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New Twist in Case of American Missing in Iran for 10 Years

Robert Levinson's family sues Iran for his kidnapping and imprisonment

(Newser) - The family of a CIA operative who went missing a decade ago is suing Iran, claiming the country has lied about the role it played in his disappearance. The New York Times reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Washington seeks damages against Iran for inflicting emotional distress... More »

Family of Ex-FBI Agent Lost in Iran Finds Hope in Trump

Thinks president's negotiating skills could bring CIA operative home

(Newser) - Ten years after a former FBI agent working on an unauthorized CIA mission disappeared in Iran, his family hopes President Trump will be the one to finally bring him home. Robert Levinson's family tells the AP that Trump's background as a deal-making businessman and his harder line on... More »

Iran Begins 1st Major Military Drill Since Trump Inauguration

Annual navy drill begins in Strait of Hormuz

(Newser) - Iran's navy began an annual drill Sunday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, state television reported. The TV report quoted navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari as saying the two-day maneuver will cover an area of 772,000... More »

Ayatollah Khamenei Says Trump Is Proving Iran's Point

The Supreme Leader says Trump has revealed the 'real face of America'

(Newser) - Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says he's glad President Trump has shown "the real face of America," Al Jazeera reports. According to CNN , the supreme leader of Iran noted the country's leaders had been trying for decades to prove the US government's corruption and Trump, who he... More »

Baby Originally Barred by Travel Ban Will Get Critical Surgery

Fatemeh Reshad's family, who are from Iran, had their visa canceled

(Newser) - A 4-month-old girl barred from entry to the US and the lifesaving surgery she required by President Trump's travel ban received an exemption Friday, the New York Daily News reports. Fatemeh Reshad was born with structural abnormalities in her heart. According to KOIN , US doctors reviewing her medical files... More »

US Delivers New Sanctions on Iran

Trump warns he won't be as 'kind' as Obama

(Newser) - The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on 13 people and a dozen companies in response to Iran's recent ballistic missile test , reports the AP . Those targeted by the Treasury Department include various individuals and companies involved in procuring ballistic missile technology for Iran. They include Iranians, Lebanese, Chinese,... More »

Iran Says US Shouldn't Make 'Empty Threats'

It says it will continue work on its missile systems

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Michael Flynn said the US was "putting Iran on notice." President Trump seconded that notion Thursday in the way only he can: an early morning tweet-storm. "Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE," Trump tweeted . The AP reports he went on to falsely claim... More »

The US Is 'Officially Putting Iran on Notice'

Michael Flynn calls Iranian missile test 'destabilizing'

(Newser) - President Trump's national security adviser said the US is "officially putting Iran on notice," without specifying exactly what that means, Reuters reports. According to NBC News , Michael Flynn made the remark during a "surprise appearance" at a White House press briefing Wednesday. It was spurred by... More »

Iran May Limit Issuing of US Visas Over Trump's Order

'To defend the dignity of the great Iranian nation'

(Newser) - Iran's foreign ministry is suggesting the country will limit issuing visas to American tourists in retaliation for President Trump's suspension of immigration and visas for nationals from Muslim countries including Iran, the AP reports. The official IRNA news agency Saturday carried a statement by the Iranian foreign ministry... More »

Burning High-Rise Falls, Kills 30 Firefighters

More deaths are possible in Tehran, Iran

(Newser) - A 17-story building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported, per the AP . Iran's state-run Press TV announced the firefighters' deaths, without giving a source for the information. Local Iranian state television said 30... More »

Obama Declines to Sign Iran Sanctions Renewal

10-year extension will become law anyway

(Newser) - In an unexpected move, President Obama has declined to sign legislation renewing sanctions against Iran—but has let it become law anyway. Obama faced a midnight Wednesday deadline to sign the 10-year renewal of the decades-old sanctions law, the AP reports. The White House had said that Obama was expected... More »

Thanks to Nuke Deal, Iran Makes a Big US Buy

Tehran goes shopping, inks $16.6B deal with Boeing to upgrade crippled commercial fleet

(Newser) - Iran said Sunday it has finalized a $16.8 billion deal with Boeing to purchase 80 passenger planes, reports the AP , a deal made possible by last year's landmark nuclear deal. The state-run IRNA news agency said 50 Boeing 737s and 30 Boeing 777s would be delivered over the... More »

Dozens Die in Iran Train Crash

3 railroad employees arrested after collision

(Newser) - A train collision in northern Iran killed at least 45 people and injured 100 on Friday, Iran's state media reported. The official IRNA news agency reported that the accident occurred in sub-zero temperatures when a moving passenger train struck another parked at Haftkhan station, about 150 miles east of... More »

Iran to Lash 'Serial Human Rights Abuser'

If he doesn't buy his way out, that is

(Newser) - As a judge, and then prosecutor general in Tehran from 2003 to 2009, Saeed Mortazavi earned a reputation as a "serial human rights abuser" and "butcher of the press" for his role in quieting journalists and political dissenters. Now, he may get a taste of his own medicine.... More »

'He Will Never Be the Same': WaPo Reporter's Suit Against Iran

Jason Rezaian has filed complaint against Iran for trying to use him as pawn in nuke talks

(Newser) - Jason Rezaian has had time to decompress and re-acclimate to life in the US after being released from Iranian detention in January—and now he's ready to sue. The Washington Post journalist and his family filed a complaint Monday in DC's US District Court against the Iranian government,... More »

Female Chess Players Outraged by Iran's Hijab Requirement

Competitors at world championship must wear head scarf

(Newser) - The US women's chess champion won't be competing in the Women's World Chess Championship February in Iran over that country's law that makes it mandatory for women—including foreign chess players—to wear hijabs, CNN reports. Nazi Paikidze-Barnes calls the law "religious and sexist discrimination.... More »

Iranian Cyclist Killed in Paralympics Crash

Bahman Golbarnezhad believed to be first athlete killed in Paralympics

(Newser) - An Iranian cyclist died after crashing in a road race at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics on Saturday. Bahman Golbarnezhad, 48, received emergency treatment on the course and was transported to a Rio hospital where he died, reports the AP . "This is truly heart-breaking news, and the thoughts and... More »

Iran Sanctions Lifted Due to 'Secret' Nuke Loopholes: Report

DC think tank says US, negotiating partners helped Iran

(Newser) - President Obama called it a "good day," while Secretary of State John Kerry said it "[marked] the day of a safer world" in January after five US hostages held in Iran were released and international sanctions against the country were lifted because it had supposedly kept its... More »

Iranian Boats ‘Harass’ US Warship

Revolutionary Guard vessels forced USS Nitze to change course, official says

(Newser) - Four Iranian boats “harassed” a US Navy warship near the Persian Gulf, ignoring orders to back off, Reuters reports. A defense official said two of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels came within 300 yards of the guided missile destroyer USS Nitze on Wednesday at a high rate of speed—... More »

Iran Sounds Angry at Russia for Blabbing About Using Its Base

For now, Moscow can no longer send its jets there

(Newser) - Russia has stopped using an Iranian air base for launching airstrikes on Syria for the time being, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday, just hours after the Iranian defense minister criticized Moscow for having a "kind of show-off and ungentlemanly" attitude by publicizing their actions, reports the AP... More »

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