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Jewish groups urge release of Baha'i academics in Iran

By Marcus Dysch, August 17, 2011

Iran's detention of 11 Baha'i academics has been condemned by the Board of Deputies and Union of Jewish Students.

British Jews have repeatedly raised concerns about the treatment of Iran's Baha'i community. More than 100 are being held in Iranian prisons, including seven of the community's most senior leaders, some having been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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Uruguay responds to Iranian ambassador's Holocaust claims

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

Uruguay's government has condemned Iran's ambassador to the South American country following statements in which he denied the facts of the Holocaust.

Hojatollah Soltani said last week that "it is said that during that war the Nazis killed two million, four million, six million...there are different figures on the Jews' news."

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Olympic organisers urged to block Iran over Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

The leader of the World Jewish Congress has called for Iran to be suspended from international sporting events until the country allows its athletes to race Israelis.

Earlier this week Iranian swimmer Mohammed Alirezaei pulled out of a 100 metre race because an Israeli was also in the heat.

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Iran 'will help' bomb probe

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

Iran has offered to aid the investigation into the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre, 17 years after the attack.

Argentinian prosecutors have long implicated Iran in the blast at the Jewish-Argentine Mutual Association (AMIA) centre, which destroyed the seven-floor building, leaving 85 dead and 300 injured.

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Why Iran is hacked off

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency knows, of course, the real scandal behind phone hacking.

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Iran offer help with Buenos Aires bomb probe

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

Iran has offered to aid the investigation into the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre, 17 years after the attack.

Argentinian prosecutors have long implicated Iran in the AMIA blast, which left 85 people dead and 300 people with injuries. But although six Iranians are on Interpol's most wanted list for suspected involvement, no arrests have been made.

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Israeli intelligence chief warns on Iran and Arab Spring

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

The IDF intelligence chief has accused Iran of supporting attempts by groups of Palestinian protesters to breach Israel's northern border in May and June which led to bloody and fatal clashes.

Major General Aviv Kochavi, speaking during a knesset hearing, also said the Iranians were exploiting the Arab Spring in order to consolidate power in the Middle East.

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Syrian turmoil may splinter Iran's radical axis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 16, 2011

Iran seems to be everywhere nowadays, wherever you look in the Middle East. Reports abound of Iranian submarines collecting intelligence in the Red Sea and warships foraying into the Mediterranean, agents of the Revolutionary Guards advising the Syrians how best to put down the rebellion in border towns, and diplomats from Tehran in secret meetings in Cairo.

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On this day: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is reelected

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

At the time a seemingly isolated instance of a Middle Eastern population rebelling against autocracy, the Green revolution was in some ways a harbinger of things to come.

But while the Arab Spring demonstrations saw the citizens of Egypt and Tunisia overthrow their leaders in pursuit of democracy, the same was not true of the Persian protests.

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Rogue traders or spy heroes? Ofer family mystery deepens

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 10, 2011

One of the richest families in Israel is at the centre of a controversy involving trade with Israel's deadliest enemy and murky espionage. And, at the height of the scandal, its patriarch has died at the age of 89.

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