Iran

Clegg won't rule out strike on Iran

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 3, 2011

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, described the escalating situation in Iran as "grave" and said the British government would not rule out any action against the country.

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General in Israel for secret Iran talks

November 3, 2011

High-level defence talks - with Iran at the top of the agenda - took place this week in Britain and Israel as reports of a possible strike against Iran's nuclear programme intensified.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak arrived in London on Wednesday for talks with his UK counterparts, immediately after a visit to Israel by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards.

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Iranian chess player expelled after Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

An Iranian chess player has become the latest person from the country to refuse to compete against an Israeli player in an international championship.

Iranian Grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami announced he would boycott the match against Israel's Ehud Sachar. The two had been scheduled to compete in the fourth round of the Corsica Masters competition.

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Analysis: Iran is trying to start a war

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 19, 2011

The news that Iran plotted to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington DC by bombing a crowded restaurant is shocking - even more shocking if one factors in the stated intention to blow up the Israeli and Saudi embassies as well in the future.

Pundits find such an escalation so out of character with the calculating caution of Iran's leaders that many are already blaming "rogue" elements o

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Press TV blames Israel and British royals for Ofcom problems

By Jessica Elgot, October 18, 2011

The Iranian-backed TV channel, Press TV , has launched a bizarre series of tirades over threats to its broadcasting licence, railing against “members of the royal family and government” for lobbying Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog .

Press TV reported that it was to be taken off air in the UK next week, which has not been confirmed by Ofcom.

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Turkey taking on Iran? Not out of question

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, October 11, 2011

When Iran was called Persia and Turkey the Ottoman Empire, war was a regular past time for their rulers. Since the Safavid rulers embraced Shi'a Islam in the 16th century, the two countries fought intermittently until 1847, when the second Treaty of Erzurum put an end to their territorial disputes.

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Freed hiker Josh Fattal is Jewish, has Israeli family

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The Israeli family of one of the American hikers who was freed after 781 days in captivity in Iran has expressed relief at his release.

Josh Fattal, who turned 29 while in an Iranian jail, was back home in Philadelphia this week for the first time in more than two years.

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Iran campaigners launch social media support mission

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

Filmmakers who made a documentary last year examining Iran's nuclear ambitions are asking members of the public to join a new online campaign highlighting the oppressive nature of the Iranian regime.

The Faces4Freedom campaign has been launched to protest against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presence at this week's UN session.

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American hikers freed by Iran

By Jessica Elgot, September 21, 2011

Two American hikers, imprisoned in Iran as “American spies” for more than two years, have landed in Oman after being released.

Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal were greeted by their families, who described it as “the best day of our lives”.

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Iran's making a bomb, all else is a lie

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 15, 2011

Distracted by the Arab Spring and the latest Palestinian theatrics, the West has paid little attention to Iran in recent months.

But revolutions or not, Iran's nuclear clock continues to tick and the hour of reckoning may now be near.

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