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Trump Has Thoughts on Iran Prisoner Swap

Former president blasts 'absolutely ridiculous' deal as 5 freed Americans arrive home

(Newser) - Americans detained for years in Iran arrived home Tuesday after being freed as part of a politically risky deal that saw President Biden agree to the release of nearly $6 billion in frozen Iranian assets, per the AP . The prisoners landed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, with clapping and cheers heard...

Iran Says Prisoner Swap Is Expected to Happen Monday
Five Americans Freed
by Iran in Prisoner Swap

Five Americans Freed by Iran in Prisoner Swap

Five Iranians freed in exchange, and $6B in Iranian funds are unfrozen

(Newser) - Five Americans held by Iran have been freed in a prisoner swap, reports the AP . A plane with all five aboard left Tehran on Monday. Three of the Americans have previously been named, and the remaining two wished to keep their identities private. Some have been held since at least...

US Frees Up $6B in Frozen Iran Funds in Prisoner Swap Deal

Arrangement advances to free 5 Iranian prisoners in US in exchange for 5 American prisoners in Iran

(Newser) - Five American citizens detained in Iran are now set to be released, after the Biden administration agreed to release five Iranian citizens held in the United States. Per the AP , the next step in the deal also included the US issuing a waiver to banks around the world to allow...

Nobel Team Rescinds Invite to 3 Nations

Invites to Russia, Belarus, Iran withdrawn after Swedish lawmakers said they'd boycott awards

(Newser) - The Nobel Foundation on Saturday retracted its invitation for representatives of Russia, Belarus, and Iran to attend this year's Nobel Prize award ceremonies after the controversial decision "provoked strong reactions." Several Swedish lawmakers said Friday they would boycott this year's Nobel Prize award ceremonies in the...

Weightlifter Gets Lifetime Ban Over This Handshake

Iran's Weightlifting Federation said warm encounter with Israeli was 'unforgivable'

(Newser) - Most sports organizations would view the shaking of an opponent's hand as sportsmanship, something to be applauded. Not Iran's Weightlifting Federation. The body has banned weightlifter Mostafa Rajaee, a former member of the Iranian national team, from competing in any sport for life after he shook the hand...

6 More Countries Set to Join BRICS Bloc
BRICS Bloc Is Getting
6 New Members

BRICS Bloc Is Getting 6 New Members

They include Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE

(Newser) - Iran and Saudi Arabia are among six countries that will join the BRICS bloc of developing economies as new members from 2024, South Africa's president said Thursday. United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Egypt, and Ethiopia are also set to join the bloc that is currently made up of Brazil, Russia,...

Iran Lets 4 Americans Leave the Notorious Evin Prison

They join a 5th American who is already under house arrest

(Newser) - Five Americans imprisoned in Iran have been transferred to house arrest, US officials confirmed Thursday. The lawyer for Siamak Namazi , one of five, was restrained in his assessment on whether their freedom is near: "The move by Iran ... is an important development. While I hope this will be the...

US May Deploy Marines on Private Ships to Foil Iran

If approved, plan for Strait of Hormuz could put troops at risk of direct confrontation with Iranian forces

(Newser) - Marines have been flown to the Persian Gulf and received training in anticipation of being placed on American commercial ships to keep Iran from the civilian vessels. The deployment, which has not received final approval, would run the risk of a direct confrontation between US and Iranian forces, the Washington ...

US Strikes Syria After Drone Kills Contractor

Pentagon says suspected Iran drone injured 5 soldiers

(Newser) - A strike Thursday by a suspected Iranian-made drone killed a US contractor and wounded five American troops and another contractor in northeast Syria, the Pentagon said. American forces said they retaliated soon after with "precision airstrikes" in Syria targeting facilities used by groups affiliated with Iran's Revolutionary Guard,...

China Pushes Past US to Broker Mideast Peace Deal
Mideast Deal Brokered
by China Leaves US Out

Mideast Deal Brokered by China Leaves US Out

Saudi Arabia-Iran agreement indicates nations want to negotiate without American help

(Newser) - The agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran to resume relations, a deal mediated by China, appears to be a watershed moment in the Middle East, realigning alliances that have dominated diplomacy for decades while—at least for now—leaving the US out. The pact indicates that nations in the region...

Iran Says It Has Found Millions of Tons of Lithium

But even if that's the case, extracting and exporting it could be tricky

(Newser) - Over the weekend Iran announced that lithium—prized for its importance in electric vehicle and cell phone batteries—has been found within its borders. A lot of it. Per the country's Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade, the deposit is estimated at 8.5 million tons. If that number...

Crisis Over Suspected Poisoning of Iran Girls Grows

More than 50 schools around the nation are investigating incidents

(Newser) - A crisis over suspected poisonings targeting Iranian schoolgirls escalated Sunday as authorities acknowledged over 50 schools were struck in a wave of possible cases. The poisonings have spread further fear among parents as Tehran has faced months of unrest It remains unclear who or what is responsible since the alleged...

Probe Underway on Poisoning of Hundreds of Iranian Girls

Some believe monthslong chemical incidents are 'biological terrorism' to keep girls out of schools

(Newser) - Since November, dozens of girls in Iran have fallen ill after attending school, suffering from dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headaches, heart palpitations, and respiratory issues, among other maladies. Some parents say their children were sick for weeks afterward. Now, Iranian officials have launched a probe, with reports of hundreds of girls...

Iranian Couple Going to Jail After Dancing in Video

Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, Astiazh Haqiqi convicted of promoting prostitution, corruption

(Newser) - A young Iranian couple filmed dancing in front of Tehran's Freedom Tower have each been sentenced to more than 10 years in jail. A video shows Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, 22, picking up and twirling Astiazh Haqiqi, 21, who is not wearing a headscarf, allowing her long hair to flow...

Imprisoned in Iran, He Has Message for Biden

American Siamak Namazi slams Biden, Trump, Obama for failing to secure his release since 2015

(Newser) - Three Americans have been wrongfully detained in Iran for years, and one of them is now taking desperate measures to gain President Biden's attention. CNN reports that Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American oil executive who was taken into custody during a visit to Tehran in late 2015, has embarked on...

Iran Sentences Former Defense Official to Death

Britain demands Tehran spare the life of dual citizen Ali Reza Akbari

(Newser) - Iran is poised to execute a former defense official it accuses of being a spy for Britain. And Britain is demanding that Tehran spare the life of Ali Reza Akbari, who has dual British-Iranian citizenship, reports the BBC . "This is a politically motivated act by a barbaric regime that...

Marchers in Europe Back Iranian Protests After Suicide
Marches Follow Protest Suicide

Marches Follow Protest Suicide

Iranian Kurdish man distraught over turmoil drowned himself in France

(Newser) - Hundreds of people marched Sunday in France to honor an Iranian Kurdish man who took his own life in a desperate act of anguish over the nationwide protests in Iran. French police estimated the crowd that gathered for Mohammad Moradi at about 1,000 people. They marched in the city...

Iran Stops Family of Beloved National Athlete From Leaving

Soccer great Ali Daei says wife and daughter were forced to disembark from plane

(Newser) - The wife and daughter of Iranian soccer legend Ali Daei were prevented from leaving Iran Monday. Per CNN , a Dubai-bound flight out of Tehran was ordered to land on the Iranian island of Kish, where the two were ordered to disembark, though they were not arrested. According to state news...

Iran Hangs 2nd Protester
Executions Continue in Iran

Executions Continue in Iran

A 2nd protester is hanged less than a month after alleged crime

(Newser) - Iran said Monday it executed a second prisoner detained and convicted amid nationwide protests challenging the country's theocracy, airing footage on state television it claimed showed him stabbing two men to death and running away. The public hanging of Majidreza Rahnavard, less than a month after he allegedly carried...

Iran Hangs the First of Its Protesters

Mohsen Shekari, 23, was accused of attacking a security official with a knife

(Newser) - Iran has carried out the first execution of an anti-government protester convicted over recent unrest triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini. Mohsen Shekari, 23, who in a video shared by state media admitted to attacking a member of a volunteer paramilitary force with a knife or machete and blocking...

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