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EU Reacts Negatively To U.S. Decision Ending Iran Oil Purchase Exemptions

Radiofarda – The European Union has reacted negatively to the latest U.S. move to increase pressure on Iran. The European Union on Tuesday criticized the U.S. decision to scrap exemptions allowing limited oil purchases by five friendly countries. Washington imposed sanctions on Iran’s oil exports in November but allowed some countries to continue buying some oil for six months, ending …

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Iranian parliament labels entire US military as terrorist

Al-Arabia – Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all US military forces as terrorists, state TV reported, a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from US sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil. The bill is a step further from the one last …

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Lebanese FM received Iranian funds in Red Crescent parcels: Ex Justice Minister

Al-Arabia – Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has been accused of engaging in widespread acts of corruption, including receiving Iranian funds as payment for providing a “Christian cover” for Hezbollah. The charges leveled by former justice minister Ashraf Rifi, who was also the general director of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces from 2005 to 2013, are certain to inflame political …

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Oil Prices Spike as US Insists All Countries Stop Iranian Imports

VOA – Oil prices reached a six-month high Tuesday after the Trump administration announced it would no longer exempt countries from U.S. sanctions, if they continue to buy Iranian crude oil, a move aimed at imposing a complete oil embargo on Iran. Waivers granted to eight countries, including big Iranian crude importers China, India, Japan, Turkey and South Korea, are …

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Workers’ Rights Activists Arrested for Revealing Torture by Intelligence Ministry Held Unlawfully

CHRI – Lawyers representing workers’ rights activists Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Qoliyan say the two are being held unlawfully now that their two-month detention orders have expired. “[Bakhshi’s] detention order ended on March 21 without an extension, which makes his detention a violation of Article 242 of the Criminal Procedures Regulations,” Bakhshi’s lawyer, Farzaneh Zilabi, told the Telegram app channel of the Haft Tappeh sugar mill …

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