Israel's strikes on Syria send message to Tehran

Smoke and fire over Damascus early on Sunday after Israel launched air strikes targeting a shipment of missiles believed to be bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon. Photo: AP

Although Israel has maintained official silence on the strikes, a senior Israeli source said they had both targeted "Iranian missiles destined for Hezbollah".

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 4:55am

Anti-US Tehran mural links Obama and Shemr, villain of Shia

The mural of Obama and Shemr in Tehran. Photo: Asiran.com

For connoisseurs of political symbolism, Tehran is a feast. Government-sanctioned murals of ayatollahs and "martyrs" of the Iran-Iraq war are everywhere. A skull-faced Statue of Liberty decorates the wall of the former US embassy, and a parody of an American flag, with skull-stars and bomb-dropping stripes, overshadows a major road.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Official says pollution killed 4,460 in Tehran in a year

Air pollution has killed 4,460 people in the capital in a year, an Iranian health official said, with another sounding the alarm over levels of carcinogens in domestically refined petrol.

Hassan Aqajani, an adviser to the health minister, speaking on state television, said the Tehran residents died in the year from March 2011.

8 Jan 2013 - 6:59am

European Union cranks up Iran sanctions in push for nuclear talks

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton speaks with the media as she arrives for a meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg. Photo: AP

European Union governments agreed further sanctions against Iran's banking, shipping and industrial sectors yesterday, cranking up financial pressure on Tehran in the hope of drawing it into serious negotiations on its nuclear programme.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:39am

Tehran protests over collapsing rial pose no threat to regime, say analysts

Tehran protests over collapsing rial pose no threat to regime, say analysts

The protests that have rocked Tehran over Iran's plunging currency expose an undercurrent of tension and the effects of sanctions, analysts say, but do not yet signal a real threat to the regime.

8 Oct 2012 - 4:43am

Portraits of Chinese cool on show at Louis Vuitton Maison

It seems even Louis Vuitton needs the cachet of being associated with the fine arts. After a Chow Yun-fat photo exhibition last month, the Louis Vuitton Maison at Canton Road is hosting another photographic show, called Mind Games.

18 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Iranian hardliners expected to retain their grip in polls

Iran votes on Friday in an election expected to confirm conservative dominance of parliament after mass disqualifications of reformists, with the authorities anxiously hoping for a strong turnout as a message to western enemies.

11 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

HK want Davis Cup tie in Iran moved elsewhere

Hong Kong have requested that their Davis Cup tie against Iran be moved from Tehran to a neutral country because of concerns about political unrest.

2 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Minor nips and tucks, but black is still in at Tehran fashion week

They are unlikely to grace any catwalk or adorn the figures of supermodels, but the latest in Islamic fashions got top marks from Iran's religious authorities last week in an exhibition aimed at promoting female modesty and countering the influence of western trends.

17 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report headlined 'Tokyo denies wavering on Iran because of oil needs' on page A10 on Wednesday incorrectly stated that the chairman of the Japan External Trade Organisation, Osamu Watanabe, held talks with Iranian trade officials in Tehran. The talks were held in Tokyo.

27 May 2006 - 12:00am

Diplomat and pioneer put China on the sporting map

Richard Avory 1943-2005

Former IMG senior vice-president Richard Avory was more than a senior official who helped thrust China into the forefront of world sports. He was a skilful diplomat, a pioneer, a confidant and a friend.

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Lai See

Desert sands with fries

Politics, as they say, makes for odd bed-fellows. It also makes for odd fast-food chains.

Lai See recently caught up with a friend - a Northern Irish credit markets researcher turned English teacher turned gentleman apple farmer - who was passing through Hong Kong.

19 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

50 years ago ...

Oil and turmoil

Teheran (March 15): The Iranian Parliament to-day voted unanimously to nationalise its oil industry in a move which had the support of all pro-Soviet factions in this strategic country.

Jubilation swept all Iran.

18 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Six killed in rocket attack

Teheran: Six people were killed and 16 wounded when Turkish helicopters rocketed a Kurdish region in northwestern Iran, Teheran said. Turkey denied knowledge of the attack.

29 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

The oldest trick's in the book

The oldest trick in the book - a saw concealed in its pages - has led to the first escape in 40 years from a Tokyo prison.

Seven Iranians escaped from the Tokyo Detention Centre after one of them took delivery of a book sent from Teheran as a present. In it was a 20-centimetre saw.

25 May 1996 - 12:00am