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Syria’s Assad denies orders to kill

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad denied ordering the killing of thousands of protesters and said “only a crazy person” would target his own people, in a rare US interview released Wednesday. Speaking to ABC News, Assad brushed off widening international sanctions and questioned the UN death toll of more than 4,000 since the eruption of…

Analysts believe Iran scientist death was a foreign hit

Jul (Reuters) – Western security agencies were most likely behind the killing of an Iranian scientist in an operation that underlines the myriad complications in the conflict over Iran’s nuclear program, analysts say. Darioush Rezaie, 35, a university lecturer, was shot dead by gunmen in eastern Tehran Saturday, the third…

Iran rejects U.S. sanctions as ‘psychological warfare’

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran accused Washington of engaging in “psychological warfare” after the U.S. Treasury added an Iranian state bank to its list of blacklisted companies, semi-official news agency ISNA reported on Wednesday. The United States on Tuesday blacklisted Iran’s Bank of Industry and Mine saying it was taking part…

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