IranAir Takes Delivery of First Airbus Jet Post-Sanctions

IranAir Chairman Farhad Parvaresh (L) speaks with Airbus Chief Executive Officer Fabrice Bregier (R) / REUTERS

The head of IranAir took delivery in France on Wednesday of the first Western airliner under an international sanctions deal, calling it a “sunny day” for relations between Iran and Europe and a memorable one for aviation in the nation of 80 million people.

Former Iranian President Rafsanjani Dies

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, with a poster of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini / REUTERS

Former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday at the age of 82, a big blow to moderates and reformists deprived now of their most influential supporter in the Islamic establishment.

Congress Probes FBI Over
Top Obama National Security Advisor’s Security Clearance

Ben Rhodes

A top White House national security adviser and key proponent of the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is the focus of a congressional inquiry following disclosures the FBI may have denied him top-level security clearances, according to communications exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.