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Amnesty – Amnesty International and 40 other human rights and civil society groups have written a joint letter to Member States of the UN Human Rights Council, calling on them to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 34th session of the …

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In Syria, Iran sees necessary war

Al-monitor – Six years into the crisis in Syria, Iran sees the outcome of the conflict as shaping the new Middle East. It was Iran’s first overt foreign intervention in decades, one that some Iranian ideologues have called a war for existence. Iranian officials say it spared the Islamic Republic from having to fight a similar war within its own …

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Iranian MP threatens to impeach intelligence minister

Al-monitor – In anticipation of the May 19 presidential elections, Iranian security agencies have reportedly gone on an arrest spree, rounding up activists who use the Telegram app, prompting one Iranian parliamentarian to demand answers. Outspoken Ali Motahhari, also deputy speaker of the parliament, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) that 12 activists with Telegram accounts have been arrested. …

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Trump Blasts U.S. Court Ruling Freezing Revised Travel Order

RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump blasted a federal judge who suspended his revised travel order, accusing him of “unprecedented judicial overreach.” U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson issued a decision blocking the order late on March 15, hours before it was to take effect, saying he found a strong likelihood it would be ruled unconstitutional and would cause “irreparable injury” …

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U.S., Saudi Arabia Ready To Tackle Iran’s ‘Destabilizing’ Actions

RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have pledged to improve bilateral economic cooperation and face up to Iran’s “destabilizing regional activities” during a meeting on March 14, the White House said. Trump reiterated his support for their countries’ “enduring strategic partnership” and his backing for a new U.S.-Saudi economic cooperation plan “potentially …

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