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A week of nuclear talks between the six world powers and the Iranian regime in Lausanne will conclude without any agreement, but with a press statement on Wednesday, the Iranian regime’s top negotiator said in an interview.
Abbas Araqchi said: “There will be no agreement at the end of today, but we will announce the progress in a press statement,” state-run Tasnim news agency reported.
The latest report on the death penalty by Amnesty International indicates that 607 recorded executions have been carried out in 22 countries around the world in 2014, a reduction of almost 22 percent compared to the previous year.
The reported executions were carried out in Iran more than any country in the world.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday he was concerned about abuses by Iraqi forces and paramilitary forces in their war against Islamic State and called for investigations into any wrongdoing.
Ban's remarks, made during a one-day visit to Iraq, amounted to the strongest warning to date by a world leader regarding the conduct of the Shi'ite paramilitaries.
India halted oil imports from Iran for the first time in at least a decade in March as New Delhi responded to U.S. pressure to keep its shipments from Tehran within sanction limits during the last month of negotiations on a preliminary nuclear deal.
India is second-biggest buyer of Iranian oil on an annual basis after China, yet it did not take any crude from Tehran in March, according to tanker arrival data from trade sources and ship tracking services on the Thomson Reuters terminal.
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Tuesday denounced the Iranian regime’s "support" for rebels seeking to "destabilise" neighbouring Yemen.
“We are not advocating war, but we are ready for it,” said Prince Saud al-Faisal during his speech at the weekly meeting of the Shura Council in the capital Riyadh.
The Iranian regime and world powers are beginning a final day of talks to reach an outline agreement on the country’s nuclear program, with Germany’s foreign minister saying that negotiations are at a crucial stage, the Bloomberg reports.
“We’re in a bit of a crisis with the talks; perhaps we have a bit of a new approach, we will see,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters today. At the same time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is returning to the talks, a sign that a deal is still within reach.
The Iranian regime has “no intention” of keeping its word on an agreement being negotiated in Switzerland over its nuclear programme, U.s House speaker John Boehner said on Sunday.
Speaking on CNN, Boehner said: “We’ve got a regime that’s never quite kept their word about anything”.
The tense international negotiations aimed at preventing the Iranian regime from developing nuclear weapons are headed down to the wire with prospects darkening after Tehran rejected what Western negotiators consider a critical part of any deal.
For months, the Iranian regime tentatively agreed that it would send a large portion of its stockpile of uranium to Russia, where it would not be accessible for use in any future weapons program. But on Sunday deputy foreign minister of the clerical regime made a surprise comment to Iranian reporters, ruling out an agreement that involved giving up a stockpile that has cost the country billions of dollars to amass.
As chaos and bloodshed have spread in the Middle East the White House is facing heavy pressure from its traditional Sunni Arab allies, Congress and some in the U.S. military to confront Iran more forcefully over its support for militant groups, the Washington Post reports.
Although the U.S. has supported the Saudi-led attacks in Yemen with intelligence and logistical help, and in Iraq, has pressured Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to disentangle Iranian-backed groups from government forces in exchange for the firepower of U.S. warplanes over the city of Tikrit, the critics of Administration believe the push to confront the Iranian regime has come too late.
NCRI - Members of families and relatives of the victims of 1988 massacre of political prisoners and those killed by the Iranian regime in the 1980s were banned from paying homage to their loved ones at their burial site outside Tehran.
The state security forces and agents of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security prevented the families from holding a gathering that traditionally is held on the last Friday of the ending Iranian year at the burial site in Khavaran cemetery.
A group of political prisoners in Iran issued a statement condemning the meddling and aggressions of the clerical regime in Yemen.
The statement by the political prisoner who are being held in Gohardasht Prison in the city of Karaj described the ‘the war and violence in Yemen’ as a definite consequence of the West’s policy of appeasement’ towards the Iranian regime which refer to as Daesh (IS) ruling Iran.
The European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA) expresses its support for the newly formed coalition to confront the occupation of Yemen by agents of the Iranian regime, Struan Stevenson, EIFA president said in a statement.
“EIFA reiterates that Tehran is the source of exporting terrorism, fundamentalism and extremism. The international community and the countries in the region must unite to evict this regime from the Middle East,” the statement said.
The United Nations extended the mandate of its Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran for another year.
The 47-member UN Human Rights Council voted on Friday a resolution to extend the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed.
Iran News in Brief - 18 April 2015