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Report: Turkey Stops Iranian Arms Shipment to Syria

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 11:55 am (UTC-5)
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A German report says Turkey has again intercepted an arms shipment from Iran that was destined for Syria. The Munich-based Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper quotes diplomatic sources as saying Turkish forces stopped a convoy of trucks carrying weapons and ammunition in the south-central city of Kilis, near the border with Syria. The report quotes diplomatic sources […]

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Iranian Envoy Says US Hikers May Be Freed Soon

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 10:15 am (UTC-5)
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An Iranian ambassador says the U.S. hikers who have been detained in the country for two years on spying charges may be released “very soon.” In an interview with the Associated Press Thursday, Hassan Dannaie Fir, Iran’s envoy to Iraq, says the “general atmosphere” is that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal will be freed from […]

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UN Rights Investigator Appeals for Iranian Access

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 10:55 am (UTC-5)
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A newly appointed U.N. special investigator has renewed calls for Iran to cooperate in a probe of alleged human rights abuses. Special rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed appealed to Tehran on Wednesday to allow him to visit the country. In a statement, he said he hopes Iran views his U.N. mandate as legitimate and takes steps to […]

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Iran Approves Oil Minister Who is Under Sanctions

Posted August 3rd, 2011 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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Iran’s parliament has approved President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s choice of a senior Revolutionary Guards commander who is under international sanctions to head the influential oil ministry. Lawmakers endorsed the president’s choice of General Rostam Qasemi by an overwhelming majority on Wednesday. He is taking control of the oil ministry at a time when Iran holds the […]

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Iran: Security Forces Kill 3 Kurdish Rebels

Posted August 1st, 2011 at 12:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Iran says its security forces have killed three Kurdish rebels suspected of blowing up a major Iranian pipeline carrying gas to Turkey. Iranian state-run media said Monday the attack by security forces targeted rebels of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan. Reports said Iran halted gas exports to Turkey after Friday’s attack on the […]

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Iran Will Announce US Hikers Verdict By Next Week: Lawyer

Posted July 31st, 2011 at 10:40 am (UTC-5)
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The lawyer for the American hikers jailed in Iran on spying charges says the court will announce its verdict by next week. Attorney Masoud Shafiei made the announcement after Iran held its final court hearing on the case Sunday, exactly two years since Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested on charges that […]

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Lawyer Says Iran May Free US Hikers Soon

Posted July 30th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran on spying charges says a Sunday hearing in their case could be an indication that they will be freed soon. Attorney Masoud Shafiei says the fact that the hearing coincides with the second anniversary of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal’s arrest could indicate that Tehran intends to […]

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Family, Activists Urge Iran to Free US Hikers

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 4:25 pm (UTC-5)
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Family members and rights activists made fresh appeals for Iran to free two U.S. hikers on Friday, two days before Tehran holds what it calls the “final” hearing in their case. Iran has held Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer on charges of spying for two years. Iranian authorities allege the two men and a third […]

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India to Make Iranian Oil Payments Through Turkey

Posted July 29th, 2011 at 12:25 pm (UTC-5)
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India says it plans to pay Iran billions of dollars in unpaid crude oil purchases through Turkey. Indian Oil Minister S. Jaipal Reddy did not elaborate on the methods the government would use to route payments to Iran through Turkey during comments to reporters in New Delhi Friday. Unnamed sources say India’s largest buyer of […]

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US Accuses Iran of Secret Al-Qaida Ties

Posted July 28th, 2011 at 2:45 pm (UTC-5)
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The United States accused Iran of having a “secret deal” with al-Qaida as Washington announced sanctions Thursday on six suspected al-Qaida operatives. The Treasury Department did not offer many details. But it says the operatives are part of a network headed by Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, described by U.S. officials as an al-Qaida facilitator based […]

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