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Pentagon: Iran Bombed ISIS Targets in Iraq

But they're not welcome to join coalition, US says

(Newser) - Iran has launched airstrikes against ISIS militants in eastern Iraq, according to the Pentagon. Rear Adm. John Kirby says the US believes this may be the first time Tehran has launched manned aircraft from inside Iran to strike targets in Iraq. The Pentagon spokesman says the US has not coordinated... More »

No Deal as Iran Nuke Talks Head to Overtime

Diplomats near 7-month extension of talks

(Newser) - World powers made headway on Iran's nuclear program over the weekend, but not enough to make tonight's midnight deadline: Talks, however, look like they'll be extended for seven more months, with a "well-placed" US diplomat telling the AP this morning that they're near an agreement... More »

US to Iran: Last-Minute Nuke Talks Won't Work

US tells Iran it's time to think about extending talks

(Newser) - The US told Iran today that it's time to consider extending nuclear talks, in the first formal recognition by Washington that frenzied last-minute diplomacy may not be enough to seal a deal by a rapidly approaching deadline. A senior US official says that with the Monday evening cutoff date... More »

Road to an Iran Nuke Deal Is Paved With Obstacles

Obama ready to work with Khamenei, but others wary of deal, including Israel, GOP

(Newser) - Foreign diplomats begin the tough work in Vienna tomorrow of negotiating with Iran on an agreement about its nuclear weapons program, possibly even bringing it to a grinding halt, the Guardian reports. But while the Obama administration has been working to jump-start the process—the president wrote a private letter... More »

Iran Shows Off Its Copy of a US Drone

Video allegedly reveals replica in flight

(Newser) - Back in 2011, Iran captured a US stealth drone that had moved into its airspace from Afghanistan. The country says it's made a copy of the drone , and new footage allegedly shows it in flight for the first time, the AP reports. The video, shown on state TV, reveals... More »

Iran Jails Woman for Going to Volleyball Game

She tried to protest ban on women at men's games

(Newser) - Ghoncheh Ghavami may be the world's only volleyball-related political prisoner. The 25-year-old, who was arrested when she tried to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran earlier this year, has been "locked up simply for peacefully having her say about how women are discriminated against in Iran,... More »

Hanged Iranian Woman: 'I Don't Want to Rot in the Soil'

Meanwhile, Amnesty decries 'bloody stain on Iran's human rights record'

(Newser) - Reyhaneh Jabbari lost her life and her years-long court struggle at dawn yesterday, as Iran defied international outcry and hanged the woman convicted of killing her would-be rapist, but she left behind a will with final instructions utterly devoid of rancor, reports the Sunday Times , via the Daily Mail . "... More »

Iran Hangs Woman Despite World Appeals

Reyhaneh Jabbari says she was being sexually assaulted

(Newser) - An international campaign to spare an Iranian woman from hanging seemed to be working over the last month, with authorities granting Reyhaneh Jabbari a temporary stay. Today, though, the message on the campaign's Facebook page reads, "rest in peace," reports the Guardian . Iran's official IRNA news... More »

Obama Could Ease Iran Sanctions— Without Congress

White House points to president's power to 'suspend' them in event of a deal

(Newser) - Iran may be open to a nuclear deal in exchange for the lifting of some sanctions, and President Obama, the Treasury Department says, has the power to take action himself. According to a White House study, Obama doesn't need congressional approval to "suspend" most of the sanctions on... More »

Iran May Spare Woman Who Killed Would-Be Rapist

Reyhaneh Jabbari accused of killing man during rape attempt

(Newser) - Iranian authorities may have decided not to execute Reyhaneh Jabbari, who has faced the gallows since 2009 after being convicted of killing a man she says tried to rape her, the LA Times reports. Authorities are working to commute the death sentence against the 26-year-old woman, an Iranian judiciary spokesman... More »

Iran to Hang Woman for Killing Would-Be Rapist

Rayhaneh Jabbari maintains her act of self-defense didn't kill the man

(Newser) - It appears Rayhaneh Jabbari will not die today, but the 26-year-old Iranian woman's plight continues to grab international headlines. Jabbari has been sentenced to death for the 2007 killing of a would-be rapist, and Fox News yesterday reported that she managed to place a phone call to her mother... More »

Iran Hangs 'Heretic' for Insulting Jonah

Amir-Aslani had different take on the Koran

(Newser) - Iran has executed a 37-year-old psychologist, apparently in part for the grievous crime of believing that the story of Jonah—which appears in the Koran as well as the Bible—is a symbolic tale instead of a true account of a prophet who survives three days in a whale's... More »

Iranians Who Made Video of Pharrell's 'Happy' Sentenced

Sentence won't be carried out unless defendants are found guilty of future crimes

(Newser) - Six young Iranian men and women videotaped dancing to Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and the video's director have been sentenced to suspended jail terms and lashes, says a defense lawyer. Farshid Rofugaran said today that the seven have been sentenced to six months in jail and 91 lashes each,... More »

Iran: We Turned Down US' ISIS Offer

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says US made request, he wasn't interested

(Newser) - Iran wants the world to know that the United States came knocking—and it didn't answer the door. Though it was previously reported that John Kerry had barred the country from joining a coalition formed to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei today... More »

US Military Charter Plane Makes Forced Landing in Iran

Plane told it couldn't fly in Iranian airspace: officials

(Newser) - A commercial aircraft chartered by the US-led military in Afghanistan was re-routed to Iran today and forced to land there in a mix-up over its flight plan, US officials say. The plane was carrying military contractors, some of whom were American, CNN reports. The plane was flying from Bagram airfield... More »

Coast Guard Fires on Iranian Boat

Dhow aimed machine gun at US crew patrolling Gulf

(Newser) - An Iranian boat that pointed a machine gun at the crew of a US Coast Guard cutter took off after the Americans fired a warning shot in response, the Navy says. Military officials say the Monomoy, one of the Coast Guard vessels patrolling international waters in the Persian Gulf, dispatched... More »

Iran: We Shot Down Israeli Drone

Revolutionary Guards say aircraft was near Natanz

(Newser) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards is saying its forces have shot down an Israeli drone as it approached an Iranian nuclear site. The Guards issued a statement saying forces fired a missile at the drone as it neared its uranium enrichment facility in Natanz, more than 185 miles south of... More »

Iran Bans All Permanent Birth Control

Nation's government reacts to declining birthrates

(Newser) - Bad news for Iranians wanting small families: The country plans to ban vasectomies and other permanent forms of birth control and punish all violators as criminals, the Washington Post reports. In fact any advertising of birth control will become illegal, Reuters notes, a stark turnaround for a nation that once... More »

Iran Plane Crashes After Takeoff, 39 Dead

Sepahan Air passenger jet lost engine, went down in residential Tehran

(Newser) - A regional passenger plane assembled in Iran crashed today while taking off from the country's capital, Tehran, killing 39 and injuring another nine onboard, according to a transportation official and state media. Deputy Minister of Transportation Ahmad Majidi provided the latest casualty figures on state TV. The channel earlier... More »

Iran, US Still Way Apart on Centrifuges; Talks Extended

Negotiators miss deadline, but extend talks 4 months

(Newser) - Iran and six world powers failed today to meet their target date for cutting a nuclear deal but agreed to extend the talks until Nov. 24. Months of exhausting negotiations were meant to culminate in an agreement by tomorrow that would limit programs Iran says it needs to produce energy... More »

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