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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 »

Trump Slams Pakistan, Iran in First Tweets of Year

He says Iran is 'failing at every level'

(Newser) - If President Trump's New Year's resolution was to get tough on Pakistan and Iran, he's off to a great start. If it was to tone down his use of Twitter, not so much. Trump laid into Pakistan in his first tweet of the year, saying the US... More »

State TV: Protesters Have Attacked Iran Military Bases

At least 12 killed, report says

(Newser) - At least 12 people have been killed in the ongoing protests in Iran , and armed protesters have tried to take over police stations and military bases, state TV reported Monday. The protests began Thursday in Mashhad over economic issues and have since expanded to several cities, with some protesters chanting... More »

These Iran Protests Could Be a Very Big Deal

President Rouhani calls for calm demonstrations, rebuffs Trump

(Newser) - They may have started small, but the protests engulfing Iran for a fourth day are an "audacious" challenge to four decades of clerical leadership, in the words of Reuters . President Hassan Rouhani sought to calm things Sunday by defending Iranians' right to protest but condemning any resulting violence. “... More »

Amid Deaths, Iran Warns Protesters Will 'Pay the Price'

2 people killed overnight as minister says 'such behavior will be smashed'

(Newser) - Two protesters taking part in demonstrations roiling Iran since Thursday were killed overnight, semi-official news agency Mehr reported Sunday, the first deaths attributed to the ongoing protests. In response, Tehran warned that protesters would "pay the price," reports CNN . Interior Minister Rahmani Fazli told official news agency IRNA... More »

Trump on Iran Protests: 'The World Is Watching'

US president lends support for citizens demonstrating against Iran's economic issues

(Newser) - Thousands of people gathered in Iran's capital Saturday to lend their support to the Iranian government, a response to anti-government protests that had been held there over the past two days, the AP and CNN report. Numbers vary, but reports place between 2,000 and 4,000 pro-government demonstrators... More »

Strongman's Death May Worsen Saudi-Iran Conflict

Ali Abdullah Saleh is killed, and Yemen's civil war is expected to get worse

(Newser) - Yemeni rebels killed their erstwhile ally Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country's former president and strongman, as their forces battled for control of the capital, Sanaa, officials said. The collapse of their alliance throws Yemen's nearly three-year-old civil war into unpredictable new chaos, per the AP . The war is... More »

Businessman's US Testimony Stuns Turkey

Trader alleges ministers helped dodge Iran sanctions

(Newser) - Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab was supposed to go on trial this week for conspiring to dodge American sanctions on Iran—but in a turn of events that has made the legal drama grip his homeland, it emerged that he has already pleaded guilty and is now the star witness for... More »

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