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US Concerned by Iran’s Reported Arrest of Dervish Man’s Lawyer

June 20, 2018 by · Comments Off on US Concerned by Iran’s Reported Arrest of Dervish Man’s Lawyer 

The United States says it is “deeply concerned” by reports that Iran has arrested a lawyer who defended a religious minority member executed by Iranian authorities on Monday for allegedly killing policemen. In a tweet posted Tuesday, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Washington is concerned that the lawyer, Zeynab Taheri, was reportedly detained for “disturbing” Iran’s public opinion. “We call for her immediate release and (an) end of the Iran regime’s persecution of the Gonabadi Dervishes,” Nauert said. The executed man whom Taheri defended, 51-year-old bus driver Mohammad Salas, was a member of Iran’s Gonadabi Dervish community, a minority religious sect.

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۱ Killed, 22 Hurt as Gunfire Erupts at New Jersey Arts Festival

June 18, 2018 by · Comments Off on ۱ Killed, 22 Hurt as Gunfire Erupts at New Jersey Arts Festival 

VOA – Gunmen opened fire at an all-night arts and music festival early Sunday morning, sending people running over each other in the scramble to safety, authorities said. One suspect was killed and 22 people, including two suspects, were injured. Of 17 people treated for gunshot wounds, four of them, including a 13-year-old boy, were critically injured but three had been upgraded to stable by evening, leaving only one man believed to be a suspect in critical condition, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri. The shots rang out around 2:45 a.m. Sunday as an estimated 1,000 or more people were attending the Art All Night Trenton festival that showcases local art, music, food and films.

In Iran, World Cup Fever Plays Out in Cinemas

June 16, 2018 by · Comments Off on In Iran, World Cup Fever Plays Out in Cinemas 

VOA – With Iran banning open-air screenings of its World Cup opening match at the last minute Friday, Tehran’s cinemas turned into the venues for fans to vent their passion. Supporters thronged the steps of the Azadi cinema in central Tehran ahead of the match, chanting and deafening passers-by with blasts of vuvuzela. Kids lined up to get their faces painted in the colors of the Iranian flag before following their parents into the multiplex. With no bars, and mixed signals from police about whether cafes would be allowed to screen the matches, cinemas were among the only places for fans to gather.

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Trump, Kim Exchange Summit Commitments

June 12, 2018 by · Comments Off on Trump, Kim Exchange Summit Commitments 

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Hackers Hit Second Iranian Airport with Opposition Message

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Iran Stands Ground on Nuclear Inspections as France Warns of Red Line

June 7, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iran Stands Ground on Nuclear Inspections as France Warns of Red Line 

 
Iran will not cooperate more fully with atomic inspectors until a standoff over its nuclear deal is resolved, its U.N. envoy said, as one signatory warned Tehran against moving ahead with preparations to boost its uranium enrichment capacity. Tehran, meanwhile, signaled its resolve to expand its enrichment capability by detailing plans to build advanced centrifuges — the machines that enrich uranium. Read more …

Official: Iran to Begin Process to Boost Uranium Enrichment Capacity

June 5, 2018 by · Comments Off on Official: Iran to Begin Process to Boost Uranium Enrichment Capacity 

 

Iran will inform the U.N. nuclear watchdog in Vienna on Tuesday over its start of a process to increase the country’s uranium enrichment capacity, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told ISNA news agency. “In a letter that will be handed over to the International Atomic Energy Agency … Iran will announce that the process of increasing the capacity to produce … UF6 (uranium hexafluoride) … will start on Tuesday,” Kamalvandi said. He said Iran had the capacity to accelerate production of centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium. The UF6 is a feedstock for centrifuges.

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What to Expect From Singapore Summit

June 3, 2018 by · Comments Off on What to Expect From Singapore Summit 

VOA – President Donald Trump on Friday said the June 12 summit in Singapore with North Korea was back on, after meeting with North Korean official Kim Yong Chol for more than an hour in the Oval Office of the White House. Dong Hyuk Lee, chief of VOA’s Korean service, weighs in on what we can expect from both sides in the lead-up to the summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Will the Korea summit happen? “I think so. I think there is a good chance that we’ll have talks as planned in Singapore on June 12th. So that means the overall atmosphere for the talks appears to be quite positive. Does that mean that we can expect outcomes that can satisfy both sides? You know, I think that answers are still not clear. We don’t know for sure whether the planned summit will produce tangible results that North Korea and the U.S. will be satisfied with.”

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Iranian Truckers Strike for 9th Day; State Media Ignore Protest

May 31, 2018 by · Comments Off on Iranian Truckers Strike for 9th Day; State Media Ignore Protest 

VOA – Iranian truck drivers angered about rising business costs have maintained a strike for a ninth day in several parts of the country, defying a state media blackout on the enduring protest movement. Video clips posted on social media, dated Wednesday and verified by VOA Persian, show large numbers of idled trucks left by striking drivers in the provinces of Isfahan, Kermanshah and Razavi Khorasan. Editor’s note: The tweet below shows idled trucks in the Kermanshah provincial city of Kangavar on May 30, 2018. Iranian state media have not reported any strike activity by truck drivers across the country in recent days.

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Vietnam Is Following China in its Economic Development

May 28, 2018 by · Comments Off on Vietnam Is Following China in its Economic Development 

Vietnam is imitating China in its efforts to grow economically and lags its larger neighbor only by about a decade, experts say. The two communist countries, though political rivals, have built up their state-controlled economies on job creation through factory work for export. China opened that effort to foreign investment in 1978 and Vietnam got started 10 years later. Now Vietnam is grappling with corruption, traffic gridlock and the sinking performance of state-run companies as its middle class grows, all hallmarks of China’s development. In the latest sign of similarity, Vietnam’s National Assembly is examining a bill to let the country run three special economic zones. It has a chance of passing next month. The zones would offer foreign factory investors tariff exemptions and long land leases, Vietnamese news website VnExpress International says. China created its first four zones in 1979 to attract foreign investment. It now has 32.

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