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Tell UK Officials to Put People Before Politics and Demand Iran Free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

CHR – Iranian-British dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been held captive in Iran since April 2016. For 19 months, the UK government refused to condemn Nazanin’s imprisonment while it pursued business and trade deals with the Islamic Republic. There is no evidence to support the national security charges against Nazanin. Now she’s facing new charges for the same dubious claims. …

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Survivors of Iran quake await badly needed aid, 3 days later

Al-Arabia – Many survivors in Iran were still awaiting badly needed aid on Wednesday, three days after the powerful earthquake along the Iraq border killed more than 530 people and left thousands injured. The delay in getting help to the needy came as public order broke down in many instances where aid was being delivered. Officials said families that were …

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Iran to Probe State-built Homes Destroyed by Deadly Quake

VOA —Iranian President Hassan Rouhani launched an investigation Tuesday into why government housing built by his hard-line predecessor collapsed while others withstood a powerful earthquake near the border with Iraq that killed more than 530 people. In the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab, which was reconstructed in the decades since the 1980s war with Iraq, the outer walls of apartment complexes …

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Iran in Mourning After Earthquake that Killed 430

VOA – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pledged Tuesday his government would quickly help to rebuild areas affected by a deadly earthquake, as the country observed an official day of mourning for the victims. Rouhani spoke during a visit to Kermanshah, which was hit the hardest by Sunday’s magnitude 7.3 quake along the Iran-Iraq border. WATCH: Iran Earthquake Iran’s state-run IRNA …

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‘Spit out your insults, come on now!’ Iranian women film themselves standing up to men who order them to wear a veil as they walk in the street without hijabs

Daily Mail – Iranian women have filmed themselves without face veils as part of a campaign. Veil has been mandatory for women in Iran since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 Shocking video shows a man threatening to slap one defiant activist in the face. Others show relatives and passers-by stepping in to defend campaigners. By JULIAN ROBINSON FOR MAILONLINE Footage has emerged of …

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Top US Security Official: Iran Threatens Regional Stability

VOA – U.S. President Donald Trump says Islamic State in the Middle East is being defeated and the militants are moving to parts of Africa and other places. But a top U.S. security official says the departure of Islamic State does not spell the end of terrorism in the region. In an interview with Alhurra television this week, National Security Advisor …

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Graham: Senate Republicans Plan Iran Nuclear Deal Strategy

VOA – Senate Republicans plan to introduce legislation that would add new conditions to the legislation that gives them review authority over the Iran nuclear deal, a longtime lawmaker says. Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, told VOA the current Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is “a lousy deal” and explained President Donald Trump refused to recertify it …

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Could Iran Be Big Winner in Kirkuk Dispute?

VOA – The U.S.-led coalition to defeat Islamic State says local forces have retaken 87% of the territory once held by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. But as the terror group’s defeat becomes imminent in Iraq, Iraqis are starting to shift their focus to a more complicated dispute: Iraqi Kurds’ desire for independence. As VOA Pentagon correspondent Carla Babb reports, the …

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