Iran

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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Israeli shipping company removed from US sanctions list

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

An Israeli shipping company has been taken off a list of businesses sanctioned by the US government for trading with Iran.

Zim Integrated Shipping Services is owned by the family of the late tycoons Sammy and Yuli Ofer, who died in June and September respectively.

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WikiLeaks exposes rabbi's Iran talks

By Jenni Frazer, September 8, 2011

A London rabbi spoke this week of his deep regret that his secret negotiations with the Iranian regime had been published by WikiLeaks.

For the past 16 years, Rabbi Herschel Gluck of Stoke Newington has been involved in back-channel shuttle diplomacy with a variety of governments on a plethora of subjects, not always on specifically Jewish issues.

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Iran denies aiding Syria crackdown

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

Claims that Iran is arming and training Syrian forces in support of President Assad's crackdown on the anti-government uprising have been denied by Tehran.

Iran has signalled it is making steps towards a U-turn in its support of Assad after softening its tone and apparently indicating a degree of backing for the protesters.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's initial support for Presiden

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