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Family: Iran Has Set Date for New Trial of Imprisoned British-Iranian Woman

November 24, 2017 by · Comments Off on Family: Iran Has Set Date for New Trial of Imprisoned British-Iranian Woman 

Britishweb543281D4-6168-49E1-ADE2-3F6E0D7D801E_w1023_r1_sThe British daily The Guardian has reported that authorities in Iran have set a date for the trial of British-Iranian citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, citing the woman’s husband. Richard Ratcliffe told the newspaper that his wife will appear in court Dec. 10 to face charges of spreading propaganda. Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in Tehran in April 2016, is serving a five-year prison term for a conviction on national-security charges. The new charges against Zaghari-Ratcliffe apparently stem from a statement made by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who told a parliamentary committee on Nov. 1 that she had been “training journalists” in Iran.
 

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Iran, Lebanon Reject Arab League Criticism as Tensions Mount

November 21, 2017 by · Comments Off on Iran, Lebanon Reject Arab League Criticism as Tensions Mount 

 
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, center, meets with foreign ministers at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The foreign ministers of four Arab nations are meeting in Cairo to discuss a draft Saudi declaration on countering Iranian influence in Arab affairs. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, center, meets with foreign ministers at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. The foreign ministers of four Arab nations are meeting in Cairo to discuss a draft Saudi declaration on countering Iranian influence in Arab affairs. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

VOA – Iran on Monday rejected a harsh statement by Arab League foreign ministers condemning the Islamic Republic and its proxy Hezbollah, saying the tirade was “full of lies” and the product of Saudi “pressure and propaganda.” State media quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as calling on Saudi Arabia to stop its “barbaric attacks” on Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been at war with Tehran-backed rebels since March 2015. He also called on Saudi Arabia to drop its boycott of the Gulf Arab nation of Qatar, which has warm ties with Iran. Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo on Sunday lashed out at Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, accusing them of destabilizing the region and vowing to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council.

Sexual Harassment, Other Claims in Congress Cost $17 Million Since 1997

November 18, 2017 by · Comments Off on Sexual Harassment, Other Claims in Congress Cost $17 Million Since 1997 

The U.S. Capitol dome is seen at dawn in Washington, D.C., Nov 17, 2017. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet)

The U.S. Capitol dome is seen at dawn in Washington, D.C., Nov 17, 2017. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet)

The government has paid more than $17 million in taxpayer money during the last 20 years to resolve claims of sexual harassment, overtime pay disputes and other workplace violations filed by employees of Congress. The Office of Compliance released the numbers amid a wave of revelations of sexual misconduct in the worlds of entertainment, business and politics that consumed Capitol Hill this past week. Two female lawmakers described incidents of sexual harassment, one in explicit detail, and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken apologized to a woman who said he forcibly kissed her and groped her during a 2006 USO tour.

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‘Leonardo da Vinci artwork’ sells for record $450m

November 16, 2017 by · Comments Off on ‘Leonardo da Vinci artwork’ sells for record $450m 

Monaliza_98772674_043025885BBC – A 500-year-old painting of Christ believed to have been painted by Leonardo da Vinci has been sold in New York for a record $450m (£۳۴۱m). The painting is known as Salvator Mundi (Saviour of the World). It is the highest auction price for any work of art and brought cheers and applause at the packed Christie’s auction room. Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519 and there are fewer than 20 of his paintings in existence.

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Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises

November 14, 2017 by · Comments Off on Iran earthquake survivors plead for help as death toll rises 

ErathquickEnglishHelp_98742414_mediaitem98742413BBC – Iranians living outdoors in bitterly cold temperatures after an earthquake are making desperate pleas for help. About 540 people were killed and close to 8,000 injured when the quake hit near the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday. The government is scrambling to get aid to the worst-hit Kermanshah province, where hundreds of homes were destroyed. President Hassan Rouhani, visiting the region, said state-built houses suffered more damage, and those responsible would be held accountable. Night-time temperatures in Kermanshah province fell close to freezing for the second night in succession.

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US Honors 20 Million Former Service Members on Veterans Day

November 12, 2017 by · Comments Off on US Honors 20 Million Former Service Members on Veterans Day 

U.S. veterans, who fought in foreign wars, participate in a U.S. Veteran's Day Ceremony at Yongsan Garrison, the main U.S. military headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

U.S. President Donald Trump honored the nation’s veterans Saturday, saying in a video message they are “this country’s greatest national treasure.” “On this wonderful Veterans Day, I want to express the incredible gratitude of the entire American nation to the millions and millions of veterans that bravely defended our nation in uniform, and the strong families whose unwavering love and support allowed you to answer the call of duty,” Trump said in the video that was posted on Twitter. “We applaud your service, salute your sacrifice, and pay tribute to your profound patriotism and love of our country.” #VeteransDay,” a White House Twitter posting said.

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Saudi Arabia Steps Up Yemen, Iran Campaigns

November 9, 2017 by · Comments Off on Saudi Arabia Steps Up Yemen, Iran Campaigns 

SoodiArabi46B5D051-8142-40F8-938D-DA11FBB088F8_w1023_r1_sVOA – The war of words between Iran and Saudi Arabia is escalating in the media and on the ground after the weekend launch of a ballistic missile from Yemen which hit near the airport in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The Saudis accuse Iran of arming Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who fired the missile. Saudi state TV announced a fresh round of attacks by by the Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen as tensions continued to escalate following the weekend ballistic missile launch. Saudi military forces say they shot down the missile, but shrapnel fell around Riyadh”s international airport.

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Iranian Officials Deny Alleged Ties to al-Qaida

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Sutherland Springs: Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead

November 6, 2017 by · Comments Off on Sutherland Springs: Texas church shooting leaves 26 dead 

Texasweb_98627742_042832273VOA – At least 26 people have been killed and 20 others wounded after a gunman opened fire at a Texas church during a Sunday service. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small town in Wilson County. The victims’ ages ranged from five to 72. The suspected gunman was later found dead in his vehicle some miles away. Police identified him only as a “young, white male” but US media named him as Devin Patrick Kelley, 26. Kelley is reported to have been discharged from the US air force in 2014 following a court martial for assaulting his wife and child. The motive for the killings was not immediately clear. Texas Department of Public Safety regional director Freeman Martin said the attacker, dressed all in black and wearing a bulletproof vest, opened fire with a Ruger assault rifle outside the church at around 11:30 local time (17:30 GMT) and then went inside. As the gunman left the church, a local citizen grabbed his own rifle and began shooting at the suspect, who then dropped his weapon and fled in a vehicle. The citizen pursued the suspect, who eventually drove off the road and crashed his car at the Guadalupe County line.

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What N. Korean Defectors Want Trump to Know

November 3, 2017 by · Comments Off on What N. Korean Defectors Want Trump to Know 

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