A U.S. government advisory body says that Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan are among the world's worst violators of religious freedom.
Well-known Iranian human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi recently fled Iran. He tells RFE/RL about the pressures that contributed to his decision to finally leave his homeland.
Iraqi security forces have been battling Sunni tribesmen for control over the town of Suleiman Beik.
The two suspects in an alleged plot to derail a passenger train in Canada appeared in court on April 23, rejecting the charges against them.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says it will restart talks with Iran in May over its disputed nuclear program.
Two Iranian pilots have been killed after their U.S.-made F-5 fighter jet crashed near the country's border with Iraq.
The U.S. State Department has released its "Country Reports On Human Rights Practices" for 2012, highlighting crackdowns on civil society, struggles for democratic change, and threats to freedom of expression.
Iran's state-run television says a moderate 5.2-magnitude earthquake rattled a small town in the country's northwest on April 18.
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad was expected to address a large gathering at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, which can seat more than 100,000 people.
The International Monetary Fund says Iran's economy shrank by 1.9 percent in 2012 and is expected to contract by 1.3 percent this year as it reels from the impact of Western sanctions.
A powerful earthquake has hit both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border, killing at least 34 people in Pakistan and injuring 80.
The semiofficial Mehr news agency reported on April 16 that the seven were hanged in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz -- four in public and three at the city’s Adel Abad prison.