News from Iran – Week 02 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

A-Transfers

 

  • Faezeh Hashemi-Rafsanjani, transferred back to general ward and allowed to meet her siblings.
  • Imprisoned senior Reformist Mostafa Tajzadeh had been transferred to Farabi hospital then returned to prison after few hours.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Prominent Azari activist Ayat Mehrali Biglou arrested in City of Soufian and transferred to Intel detention in Tabriz.
  • Anisa Fanaian to begin serving her sentence of 22 months next week.
  • Journalist Mohammad Kimyaei arrested in a raid of his home.
  • National-Religious activist Masoud Ladeni arrested in Ahvaz and taken to Karoon prison to start serving 2 year sentence.
  • Shahrooz Mamadi arrested by Intel in Salmas.
  • Labor activist Mohammad Molaei was summoned and arrested in Mahabad.
  • Sirvan Hossein Panahi, nephew of Kurdish political prisoner Anvar Hossein Panahi arrested.
  • Mehdi Tahaghoghi was arrested at home and sent to prison to start serving his 6 year sentence.
  • Shakiba Vahdat, Baha’i from Babolsar, arrested in Tabriz.
  • 5 members of underground music group arrested by police.

 

C-Liberations

 

  • Hadi Arabghobadi has been released on bail on furlough.
  • Release on furlough of Human Rights lawyer Mohammad-Ali Dadkhah.
  • Activist Masoud Hosseinzadeh released from Tabriz prison after completing his 6 month sentence.
  • Ahmadinejad’s press adviser Javanfekr released on furlough again.
  • Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani released from prison again.
  • Labor activist Reza Shahabi has been released on furlough after 23 days on hunger strike.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Younes Aghayan on hunger strike in solitary confinement.
  • Political prisoner Saeed Matinpour has launched a hunger strike protesting the denial of Medical furlough to Reza Shahabi.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Sentence to death of Ahvazi prisoners Seyed Jaber and Mokhtar Alboosookeh upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Sentence to death of Ahvazi prisoner Mohammad Ali Amoori upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Detained opposition leader’s eldest son, Mohammad Hossein Karroubi has been sentenced to 6 months.
  • Sentence to death of Ahvazi prisoner Hadi Rashedi upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Sentence to death of Ahvazi prisoner Hashem Shaabani upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Saeed Shirzad earthquake aid worker arrested in E. Azarhbaijan sentenced to 1 yr suspended sentence.
  • One man hanged in Yasouj on Friday.
  • 2 men hanged in Shahrekord on Saturday, 2 others in Khorramabad.


University – Culture

  • Opposition leader Mousavi -under house arrest- suspended from work as University professor due to absenteeism.
  • Iran developing ‘Smart Control’ software for social-networking sites.
  • New archeological discoveries in Afraz (Bam fault).
  • Persons involved in making of the film ‘A Respectable Family’ summoned to court
  • Iranian writer and translator Shiva Arastooee’s 5-year ban from publishing.
  • Milad Samimi Darzi, Baha’i, expelled from Babol University.


Iran Economics

  • Imports decrease by near 5 billion Dollars in 9 months.
  • Average rise in cost of living = 60%; Possible rise in minimum wage =18-20%.
  • Domestic flights in Iran cancelled because of debts to National Oil Company.
  • Turkey continues to trade gold for Iran’s natural gas.
  • Inflation reaches 27% in Iran.


Politics in Iran

  • Rafsandjani is not a candidate to presidential election but accepts to be a counselor to potential candidat Ali Mottaheri.
  • Iran’s intelligence ministry threatens reformists with mass arrest.
  • Businesses selling products that “violate Islamic cultural values” shut down.


Iran  abroad

  • US deports Amirhossein Sairafi, an Iranian accused of nuclear smuggling.
  • Syrian rebels swap 48 Iranians for government prisoners.
  • Australia expands sanctions against Iran.
  • FM meets Egyptian President, UN-Arab League Special Envoy to Syria.
  • Iraqi Kurdistan PM makes secret visit to Iran.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran seizes two Saudi fishing boats.

 

News from Iran – Week 01 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

  • Political prisoner Hasan Ashtiani has been transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr prison.
  • Political Prisoner Mashallah Haeri hospitalized with heart respiratory problems due to wrong medicine.
  • Faezeh Hashemi, daughter of former president Rafsanjani has been moved to Ward 209 solitary confinement.
  • Dr. Mehdi Khazali has been transferred back to Ward 209 solitary and launched a new hunger strike.
  • Political prisoner Raheleh Zokaii transferred to Gharchak Prison, Varamin.
  • Two Baha’i infants imprisoned with their mothers transferred to hospital.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Moshtagh Anvari, Baha’i from Zahedan, arrested and sent to Intelligence ministry.
  • Green activist and popular singer Arya Aramnejad started serving his 91 days sentence.
  • Verveer Avanessian, priest of a house-church, arrested during Christmas eve in Tehran.
  • Farshid Dadvar, Baha’i from Zahedan, arrested and sent to Intelligence ministry.
  • Mansour Dashtban, arrested after summon in Isfahan.
  • Gonabadi Dervishes’ lawyer Mostafa Daneshjoo returned to prison from hospital before completing treatment.
  • Mona Majidi arrested in Sangsar with her 9 months son and sent to Semnan prison to serve her 6 months sentence.
  • Furlough extension was denied to Seyed Jalal Nabavi, he is back in Qom prison.
  • Rahim SarKar, editor of the weekly “Hadis-e Qazvin” arrested –again.
  • Sedigheh Shokati, Baha’i from Zahedan, arrested and sent to Intelligence ministry.
  • 88 currency traders and gold coin dealers arrested in Tehran.

C-Liberations

  • Negar Haeri the daughter of political prisoner Mashallah Haeri has been released.
  • Mohammad Karimi, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Jamal Minashiri, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Ebrahim Mostafa, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Ghasem Mostafapour, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, released on bail.
  • Baha’i Zohreh Nikaeen allowed 5 day’s leave from Semnan prison, her baby took sick and was sent to hospital.
  • Imprisoned Trade Unionist on hunger strike Reza Shahabi granted medical furlough.
  • Farid Taheri, member of the Freedom Movement of Iran was released after completing 3 years sentence.
  • Hadi Tanoumand, Kurdish workers’ rights activist, released on bail.

D-Other News

  • Mohammad-Hossein Nakhaei, 85 years old, denied phone and visitations rights.
  • Political prisoner Mostafa Nili ended his hunger strike launched 8 days ago in protest to being moved to Rejaei Shahr
  • Father of Zahra Rahnavard -wife of opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi, under house arrest- passed away. She was not allowed to attend funerals.
  • Despite having finished serving 20 years sentence, Urmiah prison officials prevent release of Kurdish political prisoner Ali Sadeghi.
  • Attorney/Human Rights activist Seyed Mohammad Seifzadeh refused to appear in court wearing prison uniform.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Yousef Abdi sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Mokhtar Alyasi sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Ali Akbar Baghbani, the Head of Teachers Trade Association sentenced to 1 year in prison and 10 years exile in Zabol.
  • Kamal Kehzri sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • 2 executions in Urmiah prison.
  • 4 executions in Ghezel Hesar prison in Karaj.
  • 4 executions in Yazd central prison.
  • 10 executions in Taybad on Wednesday.
  • 1 execution in Ysooj on Wednesday.

University – Culture

  • Ban on Iranian newspaper, Shargh – lifted.
  • Bahai student Misagh Imam Verdi expelled from the university in Tehran

Protests

  • Protest of lawyers in front of Bar Association.
  • 2,400 Workers of Saveh Rolling and Profile Mills Co on strike on Saturday Dec 29 protesting 6 months unpaid wages.

Iran Economics

  • Opening of a new sugar factory in Ahvaz in spite of recent closure of another with more than 50 years in operation.
  • Public hospitals in Iran on the verge of bankruptcy due to lack of payment by insurance companies.

Politics in Iran

  • Iran’s intelligence ministry threatens reformists with mass arrest.

Iran abroad

  • Iran’s Ambassador to Syria Mohammad Reza Sheibani met with UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi in Damascus on Wednesday.
  • Iran’s Ambassador to Beirut Ghazanfar Roknabadi and Lebanon’s Prime Minister Najib Mikati held talks on Syria on Friday.

Miscellaneous

  • A small US plane stuck in Iran -near city of Ahvaz- for repair after emergency landing.
  • During the past two months; 3 hemophilia patients died due to medication shortage.
  • Baha’i cemetery in Sangsar destroyed by bulldozers.
  • Sailors holding 8 crew from India captive on boat bought with Germany bank loan.
  • All schools closed again on Tuesday and Wednesday due to air pollution in Tehran.

 

 

News from Iran – Week 52 – 2012

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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

 

  • Younes Aghayan, death row political prisoner, moved from Mahabad to solitary in Oromieh prison.
  • Kamal Kashani, Payam Markazi, Siamak Sadri, Fahrmand Sana’i, Kourosh Ziari, Farhad and Foad Fahandezh, all Baha’is, transferred from Evin to Rajaei Shahr.
  • Student activist Mostafa Nili transferred from Evin to Rajaei Shahr.
  • Death row Kurdish political prisoner Houshang Rezaei moved to Rajaei Shahr prison after 6 months in Evin 209 solitary.
  • Human Rights’ lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh transferred from Evin to Rajaei Shahr.
  • Reza Sharifi Bokani who is serving a 3-year sentence in Rajai Shahr Prison has been moved to an unknown location.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Ali Akbar Javanfekr is back to Evin after medical leave.
  • Baha’i Mona Majidi arrested along with her 9 month old baby and transferred to Semnan prison to start serving 6 months sentence.
  • Pastor Yousef Naderkhani sent to Lakan prison in Rasht to serve the 45 days remaining of his 3 years sentence.
  • Pouya Tabianian, Baha’i begins serving his 6 year sentence in Semnan.

 

C-Liberations

 

  • Heshmatollah Tabarzadi

    Heshmatollah Tabarzadi

    President of Kurdistan Human Rights Organisation, Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand released on 700 Million Tomans bail after 5 1/2 years in prison on 4 day furlough.

  • Political prisoner Mohammadreza Moghayeseh has been released on a 4 day medical furlough.
  • Anvar Moslemi, Behzad Zabihei, Baha’i from Mashhad, released on 50 million Tomans bail each.
  • Prominent Iran activist Heshmat Tabarzadi granted furlough.
  • Ashkan Zamani, Baha’i from Mashhad, released on bail.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Dr. Mehdi Khazali has been moved from 209 solitary to Ward 350. He ended his hunger strike on Dec 20.
  • 26-year-old Abbas Mahdi Kori, young prisoner who suffered extreme pain, died in central prison in Bandar-Abbas, his pleas ignored by guards.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh accompanied by security forces was to be allowed to attend the burial services of her mother but the service was cancelled.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Keyvan Ahmadi, Kurdish citizen, sentenced to 4 years.
  • Aria Aramnezhad, singer, sentenced to 3 months by Appeal court.
  • Delavar Bodekan, Kurdish citizen, sentenced to 6 months.
  • Faramarz Firouzian, Baha’i from Semnan, previously sentenced to 4.5 years in prison, sentenced by Appeals to 1 year.
  • Amin Roghani, student activist from Semnan, sentenced by Appeals to 9 months in prison.
  • Tahereh Rostampour sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Azizeh Shafieian, 68 years old, has been sentenced to 1 year imprisonment + 5 years suspended prison term + 5 years ban from foreign travel
  • Ali Shariati, blogger, sentenced by Appeals to 9 months in prison.
  • Naser Sodagari sentenced to 5 years in prison + 5 years in exile in Zahedan.
  • Pouyan Sodagari sentenced to 6 years in prison + 6 years in exile in Kerman.
  • Political prisoner Hani Yazerloo sentence of 1 year in prison and 15 year exile in Mashhad confirmed.
  • One man hanged in Sari on Christmas day.
  • 5 public executions in Yassoj on Thursday.
  • One Afghan national executed in Damghan on Thursday.
  • One execution in Semnan on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Top Iranian university [ Sanati Sharif Uni. in Tehran] among new sanction targets.
  • Shargh newspaper acquitted of insulting veterans of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War.


Protests

  • 300 workers of Fajr Petrochem of Mahshahr are on strike again.
  • Retired metal workers meet for a protest in Tehran.


Iran Economics

  • Largest private factory of Esfahan is in crisis: layoff of 1000 workers and overdue wages of 4000 workers.
  • Closure of Yasouj Flour factory displaced its 86 workers who were due to retire soon.
  • $1 = 3500 tomans.
  • 50% of employees at Parand Industrial Complex have been laid off.
  • Overnight looting in Tehran’s grand bazaar.
  • Exports to Iran from UAE dropped by nearly a third in the first half of 2012.
  • Iran regime exporting 20 tons of gold to Syria to save its currency, while Iran’s currency is failing


Politics in Iran

  • Iran ends fuel subsidies for passenger cars with 1,800cc engines.
  • Khamenei directly responsible for house arrest of opposition leaders, says Police Chief.
  • Dispute escalates between MP and head of the Expediency Council Rafsanjani.
  • Ahmadinejad ousted Health Minister Dastjerdi and replaced her with Mohammad Hassan Tarighat Monfared.
  • Family of Iran ex-president, Rafsanjani, sues lawmaker ally of Ahmadinejad over corruption allegations.


Iran  abroad

  • At 175 and just below China, Iran occupies 4th place from the bottom on Press Freedom Index 2011-2012.
  • Iran to finance $300m power supply project in Pakistan.
  • Iranian ophthalmologist wins medical prize in US.
  • Spanish satellite company Hispasat stopped airing Press TV and Hispan TV.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran claims to have staved off another Stuxnet-type attack on Bandar Abbas power plant.

News from Iran – Week 51 – 2012

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Prisoners’ News

  1. Transfers

 

  • Imprisoned Trade Unionist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh moved to Ward 240’s solitary confinement.
  • Labor activist Pedram Nasrollahi serving time in Sanandaj prison has been moved to solitary and banned from visits.
  • Imprisoned labor activist Reza Shahabi suffering from severe headaches and numbness in fingers has been transferred to hospital.
  • Abdolfattah Soltani, imprisoned Human Rights lawyer transferred to hospital.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Reverend Saeed Abedini, a 32-year-old US citizen and Christian convert, arrested in August and still detained.
  • Father of labour activist Seyed Hadi Daneshyar arrested when the home was raided by security forces.
  • Assal Esmailzadeh begins serving her 8 months suspended sentence.
  • Behnam Momtazi, Baha’I from Ghazvin, arrested.
  • Adnan Rahmat-Panah, Baha’i from Shiraz, arrested and sent to Pelak 100.
  • 20 Bahais arrested in Karaj, 17 released.

 

C-Liberations

 

  • Imprisoned cleric blogger Ahmad Reza Ahmadpour broke his hunger strike on day 18 and released on furlough.
  • Journalist Reza Ansari Rad was released from Evin after serving his 1 year sentence.
  • Mehdi Hashemi released from Evin.
  • Jailed adviser of Iran leader Ali Akbar Javanfekr given medical leave.
  • Shahnam Jazbani freed on bail after suffering a heart attack in detention.
  • Navid Moalemi, Baha’i from Minoodasht, freed on bail.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Majid Asadi has started hunger strike.
  • After 4 months, imprisoned husband and wife Journalistes Zhila Baniyagoub and Bahman Amouee were allowed to visit.
  • Prisoner of conscience, Arzhang Davoodi, denied phone calls because of his recent letter published on internet.
  • Political prisoner, Asadollah Hadi, has refused family visits in solidarity with Ali Moezzi’s and Vahid Asghari’s solitary confinement.
  • Imprisoned labor activist Reza Shahabi has launched a hunger strike also refusing his medicine.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh’s mother passed away; Nasrin was not allowed to visit her for a last farewell.
  • Majid Tavakoli called his mother for the first time after 3 years in prison and spoke with his parents.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Moloud Safaei sentenced to 5 years in prison + 5 years exile from Semnan province for taking part in Ali Saremi funerals.
  • 3 people hanged in Urmiah on Saturday.
  • One man hanged in Kashan prison on Monday.
  • 7 people were hanged in Esfahan prison on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Persian translator of German literature Jahed Jahanshahi dies at 66.
  • Hila Sedighi, Keyvan Samimi, Isa Saharkhiz, Iran’s writers honoured by HRW for their commitment to Free Expression.


Protests

  • Protest of 400 scaffolding workers ay Resalat Square-Tehran against not being included in social security.
  • 430 workers of Amirkabir Petrochem of Mahshahr are on strike against unjust pay and contracts.
  • Workers sit in protest in front of Iran parliament sent petition with 30,000 signatures.
  • 2000 workers and drivers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company signed a petition against anti-labour law amendment.
  • Protest gathering of appliance manufacturer Azmayesh Factory workers against > 8 months overdue wages.


Iran Economics

  • Because of sanctions, the cost of treatment for breast cancer increased threefold.
  • 3000 carpet weavers were laid off in Khorasan province.
  • Layoff of 55 workers of Rail Road Co of Ahvaz.
  • Daily oil imports into China from Iran in the first 10 months of 2012 were down 22 percent on the 2011 figure.


Politics in Iran

  • The bill about women’s passports returns to Majlis to be revised.


Iran  abroad

  • 2 Iranian pilgrims killed in terrorist attack in Iraq.
  • Ahmadinejad cancels planned visit to Turkey.
  • Tajik, ex Iranian diplomat, who won British court ruling against his extradition to US, is back home.
  • U.N. General Assembly condemned North Korea, Iran and Syria for widespread Human Rights abuses.
  • Canada puts Qods Force on terrorist list and removes MKO from same list.
  • EU strengthen sanctions against Iran: 490 organisations and 105 people now.


Miscellaneous

  • Iran mine collapse in Tabas kills four workers, four other disappears.
  • Iran attacked with data-wiping malware.
  • 11 killed near Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan Gawadar district while trying to illegally cross into neighbouring Iran.

News from Iran Week 03 – 2012

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News of the Prisoners

A-Transfers

  • Ali Afshari transferred to clinic in Urmiah prison.
  • Razgar Afshari transferred to quarantine in Urmiah prison.
  • Blogger and war veteran Davoud Bahmanabadi has been moved to Sepah ward 2-A solitary.
  • Keyvan Davoodi transferred to quarantine in Urmiah prison.
  • Blogger human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi has been hospitalized once again.
  • Isa Saharkhiz has been returned to prison from hospital before completing treatment.

    Issa Saharkhiz (عیسی سحرخیز), the Iranian poli...

    Isa Saharkhiz. Image via Wikipedia

  • Arash Honarvar Shojaei was taken to Evin clinic on his 8th day of hunger strike due to poor health.

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

  • Saeed Abootarab briefly arrested in Ispahan.
  • Medical furlough extension was denied for Reformist Feyzollah Arabsorkhi. He is back in Evin after 3days out.
  • Journalist Sahamedin Bourghani was arrested in a raid of his home.
  • Parastou Dokouhaki, journalist, researcher and translator, arrested at home in Tehran.
  • Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, teacher and worker activist is transferred to Evin to serve 3 year sentence.
  • Mohammad Jarahi, Azeri workers’ rights activist, arrested to serve his sentence.
  • Foad Khanjani, baha’i student activist, begins serving his sentence in Evin.
  • Dana Lanj Abadi Kurdish student activist, summoned to intelligence headquarters in Marivan and arrested.
  • Peyman Pakmehr, journalist from Tabriz is arrested and transferred to Evin prison.
  • Nima Pouryaghoub, Azeri student activist, arrested to serve his sentence.
  • Journalist Marzieh Rasouli was arrested in a raid of her home.
  • Arash Sadeghi rearrested one month after his liberation.
  • Jiar Salamatian Kurdish student activist, summoned to intelligence headquarters in Marivan and arrested.
  • Mohammad Soleimaninia, translator, has been arrested .
  • Sassan Vahebivash, Azeri student activist, arrested to serve his sentence.
  • Sharokh Zamani, Azeri workers’ rights activist, arrested at his work place to serve his sentence.
  • 10 partygoers, 9 men and one woman, arrested in Mashhad.

. C-Releases

D-Other News

  • Cleric blogger Mohammad Sadegh Honavar Shojaei has ended his hunger strike after 9 days.
  • Recently released political prisoner Hashem Khastar and his wife have been summoned to court in Mashhad.

News of injustice in Iran

  • Ali and Habib Afshari, Kurdish activists, sentenced to death.
  • Fatemeh Arabsorkhi, daughter of imprisoned ReformistFayzollah Arabsorkhi has been sentenced to 6 months suspended for 5 years .
  • Ahmadinejad adviser & CEO of IRNA, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, sentenced to 1 year in prison in preliminary court.
  • Parisa Kakaei sentence of 6 years prison confirmed by appeals.
  • Iran Freedom Movement member Amir Khoram already sentenced to 6 yrs has been sentenced to additional 2 years.
  • Supreme Court has upheld death sentence of Saeed Malekpourwithout the knowledge of Supreme Court justices.
  • Court of Appeals has upheld the 3 years sentence of blogger and women’s rights activist Fereshteh Shirazi.
  • 12 executions in Shiraz on Sunday 5 of them in public.
  • One public execution in Kerman on Thursday.

University  – Culture

  • A separation directed by Asghar Farhadi wins best foreign film in golden globes.
  • Iran to use different textbooks for education of girls & boys in its schools.
  • US dollar trading at 1665 tomans on the open market in Iran Monday Jan 16.
  • Asieh Amini wins prize of International Pen Club.

Economy in Iran

  • Iran plans to issue $1 billion in bonds at 21-percent profit rate.
  • 1$ = 1650 tomans on Monday.
  • Iran does not agree to reduce price on gas supplied to Turkey.
  • 8th International Kish Energy Exhibition opens with participation of firms from China, Turkey, Netherlands, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Azerbaijan Republic, Japan, Malaysia, Finland, Austria, UAE, Spain, Germany and Belgium.
  • All new employees in government offices must pass a course in the Koran.
  • Iran claims to have closed dozens of shops selling Barbie dolls.

Protests

  • More than 1000 workers on strike in Karoon factory in Sooshtar.

Iran  abroad

  • Iranian FM visits Turkey.
  • Ahmadinejad meets with Ecuadorian president.
  • Iranian-built cement factory “Cerro Azul” in Venezuela to be launched on March 2012.
  • Ali Akbar Salehi, foreign minister, in Turkey.
  • Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister visited South Lebanon.
  • Iraqi Oil Minister to visit Iran today.
  • Syria’s Special Guards for the president are trained in Iran.
  • Iran’s Press TV has had its broadcasting licence in the UK revoked

Politics in Iran

  • Former IRGC Commander Alaei compares Khamenei to Shah and infuriates regime; protests are organized in front of his home.
  • In a reversal, State Dept. of Iran has approved candidacy of Motahari, Katouzian, and Abbaspour.

Miscellaneous

  • 230 Iranian dissidents ‘strongly’ condemn nuclear worker’s assassination.
  • US Navy Rescues third Iran Crew.
  • Was she ‘executed’? Iranian student activist Gelareh Bagherzadeh, 30, found shot dead in her car near her Texas home.
  • A strong earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit northeastern Iran on Thursday, injuring at least 100 people.
  • The Head of UAE Security told delegates at a regional security conference not to allow the US to push Arab states into conflict with Iran