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Iran faces censure by UN watchdog

The UN atomic watchdog’s board was expected Friday to pass a resolution of “deep and increasing concern” about Iran’s nuclear activities after a damning new report from the Vienna-based body. The resolution, tabled at the International Atomic Energy Agencyby the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, says it was “essential…

Iran mastered critical steps to build nuke: report

The Iranian government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon after receiving assistance from foreign scientists, The Washington Post reported. Citing unnamed Western diplomats and nuclear experts familiar with new intelligence to be released to the United Nations, the newspaper said a former Soviet weapons scientist…

US hikers’ relatives plead to Iran for ‘compassion’

The relatives of imprisoned Americans Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal on Sunday urged the Iranian government to show “compassion” and free the two men, one day after their eight-year prison sentences were made known. “Of the 751 days of Shane and Josh’s imprisonment, yesterday and today have been the most…

Iran sentences US hikers to 8 years ‘for spying’

Iran has sentenced two American hikers to eight years in prison for illegally entering the country and spying for a US intelligence agency, state television said on Saturday. “According to an informed source with the judiciary, Shane Bauer… and… Josh Fattal, the two detained American citizens, have been each sentenced…

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