Iran

Panetta: Give Iran sanctions time to work

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

The US Defence Secretary has called for Iran to be given more time to respond to sanctions during a speech in Tunis.

Mr Panetta's remarks came a day before a much-publicised trip to Israel, where concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions is a high priority.

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Iran blames Israel for Bulgaria terrorist attack

By Jamie Michaels, July 26, 2012

Iran's UN envoy has accused Israel of staging a suicide bomb attack on its own tourists in a bus explosion last Wednesday, in which five Israelis were killed and dozens more were injured.

The attack took place at the airport of Burgas, Bulgaria, a popular seaside resort for Israeli tourists.

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IDF dismisses false Press TV report about goat theft

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

The IDF has firmly dismissed a report in the Iranian media that its soldiers stole 1,000 goats from Southern Lebanon.

According to Press TV, in a story that was also repeated in the Arab media, 20 Israeli soldiers crossed the border. After failing to kidnap two shepherds, the Iranian government mouthpiece reported that "the Israeli forces then stole 1,000 goats in the area".

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UK will be ‘dragged in’ to Israeli strike on Iran

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Diego Garcia, the British-governed island in the Indian Ocean, could be drawn into an Israel-Iran conflict, a Foreign Office minister has confirmed.

The territory has previously been used by the CIA for secret rendition flights and by the United States military as a base for long-range bombing missions on Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Jewish groups highlight Buenos Aires anniversary after Bulgaria blast

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

Jewish groups around the world have offered condolences to the friends and family of the six Israeli tourists killed in an explosion on a bus in Bulgaria and highlighted that the blast coincided with the 18th anniversary of the bombing of the Jewish Community Centre in Buenos Aires.

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Iran blamed for Bulgaria bus attack on Israelis

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

Officials in Bulgaria have said they believe the fatal blast on a tourist bus in the coastal resort of Burgos on Wednesday was the work of a suicide bomber.

Six people, including five Israelis and the Bulgarian driver, were killed in the explosion and many more injured and suffering from shrapnel wounds. The blast occurred not long after a flight from Tel Aviv carrying 154 passengers landed.

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Iran has 'blood on its hands' over 1994 Argentina blast

By Jamie Michaels, July 17, 2012

Wednesday marks the 18th anniversary of the fatal bombing of the AMIA Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eighty-five people were killed by the blast with hundreds wounded.

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Clinton talks Iran and peace during last-ditch Israel trip

By Jennifer Lipman, July 17, 2012

Hillary Clinton has made what is expected to be her last official visit to the Middle East to encourage all parties to return to the peace process.

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Nuclear Iran by 2014, says MI6 chief Sir John Sawers

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

The chief of Britain's top security agency has warned that Iran could be a nuclear power within two years.

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UN places Iran on arms-control panel

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, July 12, 2012

As things go in the arms trade, there are not many countries in the world that misbehave more than Iran. The country is under a UN-imposed arms embargo — it cannot buy and it should not sell weapons.

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