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Report: Iran General Saved Russian Pilot

He coordinated with Russia, Syrian commandoes

(Newser) - How exactly did a Russian pilot make it out of enemy territory alive after his plane was shot down by Turkish jets? He was helped by the commander of foreign operations for Iran's Revolutionary Guards, according to an Iranian news agency. The Fars New Agency—citing a Russian agency,... More »

Iran Sentences US Reporter to Prison, Mum on the Details

Jason Rezaian's lawyer doesn't even have details on the verdict

(Newser) - Iran has sentenced detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges that include espionage, Iranian state TV reported Sunday. Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, the spokesman for Iran's judiciary, announced the punishment in a statement on the TV station's... More »

France Needs Wine to Get Through Dinner With Iran

Really leaning into that cultural stereotype, France

(Newser) - They say we should embrace our differences. But they never tried to come between a Frenchman and his wine. The Washington Post reports on some dinner drama adding tension to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's first official visit to Europe, which starts this weekend. Apparently Rouhani and French president Franç... More »

US Won't Budge on One Key Point as Syria Talks Begin

US, allies want Assad gone from Syria—and want Russia, Iran on board

(Newser) - Talks designed to seek peace in Syria began Friday in Vienna, and this time there's a new player involved in the negotiations: Iran, Bashar al-Assad's No. 1 ally, Reuters notes. "Those who tried to resolve the Syrian crisis have come to the conclusion that without Iran being... More »

Iran Arrests US Citizen, but No One Really Knows Why

Arrest may be part of backlash against nuclear deal

(Newser) - An Iranian-American oil exec who argued passionately for building bridges between the two cultures—and lifting sanctions—is now in a prison cell in Iran and nobody seems quite sure why. A family friend tells the Washington Post that dual citizen Siamak Namazi, who's based in Dubai, was arrested... More »

UN Agency: Iran Approves Tougher Nuke Inspections

The Iran nuclear deal formally begins today

(Newser) - The United Nations atomic agency says Iran has agreed to allow greater monitoring of Tehran's commitment to the nuclear deal it signed with six world powers. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency said Sunday that Iran will "provisionally apply" the agreement allowing for more intrusive inspections once... More »

US Confirms, Condemns Iranian Missile Test Launch

The missile is nuclear capable and can travel more than 1,000 miles

(Newser) - A US official confirmed Friday that Iran tested a missile capable of delivering a nuclear weapon earlier this month, Reuters reports. In a statement, US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power says the US is "deeply concerned" about the launch, which is a violation of the UN Security Council'... More »

US Hostages' Savior in Iran in 1980 Has Died

Heroic actions of Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor were documented in 'Argo'

(Newser) - Ken Taylor, the Canadian ambassador to Iran who helped smuggle six American hostages home from the country in 1980, died Thursday of colon cancer at the age of 81, his wife tells the AP . For three months, Taylor and his deputy, John Sheardown, hid at their Tehran homes the six... More »

'Outrageous Justice': Iran Convicts US Reporter

Jason Rezaian faces up to 20 years in prison

(Newser) - Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who has been jailed in Iran for more than a year on espionage charges, has been convicted. His fate remains unclear, but he could face 20 years in prison. A spokesman for Iran's judiciary said Rezaian can appeal the conviction within 20 days.... More »

Iran: We Have Verdict in US Reporter's Trial

But they're not telling us what that verdict is

(Newser) - Iran's judiciary said Sunday that a verdict has been issued in the case of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has been detained for more than a year on espionage allegations, but did not say what the verdict is. "The verdict has been issued," a judiciary spokesman... More »

Russian Missiles 'Hit the Wrong Country'

Nonsense, Moscow says on Facebook

(Newser) - Russian cruise missiles fired from vessels in the Caspian Sea crashed in Iran instead of hitting their targets in Syria, according to CNN —but if they did, Iran is staying pretty quiet about it. US military monitors determined that at least four of Russia's new "Kaliber" missiles... More »

Iran: Diplomat Is Missing in Hajj Disaster

Tehran blames stampede Saudi 'incompetence'

(Newser) - As the hajj religious pilgrimage entered its final day today, officials in Saudi Arabia continued to grapple with the aftermath of a deadly stampede that killed at least 719 people. Iran announced in a state TV broadcast that among those Iranians still missing are a former ambassador to Lebanon as... More »

IAEA: Iran Gave Us Nuke Test Samples, but It's OK

Yukiya Amano vouches for 'authenticity' of samples taken from Parchin site

(Newser) - It's been 10 years since International Atomic Energy Agency reps have visited Iran's Parchin military site, but they were there yesterday to inspect a building and take environmental samples as part of their quest to keep a sharp eye on the country's nuclear machinations, Reuters reports. Yukiya... More »

Husband Keeping Iranian Soccer Star From Playing

Iranian law lets husbands to stop wives from traveling abroad

(Newser) - An Iranian women's soccer star is being forced to miss a tournament in Malaysia this week because her husband, an Iranian sports journalist, is refusing to sign paperwork to renew her passport, Yahoo Sports reports. Iranian law allows husbands to forbid their wives from traveling outside the country, according... More »

Boehner May Sue Obama to Stop Iran Nuclear Deal

Republicans have run out of most other options

(Newser) - With Republicans running out of ways to stop the looming Iran nuclear deal from becoming a reality, John Boehner is entertaining the idea of suing President Obama. The House speaker, who described the deal as "worse than anything I could've ever imagined," said yesterday a lawsuit is... More »

Obama's Iran Deal Prevails in Senate

Democrats block disapproval vote by Republicans

(Newser) - Senate Democrats voted to uphold the hard-fought nuclear accord with Iran today, overcoming ferocious GOP opposition and delivering President Obama a legacy-making victory on his top foreign policy priority. A disapproval resolution for the agreement fell two votes short of the 60 needed to move forward as most Democratic and... More »

REM Upset That 'Sad Little Men' Used Its Song

Band doesn't want Trump using their song

(Newser) - A Washington, DC, rally against the Iran nuclear deal brought together GOP hopefuls and conservative stars, including Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty—and infuriated REM in the process. Trump took the stage at the Tea Party rally to "It's the End... More »

Khamenei: You'll Be Gone in 25 Years, Israel

Iran's supreme leader takes to Twitter to threaten 'Zionists,' rebuff US

(Newser) - As House lawmakers contended with more chaos on the Iran nuclear deal today, the supreme leader of Iran was busy making his own statements that appear to squash any hopes of Iran trying to mend its delicate relationship with the US via the deal, per the Times of Israel . Instead,... More »

Obama Scores Major Win on Iran Nuclear Deal

3 Democratic senators announced their support for the deal today

(Newser) - The Iran nuclear deal appears good to go following announcements of support from three Democratic senators today in what the Hill is calling an "impressive lobbying win" for President Obama and the White House. Those three senators bring the total votes for the deal to 41 in the Senate,... More »

Obama Locks Up Iran Deal With 34th Senator

Thanks to Barbara Mikulski, GOP now can't override presidential veto

(Newser) - Earlier this morning, President Obama was "on the brink" of wrapping up the Iran nuclear deal after Democratic Sens. Bob Casey and Chris Coons threw their support his way, the Wall Street Journal reports. Now Maryland's Barbara Mikulski has given her thumbs-up, giving the president the magic number... More »

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