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Netanyahu cautions: Don’t expect major changes in Iran

Israel's Netanyahu cautions against seeing big change in Iran (via The Christian Science Monitor) For years, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad spooked Israelis with talk of wiping the Jewish state off the map. But the victory of Hassan Rohani, known as a moderate, could pose an even bigger challenge for Israel,…

Iranians take to streets to celeberate Rowhani victory

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Tehran on Saturday evening to celebrate the election of moderate cleric Hassan Rowhani as president, with chanting pro-reform slogans and demanding more freedom. Large crowds were converging in main streets and squares, as security forces and police units looked on. Thousands of…

Women’s groups hold out hope for revived rights in Iran elections

Iran’s presidential election is offering a flicker of hope to activists hoping to revive women’s rights after they deteriorated during the eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency. The ailing economy, hit hard by international sanctions against Iran’s vital oil income which has sparked high inflation, has grabbed the spotlight in…

Iran’s eight presidential hopefuls united in pursuing ‘peaceful atomic ambitions’

The eight candidates standing for president this month may differ on several issues, but when it comes to Iran’s nuclear drive they are united in pursuing what they see as its peaceful atomic ambitions. Whoever is elected president on June 14 to succeed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Islamic republic is unlikely…

U.S. officials warn Pakistan risks sanctions over Iran pipeline

Pakistan risks sparking US sanctions if it pursues its plans with Iran to build a $7.5 billion gas pipeline linking the two nations, a senior US official said in a renewed warning Monday. “We have serious concerns, if this project actually goes forward, that the Iran Sanctions Act would be…

FBI renews $1 million reward for return of agent missing in Iran

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has renewed a $1 million reward for information leading to the safe return of a former agent who went missing in Iran six years ago. Robert Levinson traveled to the Iranian island of Kish on March 8, 2007 as a private investigator looking into…

Netanyahu says Iran is near the ‘red line’ on nuclear program

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that diplomacy has so far failed to deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear program, warning it was getting closer to crossing a crucial “red line.” “Iran is getting closer to that red line, and it is putting itself in that position to cross…

U.S. tightens sanctions on Iran over nuclear program

The United States on Wednesday tightened sanctions on Iran to further choke off its oil income, saying it was necessary to increase pressure on Tehran over its suspected nuclear weapons program. It also set sanctions against Iranian media organizations and Tehran’s Cyber Police for what it called human rights abuses…

Sen. Inhofe asks Hagel: Why does Iran ‘so strongly support’ you?

Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe (OK) asked Chuck Hagel on Thursday why Iran supported his nomination as defense secretary. “Given that Iran, the people — I’m quoting right now from Iran — people of the Middle East, the Muslim region and North Africa, people of these regions hate America from the…

Iranian cleric: LGBT are inferior to dogs and pigs

An influential Iranian cleric who is entitled to issue juristic rulings according to the Sharia law, has condemned western lawmakers involved in the decriminalisation of homosexuality, saying those politicians are lower than animals. Ayatollah Abdollah Javadi-Amoli, an Islamic scholar based in Iran’s holy city of Qom, said in a speech…

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