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Casualties Reported After Strong Quake Hits Northeastern Iran

RFL/RE – A magnitude-6.1 earthquake has struck near the northwestern Iranian city of Mashhad, reportedly killing at least two people and injuring several others. The quake struck nearly 80 kilometers southeast of Iran’s second-biggest city at about 10:40 a.m. (0640 GMT/UTC) on April 5, the U.S. Geological Survey and Iranian media said. Reports said aftershocks shook the region. The Iranian …

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Boeing Co. says it signed new $3B deal with Iranian airline

Tusatoday – Boeing Co. said on Tuesday it has signed a new, $3 billion deal with Iran’s Aseman Airlines to supply 30 737 MAX aircraft to the carrier, the first major sale by a U.S. company to the Islamic Republic under new President Donald Trump. The new agreement comes on top of the $16.6 billion sale Boeing previously made in …

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Despite nuclear deal, EU firms still cautious on Iran

IOPHR – Since the signing and implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), European businesses have shown great interest in re-entering Iran. Trade between Iran and the EU has already notably picked up. Last year, European exports to Iran amounted to 8.3 billion euros ($8.9 billion), approximately 28% higher than the year before. Meanwhile, European imports grew by some 345%, …

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Iranian trap targeting the US in Mosul

AL-Arabia – Iran has an operative presence on Iraqi and Syrian territories through Iranian fighters and military leaders who are in command of Shiite militias. Some of them are Arabs who joined the Popular Mobilization in Iraq, Hezbollah in Syria or non-Arab militias recruited by Iran to fight in Syria under the pretext of fighting ISIS. This is an occupation …

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US Arrests Turkish Banker in Iran Sanctions Case

VOA – Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a prominent ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, came to New York this week to school investors on his state bank’s plans to sell new dollar bonds. Instead, he was placed under arrest by U.S. authorities and accused of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran by teaming with wealthy Turkish gold …

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Pakistani Man Jailed In Germany For Spying For Iran

RFL/RE – A Berlin court has sentenced a Pakistani man to four years and three months in prison after he was convicted of spying for Iran. The sentence in the trial of Haidar Syed Mustafa came on March 28, after the court ruled that he had collected material on the former head of the German-Israeli Association and a French-Israeli professor …

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Bahrain Says It Dismantles 14-Member ‘Terrorist’ Cell

RFL/RE – Bahrain says it has broken up a 14-member “terrorist” cell suspected of a bomb attack on a bus in February and of plotting to assassinate senior government officials. The Bahraini Interior Ministry on March 26 said individual group members had been trained by Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the Iraqi Ketaeb Hizballah Shi’ite paramilitary group, and …

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ANALYSIS: Here’s how to blueprint the most effective Iran policy

Al-Arabia – Iran has been continuing its series of blatant measures in defiance of norms accepted as standard by the international community, all as the Trump administration continues to weigh on blacklisting the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Iran has gone as far as pledging to launch “roaring missiles” in response to threats. To this day, several ballistic missile launches – capable …

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Congress’ New Iran Sanctions Bills Draw Support From Former Senior US Officials

VOA – New efforts by U.S. lawmakers to tighten sanctions against Iran’s ballistic-missile program have earned praise from three former senior U.S. officials who support an exiled Iranian opposition group. Former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Robert Joseph, Obama administration State Department spokesman P.J. Crowleyand former Marine Corps Commandant U.S. General James Conway welcomed last Thursday’s announcements …

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Pence: Trump Administration ‘Has Put Iran on Notice’

VOA – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration “has put Iran on notice,” and will not tolerate Iranian efforts to “destabilize the region and jeopardize Israel’s security.” His comments Sunday night in Washington came at the opening of the three-day annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). View image on Twitter View image …

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