Iran

Iranians want to attack Israel - with a computer game

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

Iran is planning an attack on Tel Aviv – but it is not one that will leave many Israelis quaking in their boots.

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Blindness that excuses Iran's excesses

By Alan Johnson, December 9, 2011

Don't listen to the nuclear nonsense, screamed one of the main left-wing weeklies, the New Statesman, only days after a sober and authoritative International Atomic Energy Agency report had laid bare Iran's pursuit of a nuclear bomb.

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Hamas exits Syria - and orbit of Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 8, 2011

Hamas has largely deserted its headquarters in the Syrian capital in recent weeks, in what has become an unofficial departure by the Palestinian movement.

The exodus reflects both the widely-held belief that the Assad regime is entering its dying days, and the proximity of Hamas to Islamist elements in the Syrian opposition.

Hamas was founded 24 years ago in the Gaza Strip by Palestinian mem

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Iranian swimmers flee Israelis who saved them

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

A pair of drowning Iranians refused to thank their rescuers properly – because they were Israeli.

Lifeguard father-and-son team Shimshon and Nimrod Machani, have practiced their skill for years on Tel Aviv's beaches.

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Press TV fined by Ofcom for interview with prisoner

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The broadcasting standards watchdog has fined the Tehran-backed channel, Press TV, £100,000 for multiple breaches of its code.

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Storming of the British Embassy in Tehran will only damage the regime

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, December 1, 2011

Two weeks after a huge explosion at a military base outside Tehran killed the Revolutionary Guards' top missile expert alongside 20 others, this week another explosion rocked Isfahan, the seat of a uranium conversion facility.

There is no confirmation that the facility was indeed the site of the explosion - although some media reports have indicated this was the case.

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Iran threaten to send 150,000 missiles to Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 28, 2011

The Iranian defence minister has suggested that his country is prepared to send 150,000 missiles to attack Israel.

Ahmad Vahidi, who is wanted by Interpol for his alleged role in the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish centre, was quoted making the claim by the Fars News agency.

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What can stop Iran now? Nothing much

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 24, 2011

The latest round of media hype on Iran offers much comic relief for an otherwise terrible truth.

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Syrian attack on Israel at nuclear conference

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2011

Syria has claimed Israel represents a "grave and serious threat" at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The accusation, about Israel's nuclear capabilities, was made by Syrian delegate Bassam al-Sabbagh.

But according to another delegate present, comments made by other Arab nations were less hostile towards Israel than on previous occasions.

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IAEA made us Israeli targets, claims Iran envoy

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

Iran’s atomic energy envoy has claimed his country's findings made them an “Israeli assassination target.”

Earlier this week, Iran buried a senior commander and 17 others, killed after a huge explosion at one of Iran's most important military bases. Internet rumours blamed Mossad for explosion.

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