In Iran, Protester ‘Suicides’ Stir Anger and Calls for Accountability

In Iran, Protester ‘Suicides’ Stir Anger and Calls for Accountability

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Turkey Calls U.S. Conviction of Banker ‘Scandalous’

Turkey Calls U.S. Conviction of Banker ‘Scandalous’

Mr. Erdogan had seemed particularly concerned by the case of another defendant, the wealthy gold trader Reza Zarrab, who pleaded guilty before the trial and became the prosecution’s star witness. Although Mr. Zarrab indicated several times that Mr. Erdogan k...
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As Iran Erupts in Protest, Tehran Is Notably Quiet

As Iran Erupts in Protest, Tehran Is Notably Quiet

There have been some gatherings, but relatively few and drawing only a few hundred at a time, a lack of interest that has confounded many residents. About 500 people have been arrested in Tehran, a figure that pales in comparison...
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Trump’s Bid to End Saudi-Qatar Stalemate Ends in Recriminations

Trump’s Bid to End Saudi-Qatar Stalemate Ends in Recriminations

But Friday’s phone call between the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, seemed to underscore only how hard it might be to settle the angry, often petty, dispute....
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Iran Upholds Convictions of Iranian-American Father and Son

Iran Upholds Convictions of Iranian-American Father and Son

The Namazis were convicted of “collaborating with an enemy state” — meaning the United States — but the precise nature of the charges against them were never made clear. They are among at least four Americans incarcerated in Iran, three...
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Iran Bans Two Soccer Stars for Playing Against Israelis

Iran Bans Two Soccer Stars for Playing Against Israelis

Last year, the Iranian Olympian Alireza Khojasteh withdrew from the judo competition at the Rio Games, citing “personal reasons. It is widely thought that he did so to avoid the possibility of facing an Israeli opponent. It took Iranian officials...
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Hassan Rouhani takes oath for second term with swipe at Trump

Hassan Rouhani takes oath for second term with swipe at Trump

Hassan Rouhani has been sworn in for a second term in office in a Tehran ceremony over the weekend that highlighted European support for the nuclear deal with the west despite Donald Trump’s threats to unilaterally withdraw from the agreement....
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In Iran, Rouhani Begins 2nd Term With Signs He’s Yielding to Hard-Liners

In Iran, Rouhani Begins 2nd Term With Signs He’s Yielding to Hard-Liners

Closed in by rivals in Iran’s other centers of power — the supreme leader, influential clergy members and the judiciary — Mr. Rouhani can steer debate but not call the shots. Mr. Khamenei, who often publicly opposes the president but...
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For China’s Global Ambitions, ‘Iran Is at the Center of Everything’

For China’s Global Ambitions, ‘Iran Is at the Center of Everything’

Once dependent on Beijing during the years of international isolation imposed by the West for its nuclear program, Iran is now critical to China’s ability to realize its grandiose ambitions. Other routes to Western markets are longer and lead through...
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