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German bank to pay $1.45bn for violating Iran sanctions

Germany's second-biggest bank has agreed to pay $1.45bn (£980m) to US authorities after it violated American sanctions against doing business in Iran and Sudan.

US regulators said Commerzbank bank had "turned a blind eye" to illegal practices.

IRAN: Repression against protesting teachers intensifies

In recent days, several teachers who participated in the Sunday, March 8 protest in the cities of Tehran and Karaj have been summoned by the courts and by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and faced interrogations.

In particular, four members of the Teachers' Union in the city of Karaj (located at the west of Tehran) were summoned to the city’s "Revolutionary Court" and the regime's agents asked them to commit to no longer participating in union activities.

Iran: Senior officials admit exporting terrorism and fundamentalism to countries in region

• Hassan Rouhani’s Advisor: Iraq is under our influence and is our capital and the Iranian Plateau is the vessel of Iranian civilization and culture and all its people are Iranian

• IRGC Commander-in-Chief: The role played by IRGC commanders in Iraq and Syria is an achievement of our regime. Today, not just Palestine and Lebanon, but Iraq and Syria acknowledge our role.

• Secretary of Supreme National Security Council: Our navy is present from the Mediterranean Sea to Bab-el-Mandeb

• Member of regime’s Supreme Council of Cultural Revolution: We should prepare a 100,000 strong army for the countries in the region and as ordered by Imam, we should establish Hezbollah cells worldwide

• Khamenei’s representative in IRGC: After the Hakhamaneshian, once again our border is at the Mediterranean Sea

Senators denounce Pastor Abedini imprisonment in Iran

U.S. Senators at a subcommittee hearing have been told that high-level U.S. attention to Iran's imprisonment of American Pastor Saeed Abedini is helping to keep him alive, The Associated Press reported.

Abedini has been in custody in Iran since September 2012 and was sentenced to eight years in prison for what was termed undermining state security.

Arab states reject Iran regime interference in Iraq

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States held their 134th session of the GCC Ministerial Council in Meetings in Riyadh on Thursday. Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs headed the delegation of the Saudi Arabia to the session.

The Qatari foreign minister Khalid al-Attiyah who chaired the session stressed the firm position of the Arab states on ridding the Middle East of nuclear weapons.

U.N. human rights investigator condemns abuses in Iran

Dr Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations special rapporteur on Iran, said on Thursday that at least 753 people were believed to have been executed in Iran last year, the highest number since 2002.

The U.N. human rights investigator called on the regime in Tehran to revoke laws restricting freedoms of the press and expression, free some 30 detained journalists and bloggers and halt satellite jamming and blocking of websites.

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