UN Security Council rejects US resolution to extend Iran arms embargo

The U.N. Security Council on Friday rejected a U.S. resolution to extend a thirteen-years-old arms embargo on Iran due to expire in October — a move that will likely result in the Trump administration attempting to extend the embargo unilaterally. The short resolution, which would have extended the embargo “until the Security Council decides otherwise,” mustered […]

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Iran, Turkey slam UAE, claim Israel deal a ‘dagger’ in backs of Palestinians, Muslims

Iran and Turkey harshly criticized the United Arab Emirates for its deal this week with Israel, framing it as an act of betrayal against Palestinians and Muslims. The historic UAE-Israel, brokered by the U.S. and considered a major foreign policy triumph for President Trump, would make the UAE the third Arab country, behind Egypt and […]

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Iran shuts down newspaper after expert accuses regime of coronavirus cover-up

The Iranian regime has shut down a newspaper in Iran after it published remarks by an expert who said the number of coronavirus cases and deaths could be 20 times higher than official statistics. Jahane Sanat, which has published since 2004, mainly on business news, was shut down after it quoted epidemiologist Mohammad Reza Mahboobfar, its editor […]

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Iran asks UN to hold US accountable for plane interception

Iran is urging the United Nations to hold the United States accountable for the interception of an Iranian passenger plane by two U_S_ fighter jets in the skies over Syria last month, which it called an “unlawful” and an “adventuristic act.” By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press August 8, 2020, 6:30 AM 3 min read […]

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Brian Hook, US special envoy for Iran, to step down; Elliott Abrams to take post

Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative for Iran, is leaving his post, the State Department announced Thursday, just as the Trump administration is attempting to rally the international community to extend a soon-to-expire arms embargo on the regime in Tehran. “Special Representative Hook has been my point person on Iran for over two years and […]

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Iran Envoy Brian Hook, a ‘Survivor’ on Trump’s Team, to Quit

Brian Hook, the State Department’s special envoy for Iran and one of the few national security officials to survive the turmoil in the foreign policy team through most of President Trump’s term, plans to announce Thursday that he is resigning his post. The departure of Mr. Hook, 52, appears to bury any remaining chance of […]

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British-Australian academic jailed in Iran’s notorious desert prison ‘is well,’ Australia says

Australia’s ambassador to Iran visited a British-Australian academic being held in a notorious Iranian desert prison and found that she “is well,” Australia’s government said Tuesday. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a lecturer in Islamic studies at Melbourne University, has been detained in Iran since September 2018, serving a 10-year sentence for espionage. She has denied the allegations. BRITISH-AUSTRALIAN WOMAN […]

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Coronavirus deaths in Iran three times the official numbers, leaked report claims

While it is no secret that Iran has been the hardest-hit country in the Middle East when it comes to coronavirus – officially termed COVID-19 – infections and deaths, new data shows that the fatality rate is some three times what government officials have claimed. According to a report by the BBC’s Persian service, the […]

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Iran Says It Detained Leader of California-Based Exile Group

TEHRAN — Iran on Saturday said it had detained an Iranian-American leader of a little-known, California-based opposition group for allegedly planning a 2008 attack on a mosque that killed 14 people and wounded over 200 others. Iran’s Intelligence Ministry also asserted that the detained man, Jamshid Sharmahd of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, planned more […]

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Iran Will Expand Nuclear Program and Won’t Talk to U.S., Ayatollah Says

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has said in a televised address that Iran will expand its nuclear program and will not negotiate with the United States, doubling down on his defiance of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” policy. In a Friday speech for the Eid al-Adha holiday, Ayatollah Khamenei said that entering talks with […]

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British-Australian Academic Jailed in Iran Is Moved to Remote Prison

LONDON — A British-Australian academic serving a 10-year sentence in Iran for espionage has been moved to a remote prison south of Tehran that is said to be riddled with coronavirus cases, according to human rights activists, raising concerns about her already deteriorating health. Kylie Moore-Gilbert, a Cambridge-educated professor in Islamic studies at the University […]

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Iran fires missile from helicopter at replica aircraft carrier in Strait of Hormuz: report

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard fired a missile from a helicopter targeting a replica aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, state television reported, an exercise aimed at threatening the U.S. amid tensions between Tehran and Washington. Iranian commandos also fast-roped down from a helicopter onto the replica in the […]

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Mysterious incidents in Iran continue as at least 7 boats catch on fire at shipyard

Seven boats at a shipyard in Iran caught fire Wednesday, the latest in a slew of mysterious incidents that have led to speculation that an international foe is perpetrating sneak attacks in an attempt to sabotage the embattled regime. OIL TANKER WANTED BY US IS HIJACKED, NOW ANCHORED NEAR IRAN: REPORTS The blaze started in […]

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Defying U.S., China and Iran Near Trade and Military Partnership

Iran and China have quietly drafted a sweeping economic and security partnership that would clear the way for billions of dollars of Chinese investments in energy and other sectors, undercutting the Trump administration’s efforts to isolate the Iranian government because of its nuclear and military ambitions. The partnership, detailed in an 18-page proposed agreement obtained […]

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Iran nuclear site fire hit centrifuge facility, analysts say

Pompeo urges United Nations to extend Iran arms embargo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seized on a U.N. report confirming Iranian weapons were used to attack Saudi Arabia in September and were part of an arms shipment seized months ago off Yemen’s coast; State Department correspondent Rich Edson reports. A fire and an explosion struck […]

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‘Incident’ near Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility damages building

TEHRAN, Iran — An “incident” damaged an under-construction building Thursday near Iran’s underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, though it did not affect its centrifuge operations or cause any release of radiation, a spokesman said. The affected building, described as an “industrial shed,” was above ground and not part of the enrichment facility itself, said Behrouz […]

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Iran journalist who fueled 2017 protests sentenced to death

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran sentenced a once-exiled journalist to death over his online work that helped inspire nationwide economic protests that began at the end of 2017, authorities said Tuesday. Ruhollah Zam’s website and a channel he created on the popular messaging app Telegram had spread the timings of the protests and embarrassing information about officials […]

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Iran Issues Arrest Warrants for Trump and 35 Others in Suleimani Killing

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for President Trump and 35 other people it says were involved in a drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad earlier this year and has asked for international help in detaining them, according to Iranian news reports. According to the reports, Tehran’s top prosecutor, Ali al-Qasimehr, […]

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Fugitive Iranian Judge Dead After Fall From Hotel in Romania

A fugitive Iranian judge wanted by Iran on corruption charges and by right groups for jailing and torturing journalists was found dead of apparent suicide Friday at a hotel in Romania where he had been staying, according to Iranian officials. The judge, Gholamreza Mansouri, was a co-defendant in a major financial corruption trial involving several […]

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Iran Is Accused of Hiding Suspected Nuclear Activity

WASHINGTON — International nuclear inspectors and the United States accused Iran on Friday of hiding suspected nuclear activity, the first time in more than eight years that Tehran has been accused of obstructing inspections, paving the way for a new confrontation with Western powers. The accusation came in a resolution passed by the board of […]

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Iran’s underground church surfaces, offering aid during coronavirus spike: report

Christians in Iran say they are risking their lives to aid their neighbors in an already hostile environment known for exporting radical Islamic terrorism, a religious freedom watchdog told Fox News. The Muslim-majority country remains the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East. Fearing a “second wave” after seeing more than 195,000 confirmed cases […]

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German intel report lays bare Iran’s attempts to obtain nuclear proliferation technology

Iran remains hell-bent on developing the deadliest weapons on the planet, according to a damning German intelligence service report released Monday. In a section titled “Proliferation,” the 181-page Baden-Württemberg state intelligence agency document reviewed by Fox News states that Iran, Pakistan, North Korea and Syria are “still pursuing” such efforts. “They aim to complete existing arsenals, […]

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Iran appears to build fake aircraft carrier as tensions with US grow

Iran appears to have built a fake aircraft carrier off its southern coast for potential live-fire drills amid ongoing tensions with the U.S., satellite images showed Tuesday. The apparent mock-up resembles the Nimitz-class carriers that the U.S. Navy routinely sails into the Persian Gulf from the Strait of Hormuz, where 20 percent of all the […]

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