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Photos: Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi in Geneva

NCRI - Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian Resistance is in Geneva today attending an international conference at the United Nations' European Headquarters.


EIFA demands ousted Maliki be tried for war crimes

Photo of 52 Iranian residents of Camp Ashraf massacred on Sept. 1, 2013The European Iraqi Freedom Association has hailed the removal from power of Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, who should now be put on trial for war crimes for 'murder, embezzlement and corruption' during his eight-year term in office.

The Brussels-based group is now calling for the release of all political prisoners, a rounding up terrorists, the purging of Iranian mercenaries from the Iraqi army and the arrest of the perpetrators of the massacres at Camps Ashrafs and Liberty.

And they are demanding an early free and fair democratic election under UN auspices to restore 'true sovereignty to the people’s representatives' in Iraq.


Iraqi Kurdish MPs support ousting of Maliki as Prime Minister

Several Kurdish MPs have declared their support of President Fouad Massoum’s decision to ask Haider al-Abadi to form a government, essentially ousting Maliki, Rudaw reports.

Kawa Muhammad, an MP from the Change Movement (Gorran) party in the Iraqi parliament said that Maliki is not a statesman, “He is not a mature or progressive man and he only works by reaction.”

Referring to Maliki refusing to accept the Iraqi President’s decision and vowing to keep his position, Muhammad said, “Maliki’s speech was the same as those dictators who cling on to power.


Isolated Maliki says he would not quit

Nouri al-malikiIraq's caretaker premier Nouri al-Maliki said on Wednesday the appointment of Haider al-Abadi to replace him as Iraq's prime minister "had no value" and warned of more turmoil if replaced.

In a televised speech, Maliki said everyone should accept a pending federal court ruling on an objection he filed against Abadi's appointment, and said his government would continue until a final decision was made.

President Barack Obama applauded the nomination of a new Iraqi prime minister Monday but urged Mr. Haider al-Abadi to form an inclusive cabinet as quickly as possible.


Man convicted in U.S. for violation of Iran regime sanctions

A US court in the state of Maryland has convicted Ali Saboonchi, 34, of violating the trade embargo against Iran, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Saboonchi, who faces up to 20 years in prison, was found guilty of one count of conspiracy and seven counts of illegally transporting US manufactured goods and services to Iran, following a two week trial.


Iranian regime death-trap jet was allowed to fly despite history of crashes

NCRI - A 'death-trap' Iranian IrAn-140 passenger jet has a history of crashes in the past 12 years - this time killing 48 people and leaving three others seriously injured.

The latest tragedy happened on August 10 reveals that the Iranian regime's authorities were well aware that the plane built based on Ukraine’s Antonov An-140 had lacked basic safety and security standards and was not fit for the air.

The first fatal crash occurred during a test flight of the IrAn-140 in 2002, when it flew into a mountain in Iran while attempting to take a Ukrainian delegation - including some of the An-140’s designers - to Istafan.


US urges Iraqi PM-designate to form inclusive government

President Barack Obama applauded the nomination of a new Iraqi prime minister Monday but urged Mr. Haider al-Abadi to form an inclusive cabinet as quickly as possible.

“Earlier today (Monday), Vice President (Joe) Biden and I called Dr. Abadi to congratulate him and to urge him to form a new cabinet as quickly as possible — one that is inclusive of all Iraqis, and one that represents all Iraqis," Obama said.


Iran - Human Rights: Three prisoners hanged in northern city of Rasht

Two hanged in public in Kermanshah by a bus driving away as two men stood on it with ropes around their necks fixed to a bridge, Kermanshah, Iran, August 7, 2014.NCRI - The Iranian regime's judiciary in a northern province has declared that three men were hanged on Saturday in the main prison in the city of Rasht.

The prisoners were who were all in their forties were identified by their initials as R.A., M.A., and A.Gh.

Two of the prisoners had been sentenced to death for drug smuggling.


U.N. chief welcomes moves toward creating new Iraq government

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed what he described as "the forward movement toward government formation in Iraq" and praised the Iraqi president's decision to ask Haidar al-Abadi to form a new cabinet, the United Nations said.

"He encourages Dr. al-Abadi, Prime Minister-designate, to form a broad-based government acceptable to all components of Iraqi society," U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.

Dujarric said Ban worries that the increased political tensions coupled with the threat posed by the military offensive of Islamic State militants "could lead the country into even deeper crisis."


Iran: Prison blaze death toll much higher than officially reported

Shahr-e Kord prison entrance, IranNCRI - The number of inmates killed during the August 4 blaze in a prison in Iran, due to authorities preventing efforts to save them, is actually much higher than the figures published in the state run media outlets.

Reports from inside Iran indicate that with another inmate dying due to severe burns on Friday, the number of victims who lost their lives in Shahr-e Kord prison blaze has reached to at least 40.


Iran: In a ridiclous show torturer jailed for three years for killing prisoner

An Iranian prison guard has been sentenced to three years in prison for torturing to death a blogger who criticised the regime on the Internet.

Sattar Beheshti was arrested by the Iranian cyber-police on October 30, 2012, and died after being tortured four days later on November 3, 2012.

His death triggered a wave of international condemnation and protests against the clerical regime.


Iran – Photos : Man flogged 70 times in public for 'disturbing public order'

NCRI - A man lashed 70 times in public in Iran for “disrupting public order and security.” The victim who was Identified by his initials as V. Sh., also has been sentenced to five months in jail.

Images of this inhumane punishment that was carried out on August 7 in the city of Landeh, a city with less than 15,000 inhabitants, were published in state-run media outlets.


Iraqi president nominates Al-Abadi to replace Maliki

Iraq moved closer to turning the page on Nuri al-Maliki's reign when an alternative prime minister was named Monday to steer the country out of a raging war and save it from breakup, AFP reported.

"The country is in your hands," President Fuad Masum told Haidar al-Abadi after accepting his nomination by parliament's Shiite bloc, in a move immediately welcomed by the United States.