German report reveals how Iran uses proliferation to smuggle illegal goods

The report cited Iran 19 times in the 218-page report, covering security threats to the state’s democracy. (Getty) May 7, 2021 An intelligence report from Germany revealed on Friday details of how the Islamic Republic uses proliferation techniques to smuggle illicit technology for deadly weapons. “Proliferation-relevant countries such as Iran, North Korea and [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Europe|

Death of diplomat in Iran feeds gossip and conspiracies

A general view of the Swiss embassy in Tehran, undated. (Tasnim) May 7, 2021 Iranian police said this week they are investigating the death of a Swiss diplomat. According to reports she died after “falling from a high-rise” in Tehran. She supposedly fell from a 20-story building. News reports say that the Swiss Foreign [...]

By |May 7th, 2021|Europe|

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|

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|

Iran’s hard-liners step up attacks on Rouhani government, sowing suspicion over nuclear talks

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei speaks via videoconference with MPs in the presence of President Hassan Rouhani, August 23, 2020. (Iranian presidency) By Kareem Fahim May 5, 2021 A fictional series that aired recently on Iranian television portrayed the country's foreign ministry as infected by Western spies bent on stealing information about nuclear talks [...]

By |May 5th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran envoy drops appeal to jail in Belgium, no prisoner swap seen

Asadollah Assadi, head of intelligence at the Iranian embassy in Vienna was found guilty of attempted terrorism. (Supplied) May 5, 2021 An Iranian diplomat sentenced to 20 years in prison for planning a bomb attack in France has dropped an appeal in Belgium and will serve his sentence, lawyers said on Wednesday. Belgian [...]

By |May 5th, 2021|Europe|

Flurry of diplomatic contacts fuel Iran deal speculation

Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, left, with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken ahead of bilateral talks, London, May 3, 2021. (AP) May 4, 2021 A flurry of diplomatic contacts and reports of major progress suggest that indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran may be nearing an agreement. That’s despite efforts by [...]

By |May 4th, 2021|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran police probe death of Swiss Embassy staffer in Tehran

Emergency first responders wearing protective masks stand along a street in Tehran, Feb 24, 2020. (AFP) May 4, 2021 Iranian police on Tuesday started investigating the death of a Swiss diplomat who died after reportedly falling from a high rise in the capital of Tehran. The Swiss woman, in her 50s, fell from [...]

By |May 4th, 2021|Europe|

Iran sought nuclear weapons, technology for WMDs last year, reports find

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani listens to explanations on new nuclear achievements at a ceremony to mark "National Nuclear Day," in Tehran, April 9, 2018. (AP) By Benjamin Weinthal May 4, 2021 The Islamic Republic of Iran made multiple attempts in 2020 to obtain technology for its weapons of mass destruction program and has not stopped its drive [...]

By |May 4th, 2021|Europe|

Iran cyber misinformation campaign takes aim at Scottish independence

The activity was an attempt by the Iranian regime to “attack the constitutional integrity of the United Kingdom.”. (Shutterstock) May 3, 2021 Iran is peddling misinformation in an attempt to swing Scotland’s parliamentary elections in favor of pro-independence parties to destabilize the UK, a report has warned. A study from the UK-based Henry [...]

By |May 3rd, 2021|Europe|