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Tehran Official: ‘Tsunami’ of Poverty Bearing Down on Iran

August 16, 2018 by · Comments Off on Tehran Official: ‘Tsunami’ of Poverty Bearing Down on Iran 

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Iran: French Firm Out of South Pars Gas Project, China’s Is In

August 13, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran: French Firm Out of South Pars Gas Project, China’s Is In 

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ran’s Economic Worries Mount as Iraq Applies New US Sanctions

August 11, 2018 by · Comments Off on ran’s Economic Worries Mount as Iraq Applies New US Sanctions 

VOA – Iraq has begun to apply new U.S. economic sanctions against Iran, turning back shipments of Iranian goods at a number of border crossings, according to Al Hurra TV, quoting Iranian merchants. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who is straddling the political fence as he seeks a second term following parliamentary elections in May, told journalists Wednesday that he was “totally opposed to the principle of sanctions, given the price [Baghdad] itself had paid for international sanctions [under Saddam Hussein].” Nonetheless, Abadi said he would apply them, since “the world does business in dollars and it would hurt the interests of the Iraqi people” if he ignored them.

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California Fire May Rage Until September, Officials Say

August 9, 2018 by · Comments Off on California Fire May Rage Until September, Officials Say 

Officials in California are warning that it may be September before they are able to contain the largest fire in the state’s history, which has already scorched an area the size of Los Angeles. The blaze, known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, is made up of two separate fires burning in the northern Mendocino and Lake counties that have merged and by Wednesday had collectively burned 1,217 square kilometers (470 square miles). The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) had expected that the blaze could be fully contained by August 15 but said Wednesday it would be September 1. Officials said 14,000 firefighters, including inmates and firefighters from overseas, have cut lines around half the fire to contain flames burning about 160 kilometers (100 miles) north of San Francisco.
 

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Iran Weighs Response as US Sanctions Bite

August 8, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Weighs Response as US Sanctions Bite 

As Iranians awoke Tuesday to renewed U.S. sanctions that had been lifted by Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, the question on everyone’s mind remained: What happens now? From deciphering President Donald Trump’s tweets on Iran — including one demanding “WORLD PEACE” — to trying to figure out how much their cratering currency is worth, Iranians appear divided on how to respond. The same goes for their theocratic government, which for now is abiding by the atomic accord. President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate whose administration struck the 2015 deal, has taken an increasingly confrontational line in recent weeks, applauded by hard-liners who had long opposed him. Then in a speech on live television Monday night, Rouhani seemed to suggest that direct talks with Trump could be possible. That’s something North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-hu, who visited Tehran on Tuesday and met with its leadership, knows firsthand.

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Dispute Over 3D-Printed Guns Raises Many Legal Issues

August 5, 2018 by · Comments Off on Dispute Over 3D-Printed Guns Raises Many Legal Issues 

A little-known dispute over 3D-printed guns has morphed into a national legal debate in the last week, drawing attention to a technology that seems a bit of sci-fi fantasy and — to gun-control advocates — a dangerous way for criminals to get their hands on firearms that are easy to conceal and tough to detect. The gun industry calls the outcry an overreaction that preys on unwarranted fears about a firearm that can barely shoot a round or two without disintegrating. It also raises a host of constitutional questions involving First Amendment protections for free speech and Second Amendment rights to own guns.

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Iran Protests Spread to 10 Cities in Widest Unrest Since January

August 3, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Protests Spread to 10 Cities in Widest Unrest Since January 

Anti-government protests by Iranians fed up with their nation’s economic woes have spread to 10 major cities, posing the biggest challenge to Iran’s Islamist rulers since January’s nationwide demonstrations. Images and reports sent by citizen journalists in Iran and verified by VOA Persian confirmed that street protests took place on Thursday in the capital, Tehran, and nine other cities: Ahvaz, Hamedan, Isfahan, Karaj, Kermanshah, Mashhad, Shiraz, Urmia and Varamin. Earlier reports from Tuesday and Wednesday showed anti-government demonstrations occurring in, but being limited to, Isfahan and Karaj.

 

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Fields medal: UK refugee wins ‘biggest maths prize’

August 1, 2018 by · Comments Off on Fields medal: UK refugee wins ‘biggest maths prize’ 

One of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics, the Fields Medal, has been handed out at a ceremony in Brazil. Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli and Peter Scholze, and Akshay Venkatesh are all honoured for major contributions to their respective areas in mathematics. Professor Birkar, a Kurd, came to the UK as a while studying in Tehran and applied for asylum. The University of Cambridge mathematician said he “couldn’t imagine that this would come true”. However, it emerged that the 14-carat gold medal given to Dr Birkar at the ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, had been stolen just minutes later.

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US Bottom Line on North Korea, Iran: Complete Denuclearization

July 28, 2018 by · Comments Off on US Bottom Line on North Korea, Iran: Complete Denuclearization 

Iran will likely have to agree to complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization in any future deal with the United States, just like North Korea, a top diplomatic official signaled Friday. “Nothing in the conduct of foreign policy is ever done in a vacuum,” Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, Dr. Yleem D.S. Poblete, told an audience in Washington. “The end state we must seek for the successful conclusion of any future deal with Iran must also inform and be informed by the end state we are seeking for North Korea,” she said. “Inconsistency in our approach to either negotiation will undermine our credibility and most likely doom the prospects for successfully dealing with the threats to our security posed by these and other actors.”

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Kentucky Drug Overdose Deaths up 11.5 Percent in 2017

July 26, 2018 by · Comments Off on Kentucky Drug Overdose Deaths up 11.5 Percent in 2017 

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