Tuesday, August 30, 2016


News and Features from the Middle East

Iranian Student Freed From Evin Prison

Iranian state media have reported that a jailed and ailing Iranian citizen who had been a graduate student in Texas has been released after more than five years in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.
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Germany Charges Former Iraqi Soldier With War Crimes

German prosecutors say they have charged a former member of the Iraqi government's security forces with war crimes.
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IS Claims Iraqi Wedding Bombing

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing against a wedding south of Baghdad that killed at least 15 people on August 29.
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Iran Inaugurates Its Own Intranet

Iran's official news agency reports the country has launched the first phase of its National Network of Data, an attempt by Tehran to create its own Intranet.
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Iran Puts Missiles At Nuclear Site

Iranian officials say they have deployed a new Russian-made long-range missile system to protect its Fordo nuclear facility.
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Iraq Asks Saudi Arabia To Replace Envoy

Iraq says it has requested Saudi Arabia to replace its ambassador in Baghdad.
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Iran Detains Member Of Nuclear Negotiation Team

Iran says it has detained a member of its negotiation team with world powers on suspicion of spying.
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French Environment Minister Visits Iran, Announces Plans For Joint Projects

French Environment Minister Segolene Royal has announced plans for a series of joint projects with Tehran that are aimed at dealing with energy, water shortages, and pollution.
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Iranian FM Holds Oil Talks In Venezuela

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has held talks with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro focused on stabilizing world oil prices and strengthening OPEC.
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Iranian Official Admits Executions Haven't Slowed Drug Trafficking

A top Iranian judiciary official says the death penalty hasn’t deterred drug trafficking, which is in fact on the rise.
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