unseat Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. By the weekend, his candidacy was already in doubt.<p>In the harsh, fast-paced politicking typical of Iran’s campaign season, Raisi's candidacy quickly foundered after …

Iran Elections

Iran’s first presidential debate focuses on economy

Iran's state TV has aired the first debate of the presidential election. The six candidates, vetted by a powerful 12-member Guardian Council, focused on economic issues. Al Jazeera’s Osama Bin Javaid explains.<p>Iran's state TV has aired the first debate of the presidential election.<p>The six …

Iran Elections

Iran keeper scores screamer at Beach Soccer World Cup

Three touches are all that the shot-stopper required to control, flick the ball up and send a long-range effort soaring into the top corner<p>Goals from keepers are rare in the world of football played on turf, but games on sand are a whole different ball game.<p>The smaller pitches allow for just about …

FIFA

EU Bolsters Support for Iran Nuclear Accord

TEHRAN—The European Union rallied behind Iran’s nuclear deal during a high-level visit to the country over the weekend, vowing to safeguard the accord despite U.S. threats to scrap it and pledging to support the Islamic Republic’s economy.<p>With less than three weeks before Iran’s presidential …

Middle East

Studio Negotiators Meeting Saturday in Advance of Resuming WGA Talks Sunday

Two more days of talks may be all that separates the entertainment industry from a strike.<p>The AMPTP studio alliance and studio personnel themselves …

Entertainment

Iran summons Pakistani envoy, demands action over killing of guards

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran's foreign ministry has summoned Pakistan's ambassador in Tehran to protest against the killing of nine Iranian border guards by Sunni militants attacking from neighboring Pakistan, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported on Friday.<p>The Sunni Muslim militant group called Jaish …

Pakistan

Locked up in Iran: Americans still being held, including former FBI agent missing for 10 years

There is a renewed focus on the handful of American citizens who remain locked up in Iran, after Politico recently reported that the Iranian prisoners released by the Obama administration last year were set free despite being deemed potential threats to national security.<p>It was in January 2016 that …

Middle East

Wary of Trump, EU courts Iran to boost moderates before polls

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Wary of U.S. President Donald Trump's tough talk on Iran, the European Union is courting Tehran to show Iranians preparing to vote in a May 19 presidential poll that it is committed to a nuclear deal and they stand to benefit, EU diplomats say.<p>Europe's energy commissioner is …

Hassan Rouhani

U.S. asks Iran to release missing FBI agent

U.S. diplomats meet Iranian counterparts, demand the release of Americans being detained in Iran, including Robert Levinson.

Middle East

Iran's people care about elections. The so-called democratic fringe doesn't

Trump’s hard talk has buoyed Iran’s exiled opposition, like the son of the late Shah and the shadowy MEK. But these intemperate voices are not to be trusted<p>In Donald Trump, opponents of the Iranian establishment bent on regime change have identified a new hope. The US administration, which often …

Middle East

Missing the Point on Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told a defense exposition this month that his country would “not seek the permission of anyone” to build missiles, …

Middle East

Tillerson presses for economic sanctions on North Korea in special UN meeting

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson took the escalating threat of a nuclear North Korea to the United Nations Security Council Friday, urging member countries to financially cut ties with Pyongyang and freeze access to funds that could be used to build up that nation’s nuclear arsenal.<p>Tillerson called …

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Trump’s Muslim ban isn’t just racist. It’s also bad for our national security.

This really isn’t good.<p>Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday that will restrict migration from seven Muslim-majority countries, with …

Middle East

Iranian DJs denied entry into UK to perform at Raving Iran documentary launch

Iranian DJ duo Blade & Beard, the subjects of the recent Raving Iran documentary that focuses on overcoming obstacles of the country's oppressive …

Middle East

Directors Guild President Paris Barclay Hopes Writers Strike Can Be Averted

Directors Guild of America president Paris Barclay has declared that the DGA is hoping that a writers strike can be averted.<p>In a five-paragraph …

Awards

Court ruling on Zuma's nuclear deal is a marker of South Africa's political health

The South African government’s plan to bulldoze through a nuclear energy deal has been dealt what might be a fatal blow by the Cape Town High court …

Africa

Council of Europe assembly leader stripped of powers after Assad visit

Members of human rights body’s parliamentary assembly pass vote of no confidence in Spaniard Pedro Agramunt<p>The leader of the parliamentary assembly in Europe’s oldest human rights body has been stripped of his powers after being accused of tarnishing his office by meeting the Syrian president, …

World News

UK drawing up post-Brexit sanctions plan

<b>The UK is urgently drawing up new laws that will enable it to continue imposing sanctions on foreign countries after Brexit, the BBC has learned.</b><p>Ministers began consulting on the plans last week after officials realised most of the powers to apply sanctions will disappear when the UK leaves the …

Brexit

John Kerry Moves to Martha's Vineyard - John Kerry Sells Nantucket HOuse

John Kerry is trading islands.<p>The former U.S. senator and secretary of state purchased a seven-bedroom waterfront house dating to 1924 in the …

England

Saudi Man Sentenced to Death After Declaring Himself an Atheist in Online Video

Ahmad al-Shamri pleaded insanity to the 2014 charges saying he was drunk when he uploaded the footage.

Extremism

Iran presidential election: Five things to know

<b>Iran is due to hold a presidential election on 19 May, in which the incumbent Hassan Rouhani will fight for a second term. The polls are seen as critical to the future direction of the Islamic Republic.</b><p>Here are some issues to know.<p>It matters to the outside world<p>Iran is a major player in the Middle …

Iran Elections

World Digest: April 28, 2017

IRAN<p>Tehran’s mayor slams Rouhani in debate<p>Tehran’s mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf accused President Hassan Rouhani’s administration Friday of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential …

Hassan Rouhani

Singaporean sentenced in US for plot to export bomb parts to Iran

[WASHINGTON] A Singaporean man was sentenced to 40 months in prison Thursday for helping ship US-made radio frequency modules to Iran that were …

Middle East

Israel Steps Up Pressure on Iran's Ally With Suspected Strike - Bloomberg

Explosions hit a warehouse and fuel tanks near Damascus airport, the latest in a series of suspected Israeli attacks on Hezbollah positions in Syria, …

Syria