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Earthquake Felt Countries Away Hits Near Iran Nuclear Plant

It struck 60 miles east of Bushehr

(Newser) - An earthquake hit Iran early Thursday just 60 miles away from the country's only operating nuclear power plant. According to the USGS , the 5.5 magnitude quake struck 6.2 miles below the surface, strong and shallow enough to cause widespread damage, though Iran hasn't reported damage at... More »

Saudi Prince Makes Rare Concession to Israel

Mohammed bin Salman says Israelis have right to live on their own land

(Newser) - The crown prince of Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a long US trip looking to drum up business and support for the kingdom he may inherit soon, and Mohammed bin Salman has made headlines with a newly published interview in the Atlantic on two points:
  • Israel: The prince,
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New in US' 'Name and Shame' Game: Indictment of 9 Iranians

Hackers hit US colleges, agencies, and corporations in huge breach

(Newser) - The Trump administration announced criminal charges and sanctions Friday against nine Iranians accused in a government-sponsored hacking scheme to pilfer sensitive info from hundreds of universities, private firms, and US government agencies. The defendants, accused of working at the behest of the Iranian government-tied Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, hacked the... More »

Tycoon's Daughter, Friends Die in Jet Crash

11 die after jet crashes in Iran mountain

(Newser) - The daughter of a Turkish billionaire died along with seven friends and three crew members when the private jet bringing her home from her bachelorette party in the United Arab Emirates crashed. Mina Basaran, 28, was the daughter of Basaran Holdings chief Huseyin Basaran and was part of the company'... More »

Woman Who Protested Iran's Hijab Law Learns Her Fate

Unnamed woman sentenced to 2 years in prison

(Newser) - A woman who disappeared in January after removing her hijab and using it as a flag in protest of Iranian law was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday, the BBC reports. The unnamed woman, previously described as a 31-year-old mother, whose protest spread across social media was found guilty... More »

Hardliners Enraged by Avant-Garde Mosque

Sweeping modern architecture of Tehran house of worship doesn't go over well with everyone

(Newser) - A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran's capital would have hard-liners shouting from the minarets—if there were any. The architects behind the Vali-e-Asr mosque dispensed with tradition, reports the AP , opting instead for a modern design of undulating waves of gray stone and concrete, which... More »

Iran Says He Killed Self in Prison, but Sons Don't Buy It

Environmentalist Kavous Seyed Emami is dead

(Newser) - Canadian-Iranian environmentalist Kavous Seyed Emami urged Iranians to push for the change they wanted, rather than accept the way things were. His liberal message resonated, but now his sons must take up the cause. Seyed Emami, a Canadian-Iranian, died in a high-security prison on Feb. 9, weeks after he was... More »

SCOTUS Stops Terror Attack Survivors From Taking Artifacts

At issue are Persian tablets that have been on loan to a Chicago museum for decades

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is preventing survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack from seizing Persian artifacts at a Chicago museum to help pay a $71.5 million default judgment against Iran. The court ruled 8-0 Wednesday against US victims of a Jerusalem suicide bombing. They want to lay claim to artifacts... More »

Crashed Iran Plane Had Been in Storage for 6 Years

Wreckage found near peak of Mount Dena, north of Yasuj

(Newser) - With fog clearing, Iranian authorities have managed their first look at the site where a passenger plane carrying 65 people crashed into Mount Dena after departing Tehran on Sunday. A military drone spotted the wreckage of the Aseman Airlines flight north of Yasuj on Tuesday, and though two helicopters flew... More »

Iranian Plane Crashes Into Mountain, Kills All Aboard

'After searching the area, we learned that unfortunately our dear passengers lost their lives'

(Newser) - An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 65 people on board, state media reported. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional flying, went down near its destination of the Iranian city of Yasuj, some 485 miles... More »

Iran Rebuffs Negotiations as American Is Detained

Morad Tahbaz's arrest puts increased pressure on Trump administration

(Newser) - An American-Iranian man was among a group of environmentalists detained in Iran last month during efforts to foil a protest, bringing the number of US citizens held in the country to at least five, family members and human rights groups say. Morad Tahbaz of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Association—which... More »

Could a New Mideast War Be Brewing?

A look at the implications of Saturday's Israel-Iran-Syria clash

(Newser) - As the world's countries battled it out on the ice and the slopes on Saturday, other countries battled it out in the air , with potentially huge implications. Israel says it destroyed an Iranian drone that entered its airspace from Syria (Iran disputes this) and then had its fighter jets... More »

First a Drone, Then a 'Large-Scale Attack,' Then a Downed F-16

Israeli fighter jet shot down after Israel hits Syria in response to Iranian drone infiltration

(Newser) - The Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone it said infiltrated the country early Saturday before launching a "large-scale attack" on at least a dozen Iranian and Syrian targets inside Syria. Responding anti-aircraft fire led to the downing of an Israeli fighter jet, the AP reports. Israel said the... More »

US Navy Has No Idea Why Iran Stopped Bothering Its Boats

Iranian 'fast boats' suddenly stopped buzzing US vessels in August

(Newser) - For most of the past two years, Iranian "fast boats" crewed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps buzzed US military vessels passing through the Persian Gulf at least twice a month. This harassment, which posed a danger to all involved, occurred 50 times—until it suddenly stopped in August,... More »

She Made Her Hijab Into a Flag. Then She Vanished

Iranian woman reportedly arrested after making flag out of headscarf to protest morality code

(Newser) - She tore off her white headscarf, made a flag out of it, and waved it for more than an hour in the center of Tehran late last month, an act of resistance against a strict dress code for women. But now, per the Los Angeles Times , the mystery protester, whose... More »

'No Hope:' Iranian Tanker Sinks

A week after collision off China coast, Tehran says there are no survivors as ship goes down

(Newser) - A burning Iranian tanker listing for days off the coast of China after a collision with another vessel sank Sunday, with an Iranian official saying there was "no hope" of survival for the 29 missing sailors onboard. Iranian state television reported that the Sanchi had sunk Sunday in the... More »

Trump Keeps US in Iran Nuclear Deal for 3rd Time

Though senior White House official says this is last time

(Newser) - He called it "the worst deal ever," and on Friday he extended it for the third time during his presidency, the New York Times reports. A senior administration official tells Politico that President Trump once again chose not to reinstate the sanctions that were suspended as part of... More »

Iran's Primary Schools Can No Longer Teach English

Move comes as Tehran blames US in part for recent unrest

(Newser) - Iran's primary schools are no longer permitted to teach English over fears that such early lessons could open the door to a Western "cultural invasion," reports Reuters . An education official announced on state-run TV Saturday that the rule applies to both public and private institutions. "Teaching... More »

Analysts: Sorry, but We May Have a Global Crisis This Year

Eurasia Group lays out a bunch of ways it might happen

(Newser) - Given that "the global order is unraveling" in "a world without leadership," Eurasia Group has some sorry news: "If we had to pick one year for a big unexpected crisis—the geopolitical equivalent of the 2008 financial meltdown—it feels like 2018." What kind of... More »

Iran Judge Says Protesters Could Be Executed

Trump seeks international support for protests

(Newser) - The death toll in the protests sweeping Iran is now at least 20—and it could end up a lot higher under a recommendation from the head of Tehran's Revolutionary Court. According to Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency, Mousa Ghazanfarabadi said Tuesday that some of the hundreds of... More »

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