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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in New York Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in New York Wednesday. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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Iran’s president condemns ISIS at UN, urges Arab response

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Iran's president told the U.N. General Assembly Thursday that moderate leaders in the Middle East must spearhead the fight against extremists, warning that their goal of destroying civilization is generating anti-Muslim hatred and creating fertile ground for further intervention of foreign forces in the region.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad in August.  (AP Photo/Ahmed Saad, Pool)
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a joint news conference with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad in August. (AP Photo/Ahmed Saad, Pool)
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US Secretary of State Kerry meets with Iran’s Zarif

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from talks Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif, saying Washington was intent on advancing negotiations focused on reducing Iran's atomic activities in exchange for an end to nuclear-related sanctions.

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Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" on a rooftop in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo, File)
Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" on a rooftop in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo, File)
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Sentences of jail, lashes, suspended for Iranian ‘Happy’ video youths

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the homemade video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, their lawyer said Friday.

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Iraqis living in Iran hold a demonstration against Sunni militants of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
Iraqis living in Iran hold a demonstration against Sunni militants of the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant Friday, June 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
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US, Iran, longtime enemies, now potential partners

WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's the fog of diplomacy.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Kerry: US Open to Talks with Iran over Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State John Kerry says the Obama administration is willing to talk with Iran over deteriorating security conditions in Iraq and is not ruling out potential U.S.-Iranian military cooperation in stemming the advance of Sunni extremists. Kerry also says U.S. drone strikes "may well" be an option.

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Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters chant slogans against the al-Qaida inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and vow to help the military, which defends the capital in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
Iraqi Shiite tribal fighters chant slogans against the al-Qaida inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and vow to help the military, which defends the capital in Baghdad's Sadr City, Iraq, Friday, June 13, 2014. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
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Iran’s President: Ready to Help Iraq if Asked

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's president pledged Saturday to help Iraq fight militants surging through its north if asked, including potentially assisting U.S. forces if it decides on taking military action.

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A photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Amir Hekmati. Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine being held in Iran over the past two years on accusations of spying for the CIA. (AP Photo/Hekmati family via FreeAmir.org, File)
A photo released by his family via FreeAmir.org shows Amir Hekmati. Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine being held in Iran over the past two years on accusations of spying for the CIA. (AP Photo/Hekmati family via FreeAmir.org, File)
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Former US Marine Held in Iran Seeks Re-trial

A former U.S. Marine convicted of criminal charges in Iran after being accused of working for the CIA will appeal for a new trial after already seeing his sentence reduced once, an Iranian news agency reported Sunday.

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Billionaire Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, also known as Amir Mansour Aria, was executed at Evin prison, Iranian radio reported Saturday. (AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan)
Billionaire Mahafarid Amir Khosravi, also known as Amir Mansour Aria, was executed at Evin prison, Iranian radio reported Saturday. (AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan)
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Iran Billionaire Executed for $2.6B Bank Fraud

A billionaire businessman at the heart of a $2.6 billion state bank scam in Iran, the largest fraud case since the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution, was executed Saturday, state television reported.

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In this frame grab taken from video posted to YouTube, people dance to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" on a rooftop in Tehran, Iran. Police in Iran have arrested six young people and shown them on state television for posting the video. (AP Photo)
In this frame grab taken from video posted to YouTube, people dance to Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy" on a rooftop in Tehran, Iran. Police in Iran have arrested six young people and shown them on state television for posting the video. (AP Photo)
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‘Happy Video’ Gets Young Dancers Arrested in Iran [VIDEO]

 

An Internet video of six young Iranian men and women dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" has led to their arrests, showing how far Tehran will go to halt what it deems to be decadent Western behavior - despite the views of its moderate president.

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6 Young Iranians Arrested for 'Happy' Video
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Young Iranians Arrested for ‘Happy’ Video

Dennis and Judi have touted the song 'Happy' from Pharrell Williams for quite some time now. It's just a great song that even when you're in th worst of moods, it makes you feel a little bit better. Unfortunately there are places in the world that don't necessarily see it the same way.

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