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Blinken reveals uncertainty clouding US-Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. (Reuters) May 7, 2021 Negotiators in talks with Iran over curbs to its nuclear program do not yet know if Tehran is willing to make a deal, according to the White House’s top diplomat. “We’ve been engaged now in Vienna for some weeks with our European partners, [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|North America, USA|

Iran spells out election terms, potentially bars several high-profile candidates

Poll workers are seen during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tehran, Feb. 21, 2020. (Reuters) May 7, 2021 Iran’s election-vetting body has spelt out conditions for running in next month’s presidential poll, potentially barring several high-profile candidates, local media reported on Thursday. The conservative-dominated Guardian Council complained earlier this week of [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Iran|

Nuclear deal possible in weeks if Iran takes political decision – U.S.

The US State Department in Washington, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP) May 6, 2021 There could be an understanding within weeks on how Washington and Tehran might resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal but that depends on Iran making the political decision to do so, a senior U.S. State Department official said [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|North America, USA|

G7 urges Iran to release foreigners, dual nationals under ‘arbitrary arrest’

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, left, poses for a photo with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of bilateral talks as part of the G7 meeting in London, May 3, 2021. (AP) May 6, 2021 G7 foreign ministers concluded their first in-person talks in more than two years Wednesday, hitting out at [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran’s Quds Force commander acting as de facto ruler of Houthi-held areas: Yemeni minister

Iran's representative, Hassan Eyrlo, (left) with the Houthis' self-proclaimed FM Hesham Sharaf Abdallah in Sanaa, undated. (Supplied) May 6, 2021 Iran’s Quds Force commander Hassan Erlo is acting as de facto ruler of areas controlled by the Houthi militia, a senior Yemeni official was cited by state news agency SABA. Erlo’s movements are [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|Yemen|

Baghdad residents celebrate removal of Iran’s Khomeini, Soleimani billboards

Residents in Baghdad have been captured on camera cheering after billboards of Iran’s former and top leaders were torn down in the Iraqi capital. (Twitter) May 6, 2021 Residents in Baghdad have been captured on camera cheering after billboards of Iran’s former and top leaders were torn down in the Iraqi capital, a [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|Iraq|

Danish high court upholds conviction of Norwegian man in Iran spy case

ASMLA protestors leading a demonstration against the Iran regime's oppression of Ahwaz, undated. (Asharq Al-Awsat) May 6, 2021 A Danish high court on Thursday upheld the seven-year sentence given to a Norwegian citizen of Iranian heritage for spying and complicity in a failed plot to kill an Iranian Arab opposition figure in Denmark. [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|Europe, Minorities|

Man arrested in 1983 death of Nebraska student from Iran

Fishermen found the body of Firozeh Dehghanpour, who was in her mid-20s, on Aug. 14, 1983. (Getty) May 6, 2021 Authorities have arrested a sex offender in the death of an Iranian exchange student who was attending the University of Nebraska at Omaha when she was killed in 1983. Bud Leroy Christensen, 67, [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|North America, USA|

Ex-boss of Iran central bank indicted over ‘wasting’ of funds

Former Iran's Central Bank chief, Valiollah Seif. (Bloomberg) May 6, 2021 Iranian prosecutors have issued an indictment against the former governor of the country’s Central Bank over the alleged mismanagement of tens of billions of dollars worth of funds. Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasi-Mehr accused Valiollah Seif, who led the central bank from 2013 [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|Iran|

Iran’s president claims sanctions will soon be lifted

President Hassan Rouhani meeting with the Director General of IAEA in Tehran, August 26, 2020. (AFP) May 6, 2021 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said at a cabinet meeting today, “The sanctions have failed and if we remained united, the sanctions will soon be removed.” Iran and the members of the UN Security Council plus Germany are [...]

By |May 6th, 2021|North America, USA|