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Iran’s IRGC chief: Saudis wouldn’t ‘dare’ send troops to Syria

Mohammad Ali Jafari / Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says Saudi Arabia lacks the courage to send ground troops to Syria. “They claim they will send troops [to Syria], but I […]

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Republican Iran critics apply to make ‘inspection’ trip; would be first Congressmen to visit since 1979

U.S. Representatives Mike Pompeo, Lee Zeldin and Frank LoBiondo filed visa applications on Feb. 4.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Republican Representatives Mike Pompeo, Lee Zeldin and Frank LoBiondo filed visa applications to visit Iran on February 4. Three U.S. Republican lawmakers who are highly critical of Iran applied for visas […]

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Russia’s Lukoil to be first post-sanctions buyer of Iran oil as part of $40 billion deal

Ali Akbar Velayati. / Press TV

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran and Russia have initialed contracts worth around $40 billion for nuclear power construction, railways, and other projects, the top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on February […]

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Iran’s detention of BBC Persian reporter part of trend as elections approach

Bahman Daroshafaei

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran is continuing its crackdown on journalists and activists ahead of key elections later this month. According to Iranian opposition website Kaleme.com, judiciary officers on Feb. 3 detained Bahman Daroshafaei, formerly a reporter for the BBC Persian […]

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Tehran stock market hits one-year high after sanctions lifted

Iran Stock Exchange

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Tehran Stock Exchange has surged to a one-year high since Iran’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers went into effect last month. The Tehran TEDPIX index soared to 73,725 on […]

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Judge challenges U.S. move to drop charges in prisoner deal with Iran

Passengers leave a plane carrying three Iranian-Americans leaving Teheran under a prisoner swap after it landed in Geneva, Switzerland Jan. 17. / Denis Balibouse / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A U.S. judge is challenging the government’s move to drop charges against an Iranian man accused of sanctions violations as part of a U.S. prisoner swap agreement with Iran last month. […]

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Iran says $100 billion in frozen assets ‘fully released’

Mohammad Bagher Nobakh.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran says it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of overseas assets that were unfrozen as a result of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Government spokesman […]

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Khamenei awards medals to Iran soldiers who captured U.S. sailors

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei meets with IRGC troops that captured US sailors.  /Iran government via Twitter.

Special to WorldTribune.com Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei awarded medals to Iranian forces for their “courageous and timely” capture of American boats and sailors last month. Navy Commander Rear Adm. Ali Fadavi and four other Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) […]

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Bolton: ISIL, Iran to exploit Obama’s final year as closing window of opportunity

John Bolton

Special to WorldTribune.com Threats from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and terror-sponsor Iran will likely get worse in the final year of President Barack Obama’s term, according to former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton. “I think […]

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Fukuyama: ‘Putinism,’ radical Islam provide no alternative to liberal democracy

Francis Fukuyuama

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian President Vladimir Putin and the extremist Islamic State group are sworn enemies that might seem to have little in common. But both are engaged in efforts at state building that […]

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