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Iran: Rouhani talks peace, outreach at army parade

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s president has underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West during a military parade marking the country’s National Army Day.

Posted on 18 April 2014 | 6:34 am

Iranian woman forgives son’s killer at the gallows

This picture provided by ISNA, a semi-official news agency, taken on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 shows Samereh Alinejad, right, and her husband Abdolghani, left, removing the noose from the neck of blindfolded Bilal who was convicted of murdering their son Abdollah in the northern city of Nour, Iran. Bilal who was convicted of killing Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, was pardoned by the victim's family moments before being executed. (AP Photo/ISNA, Arash Khamoushi)The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 8:58 pm

Brazil police strike ends after looting, 39 deaths

A man locks his store behind Brazilian troops deployed to maintain security after police declared a strike in Salvador, northeast of Brazil, on April 16, 2014Salvador (Brazil) (AFP) – Troops patrolled the World Cup host city of Salvador on Thursday after a deadly orgy of violence triggered by a police strike less than two months before thousands of fans descend on the coastal Brazilian metropolis for the football extravaganza. Thirty-nine deaths and widespread looting of supermarkets, pharmacies and electronics stores were reported in a 48-hour crime wave, adding to concerns about Brazil's ability to deliver a safe World Cup. "The strike is now over," state government spokesman Isaac Jorge said, describing the death toll in the city as "well above normal, though not absurdly so." Large-scale looting and dozens of murders were reported in the city, which has a reputation as one of Brazil's most dangerous and will host six matches during the World Cup.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 8:37 pm

Uranium miners at Rio Tinto Namibia mine sick

Rossing Uranium Mine on February 11, 2008Rio Tinto workers in Namibia who mined uranium to supply the British and American militaries in the 1970s are suffering from cancer and other illnesses, a study has found. A joint study by charity Earthlife Namibia and activists at the Labour Resources and Research Institute showed that workers who were employed at the firm's Rossing mine in the Namib Desert, were now battling cancer and respiratory ailments, after years of working in one of Africa's largest mines. "Moreover they had no knowledge about the danger uranium mining poses." Rio Tinto has denied knowledge of the former workers health problems, saying the company would study the report.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 8:18 pm

UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 7:47 pm

Iran mother spares life of son’s killer after campaign

In a case that has provoked surprise in Iran and across the world, the killer, known only as Balal, was saved dramatically on Tuesday, as a crowd looked on, awaiting his execution. He survived despite the mother of the man he murdered in a street fight seven years ago refusing an offer of so-called blood money until the very last moment at the gallows. As the blindfolded convict awaited his fate, a grieving Samereh Alinejad, who lost another son in a motorbike accident four years ago, emotionally asked out loud if those watching the spectacle unfold knew “how difficult it is to live in an empty house?” According to the United Nations, more than 170 people have been executed in Iran since the beginning of 2014.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 7:46 pm

Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed: IAEA

Iran's national flags are seen on a square in TehranBy Fredrik Dahl VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has acted to cut its most sensitive nuclear stockpile by nearly 75 percent in implementing a landmark pact with world powers, but a planned facility it will need to fulfill the six-month deal has been delayed, a U.N. report showed on Thursday. The monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency , which has a pivotal role in verifying that Iran is living up to its part of the accord, made clear that Iran so far is undertaking the agreed steps to curb its nuclear program. In Washington, the State Department said the United States has taken steps to release a $450 million installment of frozen Iranian funds following the issuance of the report. In addition, Japan has made two more payments totaling $1 billion to Iran for crude imports, two sources with knowledge of the transactions said.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 7:11 pm

U.S. releases $450 million of frozen Iranian funds after IAEA report

The United States has taken steps to release a $450 million installment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said that “all sides have kept the commitments made” under the agreement. She said that “as Iran remains in line with its commitments,” the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia and the European Union “will continue to uphold our commitments as well.” The report by the U.N. nuclear agency showed that Iran had – as stipulated under the November 24 agreement – diluted half of its higher-grade enriched uranium reserve to a fissile content less prone to bomb proliferation. Tehran has also continued to convert the other half of its stock of uranium gas refined to a 20 percent fissile purity, the IAEA report said.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 6:03 pm

Iran ahead of schedule in complying with nuclear deal, UN watchdog says

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks at a meeting with foreign ambassadors and heads of representative offices in Iran on the 35th anniversary of Islamic Revolution in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014. Iran's president says the country will keep its doors open to the UN nuclear watchdog, signaling Iran is willing to further work with the international community to ease concerns about its nuclear program. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)With little fanfare, Iran has taken faster steps than required to comply with an interim nuclear deal that substantially limits its capacity to make a nuclear weapon. Today, the United Nations nuclear watchdog reported that Iran has significantly reduced its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium – the material that is a few technical steps from bomb-grade – and is ahead of schedule to completely dispose of remaining stocks by mid-July. Iran has two incentives to move quickly on the terms of the deal, which took force on Jan. 20. It is eager to show it can abide by all its nuclear commitments, as Iran and world powers begin drafting a comprehensive nuclear deal after three rounds of talks, with a fourth due to begin on May 13.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 5:12 pm

Iran slashes highly-enriched nuclear stock: UN watchdog

An unidentified IAEA inspector disconnects the twin cascades for 20 percent uranium production at the nuclear power plant of Natanz on January, 20, 2014Iran has cut its stock of highly-enriched uranium by 75 percent, a new report by the UN's nuclear watchdog revealed Thursday. The monthly update by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seen by AFP, showed Tehran remained in compliance with a November interim deal made with world powers, drawn up as part of efforts to find a lasting solution to Iran's controversial nuclear drive. Under the agreement, Iran pledged to "dilute" half of its highly-enriched uranium by mid-April, with the rest to be converted by mid-July. The IAEA report also said that progress on a plant in Tehran that will be used for the conversion of low-enriched uranium had been delayed, but that Iran had said this will not prevent it from fulfilling its part of the deal by the July 20 deadline.

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 4:10 pm

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Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why – New York Times


The Wire

Iran Gets an Unlikely Visitor, an American Plane, but No One Seems to Know Why
New York Times
Yet, on Tuesday morning, Iran had an unlikely visitor: a plane, owned by the Bank of Utah, a community bank in Ogden that has 13 branches throughout the state. Bearing a small American flag on its tail, the aircraft was parked in a highly visible
Nobody's Sure How or Why an American Plane Ended Up in IranThe Wire
Plane owned by Utah bank seen at Iran airportBoston Globe

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Posted on 18 April 2014 | 7:30 am

Iran ahead of schedule in complying with nuclear deal, UN watchdog says (+video) – Christian Science Monitor


Christian Science Monitor

Iran ahead of schedule in complying with nuclear deal, UN watchdog says (+video)
Christian Science Monitor
Today, the United Nations nuclear watchdog reported that Iran has significantly reduced its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium – the material that is a few technical steps from bomb-grade – and is ahead of schedule to completely dispose of
Iran cuts sensitive nuclear stockpile, key plant delayed: IAEAReuters
Iran's nuke weapons ability 'greatly reduced'Al-Arabiya
Iran has cut higher-enriched uranium stock 'by half'BBC News
Huffington Post -Aljazeera.com
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Posted on 18 April 2014 | 3:25 am

Iran cuts nuclear stockpile closest to weapons grade by 75 percent, UN agency … – Washington Post


Al-Monitor

Iran cuts nuclear stockpile closest to weapons grade by 75 percent, UN agency
Washington Post
VIENNA — Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on its way to transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday.
US releases funds to Iran as IAEA verifies compliance with nuclear dealAl-Monitor
Iran nuclear deal proves elusiveNew Straits Times
Iran fulfilling most of its agreements under nuclear deal – IAEART
Scotsman -Press TV
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Posted on 18 April 2014 | 2:57 am

US: Forfeiture Deal Over Iran Assets Sets Record – ABC News


US: Forfeiture Deal Over Iran Assets Sets Record
ABC News
A federal judge has approved plans to sell a 36-story Manhattan office building and other properties owned by Iran nationwide in what will be the largest terrorism-related forfeiture ever, a prosecutor said Thursday. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said

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Posted on 18 April 2014 | 1:22 am

Iranian Man Spared Execution at Last Second By Victim’s Mother – ABC News


ABC News

Iranian Man Spared Execution at Last Second By Victim's Mother
ABC News
A man's life was spared at the last second in Iran after the mother of a man he murdered halted his public execution. Balal, with a noose tight around his neck, was awaiting death by hanging for the 2007 murder of 18-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh when …

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 10:21 pm

Photos show victim’s mother forgive killer, halt hanging in Iran – CNN


CNN

Photos show victim's mother forgive killer, halt hanging in Iran
CNN
(CNN) — The images tell a story of anguish and forgiveness. The parents of a young man killed in a street fight halt the execution of the convicted killer this week — seconds before he was to be hanged in front of a large crowd. It took place in Iran
Execution, Interrupted: Killer's Life Spared Moments Before HangingTIME
Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaignYahoo News
Iran mother spares son's killer from hanging on gallowsIrish Times
South China Morning Post -Sky News
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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 9:22 pm

Iranian woman pardons son’s killer — after slapping him at the gallows … – National Post


Iranian woman pardons son's killer — after slapping him at the gallows
National Post
The execution of an Iranian convicted of murder was halted at the very last minute in a dramatic scene this week when the mother of his victim forgave him as he stood on the gallows with the noose around his neck, according to Iranian media. The

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 9:15 pm

Iran killer’s reprieve stokes campaign against executions – BBC News


Iran killer's reprieve stokes campaign against executions
BBC News
It is Wednesday, early in the morning. Balal is walking to the gallows to face execution in the city of Nour, in northern Iran. It is before sunrise but hundreds of people have gathered near the prison to watch it. His mother and sisters are crying

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 6:42 pm

Slain Teen’s Parents Pick Redemption Not Revenge in Iran – NBCNews.com


Slain Teen's Parents Pick Redemption Not Revenge in Iran
NBCNews.com
News /Photo. 8 days. Slain Teen's Parents Pick Redemption Not Revenge in Iran. Instead of participating in the execution of their son's murderer, the slain man's parents publicly spare the killer in northern Iran. collapse gallery. Arash Khamooshi

Posted on 17 April 2014 | 6:24 pm

Former Iran official describes alleged US sabotage of nuke program – Fox News


Former Iran official describes alleged US sabotage of nuke program
Fox News
The former head of Iran's nuclear program is laying out in detail how the U.S. and other intelligence agencies allegedly carried out a constant campaign of sabotage against his country. According to Fereydoon Abbasi, who spoke to an Iranian newspaper

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Posted on 17 April 2014 | 4:48 am