Iran

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Iranian activist jailed over hijab protests goes on hunger strike

Farhad Meysami accused of having badges saying he was against the compulsory hijab Human rights activists in Iran have said they are worried about a man on hunger strike who was reportedly jailed for protesting against rules requiring women to wear a hijab. Farhad Meysami, 48, a doctor and publisher before becoming a civil activist, […]

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Donald Trump hoping to call Gulf states to Washington summit

US hopes to defuse simmering dispute between Qatar and other key states in the region Donald Trumps advisers are hoping to call the leaders of the Gulf states to a summit in Washington this Autumn, despite Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates insistence that they will not drop their demand for Qatar to cease […]

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Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for dirty ops on Iran arms deal

Israeli agency told to find incriminating material on Obama diplomats who negotiated deal with Tehran Aides to Donald Trump, the US president, hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a dirty ops campaign against key individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, the Observer can reveal. People in the […]

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Samantha Power misses the good old days when the US just ignored nuclear threats

Whenever the media whips up an anti-Trump whirlwind over a tweet or offhand comment, it helps to check in with alumni from the Obama administration and remember that things weren’t necessarily better just because Obama had the press in his back pocket. It seems President Trump’s tweet about his nuke button, coupled with that false […]

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So damn GOOD! Sarah Sanders shuts the media DOWN with Trump/Obama Iran comparison

Maybe the media will finally figure out they can’t keep comparing Obama to Trump with the Iran situation because ultimately it just makes Obama look like an emasculated do-nothing who enabled a terrorist regime by giving them palettes of money. Sarah Sanders laid down the law: [email protected] on Iranian protesters: "President Trump's not going to sit […]

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Qatar Airways plane forced to land after wife discovers husband’s affair midflight

Woman reportedly made such a ruckus after discovery that plane had no other choice but to make unscheduled landing A Qatar Airways plane has been forced to land midflight after a woman who used her sleeping husbands thumb to unlock his smartphone discovered he was having an affair. The couple and their child were flying […]

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‘We hate the headscarf’: can women find freedom in Tehran’s female-only parks?

Parks exclusively for women are popping up in Iranian cities, but critics are divided over whether this is just another ploy to keep them hidden in public I love to take off my headscarf, says Laleh, 47, a hairdresser from Tehran. Shes sitting with a group of friends around one of the many picnic tables […]

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Irans president under pressure to appoint female ministers

Concerns raised that Hassan Rouhani may unveil all-male list of ministers in cabinet reshuffle as he prepares for second term Irans president, who is mulling a cabinet reshuffle before his swearing-in ceremony on Sunday, is under pressure to appoint female ministers. Hassan Rouhanis Rouhanis landslide victory in May. Officials have declared Sunday a bank holiday […]

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Iran is complying with nuclear deal but is ‘in default of its spirit’, says US

Senior Trump administration officials have sought to emphasise their deep concerns about Irans non-nuclear behaviour The Trump administration has told Congress for a second time that Iran is complying with the nuclear deal and can keep enjoying sanctions relief, even as it insisted Tehran would face consequences for breaching the spirit of the deal. President […]

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UAE ambassador threatens further sanctions against Qatar

Omar Ghobash, ambassador to Russia, has said Gulf states imposing demands on Qatar are willing to be subjected to same monitoring regime themselves The Gulf states demanding that Qatar ends its independent-minded foreign policy and alleged support for extremism have warned they are considering further economic pressure on the tiny country, such as reducing commercial […]

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