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Commander of the Sailors Iran Captured Is Fired

Officials say they've lost confidence in Commander Eric Rasch

(Newser) - The commanding officer responsible for 10 sailors captured by Iran is no longer commanding anybody. The Navy says Cmdr. Eric Rasch of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3 has been fired because of a "loss of confidence" in his ability to command after the embarrassing international incident in January, the Navy ... More »

Supreme Court Likely to Radically Alter Breath Tests

Justices seem to side against the US government

(Newser) - Laws in 13 states making it a crime for a driver to refuse an alcohol test might soon change radically, based on how a Supreme Court hearing went down Wednesday. Drivers from Minnesota and North Dakota, arrested for drunk driving after refusing a breath test, argued the test violated their... More »

Flight Attendants: No Way We're Wearing Headscarves

Air France attendants refuse order for Iran flights

(Newser) - Female flight attendants on Air France aren't too thrilled with being told to wear headscarves when they disembark in Tehran, the Telegraph reports. Their union is opposing the order, slated to kick in April 17, when the airline resumes flights to Iran's capital after an eight-year hiatus. "... More »

Nobel Panel Slams Fatwa on Rushdie—27 Years Later

Panel condemns 'flagrant breaches of international law'

(Newser) - Better late than never? The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners of the Nobel Prize in literature, has condemned an Iranian death warrant against British writer Salman Rushdie, 27 years after it was pronounced. Two members quit the academy in 1989 after it refused to condemn Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's... More »

Feds Indict 7 Iranians in Hacks on US Banks, Dam

First time DOJ has taken action against Tehran

(Newser) - Seven hackers tied to the Iranian government were charged Thursday in a series of punishing cyberattacks on a small dam outside New York City and on dozens of banks—intrusions that reached into American infrastructure and disrupted the financial system, federal law enforcement officials said. The hackers were charged in... More »

Iran Fires Missiles Marked With 'Israel Must Be Wiped Out'

The tests don't technically violate Iran's nuclear deal with the US

(Newser) - Iran test-launched two ballistic missiles Wednesday emblazoned with the phrase "Israel must be wiped out" in Hebrew in a show of power as Joe Biden visited Jerusalem, the AP reports. The new missile firings were the latest in a series of tests in recent days, aimed at demonstrating that... More »

Iranian Billionaire Is to Be Executed

Country announced Babak Zanjani's sentence Sunday

(Newser) - In what is surely one of the most extreme reminders that money cannot buy everything, Iran on Sunday announced a death sentence had been handed to Babak Zanjani, whose fortune is worth an estimated $14 billion. The 42-year-old was arrested in December 2013, shortly after the election of President Hassan... More »

Reformists Make Big Gains in Iran Elections

But no political camp is expected to win a majority

(Newser) - Partial results released Sunday indicate that Iranian reformists will win all 30 parliamentary seats contested in the capital, Tehran, handing hard-liners an embarrassing defeat in the first elections held since last year's nuclear deal, which appears to be propelling moderates to their best nationwide electoral showing in more than... More »

Iran Arrests 80-Year-Old Dad of American Captive

Baquer Namazi arrested Monday in Tehran, wife says

(Newser) - The last confirmed American prisoner held in Iran now has company in the form of his own dad. US-Iranian national Baquer Namazi, 80, was arrested in Tehran on Monday, his wife writes on Facebook , per CNN . He's the father of businessman Siamak Namazi, who was detained in October but... More »

Iran's Media Raises $600K for Renewed Rushdie Fatwa

'It will never lose its power,' Iran official says of death edict

(Newser) - Since 1989, Salman Rushdie has had to live a mostly underground life after Iran's then-supreme leader called for his assassination over the novel The Satanic Verses. Now that fatwa, which is occasionally paraded out by the country's religious leaders, has been reupped yet again, and this time 40... More »

US Navy Is Pretty Mad About Iran's Crying Sailor Video

New propaganda video uses footage of detained sailors

(Newser) - Iran's state television has released a new propaganda video that includes images of a US sailor crying while in Iran's custody—and the US Navy is not happy. "We are disgusted by the exploitation of our sailors in Iranian propaganda," says Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesperson for... More »

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 »

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