Iran president says 'no' to pre-election deal with Trump

Despite an official line of indifference toward US election results, Iranian authorities are closely monitoring the race from Tehran.

Al-Monitor Staff | Iran Deal | Sep 30, 2020
al-monitor Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the inaugural session of the new parliament following February elections, in Tehran on May 27, 2020. Photo by AFP via Getty Images.

Azeri-Armenian flare-up could explode into wider regional conflict

The Nagorno-Karabagh clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia could evolve into a war of attrition, but none of the regional heavyweights want a conventional war in the region.

Metin Gurcan | | Sep 30, 2020

Prominent Iranian charity leader fights worsening health in detention

Held in solitary without a formal charge for nearly 100 days, Sharmin Meymandi-Nejad, the founder of a reputable Iranian charity, is facing deteriorating health as interrogators protract his indefinite detention.

A correspondent in Tehran | Human rights | Sep 30, 2020

Iranian tanker reaches coast of Venezuela

Other Iranian ships are bringing fuel to and from the South American country, despite a US seizure of such vessels in August.

Al-Monitor Staff | Iran-US tensions | Sep 29, 2020

Iran denies links to Saudi-busted ‘terror cell’

Prospects of a Saudi-Iran deescalation appear dimmer as the two sides have entered a fresh episode in their war of words.

Al-Monitor Staff | Terrorism | Sep 29, 2020