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Italy Covers Its Marble Genitals for Iranian President

It also won't be serving wine

(Newser) - Does anyone know what size pants Michelangelo's David wears? Italy covered up nude statues in advance of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani's visit this week, the BBC reports. According to the Independent , "plain white boards" were placed in front of certain sculptures at the Capitoline Museum in Rome... More »

Despite Promises, Iran Still Executes Kids

Girls as young as 9 are sentenced to death: Amnesty International report

(Newser) - More than 20 years ago, Iran promised it would stop executing convicts under the age of 18. But a new report by Amnesty International shows that not only has the practice continued into the present day—it's given Iran the dubious distinction of being "one of the leading... More »

Report: Iran Offered to Release American Years Ago

Robert Levinson's family didn't know about secret meeting

(Newser) - A CIA consultant who disappeared in Iran in 2007 wasn't part of this month's prisoner exchange —and according to newly disclosed documents seen by the New York Times , the best chance of getting Robert Levinson home may have been in 2011. A memo sent to the FBI... More »

Iran Prisoner Swap Almost Foiled by Last-Minute Twist

Iranian officials detained Jason Rezaian's wife, mother on Sunday

(Newser) - A prisoner swap that included the release of five Americans held in Iran was almost foiled by a last-minute twist on Sunday: the detention of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian's wife and mother. Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini were about to leave Tehran—a... More »

Oil Prices Dive to Lowest Since 2003

Analysts blame fall on Iran's return to market

(Newser) - The price of a barrel of oil has dived to its lowest since the days when Facebook didn't exist and most Americans had never heard of Fallujah. The fall to prices not seen since 2003 came after Western nations dropped sanctions against Iran on Saturday, causing analysts to worry... More »

Obama Takes Iran Victory Lap: 'Today Is a Good Day'

President heralds Americans' release, nuke deal, rolls out new sanctions

(Newser) - President Obama on Sunday heralded the release of Americans held in Iran and the full implementation of a historic nuclear accord, holding both up as victories for "smart" diplomacy and his pledge to deal directly with enemies of the United States. "This is a good day," Obama... More »

Plane Carrying Freed Americans Leaves Iran

Jason Rezaian's '545-day nightmare' is over: 'Post' publisher

(Newser) - A senior US official says the plane carrying Americans who had been imprisoned by Iran has left Tehran. The Obama administration official isn't saying whether all four Americans were on the plane, just that "our detained US citizens have been released and that those who wished to depart... More »

'Today Marks the Day of a Safer World'

Atomic agency chief: Iran has met nuclear deal obligations

(Newser) - The UN nuclear agency certified Saturday that Iran has met all of its commitments under last summer's landmark nuclear deal, crowning years of US-led efforts to crimp Iran's ability to make atomic weapons. For Iran, the move lifts Western economic sanctions that have been in place for years,... More »

Iran Frees Washington Post Reporter

Jason Rezaian is among the detained Americans being released

(Newser) - Iran will release four detained Americans—including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian —in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States, US and Iranian officials said Saturday. A fifth American detained in Iran, a student, was released in a move unrelated to the swap, US officials... More »

Navigational Blunder Blamed for Capture of US Sailors

Iran incident a 'debacle,' retired admiral says

(Newser) - It was human error, not mechanical trouble, that led to 10 US service members being detained by Iran after straying into its waters, according to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. "They obviously had misnavigated," he told reporters on Thursday, per the AP . "They did not report this navigational... More »

Iran Frees 10 American Sailors

Iran says they suffered mechanical problems

(Newser) - They're free again: Iranian state television is reporting that all 10 US sailors detained by Iran after entering its territorial waters have been released. Iran's Revolutionary Guard said the sailors were released Wednesday after it was determined that their entry was not intentional. The nine men and one... More »

Iran Holding 10 US Sailors

But officials say they will be returned 'promptly'

(Newser) - The crew of two small Navy craft are being held by Iran, but American officials have received assurances from Tehran that the crew and vessels will be returned safely and promptly. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told the AP that the boats were moving between Kuwait and Bahrain when the US... More »

Iran: Saudi-Led Airstrike Hit Our Embassy in Yemen

Reporter sees no visible damage as tensions rise after Shiite cleric's execution

(Newser) - More Saudi-Iran trouble Thursday morning: Tehran accused the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen of bombing its embassy there in an overnight airstrike. However, an AP reporter who reached the site just after the announcement by Iran's state-run news agency said the embassy was still standing without any... More »

Another Country Yanks Ambassador From Tehran

Iran says Saudis 'can't cover up their crime'

(Newser) - Kuwait announced on Tuesday it has recalled its ambassador to Iran over attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions, making it the latest Arab ally of Saudi Arabia to line up behind the kingdom amid rising regional tensions following its execution of a leading Shiite cleric and opposition figure. Sudan and the... More »

Fallout Deepens Over Saudi-Iran Rift

Bahrain severs ties with Tehran as US worries about effect on ISIS fight

(Newser) - The fallout in the Muslim world over Saudi Arabia's execution of a Shiite cleric is only getting worse. After Iranian protesters broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran to protest, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran, and now Bahrain has done the same, reports the BBC . The United... More »

Saudi Arabia to Iran: We're Done

Conflict grows over execution of Shiekh Nimr al-Nimr

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is severing diplomatic ties with Iran amid spiking tensions over the execution of a prominent Saudi Shiite cleric. Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said late Sunday evening that Iranian diplomatic personnel had 48 hours to leave the country and all Saudi diplomatic personnel in Iran were being recalled... More »

After Execution, Iran Warns Saudis of 'Divine Revenge'

Embassy stormed, unrest deepens after Shiite cleric killed with 46 others

(Newser) - Iran's top leader on Sunday warned Saudi Arabia of "divine revenge" over the execution of an opposition Shiite cleric while Riyadh accused Tehran of supporting terrorism, escalating a war of words hours after protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran. The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday... More »

US: Iran Fired Rockets Near Our Warships

Pentagon calls exercise in Strait of Hormuz 'highly provocative'

(Newser) - The US is accusing Iran of "highly provocative" actions near the Persian Gulf—with live missiles. Officials say Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessels conducted a live fire exercise in the narrow Strait of Hormuz "in close proximity" to US ships over the weekend. As first reported by NBC News... More »

While Spying on Israel, NSA Recorded US Lawmakers, Too

Agency did keep 'trash talk' against administration out of reports: US officials

(Newser) - In 2013, after Edward Snowden dropped his NSA bombshell, President Obama called for an end to spying on certain world leaders. But Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli bigwigs remained on the "keep an eye on" list for "compelling national security" reasons, current and ex-US officials tell the Wall ... More »

1979 Iran Hostages Finally Get Their Money

Each of 37 survivors can receive up to $4.4M

(Newser) - Survivors of the Iranian hostage crisis will be awarded up to $4.4 million each, more than three decades after their 444 days in captivity. The terms are laid out in a spending bill President Obama signed into law last week, which also includes reparation for victims of other terrorist... More »

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