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Iran replaces prisons chief after Evin incident

An Iranian inmate peers from behind a wall at the infamous Evin jail, north of Tehran, on June 13, 2006Iran's judiciary has replaced the country's prisons chief after reports of violence against political prisoners during a routine inspection in Evin Prison, media reports said on Wednesday. But Gholam Hossein Ismaili — who denies any wrongdoing in the events that unfolded on April 17 — has been appointed to a senior post as head of the justice department in the capital. According to opposition websites, several inmates at the notorious Section 350 of Evin, located in northern Tehran, were beaten after scuffles broke out at a cell block, with some of them seriously hurt and taken to hospital. Judiciary spokesman and prosecutor general Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei on Wednesday said Ismaili's reassignment "had nothing to with what happened in Section 350", the ISNA news agency reported.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:30 pm

Bahrain moves to deport Shiite cleric

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said Wednesday that the Gulf state has decided to deport a leading Shiite cleric born in the country in a move likely to exacerbate tensions between the government and the Shiite-led opposition.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:23 pm

Saudi prince says Gulf states must balance threat from Iran

Prince Turki al-Faisal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, speaks at the closing forum of the Clinton Global Initiative 2012 (CGI) during the final day of the event in New YorkA senior member of Saudi Arabia's royal family said on Wednesday that Gulf states should work on acquiring nuclear know-how to balance any threat from Iran. Prince Turki al-Faisal, a former intelligence chief, also told a security conference in the Bahraini capital Manama, that the Gulf states should be prepared for any possible outcome from Iran's nuclear talks with world powers. "We do not hold any hostility to Iran and do not wish any harm to it or to its people, who are Muslim neighbors," he said in a speech. "But preserving our regional security requires that we, as a Gulf grouping, work to create a real balance of forces with it, including in nuclear know-how, and to be ready for any possibility in relation to the Iranian nuclear file.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 3:41 pm

Iran says 95% opt for cash handouts rather than state projects

An Iranian counts banknotes in Tehran, on January 23, 2012Mohammad Baqer Nobakht, vice president for management and development, said 73 million out of the country's 77 million people had opted to receive the $14 monthly payments. The International Monetary Fund is among global institutions encouraging Iran to drop subsidies and increase prices to regulate its economy after years of ongoing sanctions. But Nobakht said only 2,400,000 people — three percent — chose to waive the cash payments, which aim to provide help in paying energy and utility bills as well as basic food costs. The original handout scheme was launched in December 2010, aiming to offset the slashing of earlier subsidies, which fuelled inflation against a backdrop of mismanagement and international sanctions targeting Iran's ailing economy.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 3:09 pm

Syrian opposition asks for more Saudi aid

Syrian rebels fire a machine gun during clashes with pro-government forces in the northern city of Aleppo, on March 18, 2014The head of Syria's main opposition group has asked Saudi Arabia to increase its support for the rebel Free Syrian Army, his advisor said Wednesday. Saudi Arabia is one of the main backers of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war increasingly seen as a proxy battle between it and regional rival Iran, a close ally of the regime. Ahmed Jarba, head of the opposition National Coalition, met with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz and Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Tuesday. "The talks focused on continuing the Saudi aid and on the need to strengthen the capacities of the Free Syrian Army (FSA)," Jarba's advisor Monser Akbik told AFP.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 1:59 pm

Iran removes official in charge of prisons

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s official news agency says the official in charge of the country’s prisons has been removed from the post. The development follows reports of alleged abuse of inmates at a Tehran penitentiary.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 12:31 pm

Russia holds snap military drills in Caspian Sea: report

Russia’s navy launched snap military exercises involving its fleet in the Caspian Sea, Interfax reported the Defense Ministry as saying on Wednesday. The Caspian Sea is bordered by Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, and the region is crisscrossed by oil and natural gas pipelines. Russia has boosted the number of snap military drills since tensions have risen with neighbor Ukraine. NATO has said Russia’s military exercises in its western military district have boosted its troop presence to around 40,000 near the border with Ukraine, where Moscow-backed President Viktor Yanukovich fled from power in February.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 5:38 am

Iran asks U.N. to act on U.S. ban on new ambassador

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran asked the United Nations on Tuesday to demand that the United States grant a visa to Tehran’s proposed new U.N. envoy, while Washington stood firm on its decision to deny entry to Hamid Abutalebi over his suspected links to hostage-takers. The United States has said it would not grant a visa to Abutalebi because of his connection to the 1979-1981 Tehran hostage crisis when Iranian students seized the U.S. Embassy and held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Abutalebi has said he acted only as a translator. The U.N. Committee on Relations with the Host Country, which deals with the issues of states operating in the United States such as immigration, security, banking and parking violations, met on Tuesday at Iran’s request to discuss the matter.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:01 am

UN committee takes no action on Iran envoy dispute

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. committee took no action Tuesday on the U.S. refusal to grant a visa to Iran’s chosen ambassador to the United Nations after hearing from both sides.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 1:26 am

No progress at UN in Iran-US envoy row

An undated handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president on April 11, 2014 shows Tehran's newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi who has been denied a US visaUnited Nations (United States) (AFP) – Iran brought its simmering row with the United States over its proposed UN ambassador to United Nations headquarters but failed to make any headway. US President Barack Obama signed into law Friday a bill designed to bar Iran's pick for UN ambassador from US soil over his links to the 1979 American embassy hostage siege. The spat over Hamid Aboutalebi's nomination has blown up amid a cautious thaw in relations between the US and Iran as Tehran's new leadership seeks to negotiate a nuclear treaty with global powers.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 1:07 am

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India to pay Iran in sanctions deal – CNBC.com


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India to pay Iran in sanctions deal
CNBC.com
India is set to pay Iran $1.65 billion over the next three months under an interim nuclear deal that eases sanctions on Tehran and gives it access to $4.2 billion in blocked funds, four sources with knowledge of the matter said. As long as Tehran
India to make May-July oil payments to Iran – sourcesReuters UK
Iran Oil & Gas 2014 Summit in Dubai to discuss Iran's substantial oil reservesPR Web (press release)
Iran's crude oil sold at $104 on average last solar yearTrend.az

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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 3:55 pm

Iran replaces prisons chief after Evin incident – BBC News


BBC News

Iran replaces prisons chief after Evin incident
BBC News
The head of Iran's prison service has been replaced following allegations that political prisoners were beaten by guards at Tehran's Evin jail last week. Gholamhossein Esmaili has been transferred to a similarly high-ranking position as prosecutor and
Iran removes official in charge of prisonsU-T San Diego
Iran Replaces Prisons Chief After ProtestsRadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 3:46 pm

Marquez popular in Iran, among Green Movement – Al-Monitor


Marquez popular in Iran, among Green Movement
Al-Monitor
The news of the death of the famous South American writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez affected many Iranians who loved him because of his books. His popularity in Iran, however, is not simply due to his magical realism, but also has to do with politics.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 6:12 am

Closer, but still no deal on Iran – Washington Post


Closer, but still no deal on Iran
Washington Post
As the Iran nuclear talks reach roughly the halfway point in the six-month timetable for negotiating a comprehensive agreement, both sides report slow, steady progress in closing gaps — but no deal yet. A positive sign was a tentative plan floated
Possible Arak compromise seen bolstering confidence in Iran talksAl-Monitor

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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 12:12 am

UN Committee Takes No Action on Iran Envoy Dispute – ABC News


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UN Committee Takes No Action on Iran Envoy Dispute
ABC News
President Barack Obama signed legislation on April 18 to block Ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi from entering the United States to become Iran's permanent representative to the U.N. because of his ties to the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
UN committee takes no action on Iran envoy's visa banBBC News
No progress at UN in Iran-US envoy rowYahoo News
Iran asks UN to act on US ban on new ambassadorReuters
Fox News
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Posted on 22 April 2014 | 8:56 pm

Ghanaian Mining Company Used Plane Seen in Iran – ABC News


Ghanaian Mining Company Used Plane Seen in Iran
ABC News
The Treasury Department said in a statement Tuesday that sanctions on Iran generally prevent U.S.-registered aircraft from flying to that country. Determining if a violation "has occurred is fact specific, and Treasury is unable to comment on this
Ghanaian mining company says it used plane registered to US bank and spotted U.S. News & World Report
Noise over Ghana, US-flagged plane in IranGhanaWeb

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Posted on 22 April 2014 | 8:05 pm

Iran nuclear talks: Quiet optimism over deal between Islamic State and the … – The Independent


The Independent

Iran nuclear talks: Quiet optimism over deal between Islamic State and the
The Independent
All sides in the effort to resolve the stand-off between the West and Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons ambitions have agreed to hold a new round of expert-level negotiations in New York beginning 5 May amid tentative indications that so far, at
Iran to start cutting petrol subsidiesAljazeera.com
Iran admits nuclear agency reshuffle to pave way for 5+1 talksReuters
Iran nuclear deal proves elusiveNew Straits Times
the Diplomat -The Japan Times -Arutz Sheva
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Posted on 22 April 2014 | 6:31 pm

Iran Lawmakers Seek Probe Into Alleged Jail Abuse – ABC News


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Iran Lawmakers Seek Probe Into Alleged Jail Abuse
ABC News
Several Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday demanded a probe into alleged beatings of political prisoners held at Tehran's Evin prison, the official IRNA news agency reported. Families of the inmates met with the lawmakers Sunday, seeking clarification on
Iran Disputes Reports of Violent Crackdown in Prison's Political Detainee BlockNew York Times
Iran prisoners' families protest in capitalYahoo News
Iran denies attack on prisonersAl-Monitor

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Posted on 22 April 2014 | 3:29 pm

Antagonising Iran: A strategic miscalculation? – Aljazeera.com


Antagonising Iran: A strategic miscalculation?
Aljazeera.com
Even though it was a major exporter of crude oil and held some of the world's largest natural gas reserves, Iran made a compelling case over half-a-century ago that it needed, almost immediately, to produce an additional 20,000 megawatts of electricity

Posted on 22 April 2014 | 12:06 pm

U.S. Releases Another $1 Billion to Iran – Washington Free Beacon


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U.S. Releases Another $1 Billion to Iran
Washington Free Beacon
The United States has released $1 billion in cash assets to Iran in April alone under the interim nuclear deal aimed at ratcheting back Iran's nuclear program, according to the White House. The Obama administration unfroze Iranian assets totaling $550
Why we must give Iran nuclear deal a chanceCNN (blog)
Iran says reactor dispute 'virtually solved'Aljazeera.com
Iran nuclear talks to be held in New York, reports sayThe Guardian
ABC News -Cihan News Agency -BBC News
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Posted on 21 April 2014 | 8:26 pm