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  • Iran’s windfall from nuclear deal cut in half by debts, U.S. official says

    8 hours ago

    Iran gained access to about $100 billion in frozen assets when an international nuclear agreement was implemented last month, but $50 billion of it already was tied up because of debts and other commitments, a U.S. official said on Thursday.

    Stephen Mull, the State Department's...

  • Iran successfully hacked former IDF chief’s files

    2 days ago

    The computer database of a former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff reportedly was compromised in an Iranian cyber attack late last year.

    Yaser Balaghi, a hacker working for Iran, gained access to the full contents of the unidentified army leader’s computer, the Times of...

  • U.S.-Iranian businessman’s jailing sends chilling message to investors

    3 days ago

    When Iran and the United States sealed the implementation of a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear program with a prisoner exchange last month, Siamak Namazi was among the detainees some expected to be freed by the Iranian authorities.

    The businessman with dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship...

  • Sanders, Clinton in sharp exchange over his Iran policy

    1 week ago

    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders snapped at one another over Sanders’ Iran policy in their final debate before the New Hampshire primary contest, with Clinton twice suggesting it would endanger Israel.

    The NBC moderators of the debate in Durham, New Hampshire on Thursday...

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  • Navy: Iranian drone flew over U.S. carrier in ‘unprofessional’ move

    2 weeks ago

    An unarmed Iranian drone flew directly over a U.S. aircraft carrier operating in international waters in the Gulf this month in a move that was "abnormal and unprofessional," the U.S. military said on Friday.

    Iranian state television said a surveillance drone flew over a U.S....

  • What Matters Most.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    Remember when life was simply beautiful?

    Children didn’t get cancer.  No one filed bankruptcy.  Marriages were mostly… good.  Hospitals were places young women went to deliver babies.

    I yearn for that innocent past- fruits that tasted like grandma's love, friends more loyal...

  • Pope asks Iran to work for Mideast peace, stop spread of terrorism

    2 weeks ago

    Pope Francis met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in the Vatican on Tuesday and urged Tehran to work with other Middle East states to promote peace and stop the spread of terrorism and arms trafficking in the region.

    Shi'ite Muslim Iran is the strongest ally of Syrian President...

  • Anger in Italy as statues covered to save Iranian blushes

    2 weeks ago

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under fire on Tuesday after ancient nude statues in Rome's Capitoline museum were covered up to avoid any possible offense to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who is visiting the country.

    Italy and Iran will sign up to 17 billion euros of...

  • Kerry: Some funds released under Iran deal will go to terrorism

    3 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran would likely use some money freed by the lifting of sanctions for terrorism, but if it does, it will be subject to separate sanctions.

    “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are...

  • Hillary campaign slams Sanders’ Iran policy

    3 weeks ago

    The Hillary Clinton campaign on Thursday continued its pushback against Bernie Sanders’ stance on Iran and the war against ISIS as an issue for concern in the Democratic presidential primary.

    In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, former State Department official and...

  • Former Marine held in Iran arrives home after swap

    3 weeks ago

    Former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, released by Iran in a prisoner swap last weekend, arrived home on Thursday after more than four years in jail in the Islamic Republic where he faced the death sentence at one point. 

    Hekmati 32, touched down in a private jet at the airport in his...

  • Republicans hammer on at Iran deal on presidential campaign

    3 weeks ago

    Republican presidential candidates took swipes on Tuesday at the lifting of sanctions against Iran, but they disagree on how they would to handle Tehran if they win the White House at the Nov. 8 election.

    Iran can expect an abrupt shift in relations with the United States to a...

  • Germany sees Iran as key to stabilizing Middle East

    3 weeks ago

    Germany wants to work with Iran to help calm regional conflicts now that the Islamic Republic is emerging from international isolation and also prevent tension escalating with regional rival Saudi Arabia, Germany's foreign minister said on Tuesday. 

    Iran emerged from years of...

  • Hillary Clinton to ‘watch Iran like the proverbial hawk’

    3 weeks ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday issued a more measured response to the implementation of the first phase in the Iran nuclear deal and the lifting of U.S. sanction by executive order.

    “I have said for a long time that I’m very proud of the role that I...

  • Senior Jewish Democrats question Sanders on Iran

    3 weeks ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders raised some eyebrows when he suggested during Sunday’s TV debate that the U.S. should normalize relations with Iran.

    During the Democratic presidential TV debate in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday evening, Sanders expressed...

  • Obama says Iran has pledged to help find Robert Levinson

    3 weeks ago

    Iran will “deepen its coordination” with the United States to locate a Jewish-American man missing since 2007, President Barack Obama said.

    “Iran has agreed to deepen our coordination as we work to locate Robert Levinson, missing from Iran for more than eight years,” Obama said,...

  • Report paving way for Iran sanctions relief likely Saturday

    January 15, 2016 | 2:11 pm

    An IAEA report verifying that Iran has kept its promises under last year's nuclear deal with world powers and triggering sanctions relief for Tehran is likely to be issued on Saturday, a diplomatic source said on Friday.

    The report, if issued, would mark the consummation of the...

  • New Argentina AMIA investigator eyeing trial in absentia

    January 14, 2016 | 3:12 pm

    A trial in absentia could revitalize the AMIA case, the new head of the investigative unit looking into the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish center said.

    Mario Cimadevilla, a lawyer and former senator, has been tasked with reactivating the investigation and seeking new...

  • White House: Pleased Iran released sailors, still has concerns

    January 13, 2016 | 1:27 pm

    The White House is pleased that Iran released 10 U.S. sailors it had detained but continues to have concerns about Tehran's sponsorship of terrorism and threats to Israel, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

    White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he was not aware of any discussions...

  • Iran frees 10 US Navy sailors

    January 13, 2016 | 11:57 am

    Iran freed the 10 U.S. Navy sailors it detained after their two boats accidentally floated into Iranian territorial waters.

    The sailors, nine men and one woman, were released Wednesday, a day after being detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and held at an Iranian base on...

  • Pentagon says two Navy boats in Iranian custody

    January 12, 2016 | 1:53 pm

    Two U.S. Navy boats were taken into Iranian custody on Tuesday but Iran has told the United States that the crews will be returned "promptly," U.S. officials said.

    "Earlier today, we lost contact with two small U.S. naval craft en route from Kuwait to Bahrain. We subsequently...

  • Iranian nuclear official denies Arak nuclear reactor offline

    January 12, 2016 | 8:24 am

    An Iranian nuclear official denied a report that Iran has dismantled the core of its heavy water nuclear reactor as part of its deal reached with the world powers.

    Iran’s deputy nuclear chief, Ali Asghar Zarean, told Iran’s state television on Tuesday that it will not change the...

  • Iranian media reports final nuke deal obligation fulfilled

    January 11, 2016 | 2:02 pm

    Iran reportedly has completed the obligations required before sanctions could be lifted under the nuclear deal reached with world powers.

    According to the state-sponsored Fars News Agency, Iran finished taking out the core of its heavy water nuclear reactor in Arak and filling it...

  • Iran ‘days away’ from meeting nuke deal commitments

    January 7, 2016 | 4:17 pm

    Iran may be only “days away” from complying with the nuclear deal signed last summer, according to Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Iran removed most of its stockpile of enriched uranium last week, Kerry said Thursday, The Associated Press reported.

    “Iran literally shipped out...

  • Democratic lawmakers call for immediate sanctions on Iran

    January 6, 2016 | 3:24 pm

    Democratic lawmakers – opponents and supporters of the Iran nuclear deal – on Wednesday called on the Obama Administration to impose punitive sanctions on Iran without delay.

    In a letter sent to President Barack Obama, House Representatives Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel, Debbie...

  • Trump sets economic conditions for siding with Saudi Arabia over Iran

    January 6, 2016 | 1:19 pm

    Republican presidential Donald Trump on Monday suggested that the U.S. should defend Saudi Arabia in its escalating dispute with Iran only if the Saudis pay us back economically.

    In an appearance on Fox News Monday evening, Trump told host Bill O’Reilly that in order to stop...

  • Saudi Arabia vs. Iran

    January 6, 2016 | 12:22 pm

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Turkey should avoid picking sides in the current diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and Iran, according to experts.

    “I hope that Turkey doesn’t feel that it needs to rush in and take sides in this issue. It’s not in the...

  • U.S. says weighs sanctions against Iran for ballistic missile test

    January 5, 2016 | 12:24 pm

    The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it was in discussions with other U.S. agencies on imposing sanctions against Iran for an Oct. 10 ballistic missile tests by Tehran that violated U.N. Security Council resolutions.

    "We are fully prepared to use sanctions with respect to...

  • Saudi Arabia recruits Sunni allies in row with Iran

    January 4, 2016 | 11:21 am

    Saudi Arabia rallied Sunni allies to its side in a growing diplomatic row withIran on Monday, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric.

    Bahrain and Sudan cut all ties with Iran, following Riyadh's example...

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