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US Navy Vet Held in Iran Gets 10-Year Sentence

Case against Michael White of California is vague

(Newser) - A US Navy veteran from California has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran, says his lawyer. As a result, Michael R. White has become the first American known to be imprisoned there since President Trump took office. Iran, which in the past has used its detention of... More »

Couple's Public Proposal Lands Them Under Arrest

Officials in Iran accuse them of 'outraging public decency'

(Newser) - It was a marriage proposal familiar to anyone who's attended enough sporting events or similar public outings. In this case, it happened at a mall, where a young man proposed to his girlfriend in front of a crowd of cheering shoppers, reports the BBC . She said yes and gave... More »

DOJ: She Knew US Secrets and Gave Them to Iran

Ex-Air Force counterintelligence specialist Monice Witt is charged

(Newser) - "It is a sad day for America when one of its citizens betrays our country," said the head of the Justice Department's national security division, on what is apparently such a day. A former Air Force counterintelligence specialist who defected to Iran has been charged with revealing... More »

Clue to a New Iran Fail: the 'Scorch Marks'

It appears for the 2nd time in a month, a rocket launch has been unsuccessful

(Newser) - The giveaway: burn scars that could be seen from the sky. Satellite images taken Wednesday by US-based companies seem to indicate that, for the second time in a month's time, Iran tried to send a satellite into space. In discussing the images with NPR , nonproliferation expert David Schmerler says... More »

Iraq to Trump: Leave Us Out of 'Your Own Issues'

Barham Salih says president didn't ask permission to 'watch Iran' from his country

(Newser) - Iraq's president on Monday criticized President Trump for saying he wants to keep US troops in Iraq "to watch Iran," saying the US leader didn't ask Iraq's permission to do so. "We find these comments strange," said Barham Salih, speaking at a forum... More »

Trump Publicly Breaks With His Top Intelligence Officials

He tweets his thoughts on ISIS, Iran, North Korea

(Newser) - President Trump disagrees with his top security officials, and he made that publicly known on Wednesday. His morning tweets to that end followed the testimony given before Congress on Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel as part of what the AP reports is... More »

US Hits Huawei, CFO With Criminal Charges

How this affects the US-China trade war will remain to be seen

(Newser) - The US Department of Justice unsealed a 13-count indictment against Chinese tech giant Huawei on Monday, including against two of its affiliates and its chief financial officer, the AP and Fox News report. The felony charges, which came in the form of two separate indictments—one a 10-count grand jury... More »

Iran: We're Holding US Veteran Due to 'Private Complaint'

Michael White, 46, has been detained since July; his mother says he has cancer, needs treatment

(Newser) - A US Navy veteran detained in Iran is being held in connection to a "private complaint," the semi-official Mehr News Agency reported Friday. Michael White, 46, has been held since July, the first known American to have been detained in Iran since President Trump took office, per the... More »

After 10 Days, US Frees Iran TV Anchorwoman

Marzieh Hashemi was held as a material witness

(Newser) - A prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television who was held in the US as a material witness was released from jail Wednesday evening. Marzieh Hashemi, 59, was released from jail in Washington after being detained for 10 days, according to Abed Ayoub, an attorney with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.... More »

'A Pretty Good Spy' Who Inspired Argo Is Dead at 78

Tony Mendez was awarded the Intelligence Star for his imaginative exfiltration scheme

(Newser) - The CIA mastermind behind the so-called "Canadian caper"—which got six US diplomats out of Iran during the 1979-80 hostage crisis—died Saturday the age of 78, the Washington Post reports; he had Parkinson's disease. A 25-year CIA veteran, Tony Mendez was also an impressionistic painter admired... More »

US-Born Iranian TV Anchor Arrested by FBI

Son says Marzieh Hashemi is being held as a witness

(Newser) - A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the US, the broadcaster reported Wednesday. Her son says she is being held in a prison, apparently as a material witness. Marzieh Hashemi, who worked for Press TV, the network's English-language... More »

Iran's 'Message' Fails to Launch

'Payam' satellite fails in third stage of its launch

(Newser) - Iran on Tuesday conducted one of at least two satellite launches it planned despite criticism from the United States, but the satellite failed to reach orbit, an official said. The rocket carrying the Payam satellite failed to reach the "necessary speed" in the third stage of its launch, Telecommunications... More »

Cargo Plane Plows Into Neighborhood

Only 1 survivor after plane skids off runway in Iran

(Newser) - A decades-old Iranian Boeing 707 military cargo plane reportedly carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran's capital, killing 15 people on board and leaving a sole survivor—the flight engineer. The aircraft, which bore the paint scheme of the Iranian air force'... More »

White House Asked Pentagon for Plans to Hit Iran

Bolton's reaction to failed attack 'definitely rattled people'

(Newser) - The attack—three mortar shells launched into Baghdad's diplomatic sector by Iranian militants—injured no one, but the Wall Street Journal is now reporting that it "triggered unusual alarm" inside the Trump administration. National Security Adviser John Bolton responded by asking the Pentagon to draw up plans to... More »

Pompeo: Obama Made a Mess of the Mideast

Says policies led to rise of ISIS, problems with Iran

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies Thursday, denouncing the former president for "misguided" and "wishful" thinking that diminished America's role in the region, harmed its longtime friends, and emboldened its main foe: Iran. In a speech to... More »

Iran Confirms It Is Holding US Navy Vet

Veteran Michael R. White reportedly at a prison in the country

(Newser) - Iran confirmed Wednesday it is holding US Navy veteran Michael R. White at a prison in the country, making him the first American known to be detained under President Donald Trump's administration, the AP reports. White's detention adds new pressure to the rising tension between Iran and the... More »

In Historic First, Senate Invokes War Powers Act

Calls for US to end support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen war; 2nd vote condemns prince

(Newser) - The Senate on Thursday sent what the Washington Post described as a historic rebuke to the White House over Saudi Arabia. Actually, it delivered two rebukes. First, senators voted 56-41 to invoke the War Powers Act and demand that the US end its military support of the Saudi-led coalition in... More »

Iranian Hackers Target US Officials, Nuke Experts

'Worrisome' attacks came amid reimposed sanctions

(Newser) - As President Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of US officials tasked with enforcing them, the AP has found. It drew on data from cybersecurity group Certfa to track how a hacking group nicknamed Charming Kitten spent the past month... More »

'Sultan of Coins' Executed in Iran

The country has set up special courts for financial crimes

(Newser) - Iran has executed the so-called “Sultan of Coins” for the crime of “spreading corruption on earth.” Per the BBC , Vahid Mazloumin was convicted of hoarding gold coins to manipulate prices. He and another financial trader, Mohammad Esmaeel Qasemi, were hanged after the Iranian Supreme Court upheld the... More »

US Warns World: Iranian Tankers Are 'Now a Floating Liability'

It all boils down to insurance

(Newser) - The United States is warning other countries not to allow Iranian oil tankers into their territorial waters or ports, saying such access may run afoul of US sanctions and not only incur penalties, but also result in catastrophic economic and environmental damage should an accident occur. The State Department reminded... More »

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