The value of Iran's currency, the rial, has dropped again against the U.S. dollar. One U.S. dollar was being traded on the open market at up to 17,000 rials, according to reports by official Iranian news agencies.
The United Nations nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran has started enriching uranium at an underground site and said all atomic material there was under its surveillance.
Iran's semi-official Fars news agency has reported that Iran's Revolutionary Court has sentenced an Iranian-American man to death on charges of spying for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad is expected to meet with his ally and fellow critic of U.S. policy, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization says the country's underground uranium-enrichment facility "will be operational in the near future."
The United States has acknowledged the Iranian government’s statement welcoming the U.S. Navy's rescue of 13 Iranian fisherman from pirates the Persian Gulf.
The trip will take Mahmud Ahmadinejad to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Ecuador -- all countries that "resist the oppression" of the United States and share "an anticolonialist view," he said just before flying out.
The secretary-general of the Iranian High Council for Human Rights has been quoted as saying that homosexuality is a disease.
The exercises come after Iran’s naval exercises in the Persian Gulf increased tensions with the United States amid threats and counterthreats over security in the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil-shipping route.
Iran breaks its official silence over the U.S. Navy's rescue of 13 Iranian fishermen from the hands of pirates, calling the January 5 operation a "welcome and humanitarian act."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an easing of tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.
The Pentagon says the U.S. Navy has rescued 13 Iranian seamen after a distress call saying they were being held hostage by pirates in the northern Arabian Sea.