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U.S. warns Russia over any oil-for-goods deal with Iran

(Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told his Russian counterpart on Thursday that any oil-for-goods deal Moscow might strike with Iran could run afoul of U.S. sanctions.

"Secretary Lew reiterated our serious concerns regarding reports of a possible deal between Russia and Iran involving oil-for-goods," a Treasury representative said in a statement after Lew met with Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.


Iraq's deputy PM escapes assassination attemptl

BAGHDAD (AP) -- An Iraqi lawmaker says the country's deputy prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in which militants dressed as soldiers opened fire at his convoy west of Baghdad.

Lawmaker Talal al-Zobaie says he accompanied Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq and several other officials on a visit to villages in the Abu Graib area on Friday.


Iran is a HQ for global cyber attacks

A report released on Thursday by a U.S. based cyber security company suggests that cyber espionage by the Iranian regime was first detected in August 2012.

According to the report by Mandiant the attacks that targeted two Gulf energy companies destroyed data on tens of thousands of computers.


Iranian car exports plunge by 80 per cent

NCRI - Iran's car exports have plunged by 80 per cent in the last year as the regime's economy collapses into chaos.

Official figures from Iranian customs have shown the country exported 10,744 vehicles last year, or 0.2 per cent of all exports - and 80.44 per cent lower than the previous year.


Iran: UN rights experts appeal for urgent medical care for detained political prisoners and their release


GENEVA (10 April 2014) – A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed alarm at the denial of medical care to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention due to worsening health conditions.

The UN Special Rapporteurs on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed; on the right to health, Anand Grover; on torture, Juan Méndez; on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, and on freedom of religion, Heiner Bielefeldt, urged the Iranian authorities to provide the prisoners with medical treatment.


Iran labour protests - latest

April 8 - Almost 300 workers at the Poly Acril factory in Isfahan staged a protest demanding the sacking of the company's CEO, chanting: "This is our ultimatum, Sadeghian should be removed".

Farmers of the city of Saman gathered in front of the governors office in protest at the confiscation of hundreds of acres of their land by the Pasdaran security forces.


U.S. House to Vote to Stop UN Iran Envoy From Entering U.S.

Source: Bloomberg

The U.S. House will vote today on a bill that seeks to block Iran’s choice for its next ambassador to the United Nations from entering the U.S.

House leaders will try to pass by unanimous consent the measure that the Senate approved April 7, according to a senior Republican leadership aide who requested anonymity to speak about a vote that hadn’t been formally announced.


Iran Nuclear Talks: The Real Work Is Just Beginning

Source: The Wall Street Journal
Forget the last 11 years: the false starts, the glimpses of hope, the long periods of near-breakdown and despair.

On May 13, Iran and six major powers will begin a grueling period of just over two months in which they hope to bury once and for all international concerns over the nature of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for agreeing a phased lifting of sanctions.


Khamenei: No one has the right to trade 'nuclear achievements'

Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime's Supreme Leader said on Wednesday: "None of the nuclear achievements of the country can be given up. No one has the right to trade these achievements and no one will do this."

He made the remarks in meeting with the director, managers and experts of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. The meeting was held on the occasion of the National Day of Nuclear Technology.


Video: Iranian made drone filmed flying in Syria

An Iranian made drone has been filmed while flying in Syria on April 10. The drone "Shahed 129" model is a remotely piloted vehicle that is claimed to have an endurance of 24 hours and an operative range of to 1,700 - 2,000 kilometers.

"Shahed 129" or in English "Eye-Witness" was first seen in a IRGC war game in July 2012. Later the Iranian regime claimed in September 2013 that has built a version of the drone that can carry missiles.


Iranian regime marks Nuclear Technology Day as talks go on

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is celebrating its National Nuclear Technology Day as talks with world powers over its contested program continue in Vienn.


Congress approves bill to ban Iran ambassador from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill that will prohibit the man chosen by Iran to be its ambassador to the United Nations from entering the United States.

By voice vote, lawmakers endorsed the measure and sent it to President Obama for his signature. The bill would deny entry to the United States to Hamid Aboutalebi, who officials say engaged in espionage, terrorism, or a threat to national security.


Iranian regime's diplomat rejected by US implicated in Italian murder

By Damien McElroy, Tom Kington and Ahmed Vahdat

An Iranian diplomat that America is refusing to accept as Tehran’s next ambassador to the United Nations was implicated in the death of an Iranian dissident in Rome in the 1990s, court documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph reveal.