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Bombing in Bulgaria: Turning the tide on Iran-backed Hezbollah

A bus bombing that killed five Israelis and a driver in Bulgaria was most likely the work of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, July 18, 2012. (Reuters) By Toby Dershowitz and Dylan Gresik September 21, 2020 At 5:23 p.m. on July 18, 2012, a deadly explosion rocked Bulgaria’s Sarafavo airport near the Black Sea town of Burgas, killing [...]

By |September 21st, 2020|Europe, Isreal, Lebanon|

U.S. says U.N. sanctions on Iran to be reimposed Saturday. What does that mean?

Members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, July 20, 2015. (AP) September 19, 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says that on Saturday (2000 EDT/0000 GMT Sunday) all United Nations sanctions on Iran have to be restored and a [...]

By |September 19th, 2020|East Asia, Europe, North America, Russia, USA|

Britain, France, Germany say U.N. sanctions relief for Iran to continue beyond September 20

German FM Heiko Maas, Britain’s foreign secretary Dominic Raab and French FM Jean-Yves le Drian pose for a photograph at Chevening House, Sevenoaks, Sept 10, 2020. (AFP) September 19, 2020 Britain, France and Germany told the U.N. Security Council on Friday that U.N. sanctions relief for Iran - agreed under a 2015 nuclear [...]

By |September 19th, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

Iran-linked Hezbollah has explosives stored across Europe, says US official

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaks by video to supporters in Baalbek, Lebanon, August 31, 2017. (AFP) By Joyce Karam September 18, 2020 Hezbollah has smuggled explosives, including ammonium nitrate, to Europe where it has a network of stores, a senior US State Department official disclosed on Thursday evening. The stores, established by the Iran-backed [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|Europe, Lebanon, North America, USA|

Iran’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh determined to prove himself at Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion's Alireza Jahanbakhsh in action with Portsmouth's Ryan Williams Pool, September 17, 2020. (REUTERS) September 18, 2020 Brighton & Hove Albion winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh says he is determined to prove himself at the Premier League club after struggling for form and fitness since joining in 2018. Brighton signed Jahanbakhsh from [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|Europe|

Exiled Iranian athletes testify against Iran at international sports court

Asian Games Judo - Saeid Mollaei of Iran (left) became silver medalist, August 2018. (AP) By Payam Younesipour September 18, 2020 On Wednesday, September 16, the Switzerland- based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) met both in person and online to review Iran’s complaint against the International Judo Federation (IJF). The Federation had suspended Iran after [...]

By |September 18th, 2020|Europe|

Four ex-directors of France Shiite centre arrested

French police stand guard outside the Iranian embassy in Paris on September 14, 2018, after protesters sprayed it with red paint. (AFP) September 16, 2020 Four former directors of a major Shiite Muslim centre in France have been arrested on suspicion of continuing to run the association despite its dissolution over alleged support [...]

By |September 16th, 2020|Europe|

Switzerland: The keeper of Iranian and American secrets

Iranian FM Javad Zarif, right, and his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis pose for media prior to their meeting in Tehran, Sept 7, 2020. (AP) By Faramarz Davar September 16, 2020 Of all the European countries Iran has contact with, the Iranian-Swiss relationship has some of the most striking features of all. At several points [...]

By |September 16th, 2020|Europe|

UK told to adopt hard line on Iran post Brexit

Britain, along with France and Germany, last week signalled that they would not support Washington in its push to bring “snapback” sanctions against Iran. (AP) September 16, 2020 Britain must strike an independent foreign policy post-Brexit that is significantly tougher on Iran, a leading backbench MP has said. With the UK no longer [...]

By |September 16th, 2020|Europe|

European powers push Iran hard to comply with nuclear deal

Since then the US has been isolated on the UN security council in its efforts to prevent Iran being allowed to rearm. (RFE/RL) September 15, 2020 The British foreign secretary has demanded Iran complies with its nuclear deal but has avoided a commitment to reimpose UN arms sanctions against Tehran, it emerged today. [...]

By |September 15th, 2020|Europe|