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Iraq: Threat of Iran-linked militias highlighted by Monday shootout in Baghdad

A shoot out in the Iraqi capital once again highlighted the growing threat of a rapidly growing galaxy of ‘Shiite militias’ affiliated with the Iranian regime.

The gunfight early on Monday pitted Iraqi police against the Asaib Ahl al-Haq, the most aggressive of the para-military groups, holding a Kurdish woman related to one of a country's deputy prime minister, police and army officers told AFP.

Iran: Three Christians sentenced to 18 years

NCRI - Three Christians, Pastors Behnam Irani and Matthias Haghnejad, and Deacon Silas Rabbani, have been each given a six-year sentences by a court in Iran.

Pastor Behnam Irani has received an additional sentence of six years imprisonment. He was initially arrested in 2006 and sentenced to six years in 2011.

Iranian regime’s nuclear ‘compromises’ is nothing new: Western officials

The Iranian regime is pushing what it portrays as a new compromise proposal in nuclear talks, but Western officials say it offers no viable concessions.

The dismissal of the proposal underscores how far apart the two sides are in nuclear talks as the Nov. 24 deadline approaches.

UN nuclear agency cautions on Iran claim of not having interest in nuclear arms

The head of the UN nuclear watchdog cautioned about the Iranian regime’s claims that it is not interested in nuclear arms, saying he cannot guarantee that all the atomic activities of Tehran are civilian in nature.

Yukiya Amano, the head of International Atomic Energy Agency told an IAEA meeting in Vienna that Iran has still not implemented all the nuclear transparency measures it had agreed to carry out by late August.

Woman dies of acid attack in Esfahan, former top Iranian tourist attraction

An Iranian women died on Sunday as she and two other women were target of the latest series of acid attacks in city of Isfahan, a local news website reported.

The website quoted an eyewitness saying that “one of victim died due to acid burns on her chest” and “two others with injuries in their faces and hands were taken to hospital for treatment.”

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