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Iran Continues To Sponsor Terrorism In Face Of Nuclear Accord, State Department Says

IR Iran fans hold up a giant flag during the 2015 Asian Cup match between IR Iran and Bahrain at AAMI Park on January 11, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo : Getty Images)

Jun 20, 2015 – HNGN – By Taylor Tyler – Lebanese Hezbollah, Iraqi Shia militant groups, Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad were among the groups who continued to receive Iranian backing, according to the report. Even with international talks underway to limit Iran’s nuclear program, Tehran continued to sponsor terrorism groups around the world in 2014, the State Department said in its annual “Country Reports on Terrorism” released Friday.

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Iran backs Taliban with cash and arms

06.12. 2015 – MarketWatch – By Margherita Stancati – KABUL – When Abdullah, a Taliban commander in central Afghanistan, needs more rifles and ammunition, he turns to the same people who pay his $580-a-month salary: his Iranian sponsors.

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Activists and artists hit by new wave of harsh sentencing by Iran judiciary

Mostafa Azizi, a 53-year-old Iranian film-maker, producer and writer has been sentenced to eight years in jail. Photograph: Courtesy of family

06.12.2015 – theguardian – Saeed Kamali Dehghan Iran correspondent – Moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, has failed publically to speak out against sentences given out by Iran’s hardline judges
Iran’s judiciary has unleashed a wave of heavy jail sentences against artists and activists in what appears to be an attempt to send a warning to those who dare to express dissent.

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Raising visibility for journalists imprisoned by Iran

Journalist Maziar Bahari

June 12, 2015 – PBS – Journalist Maziar Bahari was held for months in a Tehran prison after being arrested while on assignment. He’s written a memoir of that ordeal, “Then They Came for Me,” plus directed a documentary called “Forced Confessions.” Now he’s launched a website that he’s hoping will draw more attention to the dangers facing journalists in Iran. Bahari discusses the project with William Brangham.

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Post reporter’s ‘espionage’ trial begins behind closed doors in Iran

May 26. 2015 The Washington Post – By Carol Morello  – Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial Tuesday on espionage charges in a closed-door session held more than 10 months after he was detained, Iran’s official news agency reported.

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Martin Place, Sydney siege gunman identified as Man Haron Monis

The suspect at the centre of the siege in Martin Place has been identified as Man Haron Monis. Photo: Nick Ralstonsmh-au – 12.15.2014 – Nick Ralston: The man who continues to hold more than a dozen people hostage, placing Sydney’s CBD into lockdown is no stranger to the NSW police or the judiciary. Self-described cleric, Man Haron Monis, 50, first came to attention of police when he penned poisonous letters to the family of dead Australian soldiers seven years ago.

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Hiva Alizadeh pleads guilty in Ottawa terrorism trial

Hiva Alizadeh, one of three men charged with terrorism-related counts after a 2010 RCMP investigation, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ottawa to explosives possession with intent to cause harm as part of a terrorist conspiracy. (Sketch by Laurie Foster-MacLeod)

Sep 17, 2014 -CBC- Hiva Mohammad Alizadeh, a man police called the ringleader of a group accused of plotting attacks in Canada, has pleaded guilty to explosives possession with the intent to cause harm as part of a terrorist conspiracy and received a 24-year sentence as part of an agreement. He entered the plea in court in Ottawa on Wednesday under a deal agreed to by Crown and defence lawyers.
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Asian Games: Iran Football Official Suspected of Sexual Harassment

The man has not been taken into custody, but is being investigated. © AFP

Tuesday, 16 September, 2014 – sports.ndtv – Reported by: Associated Press – South Korean police is investigating an official from Iran’s Asian Games delegation over suspicions that he sexually harassed a female volunteer at a football stadium. Seoul: South Korean police said on Tuesday that they are investigating an official from Iran’s Asian Games delegation over suspicions that he sexually harassed a female volunteer at a football stadium near the host city of Incheon.

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Henry Kissinger: Iran ‘A Bigger Problem Than ISIS’

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger celebrates his 90th birthday, last year in Berlin. In a recent interview with Scott Simon, he gave his thoughts on ISIS, Ukraine and Iran. Gero Breloer/AP

September 06, 2014 npr – by NPR Staff
Henry Kissinger was a Harvard scholar before he became a mover and shaker in the world of foreign policy. And in his new book, World Order, the former secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford gives a historian’s perspective on the idea of order in world affairs.

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Crash of Iranian built plane leaves 39 dead

An IrAn-140 Sepahan Air passenger plane bound for Tabas in northeast Iran crashes near Tehran’s Mehrabad airport, killing at least 39 people. (Reuters)

By Associated Press August 10 2014, TEHRAN, Iran — A locally built Iranian passenger plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Tehran on Sunday, killing 39 people and reviving questions about the safety of a cash-strapped aviation sector left hobbled by international sanctions.

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