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Abbas Edalat: British professor returns to UK after detention in Iran

A British-Iranian academic who was arrested and detained in Iran on security charges has returned to the UK, the Foreign Office has confirmed.

25 December 2018 –BBC- Prof Abbas Edalat, who works at Imperial College London, was detained in Tehran in April.

The Campaign Against Sanctions and Military Intervention in Iran said he was released last week.

British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe remains in prison in Iran, where she has been since 2016.

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Massive cyberhack by Iran allegedly stole research from 320 universities, governments, and companies

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a press conference this morning that announced the indictment of nine Iranians who allegedly stole data from researchers around the world. YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS

Science – By Jon Cohen – Mar. 23, 2018 – Nine Iranians working on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps hacked the computers of 7998 professors at 320 universities around the world over the past 5 years, an indictment filed by a federal grand jury alleges. The hackers stole 31.5 terabytes of documents and data, including scientific research, journals, and dissertations, the indictment alleges. Their targets also included the United Nations, 30 U.S. companies, and five U.S. government agencies.

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‘Nowruz Pirouz’: Trump challenges Iranian government in Persian new year message

By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Monday, March 19, 2018

President Trump delivered a blistering criticism of Iran’s regime Monday in a message marking Nowruz, the Persian new year.

While noting that Iran is historically a proud nation with a strong culture, Mr. Trump said Iranians today are grappling with “rulers who serve themselves instead of serving the people.”

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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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