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US Strikes Syria After Drone Kills Contractor

Pentagon says suspected Iran drone injured 5 soldiers

(Newser) - A strike Thursday by a suspected Iranian-made drone killed a US contractor and wounded five American troops and another contractor in northeast Syria, the Pentagon said. American forces said they retaliated soon after with "precision airstrikes" in Syria targeting facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard,...

China Pushes Past US to Broker Mideast Peace Deal
Mideast Deal Brokered
by China Leaves US Out

Mideast Deal Brokered by China Leaves US Out

Saudi Arabia-Iran agreement indicates nations want to negotiate without American help

(Newser) - The agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to resume relations, a deal mediated by China, appears to be a watershed moment in the Middle East, realigning alliances that have dominated diplomacy for decades while—at least for now—leaving the US out. The pact indicates that nations in the region...

Iran Says It Has Found Millions of Tons of Lithium

But even if that's the case, extracting and exporting it could be tricky

(Newser) - Over the weekend Iran announced that lithium—prized for its importance in electric vehicle and cell phone batteries—has been found within its borders. A lot of it. Per the country's Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade, the deposit is estimated at 8.5 million tons. If that number...

Crisis Over Suspected Poisoning of Iran Girls Grows

More than 50 schools around the nation are investigating incidents

(Newser) - A crisis over suspected poisonings targeting Iranian schoolgirls escalated Sunday as authorities acknowledged over 50 schools were struck in a wave of possible cases. The poisonings have spread further fear among parents as Tehran has faced months of unrest It remains unclear who or what is responsible since the alleged...

Probe Underway on Poisoning of Hundreds of Iranian Girls

Some believe monthslong chemical incidents are 'biological terrorism' to keep girls out of schools

(Newser) - Since November, dozens of girls in Iran have fallen ill after attending school, suffering from dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headaches, heart palpitations, and respiratory issues, among other maladies. Some parents say their children were sick for weeks afterward. Now, Iranian officials have launched a probe, with reports of hundreds of girls...

Iranian Couple Going to Jail After Dancing in Video

Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, Astiazh Haqiqi convicted of promoting prostitution, corruption

(Newser) - A young Iranian couple filmed dancing in front of Tehran's Freedom Tower have each been sentenced to more than 10 years in jail. A video shows Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, 22, picking up and twirling Astiazh Haqiqi, 21, who is not wearing a headscarf, allowing her long hair to flow...

Imprisoned in Iran, He Has Message for Biden

American Siamak Namazi slams Biden, Trump, Obama for failing to secure his release since 2015

(Newser) - Three Americans have been wrongfully detained in Iran for years, and one of them is now taking desperate measures to gain President Biden's attention. CNN reports that Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American oil executive who was taken into custody during a visit to Tehran in late 2015, has embarked on...

Iran Sentences Former Defense Official to Death

Britain demands Tehran spare the life of dual citizen Ali Reza Akbari

(Newser) - Iran is poised to execute a former defense official it accuses of being a spy for Britain. And Britain is demanding that Tehran spare the life of Ali Reza Akbari, who has dual British-Iranian citizenship, reports the BBC . "This is a politically motivated act by a barbaric regime that...

Marchers in Europe Back Iranian Protests After Suicide
Marches Follow Protest Suicide

Marches Follow Protest Suicide

Iranian Kurdish man distraught over turmoil drowned himself in France

(Newser) - Hundreds of people marched Sunday in France to honor an Iranian Kurdish man who took his own life in a desperate act of anguish over the nationwide protests in Iran. French police estimated the crowd that gathered for Mohammad Moradi at about 1,000 people. They marched in the city...

Iran Stops Family of Beloved National Athlete From Leaving

Soccer great Ali Daei says wife and daughter were forced to disembark from plane

(Newser) - The wife and daughter of Iranian soccer legend Ali Daei were prevented from leaving Iran Monday. Per CNN , a Dubai-bound flight out of Tehran was ordered to land on the Iranian island of Kish, where the two were ordered to disembark, though they were not arrested. According to state news...

Iran Hangs 2nd Protester
Executions Continue in Iran

Executions Continue in Iran

A 2nd protester is hanged less than a month after alleged crime

(Newser) - Iran said Monday it executed a second prisoner detained and convicted amid nationwide protests challenging the country's theocracy, airing footage on state television it claimed showed him stabbing two men to death and running away. The public hanging of Majidreza Rahnavard, less than a month after he allegedly carried...

Iran Hangs the First of Its Protesters

Mohsen Shekari, 23, was accused of attacking a security official with a knife

(Newser) - Iran has carried out the first execution of an anti-government protester convicted over recent unrest triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini. Mohsen Shekari, 23, who in a video shared by state media admitted to attacking a member of a volunteer paramilitary force with a knife or machete and blocking...

Iranian Patrol Boat Tries to Temporarily Blind US Navy Ships

US Central Command decries 'unsafe and unprofessional' incident

(Newser) - In what US Central Command is calling an "unsafe and unprofessional" incident in the Strait of Hormuz Monday night, an Iranian patrol boat tried to temporarily blind two US Navy ships. The US ships were transiting international waters in what Yahoo News calls a routine crossing when the Islamic...

Iran: Construction Has Begun on $2B Nuclear Plant

300-megawatt power plant will take 8 years to build, announcement says

(Newser) - Iran on Saturday began construction on a new nuclear power plant in the country's southwest, Iranian state TV announced, amid tensions with the US over sweeping sanctions imposed after Washington pulled out of the Islamic Republic's nuclear deal with world powers. The announcement comes as Iran has been...

Protesters Cheered Iran's World Cup Exit. Then Bullets Rained

At least 1 shot dead, 30 injured across Iran, human rights groups say

(Newser) - Anti-government protesters in Iran celebrated their team's exit from the World Cup early Wednesday as another blow to the regime of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, though the jubilation was soon interrupted by gunfire. Human rights activists say 27-year-old Mehran Samak was shot dead after honking his car horn in the...

USA-Iran Match Is Huge, and Not Only Over Soccer

Teams face each other Tuesday in World Cup showdown

(Newser) - Teams USA and Iran play each other Tuesday in the World Cup, and the stakes are big for both teams on and off the field. The game begins at 2pm Eastern.
  • The soccer: The Americans must win if they want to advance to the next round. Iran will likely be

Iran, US Soccer Now Have Bad Blood Over Altered Flag

Iran takes offense after US federation's display of support for protesters

(Newser) - In a move well beyond posting a cliche quote in the locker room, the US Soccer Federation angered Iran by publicly airing its support for Iranian protesters—two days before the nations' teams meet in the World Cup. The US federation posted Iran's flag on social media in a...

Iranian Leader Calls Protesters 'Tools' of US

Eye doctors raise alarm about injuries from rubber bullets

(Newser) - Iran's supreme leader praised paramilitary volunteers tasked with quashing dissent on Saturday in a televised address, as dozens of eye doctors warned that a rising number of demonstrators have been blinded by security forces during anti-government protests. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addressed members of the Basij, the volunteer paramilitary wing...

Iranian Move a 'Challenge' to World's Nonproliferation

Per IRNA, nation is enriching uranium to 60% purity, a step away from weapons-grade levels

(Newser) - Iran has begun producing enriched uranium at 60% purity at the country's underground Fordo nuclear plant, official media reported Tuesday, describing it as a response to a resolution by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog. The increased enrichment, reported by the official news agency IRNA, was seen as a significant...

'This May Be My Last Post,' Iran Film Star Says Before Arrest

Tehran is targeting prominent protest supporters

(Newser) - Two prominent Iranian actors have been arrested for supporting anti-government protests and removing their headscarves during demonstrations. According to state-run media, Hengameh Ghaziani, 52, and Katayoun Riahi, 60, are accused of "collusion with the intention of acting against the state security," the BBC reports. Both women have won...

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