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Iran revolution: ‘I wore a hijab and head-banged to Nirvana’

Image copyright Feranak Amidi On my first day of school in Iran we walked down a poorly-lit corridor. I was holding my mother’s hand and crying. She was crying too. On my head I had a black hood, known as a maghnaeh, covering my hair. I was six years old and terrified. This was nothing like my kindergarten in Los Angeles. I was born in the summer of 1979 in California, a few months after Iran’s Islamic Revolution; my mother was in her early 20s and my grandmother was 50.…

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U.S. charges China’s Huawei with conspiring to violate Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday announced criminal charges against China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, escalating a fight with the world’s biggest telecommunications equipment maker and coming days before trade talks between Washington and Beijing. The Justice Department charged Huawei and its chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran by doing business with Tehran through a subsidiary it tried to hide and that was reported on by Reuters in 2012 and 2013. In a separate case, the Justice Department said Huawei stole…

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‘Frail’ Edinburgh couple face removal to Iran

Image caption Rezvan Habibimarand and Mozaffar Saberi A lawyer for an elderly Iranian couple fighting removal from the UK has said they face spending “living the rest of their days without their family”. Mozaffar Saberi, 83, and Rezvan Habibimarand, 73, bought their Edinburgh flat in the late 1970s. While they have lived in the city on and off for 40 years, they never sought UK citizenship. Their legal team claim the couple should be allowed to remain on human rights grounds. They argue that they depend on support from nearby…

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Arrest video of jailed mother in Iran

Video appearing to show the arrest of jailed mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been shown in a documentary on Iranian TV. The British-Iranian mother has spent more than 1,000 days in an Iranian prison after being convicted of spying. She denies all the charges against her. Last week, her husband revealed she was planning a hunger strike because she is being denied medical treatment. Source link

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Exclusive: New documents link Huawei to suspected front companies in Iran, Syria

LONDON/HONG KONG (Reuters) – The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company’s suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm’s owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius. U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two companies were independent of Huawei, when in fact Huawei controlled them. Huawei has maintained the two are…

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Iran TV chief sacked over uncensored Jackie Chan sex scene

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jackie Chan (L) starred in the film Shinjuku Incident alongside Daniel Wu (R) Iran’s state broadcaster, Irib, has sacked the head of a regional TV channel after it broadcast a Jackie Chan film without removing a sex scene. A video posted online apparently by a viewer on Kish Island showed the Hong Kong martial arts star sleeping with a woman in the film Shinjuku Incident. Iranian media said the “immoral” scene was aired by Kish TV in “total violation of Irib’s regulations”. Physical contact…

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

Image copyright Abbas Edalat Image caption Abbas Edalat was reportedly detained on 15 April A British-Iranian academic who was arrested and detained in Iran on security charges has returned to the UK, the Foreign Office has confirmed. 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. Prof Edalat – who specialises in computer…

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Sadiq Kahn in Iran jail release call

Image copyright Free Nazanin Image caption Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe with her daughter Gabriella during a temporary release from prison London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for the release of jailed charity-worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. Mr Khan met Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s husband Richard and offered his support in urging the Iranian authorities to release her in time for Christmas. The British-Iranian, who turns 40 on Boxing Day, was jailed for five years in 2016 after being convicted of spying, which she denies. Mr Khan described her imprisonment as a “travesty of justice”. Image copyright…

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Hacked diplomatic cables reveal Europe’s anxiety about Trump, Russia, Iran: NYT

A European Union flag is seen outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium November 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo (Reuters) – Hackers accessed the European Union’s diplomatic communications network for years, downloading cables that reveal concerns about the Trump administration, struggles to deal with Russia and China and the risk of Iran reviving its nuclear program, the New York Times reported late on Tuesday. More than 1,100 cables were supplied to the Times by security firm Area 1 after it discovered the breach, the newspaper said, adding that Area…

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