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Unicredit is thought to have broken sanctions against Iran, according to the Financial Times

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...er the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. The sanctions were toughened in 1997 by then-President Bill Clinton, who signed an order for sanctions that prohibited “virtually all trade and investment activities with Iran by US persons, wherever located”. Under US criminal law, violations of the Iranian Transactions Regulations may result in a fine up to $1 mi...

Two explosions have hit the Iranian embassy in Beirut in quick succession, killing at least 22 people

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Two explosions have hit the Iranian embassy in Beirut in quick succession, killing at least 22 people. The Iranian cultural attaché in Lebanon, Ebrahim Ansari, was among the dead. Officials said the death toll could rise. TV images showed burning cars, bodies on the street and damaged buildings. Iran is a major backer of the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to Syria...

Iranian state television has showed images of what it says is a US ScanEagle unmanned drone captured in its airspace

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Iranian state television has showed images of what it says is a US ScanEagle unmanned drone captured in its airspace. The Revolutionary Guards said they had brought down a ScanEagle – one of the smaller, less sophisticated drones employed by the Americans. Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told the Fars news agency that the drone had conducted several reconnaissance flights over the Gulf in recent da...

During Hugo Chavez's funeral in Caracas on Friday, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was photographed sympathizing with Elena Frias de Chavez

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...for the leftist leader, reminded him that he has not only committed a sin, but also behaved in a way inappropriate for the president of an Islamic state. They said it was another sign that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was influenced by the “deviant current”, a term used to label his close aides, and increasingly himself, and distance him from the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iranian...

Clashes break out near PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office

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...staged a third day of protests across the country with police again using tear gas and water cannon in some areas, including in Istanbul, where crowds had converged on the prime minister’s office. The protests were sparked by plans to build on Istanbul Gezi Park but have broadened into anti-government unrest. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the protesters are undemocratic, and said...

Turkish riot police have fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters trying to enter Istanbul’s Gezi Park

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...; response to the protest sparked nationwide unrest. Four people were killed and thousands more were injured as police cracked down on anti-government demonstrators, who accused PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan of becoming increasingly authoritarian. Hundreds of people flocked to Gezi Park on Monday afternoon after Istanbul governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu declared it open once again. Huseyin Avni Mutlu said st...

The railway tunnel underneath the Bosphorus Strait creates a new link between the Asian and European shores of Istanbul

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...an sultan in 1860. Work began in 2004 but archaeological excavations delayed the construction. Japan invested $1 billion of the $4 billion total cost of the 0.8 mile tunnel, designed to withstand earthquakes. The Bosphorus tunnel is scheduled to be inaugurated at 11:00 a.m., local time. The railway tunnel underneath the Bosphorus Strait creates a new link between the Asian and European shores of...

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle asked Turkey to investigate the excessive use of force by police against anti-government protesters

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EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle has said in Istanbul that Turkey must investigate the excessive use of force by police against anti-government protesters. Štefan Füle was speaking ahead of talks on Turkey’s ambition to join the EU. In response, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan said similar protests in Europe would be dealt with more harshly. Turkey has seen a week of civil unrest spa...

Turkish Gezi Park activists have vowed to continue occupying Istanbul's park

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...long enough and delivered your message…. Why are you staying?” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech broadcast live on television in which he made his offer. Turkish Gezi Park activists have vowed to continue occupying Istanbul’s park The contested Gezi Park is a rare patch of green in Turkey’s biggest city. Last month, an Istanbul court issued an initial injunction agains...

Turkey’s AK party is open to the idea of a referendum on controversial plans to redevelop Istanbul's Gezi Park

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...meeting. Turkey’s AK party is open to the idea of a referendum on controversial plans to redevelop Istanbul’s Gezi Park In both Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, on Wednesday thousands of lawyers left court in their black robes to march through the streets, protesting against the treatment of their colleagues during demonstrations. Dozens of lawyers were briefly held in Istanbul on Tuesday...

Deputy PM Bulent Arinc has apologized to protesters injured in demonstrations opposing the demolition of Gezi Park

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Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc has apologized to protesters injured in demonstrations opposing the demolition of Istanbul’s Gezi Park. The original protests over the redevelopment of Gezi Park were “just and legitimate”, he said, offering to meet the organizers. Bulent Arinc called for the protests to end, saying they had been taken over by “terrorist elements”...

Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for protests across the country to end immediately

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Turkey’s PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called for protests across the country to end immediately. At Istanbul airport Recep Tayyip Erdogan told crowds of supporters who were welcoming him home from a four-day North Africa tour that the protests bordered on illegality. As he spoke, thousands of anti-government protesters were also rallying in Istanbul’s Taksim Square. The unrest began as a loc...

Syrian opposition activists say scores of bodies have been found in a town near Damascus, accusing government troops of a "massacre

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...ion-style killings, the activists said. According to unconfirmed reports, 200 bodies were discovered in houses and basement shelters. Without commenting on the activists’ claim, Syrian state TV said Darayya was being “cleansed of terrorist remnants”. Meanwhile, Syrian Vice-President Farouq al-Shara has greeted an Iranian delegation in Damascus, quashing weeks of speculation that...

Hassan Rouhani has won Iran's presidential election, securing just over 50 percent of the vote and so avoiding the need for a run-off

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...ayati, and former Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Gharazi. After the last presidential election in June 2009, millions of Iranians took to the streets to demand a rerun, when the supreme leader dismissed claims by the three defeated candidates of widespread fraud. No foreign observers monitored this year’s election and there have also been concerns that media coverage in the run-up has...

Young Iranians must adopt complicated and creative behavior to navigate around restrictions on their private lives, says journalist Kamin Mohammadi

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Young Iranians must adopt complicated and creative behavior to navigate around restrictions on their private lives, says journalist Kamin Mohammadi, writer, journalist and broadcaster specializing in Iran. Iran, in her long history, has been no stranger to repression and dictatorship, mostly from invaders. Iranians quickly developed the habit of thriving when times are tough, of somehow finding a...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said 15-year-old Berkin Elvan had links to terrorism

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...Erdogan has said 15-year-old Berkin Elvan had links to terrorism “This kid with steel marbles in his pockets, with a slingshot in his hand, his face covered with a scarf, who had been taken up into terror organizations, was unfortunately subjected to pepper gas,” he said in the speech broadcast on state TV. Berkin Elvan’s funeral took place in Istanbul on Wednesday, providing a...

Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet to accompany the Pegasus Airlines plane as it landed at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen airport after a flight from the Ukrainian city of Kharkov

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...b threat and trying to hijack a plane, demanding to go to the Winter Olympics venue of Sochi, is now in custody in Turkey. Turkey scrambled an F-16 fighter jet to accompany the Pegasus Airlines plane as it landed at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport after a flight from the Ukrainian city of Kharkov. Security officials are searching the plane, which had 110 passengers aboard. Turkey scrambled...

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party has taken a strong lead in Turkey’s local elections

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...y elect the head of state – or may seek to change the rules to allow him to seek a fourth term in office. In the run-up to Sunday’s poll, the government blocked Twitter and YouTube, following a series of online leaks. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said social media was spreading misinformation. On Saturday pro- and anti-government factions held rival demonstrations in Istanbul, which saw the Ge...

A rescue operation is under way after Volgo Balt 199 cargo ship sank in the Black Sea near the Turkish city of Istanbul

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A rescue operation is under way after Volgo Balt 199 cargo ship sank in the Black Sea near the Turkish city of Istanbul. Twelve crew members were on board the Volgo Balt 199 – reportedly 11 Ukrainian nationals, and one Russian. Turkish media report that three people have been rescued and one person has died but this has not been confirmed. The Volgo Balt 199 sank off the town of Sile, in Is...

Six candidates are running for Iran’s presidential race

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...s vote early, Ayatollah Khamenei spoke live on state television. “Inshallah [God willing], the Iranian people will create a new political epic,” he said. He also attacked US criticism of the presidential poll and those, in the US, who said they did not recognize the election. “The Iranian people… will do what is in their interest.” If no candidate secures 50.1 percent...

Iran has restricted access to Google’s search engine and to its email service, Gmail

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...ng virtual private networks (VPNs), which allow web surfing behind heavily encrypted firewalls. Many Iranians already use VPNs to bypass the government’s restrictions on other blocked Western websites, said Mahmood Tajali Mehr, an Iranian telecommunications consultant living in Germany. “This is just a move by the Iranian government towards a so-called nationwide intranet, to control a...

A voicemail message left by Prince Harry was hacked by the News of the World

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...mobile phone of Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, an ex-SAS man serving as his private secretary, asking for information about the 1980 Iranian Embassy siege in London. The transcript included the words: “Just wondering if you have any info at all on siege on the Iranian embassy because I need to write an essay quite quickly on that. I need some inf. Have most of the stuff but if you have extra.R...

Pouria Nour Mohammad Mehrdad and Delavar Seyed Mohammadreza have been identified as the two men travelling on stolen passports on MH370 flight

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...people with stolen passports on a plane was a breach of security, but one that is relatively common in a region regarded as a hub for illegal migration. Malaysian police say the younger Iranian was “not likely to be a member of a terrorist group”, adding that the authorities were in contact with his mother in Germany, who had been expecting her son to arrive in Frankfurt. Interpol say...

US trade sanctions have led game maker Blizzard to cut off access to World of Warcraft (Wow) in Iran

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...ther reports suggest a wider government ban might have been imposed. Players of Wow and other games, including Guild Wars, said when they had tried to log in they had been redirected to a page saying the connection had been blocked because the games promoted “superstition and mythology”. Blizzard said it had no information about Iranian government action against online games.   R...

Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, 32, was a graduate of Sharif University and supervised a department at Natanz uranium enrichment facility in Isfahan province

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University lecturer and nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan has been killed in a car explosion in north Tehran. Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, an academic who also worked at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility and another unidentified person were killed in the attack. The blast happened after a motorcyclist stuck an apparent bomb to the car. Several Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinate...