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Over 15,000 petition Iran's judiciary to free prominent teachers' rights activist Esmail Abdi.

An online petition signed by more than 15,000 people calling for the release of imprisoned teachers' rights leader Esmail Abdi has been delivered to the judiciary and the office of the president. Mr. Abdi is not a thief, murderer, drug dealer, embezzler, foreign spy or traitor to his country,' said the petition addressed to ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Russia's Gazprom in talks with Iran.

Russia's natural gas giant Gazprom may be eager to establish closer ties in the opening Iranian energy sector, Russian media reported.

- UPI - US

In razing its modernist buildings, Iran is erasing its past Western influence.

A view of Tehran, with its mix of traditional and modern design. Jørn Eriksson/Flick, CC BY-NDHassan Rouhani's re-election as Iran's president has rekindled hope for liberals in the country. During his first term, Iran began edging closer to the West, and his positions on both international and domestic affairs indicate ...

- The Conversation - UK

IRGC commander says third underground missile production facility completed.

Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force, said on 25 May that a third underground missile factory has been built in recent years, the Fars News Agency reported. Brig Gen Hajizadeh also said that the force is working on a

- Jane’s - US

In Remote Iranian Province, Women Make Gains At Ballot Box.

Officials say the number of women elected to local councils in the Sunni-majority province, which shares borders with Pakistan and Afghanistan, more than doubled.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Turkish Forces Kill Nearly 30 Kurdish Militants.

Turkish security forces killed 29 Kurdistan Workers Party militants in an operation in a mountainous area of eastern Turkey’s Agri and Van provinces, the Agri governor’s office said Friday. Turkey’s army said Thursday three Turkish soldiers and a member of the state-sponsored village guard militia had been ...

- Voice of America - US

Pentagon budget 2018: MDA to procure, upgrade THAAD to address global threats.

Key Points MDA request will fund procurement of 34 THAAD interceptors in FY 2018 MDA is also seeking funding to keep SBX on-station up to 330 days Concerns with North Korea's ongoing efforts to develop a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to the United States and the potential for Iran

- Jane’s - US

Iran to Hamas: Let's get closer 'on basis of jihad'.

Senior Iranian officials express hope to Hamas leader that mutual hatred of US and Israel will lead to closer ties between them.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Iran, Sri Lanka sign 2 MoUs on science, technology cooperation.

May 26, Colombo: Iran and Sri Lanka have signed two memoranda of understanding on the scientific and technological cooperation, the official news agency of Iran, IRNA reported

- ColomboPage.com - LK

Iran claims third underground missile production site built.

TEHRAN, Iran " An Iranian semi-official news agency says the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard has built a third underground facility designated to produce ballistic missiles.The semi-official Fars news agency on Thursday...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Fear as an Obstacle to Peace: Why Are Israelis Afraid?.

Bat-Hen Epstein Elias's long article on Iranian Jews is interesting. Parts of it, in fact, are heartwarming. Yet, despite the lack of any serious evidence, the story is entirely framed in the language of fear. Entitled, “All the Jews there live in fear that their telephones are tapped,” the story in Israel Hayom ...

- Antiwar.com - US

Forget North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal. Its Chemical and Cyber Weapons Are Already a Threat.

Patrick M. Cronin Security, Asia Pyongyang's VX attack and cyber hijinks suggests a regime bent on acquiring multiple weapons of mass disruption and destruction. In reminding the world why Iran poses an array of threats to regional security, President Donald Trump preempted the argument of those who believe that a nuclear ...

- The National Interest - US

Qatar hack, bloody Bahrain raid follow Trump's Mideast trip

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar found itself on the defensive once again Thursday as more Arab nations blocked access to websites of its flagship Al-Jazeera news network, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump's Mideast visit positioned America squarely with Sunni Arab countries against Shiite power Iran. Bahrain ...

- SFGate - US

Who welcomes most refugees? Most mistakenly think it's wealthy West

Pakistan, Iran and Turkey welcomed some 10 million refugees and asylum seekers since World War Two The post Who welcomes most refugees? Most mistakenly think it's wealthy West appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Hezbollah chief calls for Saudi- Iran dialogue, says it is only way forward

The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is telling Saudi Arabia that dialogue with Iran is the only way forward, lashing out at the kingdom's lavish royal welcome of U.S. president Donald Trump. In a speech Thursday, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah said the U.S. president is 'only interested in money' and is the most 'racist' U.S. ...

- Ya Libnan - US

US Senate committee approves new sanctions on Iran's missiles

A key Senate committee approved new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missiles program after amending clauses that critics said could scuttle the Iran nuclear deal. On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill by a vote of 18-3. It was backed by the committee's two leaders, Sen. Bob Corker, the ...

- Ya Libnan - US

Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

President Donald Trumps revised travel ban "speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination," a federal appeals court has in ruling against the executive order targeting six Muslim-majority countries. Trumps administration vowed to take the fight to ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Senate Panel Backs New Sanctions on Iran

A Senate panel has overwhelmingly approved new U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's support for international terrorism and its ballistic missile program, the first move to punish Tehran since a landmark nuclear accord went into effect. Thursday's 18-3 vote by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came days after President ...

- Voice of America - US

Oil Crashes To $48 Handle As Iran Says It Won't Cut Output

Iran's current crude oil output level will not be reduced under the extension of the OPEC production cuts, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh was quoted as saying on Thursday. Iran's oil output would stand at 3.8 mb/d,' Zanganeh said in Vienna – as quoted by Trend news agency - where OPEC meets to discuss the details of ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Iran Could Consider Russian Deal For Farzad-B Block

If India backs out of the Farzad-B natural gas block deal, Russian companies could be stepping in to fill the vacuum, according to remarks by Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh on Thursday. It originally looked as if the field in the Persian Gulf would be offered to India after the country offered a $3 billion ...

- OilPrice.com - US

Piracy threat returns to African waters

A small Iranian fishing boat was hijacked off the coast of Somalia Tuesday, a local mayor reported.

- CNN Top Stories - US

Iran Wants Clear Russian Answers for Wrecking Trump’s Mid East Plans

May 25, 2017, 8:19 PM An emissary from Tehran asks how far Russia will go against the US military in Syria.

- DEBKAFile - IL

A Russian-Iranian Force Steals up on Syrian Border Triangle for Trump’s Trip

May 25, 2017, 8:19 PM Russian paratroops have joined the Syrian army, pro-Iranian Shiite advance.

- DEBKAFile - IL

Trump travel ban blocked; fight headed for Supreme Court

In a 10-3 vote, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the ban likely violates the Constitution. And it upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican administration from cutting off visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Senate panel passes new sanctions on Iran's missiles

WASHINGTON – A key Senate committee approved new sanctions on Iran's ballistic missile program after amending clauses that critics said could scuttle the Iran nuclear deal. On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill by a vote of 18-3. It was backed by the committee's two leaders, Sen. Bob ...

- JTA - US

Damascus, Amman exchange threats as border tensions flare

Recent military exercises hosted by Jordan increased the Syrian regime's suspicion about activity on its southern border, while the opposition accuses the regime and Iran of trying to create a land route from Iran to Lebanon, through Syria and Iraq.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Expulsion of Iraqi forces has lessons for Iranians today

On the anniversary of the liberation of a southwestern city from invading Iraqi forces, Iranian officials see lessons for today.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Iran's election results a win-win for Khamenei

Even though the conservative candidate in Iran's presidential candidate did not win, Ayatollah Khamenei is looking for ways to spin the election as a victory for the conservatives.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Senate tones down Iran sanctions bill after input from Obama team

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee insists the bill it cleared May 25 doesn't violate the nuclear deal.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Arms Race: Iran Builds Third Underground Missile Factory

Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency reported today, Thursday, according to Reuters. © Arutz Sheva, All Rights Reserved.

- Albawaba - UK

Senate Panel Approves Stiff Iran Sanctions and Says Russia Is Next

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee linked the penalties to Iran’s continued support for terrorism. The full Senate could vote on the measure as early as next month.

- New York Times - US

US Senate committee passes bill to impose new sanctions on Iran

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee backed legislation on Thursday that would impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile development, support for Islamist militant groups, weapons transfers and human rights violations. The vote was 18-3 in favor of the legislation, paving the wa...

- The Raw Story - US

Iraq's Sinjar heats up again as PMU closes in

The world's attention has turned back to Iraq's Sinjar as Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Units approach during operation to liberate Mosul and Yazidi loyalties worry Turkey.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Iran says has built third underground missile factory

A Revolutionary Guard commander has said Iran constructed a third underground factory to make ballistic missiles. The development is likely to fuel further tensions with the United States.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Riyadh declaration will not impact Lebanon: Nasrallah

The recent Riyadh summit will not have an impact on Lebanon, said Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah on Thursday, calling on Saudi Arabia to engage in dialogue with its arch-foe Iran.

- The Daily Star - LB

Riyadh summit an attempt to convince US to confront Iran, resistance: Nasrallah

Riyadh summit an attempt to convince US to confront Iran, resistance: Nasrallah

- The Daily Star - LB

Nasrallah calls on Saudi Arabia to engage in dialogue with Iran

Nasrallah calls on Saudi Arabia to engage in dialogue with Iran

- The Daily Star - LB

U.S. Senate Panel Backs Bill On New Iran Sanctions

A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that would authorize the Trump administration to put new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic-missile program, support for Islamist militant groups, and other actions.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Extension of OPEC oil deal not to down Iran's oil output - minister

Extension of OPEC oil deal not to down Iran's oil output - minister...

- MENAFN - JO

AP Analysis: Rouhani's hardest challenge may be Iran's hopes

- Townhall.com - US

Senate panel backs bill to authorize new sanctions on Iran

A Senate panel overwhelmingly backed bipartisan legislation that would authorize President Donald Trump to put new sanctions on Iran while keeping the landmark nuclear deal with Tehran in place.

- FOX News - US

Secret Qatari-Iranian meeting held in Baghdad: report

Meeting with Iran Quds Force chief Sulaimani aimed at sabotaging Riyadh summits

- GulfNews - AE

Iran says it has built third underground missile factory

Iran denies ever seeking nuclear weapons.

- Daily Nation - KE

Iran, Belarus ink customs deal

- Today.Az - AZ

'Prince' of Azerbaijani mugham to perform in Iran

- Today.Az - AZ

Iran opens 3rd underground missile production factory

- Today.Az - AZ

Trump's Mideast vision: backing Arab strongmen against Iran

The images from the same night broadcast around the Middle East speak as loudly as the words. On the one hand: the young people of Iran, dancing in the streets to mark the re-election of a pragmatist, men and women together.

- TheCitizen - TZ

Iran says it has built 3rd underground ballistic missile factory

Iran has built a third underground ballistic missile production factory and will keep developing its missile program, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted a senior commander of the elite Revolutionary Guard as saying

- The Daily Star - LB

'Prince' of Azerbaijani mugham to perform in Iran

Azerbaijan's famous khananda Gochag Asgarov will give a concert in Iran.

- AzerNews - AZ

Azerbaijan's tourist attractions presented to Iranians

Azerbaijan's Ambassador to Iran Bunyad Huseynov has presented the country's tourist attractions in Tehran.

- AzerNews - AZ

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