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Chuck Hagel Says US Patience for Iran Is Limited

Chuck Hagel Says US Patience for Iran Is Limited

Junko Kimura/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Responding to written questions by the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel suggested that the Obama administration would be ready to get tough with Iran if diplomacy fails to c…

Iran Uses Machine to Amputate Criminal’s Finger in Public

Iran Uses Machine to Amputate Criminal’s Finger in Public

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Three black-masked men stood on either side of a blind-folded, bearded man and held him as they guided his right hand towards what looks like a saw blade on the side of a large machine.  A bloody finger flops of…

Iran, Russia Denounce Missile Batteries on Turkey’s Border with Syria

Iran, Russia Denounce Missile Batteries on Turkey’s Border with Syria

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — NATO’s deployment of Patriot missile batteries in some areas of Turkey’s border with Syria has not just disturbed Damascus but also its close allies, Russia and Iran.Last year, NATO members approved the batteries as …

Men Executed in Iran After Posting Video of Mugging

Men Executed in Iran After Posting Video of Mugging

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Two men in Iran who robbed and assaulted another man last December and then had the audacity to post a clip of their crime on YouTube, according to The Daily Mail, have been hanged for the offense.Iran state radi…

Banks Warned of New Threat from Iran

Banks Warned of New Threat from Iran

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — U.S. banks have put been on notice by the federal government to watch out for attempts by Iran to circumvent obstacles to its access of foreign currencies.Iran’s economy has taken a major hit from ongoing internati…

Syria Swaps 48 Iranians for Thousands of Prisoners

Syria Swaps 48 Iranians for Thousands of Prisoners

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a lopsided prisoner swap to win the release of 48 Iranians who were captured by rebels in his country last August.It is believed that the exchange for ap…

Iran Behind Hacking of Banking Sites?

Iran Behind Hacking of Banking Sites?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Recent hits on dozens of online banking sites may be the work of government-backed hackers in Iran, according to U.S. security officials.  Since last September, hackers have cause slowdowns and other d…

Chuck Hagel, Obama Differ on Iran Sanctions

Chuck Hagel, Obama Differ on Iran Sanctions

Junko Kimura/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As has been well documented, not everyone is so pleased that President Obama nominated former Senate colleague Chuck Hagel, a Republican, as the next secretary of defense.Some of that has to do with Iran sanctio…

New Pictures of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson Kidnapped in Iran

New Pictures of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson Kidnapped in Iran

The family of Robert Levinson has released new images of the former FBI agent, who was kidnapped in Iran in 2007. (The Levinson Family(NEW YORK) — The family of a former FBI agent who was kidnapped in Iran has released a new series of images of the 64…

Iran Refuses to Pull Support for Syrian Government

Iran Refuses to Pull Support for Syrian Government

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran isn’t willing to abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad just yet.With ally Russia on the verge of pulling its once unequivocal support for al-Assad, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian…

Iran Alleges US Deploying Thousands of Troops to Iraq

Iran Alleges US Deploying Thousands of Troops to Iraq

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran’s Press TV is claiming that the U.S. has secretly deployed 3,000 troops in Iraq, suggesting that it might have something to do with the ongoing conflict in Syria.According to Press TV, American forces have b…

Standard Chartered to Forfeit $227M to DOJ over Illegal Transactions

Standard Chartered to Forfeit $227M to DOJ over Illegal Transactions

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Standard Chartered has agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for transactions involving clients in Iran, Sudan, Libya and Burma.The British banking giant broke New York state banking laws by moving money …

Iran Threatening to Take US to Court over Drones

Iran Threatening to Take US to Court over Drones

Erik Simonsen/Getty(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran is not backing down from its claim that it captured a U.S.-made drone over its airspace recently.In fact, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi went as far to say on Wednesday that Tehran will move ahead wi…

Feds: China and Iran Smuggling Ring Busted

Feds: China and Iran Smuggling Ring Busted

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Four men, including two Iranians, were indicted Tuesday in federal court in New York for allegedly attempting to smuggle military helicopter parts and carbon fiber that can be used in nuclear centrifuges from the U.S. i…

US Navy Denies Iran ‘Captured’ American Drone

US Navy Denies Iran ‘Captured’ American Drone

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joseph M. Buliavac/Released(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Navy has denied Iran’s claim that it “captured” a small, unmanned U.S. drone over the Persian Gulf.On Tuesday, Iran state media reported that t…

Hillary Clinton Criticizes Iran, Palestine and Israel

Hillary Clinton Criticizes Iran, Palestine and Israel

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton criticized Iranian and Palestinian leaders, and didn’t spare Israel, either, in her address at the Saban Forum, continuing her trend of increased frankness as her time in …

Summit in Iran Concludes with Call for End to Hostilities in Syria

Summit in Iran Concludes with Call for End to Hostilities in Syria

Scott Peterson/Getty Images(TEHRAN, Iran) — The summit in Iran about how to deal with the conflict in Syria ended with the participants urging a ceasefire and an end to aggressions between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and opposition forces.A…

Iran Hosts Meeting to Find Peaceful Syria Settlement

Iran Hosts Meeting to Find Peaceful Syria Settlement

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran hosted a meeting Sunday described by Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi as “a major step to move out of the current crisis in Syria.”The so-called “National Syrian Dialogue Meeting” featured an estimated 200 …

Iranian Oil Exports Continue to Fall

Iranian Oil Exports Continue to Fall

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There is further evidence that financial sanctions and an embargo on Iranian oil imposed by the U.S. and the European Union are having a crippling effect on Iran’s economy.  The sanctions were imposed to comp…

Iran Launches War Games Against ‘Hypothetical Sensitive Sites’

Iran Launches War Games Against ‘Hypothetical Sensitive Sites’

EBRAHIM NOROOZI/AFP/Getty Images (file photo)(TEHRAN, Iran) — Iran went through a series of war games Monday to test their readiness to deal with an air assault.The reportedly massive exercise was meant to prove that Tehran can retaliate against “hypo…

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