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Iran says foils bid to sabotage nuclear heavy-water tanks: newspaper

A general view of the Arak heavy-water projectANKARA (Reuters) – Iran has foiled an attempt to sabotage tanks used for transporting heavy water, which is needed to run some nuclear reactors, and blames a "foreign country" for the incident, a senior official was quoted by local media as saying. The Islamic Republic is at odds with the West over suspicions it is covertly using its declared civilian atomic energy program to develop a nuclear arms capability. It denies this and has repeatedly accused certain Western states of trying to cripple the program through acts of sabotage. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:21 pm

Reporter’s family urges Iran to release him

FILE - In this photo April 11, 2013 file photo, Jason Rezaian, an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post smiles as he attends a presidential campaign of President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, Iran. The family of Rezaian jailed without charge in Iran is urging authorities in Tehran to release him, calling his incarceration a “farce” 100 days after he was detained. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The family of an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post who has been jailed in Iran since July is urging authorities to release him, saying on Thursday that his continued incarceration without charge is a "farce."

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:02 am

Iran foils sabotage attempt on heavy water tanks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 9:28 am

United States praises China’s growing role in Afghanistan

BEIJING (Reuters) – The United States welcomed China’s growing role in trying to ensure Afghanistan’s stability on Thursday, saying a Beijing conference of foreign ministers on Afghan reconstruction this week shows its commitment to the region as Western troops pull out. The comments, made by a senior State Department official, are rare U.S. praise for Beijing, which this week hosts Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on his first visit abroad since assuming office in September. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:45 am

U.S. says working with Iraqi Kurdistan to stop Islamic State oil smuggling

By Florence Tan SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The United States is working closely with the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government to clamp down on oil smuggling in a bid to cut off a key source of funding for Islamic State, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Islamic State militants have seized oilfields and refineries in north Iraq and have been exporting oil through smuggling networks to help finance their campaign, along with ransom, extortion and other criminal activities. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 5:41 am

Iran wants sanctions lifted before nuclear deal

The chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi speaks on June 4, 2014 in DamascusIran wants all Western sanctions to be lifted before striking a deal on its contested nuclear programme by a November deadline, a top official said Wednesday. The six powers in the talks with Iran — Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States plus Germany, known as the P5+1 — have set November 24 as the deadline. The chairman of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi said the US proposal of a gradual lifting of sanctions was "unacceptable." A Western diplomat close to the negotiations with Iran on Monday said a firm deal by the deadline was highly unlikely, saying Tehran would have to make "significant gestures."

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 10:41 pm

Anonymous US comment on Israel roils relations

White House press secretary Josh Earnest pauses as he answers a question about insulting comments made towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by a unidentified Obama official, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014, during the daily press briefing oat the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Anonymous White House criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that drew condemnation in Israel is roiling Washington politics, putting the U.S. administration on the defensive and prompting congressional demands for President Barack Obama to repudiate the remarks.

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 10:04 pm

Israel’s Netanyahu fumes at reported U.S. slur

A view of Wadi Fukin is seen from the Jewish settlement of Beitar IllitBy Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An anonymous U.S. official's reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit", or worthless coward, drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration. The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic magazine, followed a month of heated exchanges between the Netanyahu government and Washington over settlement-building in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, which Palestinians seek as the capital of a future state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. …

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 7:59 pm

Israeli leader lashes back at harsh US criticism

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the opening session of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. Netanyahu told parliament Monday that “the French build in Paris, the English build in London and the Israelis build in Jerusalem.” The government is currently advancing construction plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as their future capital and oppose any Israeli construction there. The international community, including the United States, does not recognize Israel's annexation of the eastern sector of Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister said Wednesday that recent verbal attacks against him from the United States were merely because he was "defending Israel" and vowed to carry on with his policies despite the vitriolic rhetoric.

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 3:55 pm

Iran parliament rejects minister in fresh blow to Rouhani

The Iranian president's candidate for science minister, Mahmoud Nili-Ahmadabadi, speaks in parliament in Tehran on October 29, 2014, defending his nomination for the positionIran's President Hassan Rouhani suffered a fresh setback on Wednesday when the conservative-dominated parliament rejected his choice for science minister as too close to reformists. Mahmoud Nili-Ahmadabadi, the pick for minister of science, research and technology, lost a vote of confidence by a margin of 79 to 160 following a parliamentary debate lasting almost three hours. It was the third time since Rouhani took office that deputies rejected his candidate for the influential post that covers Iranian universities. Lawmakers questioned Nili-Ahmadabadi over his stance on the mass protests which broke out after the June 2009 re-election of hardline president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Posted on 29 October 2014 | 3:55 pm

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Reporter’s Family Urges Iran to Release Him – ABC News


ABC News

Reporter's Family Urges Iran to Release Him
ABC News
The family of an Iranian-American correspondent for the Washington Post who has been jailed in Iran since July is urging authorities to release him, saying on Thursday that his continued incarceration without charge is a "farce." The mother and brother
Family of jailed Washington Post journalist, held for 100 days, asks Iran to Washington Post
Family Of Jailed Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Asks Iran To Release Huffington Post

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:18 am

Iran Foils Sabotage Attempt on Heavy Water Tanks – ABC News


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Iran Foils Sabotage Attempt on Heavy Water Tanks
ABC News
Iranian authorities have foiled a sabotage attempt involving tanks used for the transportation of heavy water, a key component in nuclear reactors, an Iranian newspaper reported on Thursday. The independent Arman daily quoted Asghar Zarean, deputy head …
The US-Iran non-alliance alliance against Islamic StateReuters Blogs (blog)
Iran wants sanctions lifted before nuclear dealYahoo News

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:03 am

Washington Must Not Ignore Iran’s Threat against Camp Liberty – Breitbart News


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Washington Must Not Ignore Iran's Threat against Camp Liberty
Breitbart News
In Iraq, Iran-backed militia groups have gained considerable strength by taking advantage of the Iraqi army's collapse in facing the Islamic State (otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL), and they are now controlling security throughout much of Iraq
Maryam Rajavi: confronting extremism depends on a pure, tolerant and NCR-Iran.org

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 9:10 am

Transcript of hanged Iranian woman’s final message released – euronews


euronews

Transcript of hanged Iranian woman's final message released
euronews
The last message Iranian woman Reyhanah Jabbari recorded for her family just minutes before she was hanged in Tehran has been released by an unknown source. The source of the recording remains unknown. The entire transcript written by Jabbari has …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 8:39 am

Iran’s Oil Revenue Falls 30% Because of Global Price Decline – Bloomberg


Trend.az

Iran's Oil Revenue Falls 30% Because of Global Price Decline
Bloomberg
Iran's revenue from crude sales, the OPEC member's biggest export, dropped 30 percent because of the recent decline in global oil prices, according to President Hassan Rouhani. “International conditions are such that the country's main source of income
UPDATE 1-Iran says OPEC meeting unlikely to lower output ceilingReuters
What does tourism development promise to Iran?Trend.az
Iran crude oil output to rise to 4.3mn bpd soon: OfficialPress TV
Yahoo Finance UK
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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:35 am

US, Iran Relations Move to Détente – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

US, Iran Relations Move to Détente
Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration also has markedly softened its confrontational stance toward Iran's most important nonstate allies, the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Lebanese militant and political organization, Hezbollah. American diplomats
Obama's Iran follyWashington Post (blog)
Officials Reveal US is Cozying Up to Iran, Hezbollah, HamasArutz Sheva
US-Iran ties 'move into state of detente,' officials tell Wall Street JournalJerusalem Post
American Thinker (blog) -Algemeiner -i24news
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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 6:57 pm

Apple in Talks to Sell iPhone in Iran – Wall Street Journal


Wall Street Journal

Apple in Talks to Sell iPhone in Iran
Wall Street Journal
The Cupertino, Calif., company explored having Iranian partners sell Apple products at so-called premium resellers, some of the people said. Instead of company-operated Apple stores, such outlets would be midsize franchisees that sell Apple products
Apple in early talks to sell iPhone in Iran, report saysApple Insider
Apple in Talks With Distributors to Sell iPhone in IranMac Rumors
Iran Could Get iPhone As US Relations ThawSky News

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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 5:37 pm

The Real Reason Iran Killed This Woman for Defending Herself – Daily Beast


Daily Beast

The Real Reason Iran Killed This Woman for Defending Herself
Daily Beast
Long before Reyhanneh Jabbari was executed in Iran this weekend, she was tortured and beaten for months—and then sent to one of Iran's most notorious prisons, one of her lawyers claimed. Her crime? Killing the man who tried to rape her when she was …
Iran rejects West remarks on Jabbari casePress TV
Iran: Reyhaneh Jabbari's family barred from holding public memorial eventNCR-Iran.org
Bangalore Shocked By Iran HangingThe New Indian Express
Scoop.co.nz (press release)
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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 5:02 pm

Economic Pain Looms Large for Iranians in Nuclear Negotiations – New York Times


Foreign Policy

Economic Pain Looms Large for Iranians in Nuclear Negotiations
New York Times
For more than a year, President Hassan Rouhani has been dangling the prospect of a bright economic future before the middle classes that elected him, promising to negotiate a deal with the West to limit Iran's nuclear program and in that way end the …
The Endgame for Iran Nuclear TalksU.S. News & World Report
The Middle East after the U.S.-Iran nuclear deal: A look back from next yearForeign Policy
Iran orders probe into acid attacks on womenAljazeera.com
The Economist -Los Angeles Times -The Diplomat
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Posted on 29 October 2014 | 3:49 am

Has a deal with Iran stalled? – Washington Post (blog)


Haaretz

Has a deal with Iran stalled?
Washington Post (blog)
Iran will not accept any “backward steps” on its nuclear program, specifically on the enrichment of uranium, a top official said Saturday, dismissing US calls for more curbs. “Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, a member of Iran's nuclear talks team
Obama clash with Republican Senate over Iran would be epicHaaretz
Herbert London: Negotiating With IranWAMC
A good deal with Iran requires CongressThe Hill (blog)
National Iranian American Council -RIA Novosti -American Thinker
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Posted on 28 October 2014 | 12:03 am