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  • 18 October

    Iranian Minister Says Ready To Do Business With U.S. Oil Companies

    RFL/RE – Iran is ready to do business with American oil companies even though the United States still prohibits them from operating in the country, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has said. “American companies can come to Iran and benefit so [U.S. President Donald Trump] won’t be upset,” Zanganeh said, according to SHANA, the news site of the Iranian Oil Ministry. Though …

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  • 18 October

    Khamenei Adviser Warns Europeans Not To Try To Add Conditions To Nuclear Deal

    RFL/RE – A top adviser to Iran’s supreme leader has warned European governments against trying to negotiate new conditions to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive. “To say that they accept the JCPOA [nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] but should negotiate on Iran’s regional presence or talk about Iran’s missile defenses is to set conditions on …

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  • 18 October

    Russian, Iranian Diplomats To Discuss Iran Nuclear Deal This Week

    RFL/RE – A senior Russian diplomat says he expects to hold talks with an Iranian counterpart this week to discuss the situation surrounding the Iran nuclear deal following U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to abandon the multinational accord if it is not amended. The Interfax news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on October 17 that he plans …

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  • 18 October

    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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  • 18 October

    Yazd City Council will not Tolerate Suspension of Zoroastrian Member

    Radiozamaneh – The suspension of Sepanta Niknam, the Zoroastrian Yazd City Councillor by the Administrative Court of Justice has sparked outrage amongst his peers and the public. A defeated hardliner candidate of the municipal elections has targeted Niknam for not being Muslim and has argued non-Muslims cannot run for office in a Muslim majority country. Sepanta Niknam, the Zoroastrian Yazd City Councillor …

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  • 18 October

    Reformist Journalist Sasan Aghaei in Prolonged Solitary Confinement Despite Calls for His Release by MPs

    CHRI- The Iranian judiciary is refusing to release reformist journalist Sasan Aghaei, who has been detained for more than two months in solitary confinement despite calls for his release by members of Parliament. Since August 12, 2017, the deputy editor-in-chief of the reformist Etemad newspaper has been held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison’s Ward 241, controlled by the judiciary’s intelligence branch. “I ask judicial officials …

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  • 18 October

    How Iran helped Baghdad seize back Kirkuk

    Al-Monitor – Around 8 p.m. on Oct. 15, an Iranian general from the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) accompanied by Iraqi Commanders Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Hadi al-Ameri sat down with the Kurdish commanders in Kirkuk. The IRGC commander, known only by his surname, Eqbalpour, who works closely with Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani, told the Kurds to give up the city peacefully. “If you …

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  • 18 October

    New US Strategy on Iran Poses Dilemma for Allies

    PayvandNews – How do France, Germany, and the United Kingdom intend to react to the Iran policy that President Donald Trump announced on October 13? The leaders of these states put out a statement late on October 13 that is ambiguous. The relevant passage reads: By Peter Jenkins (source: LobeLog) Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, and Donald Trump At the same time as …

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  • 18 October

    City of Yazd, manifestation of ancient civilization

    PayvandNews – Yazd is the first adobe city in the world and is the second historical city after Venice, Italy. Yazd in central Iran has been a manifestation of the brightest cultural heritage and ancient civilization throughout history with human settlement in Yazd dating back to the third millennium BCE. By: Mina Ahmadi, Mehr News Agency Tribes, who migrated from Balkh to …

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  • 18 October

    Trump: ‘Total Termination’ of Iran Nuclear Deal Possible

    VOA – President Donald Trump says his decision not to recertify Iran’s compliance with the Iran nuclear deal could lead to its “total termination.”  “That’s a very real possibility,” Trump said Monday as he began a meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. “Some people say that’s a greater possibility.” Trump depiction by Iranian cartoonist Sana Hosseinipour, Ghanoon daily In remarks that …

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  • 16 October

    Iran denies reports Tehran closed border with northern Iraq

    Al-Arabia – Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday denied reports that Tehran had closed a border crossing with northern Iraq in response to an independence referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region last month, the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported. “As we announced earlier, we blocked our airspace to the Kurdish region on a request from the central government of Iraq, and as …

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  • 16 October

    Iran’s Soleimani reportedly in Kurdistan as Iraq denies setting Kirkuk deadline

    Al-Arabia – A Kurdish source said on Sunday that the leader of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Qasem Soleimani, arrived in Iraqi Kurdistan Region to discuss the escalation of the crisis between Erbil and Baghdad. Meanwhile, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s spokesperson denied Baghdad has set a deadline for the Peshmerga forces to withdraw from the province of Kirkuk. According to Al …

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  • 16 October

    Tillerson: Iran Compliant With Nuclear Deal, But Trump Wants to Fix Flaws

    VOA – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson conceded Sunday that Iran is in “technical compliance” with the international agreement to curb its nuclear weapons development, but said that President Donald Trump wants Congress to adopt “a more complete strategy” to fix what the U.S. leader sees as flaws in the pact. The top U.S. diplomat told CNN that Tehran has …

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  • 16 October

    Prisoner Hanged on Murder Charges

    Iran Human Rights  – A prisoner was executed on murder charges at Rasht Central Prison (Lakan). According to a close source, on the morning of Saturday October 14, a prisoner was executed at Rasht Central Prison. The prisoner, Hamidreza Khoshbakht, was sentenced to death on murder charges. Close sources told Iran Human Rights (IHR) that Hamidreza was born on 1993. Four …

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  • 16 October

    Iran: Man Executed at Kerman Prison

    Iran Human Rights  –  A prisoner was executed on Moharebeh charges at Kerman Prison. According to ISNA and the Deputy of Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor’s office of Kerman, Mokhtar Shamsuddini, on the morning of Thursday October 12, a prisoner was hanged at Kerman Prison. The prisoner identified as P.D. was charged with Moharebeh for blocking the road, kidnapping some Afghans, and …

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  • 16 October

    Narges Mohammadi Calls on MPs to End the “Illegal” Torture of Solitary Confinement in Iran’s Prisons

    CHRI – Imprisoned prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has called on members of Iran’s Parliament to investigate and end the “illegal” practice of solitary confinement of prisoners. “As a defender of human rights who has been tortured by this practice, I consider it my duty to take every opportunity to express my protest against solitary confinement, the suffering victims of …

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  • 16 October

    Tehran Prosecutor: Streaming TinyMoviez Website Shut Down For “Indecent” Content

    CHRI – Case Highlights State Sanctioning of Copyright Infringement in Iran The popular Iranian streaming movies website, TinyMoviez, which featured pirated material, was shut down for distributing “indecent” foreign films, announced Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on October 10, 2017. The prosecutor was responding to media reports that the TinyMoviez website was shut down by a judicial order in response to …

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  • 16 October

    Seven Reformists MPs Plan to Sue Iran’s State Broadcasting Agency IRIB for Defamation

    CHRI – Seven reformist members of Iran’s Parliament who were recently sentenced to prison for their political views will sue the state TV and radio broadcasting agency for alleging the MPs engaged in espionage. On October 5, 2017, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting’s (IRIB) “20:30” news program displayed a blurry group photo of the MPs—Mohammad Reza Khatami, Mohsen Safaei Farahani, …

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  • 16 October

    Family of Late Iranian President Rafsanjani Banned From Traveling Abroad

    Four family members of the late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani have been banned from traveling abroad by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), while one member is facing a “fabricated case” against her, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). In addition to being banned from international travel, Rafsanjani’s daughter, former member of Parliament Faezeh Hashemi, is …

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  • 16 October

    Former MP: Don’t Underestimate the New Restrictions on Reformist Ex-President Khatami

    CHRI – The increasingly restrictive judicial bans issued against reformist leader Mohammad Khatami could morph into something much bigger and enflame the current political climate, an ally of the former president told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “What we have at the moment is only this order from the prosecutor, but we should not underestimate what could happen …

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  • 16 October

    “Suspended” Zoroastrian Member of Yazd City Council Facing Uncertain Future

    CHRI – The head councilman of the city of Yazd, in southeastern Iran, has refused to carry out a court order suspending the membership of a fellow councilman who is a member of the minority Zoroastrian faith. “In my mind and in my religion, I know this ruling is not consistent with religion, freedom or logic,” said chief councilman Gholamali Sefid …

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  • 14 October

    Trump’s Strategy For Toughening Iran Deal Faces Uncertain Future In Congress

    RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump’s call for legislation aimed at toughening the Iran nuclear deal faces an uncertain future in Congress even as leading Republican senators stepped forward to champion the cause.

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  • 14 October

    US military setting new plans for Iran

    Al-Arabia – The US military said on Friday it was identifying new areas where it could work with allies to put pressure on Iran in support of President Donald Trump’s new strategy, which promises a far more confrontational approach to Tehran.

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  • 14 October

    US Treasury places Iran’s Revolutionary Guards under sanctions

    Al-Arabia – The US Treasury Department announced on Friday that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has been placed on the US sanctions list.

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  • 14 October

    Iran Angrily Rebukes Trump’s Decision to Decertify Nuclear Deal

    VOA — Iran’s president said Friday that the nuclear deal it signed with six world powers in 2015 could not be revoked, after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he would not certify that Iran was in compliance with it.

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  • 14 October

    Iran: 17-year-old boy at risk of imminent execution

    Amnesty – The Iranian authorities must urgently stop the execution of a 17-year-old boy who was convicted of murder and rape, and commute his death sentence to imprisonment, said Amnesty International.

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  • 14 October

    New Reformist Tehran mayor inherits old problems

    Al-Monitor – Less than two months into his tenure as the new mayor of Tehran, Mohammad Ali Najafi is already facing serious challenges. The Reformist politician took over the reins from conservative Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, who held the post for 12 years (2005-2017). Ghalibaf’s mayorship came to an end in late August, but managers loyal to him at the Tehran Municipality seem …

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  • 14 October

    ‘Breath’: Iran’s first Oscar nominee by female director

    Al-Monitor – Iran’s official nomination to the 90th Academy Awards in the best foreign language category is the country’s first ever nomination of a female director’s work. “Nafas,” or “Breath,” written and directed by Narges Abyar, examines a tumultuous time in Iran through the eyes of a little girl.

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  • 13 October

    Trump Blasts Iran But Stops Short Of Pulling Out Of Nuclear Deal; Sanctions IRGC

    RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump has blasted Iran, calling it a “rogue regime” run by “fanatical” leaders, but stopped short of pulling the United States out of a landmark 2015 nuclear accord signed with global powers.

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  • 13 October

    Trump Expected To Slam Tehran But Stay In Nuclear Deal As New Iran Strategy Announced

    RFL/RE – U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to call for measures cracking down on what he sees as Iran’s aggression in the Middle East in a widely anticipated speech on October 13, but stop short of pulling out of a nuclear deal between global powers and Tehran, U.S. officials say. In a White House statement outlining elements a new …

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