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Iran transformed: IRGC commander proclaims Iran as global power

Brig. Gen Hussein Salami.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran, fresh from an extension of its nuclear agreement with the West, has begun touting itself as a global power. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp said Teheran has been tranformed from a regional into a […]

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U.S. wins an extension for Iran in its negotiations for a nuclear deal

Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, EU envoy Catherine Ashton and Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna on Nov. 20. Leonard Foeger / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Iran has been given another reprieve in the campaign to reach a nuclear agreement with the West. The P5+1 nations ( five permanent members of the UN Security Council, namely United States, Russia, China, United […]

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Israel intelligence: Iran funding North Korean nuclear program in exchange for expertise

Yuval Steinitz.

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel has linked the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea. The intelligence community was said to have determined that Iran acquired missile and nuclear technology and expertise from North Korea. Officials said Teheran finances […]

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Now in control of Yemen’s capital, Iran-backed rebels named to key security positions

Iran-backed Houthi Shi'ite rebels with military vehicles captured at an army base in Sanaa on Sept, 22. / Mohammed Huwais /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The Shi’ite rebel movement, which controls most of Sanaa, has been appointed to senior posts in Yemen’s military and security forces. Officials said President Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has approved the inclusion of members of […]

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Former CIA director warns U.S. knows too little about Iran’s nuclear program

Former CIA director Michael Hayden.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress, on the eve of the Nov. 24 deadline, has been warned against an inadequate Western nuclear agreement with Iran. A House panel was told that the U.S. intelligence community continues to lack data on […]

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Iran flaunts sanctions, new U.S. R-44 helicopters ‘acquired through dealers’

An Iranian company displayed four new R-44 U.S. helicopters during the air exhibition on Nov. 20. /  Zohreh Saberi / Mehr News / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has displayed its success in evading Western sanctions on aircraft exports. An Iranian company said it acquired four new U.S.-origin helicopters through fronts. Iran’s Helicopters Co. displayed the R-44 helicopters, designed for security and […]

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Boeing to press Obama administration on Iran for license extensions, additional sales

Iran could buy additional equipment from Boeing if sanctions are lifted. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Boeing plans to obtain U.S. permission to sell additional aerospace equipment to Iran. Executives said the U.S. defense major would return to the administration of President Barack Obama for licenses to sustain initial sales […]

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Iran reports building production lines for its missiles in Syria

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps celebrate the launching a missile in July 2012. / Mostafa Qotbi / AP/IRNA

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has reported the construction of missile facilities in Syria. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it oversaw the establishment of missile production lines in Syria. A senior commander said the facilities were manufacturing missiles […]

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Fracking revolution claims another victim: Iran cites sharp revenue drop

Iran President Hassan Rowhani.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has reported a 30 percent decline in crude oil revenue. Officials said Teheran was forced to reduce prices for the Asian market amid a glut in supply made possible in part by the worldwide […]

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Iran’s horrific rights record: 852 executions in past year included juveniles

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Despite what many observers see as a politically reformist presidency of Hassan Rouhani, the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains dire. A recently released UN report […]

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