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Iran bars Barenboim, thwarting Tehran concert plan

Israeli-Argentinian conductor Daniel Barenboim had hoped to take one of Germany's top orchestras to Iran to perform a concert there, drawing angry protests from IsraelIran has barred famed conductor Daniel Barenboim from entering the Islamic republic because of his Israeli citizenship, thwarting his plan to lead a performance in Tehran, media reported Sunday. Barenboim, the 72-year-old general music director of the Berlin State Opera House, said Thursday he was in talks with Iran about a concert, in what would have been a major example of cultural diplomacy.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 3:36 pm

Saudi-led coalition air strike kills 36 Yemeni civilians: residents

People stand at the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Yemen's capital SanaaAn air strike by warplanes from a Saudi-led coalition, which said it targeted a bomb-making factory, killed 36 civilians working at a bottling plant in the northern Yemeni province of Hajjah on Sunday, residents said. In another air raid on the capital Sanaa, residents said four civilians were killed when a bomb hit their house near a military base in the south of the city. The corpses of 36 workers, many of them burnt or in pieces, were pulled out after an air strike hit the plant this morning," resident Issa Ahmed told Reuters by phone from the site in Hajjah.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 3:22 pm

Vote tally for Iran nuclear deal rises to 31 in Senate

FILE - In a Thursday, May 7, 2015 file photo, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Merkley on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, became the 31st senator to announce support for the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum builds behind the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Oregon's Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley on Sunday became the 31st senator to announce support for the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum builds behind the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 3:07 pm

Iran is ‘true enemy’ of Gulf Arabs: Kuwaiti MP

Kuwait and Iran were on relatively good terms for years until the Gulf state this month broke up a "terrorist cell" and seized large quantities of weapons and explosivesA senior Kuwaiti lawmaker on Sunday described Iran as the "true enemy" of Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab states, in a sign of growing tensions with the Shiite power. "It has become clear to all that Iran is an enemy plotting to swallow up our states and resources and is the true enemy of the region," Hamad al-Harashani, the head of the Kuwaiti parliament's foreign relations committee, said in a statement. It was the strongest Kuwaiti criticism in years of Iran, with which Kuwait has traditionally had better ties than its fellow Gulf Arab states.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 1:58 pm

Iran jails two people for 10 years on espionage charges

A Revolutionary Court in Iran has sentenced two people to 10 years each in jail on charges of spying for the United States and Israel, the judiciary spokesman said on Sunday without naming those convicted. “These two people were sentenced to 10 years in jail by the Revolutionary Court,” Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei was quoted as saying by the Fars news agency. The announcement came as the world waits for news of Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American reporter for the Washington Post who has been held for more than a year on espionage charges and whose final hearing took place earlier this month.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 1:52 pm

Gunmen kill senior security officer in Yemen’s Aden

Yemeni pro-government forces, loyal to exiled Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi, sit in the back of vehicles in the city of Aden on August 28, 2015Gunmen on a motorbike Sunday shot dead the director of security operations in war-strewn Yemen's second city Aden, police said. Colonel Abdelhakim al-Sanidi was killed as he was leaving his home in the coastal city's Mansura district, police officials said. Yemeni authorities have long blamed the country's branch of Al-Qaeda for such attacks on members of the security forces.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 1:52 pm

Gunmen attack a southwestern Pakistani airport, killing 2

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen attacked a small airport in restive southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing two officials, authorities said.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 12:19 pm

Saudi-led coalition air raid kills 31 in Yemen: medics

Yemeni children stand amid the rubble of a building damaged in an air-strike by the Saudi-led coalition on the capital Sanaa on July 13, 2015A Saudi-led coalition air raid struck a factory in northern Yemen on Sunday killing 17 civilians and 14 Shiite Huthi rebels, medics and witnesses said. The raid targeted a bottled-water plant in Hajja, a province bordering Saudi Arabia. A similar air strike last month killed 65 civilians at residences of employees of a power plant in Mokha, according to Human Rights Watch.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 12:46 am

Saudi executes Pakistani for drug trafficking

Under Saudi Arabia's strict Islamic legal code, drug trafficking, murder, armed robbery, rape and apostasy are all punishable by deathSaudi authorities executed a Pakistani man on Sunday for attempting to smuggle drugs into the ultra-conservative kingdom, the interior ministry said. Up to 129 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia so far this year, including the latest execution, compared with 87 for the whole of 2014, according to AFP tallies. Mohammed Sharif was arrested while attempting to smuggle heroin into the country hidden in his stomach, the ministry said in a statement published on the SPA state news agency.

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 12:13 am

Iran nuclear deal will ‘fuel terrorism’: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech during a visit at the Universal Exhibition 2015 in Milan on August 27, 2015The deal to curb Iran's nuclear programme will bolster Tehran's ability to fund global terrorism by providing the Islamic state with "billions of dollars" in sanctions relief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared Saturday. "Iran will get hundreds of billions of dollars from sanctions relief and investments to fuel its aggression and terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa and beyond," Netanyahu — who is bitterly opposed to the deal agreed by Iran and world powers in July — said during a visit to the Italian city of Florence. Speaking ahead of a meeting Saturday evening with his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi he compared the threat posed by the Islamic State jihadist group with the "far more serious threat…posed by another Islamic state, the Islamic state of Iran and specifically its pursuit of nuclear weapons".

Posted on 29 August 2015 | 10:43 pm

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Iran Sentences Two Charged With Spying to 10 Years in Prison – New York Times


Jerusalem Post Israel News

Iran Sentences Two Charged With Spying to 10 Years in Prison
New York Times
TEHRAN — Iran's judiciary sentenced two people to 10 years in prison on Sunday for spying for the United States and Israel, but their names were not released, local media reported. It was not clear if the Iranian-American reporter Jason Rezaian, who
Iran jails two people for 10 years on espionage chargesReuters
Iranian court hands 10 year sentence to pair accused of spying for Israel, USJerusalem Post Israel News

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 2:34 pm

Vote tally supporting Iran nuclear deal rises to 31 in Senate – CBS News


CBS News

Vote tally supporting Iran nuclear deal rises to 31 in Senate
CBS News
WASHINGTON — Oregon's Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley on Sunday became the 31st senator to announce support for the Iran nuclear deal, as momentum builds behind the agreement the Obama administration and other world powers negotiated with Tehran …
Republicans plot counterattack to Iran nuclear deal filibusterThe Hill
Vote tally for Iran nuclear deal rises to 31 in SenateU.S. News & World Report
Former Intel chief: US, Israel should reach parallel Iran agreementJerusalem Post Israel News
Politico -Los Angeles Times
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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 1:42 pm

Rally shows support for Marine vet held by Iran – Military Times


Detroit Free Press

Rally shows support for Marine vet held by Iran
Military Times
Dozens of people at a Michigan rally released balloons Saturday to mark the four-year anniversary of Iran's refusal to free a former Marine from prison. But they first heard from Amir Hekmati, whose words were recorded weeks ago during a phone call
Family of American held in Iran marks 4-year anniversary of captivityCNN
Kerry calls on Iran to release HekmatiDetroit Free Press

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 1:42 pm

The real cost of the Iran deal – Financial Times


Financial Times

The real cost of the Iran deal
Financial Times
The campaign of lobbying, petitioning and advertising against the Iran nuclear deal appears to be faltering. As more Democrats line up to support the centrepiece of Barack Obama's foreign policy, the US administration will probably have enough support
Iran Deal Reigniting Israeli Fears of Over US Arms Sales to Gulf StatesHaaretz
Iran's Bloody HandsWall Street Journal

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 11:57 am

PERSPECTIVE: Do we want war with Iran? – The Daily Progress


PERSPECTIVE: Do we want war with Iran?
The Daily Progress
Our own freshman congressman Dave Brat admirably demonstrated cluelessness in foreign affairs in his diatribe against the Iran Deal in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Aug. 22. Not only did he get virtually all of the facts wrong, his arguments were …

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 10:58 am

Iran nixes Israeli conductor’s Tehran performance – Jerusalem Post Israel News


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Iran nixes Israeli conductor's Tehran performance
Jerusalem Post Israel News
Before Iran's announcement, Israeli Minister of Culture Miri Regev and others in Israel had spoken out against the Argentine-born Barenboim, who is a frequent critic of the Israeli government, performing in the Islamic Republic. “Iran is a state
Iran bars Barenboim because of Israeli citizenshipi24news
Iran and Israel United in Opposition to Daniel Barenboim ConcertNew York Times
Barenboim to take Berlin orchestra to Iran despite protests from IsraelThe Guardian

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 5:29 am

‘Iran won’t recognize Zionist usurper regime,’ senior Khamenei aide vows – Jerusalem Post Israel News


Jerusalem Post Israel News

'Iran won't recognize Zionist usurper regime,' senior Khamenei aide vows
Jerusalem Post Israel News
Hammond, who visited Tehran last week to re-christen the British embassy for the first time since it was shut down four years ago, said the current Iranian government had displayed a more nuanced approach than its predecessor to a long-running conflict

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 5:05 am

Evidence mounts that soon-to-be flush Iran already spurring new attacks on Israel – Fox News


Fox News

Evidence mounts that soon-to-be flush Iran already spurring new attacks on Israel
Fox News
"The nuclear context is just one aspect of the negative Iranian activities in the region," Emmanuel Nahshon, senior Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, told FoxNews.com. "We can see the demonstration of this on a daily basis in Syria, in Yemen, and in

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Posted on 30 August 2015 | 3:04 am

Vet TEARS APART Iran Deal: Obama Is ‘Selling Out The Country’ [VIDEO] – Daily Caller


Vet TEARS APART Iran Deal: Obama Is 'Selling Out The Country' [VIDEO]
Daily Caller
Recalling the Iranian bomb that cut through his armored vehicle in Iraq in 2005, “my scars are the direct result of Iran,” says Sgt. Robert Bartlett. His face was ripped from the temple to the jaw and his gunner's legs were blown off. He had more than

Posted on 30 August 2015 | 1:35 am

Dems say party chair blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting – Washington Post


The Hill (blog)

Dems say party chair blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting
Washington Post
MINNEAPOLIS — Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz prevented consideration of a resolution at the party's summer meeting here that praised President Obama and offered backing for the nuclear agreement with Iran, according …
Wasserman Schultz blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting: reportThe Hill (blog)
Report: DNC Chair Blocked pro-Iran Deal Resolution at Annual Party SummitHaaretz
CNN: DNC Not Backing Iran Deal 'Big Embarrassment' for ObamaWashington Free Beacon
The Jewish Press
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Posted on 29 August 2015 | 6:46 pm