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Iran hanging: Fears for child bride Zeinab Sekaanvand

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Human rights activists say a 22-year-old woman whose execution was delayed while she was pregnant could be hanged within days in Iran. Zeinab Sekaanvand was convicted of killing her husband, whom she says beat her for months. Her execution was postponed after she remarried in prison and conceived a child. Last month she gave birth to ...

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America’s Attitude Toward Iran Risks Shifting Tehran’s East-West Balance Toward Russia

Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced this week that diplomats from Russia, the U.S. and regional powers in the Middle East would meet in Switzerland this weekend to discuss the crisis in Syria. The U.S. State Department has said the talks are aimed at finding, “a multilateral approach to resolving the conflict in Syria, including a sustained cessation of violence and the resumption ...

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Obama Administration Draws Criticism Over Iran Investment Policy

WASHINGTON—New U.S. guidelines on foreign investment in Iran sparked concerns that the measures would benefit Tehran’s elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Senior Obama administration officials have said they are hoping Iran’s economic reintegration into the global economy could help cement last year’s nuclear deal and strengthen President Hassan Rouhani, viewed as a relative political moderate. On Friday, the Treasury ...

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Amid Syrian chaos, Iran’s game plan emerges: a path to the Mediterranean

Not far from Mosul, a large military force is finalising plans for an advance that has been more than three decades in the making. The troops are Shia militiamen who have fought against the Islamic State, but they have not been given a direct role in the coming attack to free Iraq’s second city from its clutches. Instead, while the ...

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IRAN PULSE . Is Iran shifting its policy toward Saudi Arabia?

TEHRAN, Iran — “Saudi rulers’ refusal to offer a simple verbal apology was indicative of their ultimate impudence and shamelessness,” said Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Sept. 5, addressing the families of the 464 Iranian pilgrims who died in the hajj stampede last year. Khamenei went on to criticize Saudi management of the annual pilgrimage, calling on Iranians and other Muslims to ...

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‘Stay out of Iranian waters:’ Iran’s Revolutionary Guard slams Saudi drills

Any vessels taking part in the ongoing war games in the Persian Gulf should stay well away from Iranian waters and avoid provocations, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy has warned. “The Revolutionary Guards naval forces believe this war game is mainly to create tension and destabilize the Persian Gulf,”read the statement on the Tasnim news agency website. “As ...

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The porn star who went to Iran for a nose job

EDITED BY KALAHAN DENG Iranians are struggling to understand how a well-known British porn star was allowed into their country for cosmetic surgery on her nose. Candy Charms’ visit became public knowledge only after she had returned home from Iran, and posted the above picture on her Instagram account. The photo shows her wearing a black headscarf which complies with ...

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Russia and Iran co-operate on Syria

Edited by Nelly Tawil Allies of President Bashar al-Assad, presidents Hassan Rouhani and Vladimir Putin have agreed on working more closely together over the Syrian conflict.   Instigated by US-Russian support, UN-arbitrated peace talks are underway between the Syrian government and Western-backed opposition as part of a diplomatic push intended to end the five-year conflict with casualties ranging up to ...

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What President Hassan Rouhani’s election win means for Iran

He is known as the Diplomat Sheikh — and he has struck again. He beat three conservatives to win a landslide presidential election in 2013, led Iran through two years of tortuous negotiations to a nuclear and sanctions deal, and now Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani — as he is formally known — has again triumphed. If reformist voters felt marginalised ...

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Voting Extended as Iranians Queue in Crucial Elections

Long lines formed and voting was extended Friday as Iranians cast ballots in an election test for moderate President Hassan Rouhani, who hopes to curb conservative dominance in parliament and deliver domestic reforms. With the polls coming just one month after sanctions were lifted under a nuclear deal between Rouhani’s government and world powers, the outcome will be seen as ...

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