Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Iranian Border Guard Killed in Fight with Armed Group near Iraq

LONDON, March 18 - An Iranian guard was killed in a fight with an armed group near the western border with Iraq, local media reported on Monday. Iran's armed forces have been stepping up their presence...

Iran Recalls Ambassador to Kenya over Court Case

GENEVA, March 17  - Iran recalled its ambassador to Kenya because of a court decision upholding sentences for two Iranians in jail, foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Sunday, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency. Iran also lodged a...

Iran’s Oil Minister Blames U.S. for Market Tensions

March 16 - Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Saturday frequent U.S. comments about oil prices had created market tensions, the ministry's news website SHANA reported. U.S. President Donald Trump, who has made the U.S....

U.S. Navy Veteran Detained in Iran Gets 10 Years in Prison, Lawyer Says

By Joseph Ax March 16 - A U.S. Navy veteran has been sentenced to 10 years in an Iranian prison, his family's lawyer said, after he was arrested last July while visiting an Iranian woman in the...

Israel Election Frontrunner Gantz Dismisses Report That Iran Hacked His Phone

JERUSALEM, March 15 - Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's toughest rival in Israel's upcoming parliamentary election, dismissed as "political gossip" on Friday media reports of allegations that his mobile phone had been hacked...

Iran is Conducting Secret Oil Sales to Circumvent Sanctions, German Daily Reports

March 6  - U.S. political and economic pressures have successfully dissuaded many countries from buying Iranian oil, the German newspaper Die Welt wrote in an editorial published March 5. Citing VesselsValue, a London-based online...

Self-Immolation Leaves One Dead, 11 Injured at a Drug Rehab Center in Southern Iran

A dozen addicts set fire to themselves to protest their living conditions and treatment at a rehabilitation camp for men in Abshurak village in the southern province of Hormozgan, according to Farjam Danesh, the...

Iranian Deputy Warns of Espionage Inside Intelligence Ministry

March 7 - Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Majlis (Iranian Parliament), has called for a formal investigation into possible insider espionage aimed at influencing the...

Israel Suspects Iran of Hacking Election Frontrunner Gantz’s Phone – TV

JERUSALEM, March 14 - Israel's Shin Bet security service suspects Iran of hacking the mobile phone of Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's toughest rival in the April 9 election, an Israeli television station reported on...

General Soleimani’s Award Sends Message to Iran-Backed Militia, Analyst Says 

By Natasha Phillips March 14 - Major General Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, was awarded the Order of Zulfiqar to stave off financial concerns from Iran-backed militia groups, Raman Ghavami a Middle...