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  • Iran seems to understand it cannot hang its entire strategy on the survival of Syrian President Bashar Assad (wearing sash next to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad) and needs to build new alliances as contingencies. Iran has proposed a plan for elections in Syria for parliament and president. (Associated Press)

    Syria, Iran rebuff West, say Assad to remain in power till 2014

    Iran and Syria condemned a U.S. plan to assist rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad on Saturday and signaled the Syrian leader intends to stay in power at least until 2014 presidential elections.

  • Ali Akbar Salehi

    Iran positive, yet equivocal, on U.S. talks over nuclear program

    Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday welcomed the United States’ willingness to hold direct talks with Tehran on the standoff over its nuclear program but didn’t commit to accepting the offer — insisting that Washington must show “fair and real” intentions to resolve the issue and complaining about “threatening rhetoric.”

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (center) arrives for the 49th Munich Security Conference on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in Munich. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

    Iran positive but noncommittal about talks with U.S.

    Iran's foreign minister on Sunday welcomed the willingness of the United States to hold direct talks with Tehran in the standoff over its nuclear program but didn't commit to accepting the offer — insisting that Washington must show "fair and real" intentions to resolve the issue and complaining about "threatening rhetoric."

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (Associated Press)

    Iran says direct talks with U.S. are 'possible'

    Iran's foreign minister says that direct talks with the United States are "possible" but that any such breakthrough initiative must be approved by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the country's supreme leader.

  • World Briefs: Tehran hosts talks on Syrian crisis

    Iran held a conference Sunday to reconcile Syria's government with opposition factions and end the country's civil war, the official IRNA news agency reported.

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (Associated Press)

    Iran's foreign minister blasts Israel's 'war drum beaters'

    Iran’s foreign minister on Monday accused Israel's leaders of being "war drum beaters" and said his country will zealously defend itself against any attack.

  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo, an Israeli woman talks on the phone after collecting gas masks for her family in a shopping mall in Jerusalem. A new U.N. report adds credibility to Israel's warnings about Tehran's nuclear ambitions, Israeli officials said Friday, commenting on findings that could provide ammunition to Israeli calls for military action against Iran's suspect nuclear program at a time when the U.S. and other allies are pressing the Jewish state to hold its fire. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Israelis say UN report strengthens Iran warnings

    Israeli officials said on Friday that a new United Nations report adds credibility to their warnings about Iran, as tensions grow between the Jewish state and its allies over how to tackle Tehran's suspect nuclear program.

  • Three cars that were hit by bombs as they carried Iranian scientists are displayed outside a conference hall hosting the meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iran opens nonaligned summit with nuclear appeals

    Iran opened a world gathering of self-described nonaligned nations Sunday with a slap at the U.N. Security Council and an appeal to rid the world of nuclear weapons, even as Tehran faces Western suspicions that it is seeking its own atomic bombs.

  • Tehran hosts rival talks on Syrian war

    Iran, the strongest ally of embattled Syrian President Bashar Assad, hosted a gathering of countries for talks on how to end the civil war in Syria, as clashes between government troops and rebels raged Thursday in opposition bastions of besieged Aleppo.

  • Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi (Associated Press)

    Iran says it wants 'win-win' in nuclear talks

    Iran wants a "win-win" outcome in its talks with world powers over Tehran's disputed nuclear program, the country's foreign minister said Monday, warning that the only other choice is confrontation.

  • This 2004 photo provided by the Williamson County Jail shows Manssor Arbabsiar, a U.S. citizen charged in a New York federal court on Oct. 11, 2011, with conspiring to kill Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. (Associated Press/Williamson County Jail via Corpus Christi Caller-Times)

    Iran hints at cooperation with plot inquiry

    Iran's foreign minister on Monday offered to look into charges that agents of his government were involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington — if the U.S. provides enough information.

  • ** FILE ** In this May 21, 2010, file photo, American hikers Shane Bauer, left, and Josh Fattal are shown in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Press TV, File)

    Iran: Court to commute sentences for 2 Americans

    Iran's foreign minister says the courts are willing "in near future" to commute the prison sentences for two jailed Americans convicted for spying.

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (right) and his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, walk to their meeting in Moscow on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

    Foreign minister: Iran ready to resume nuclear talks

    Iran is ready to resume negotiations on its nuclear program, and a Russian proposal will aid the process, Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday.

  • Masoud Shafiei, the Iranian lawyer for two Americans who have been jailed in Iran on charges of espionage, speaks at his office in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, July 30, 2011. Two Americans could be released after a court hearing slated for Sunday, their lawyer said. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

    Iran's FM hopes for release of 2 Americans

    Iran's foreign minister said Saturday he hoped that a final court verdict will lead to the release of two American men who have been held for two years in Tehran on espionage charges.

  • Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, who has been appointed by the Iranian President as interim Foreign Minister, leaves a Foreign Ministry function, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. (AP Photo)

    Iran nuclear chief takes over as foreign minister

    Iran's nuclear chief replaced the country's sacked foreign minister Saturday and said his top priorities include building a "special relationship" with Saudi Arabia, an announcement that appeared meant to ease suspicion and fear across the Persian Gulf about Iran's nuclear program.

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