Mar 11, 2016

Iran executions hit 20-year high in 2015, U.N. investigator says

Iran executed nearly 1,000 prisoners last year, the highest number in two decades, and hundreds of journalists, activists and opposition figures languish in custody, a United Nations investigator said Thursday. Ahmed Shaheed, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, voiced particular concern about ...

Mar 10, 2016

Iran tests more missiles in defiance of U.S. warning

Iran fired two more long-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday as it continued military tests in defiance of U.S. sanctions and fresh warnings from Washington. The missile tests, described by Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards as a show of force in the face of U.S. pressure, ...

Mar 9, 2016

Iran launches mid-range missiles marked with anti-Israel slogan

Iran reportedly test-fired two ballistic missiles Wednesday with the phrase “Israel must be wiped out” written on them, a show of force by the Islamic Republic as U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Israel. Such phrases have been emblazoned on missiles fired before by ...

Mar 8, 2016

Iran conducts new missile tests in defiance of U.S. sanctions

Iran conducted multiple ballistic missile tests Tuesday in an exercise to demonstrate “deterrent power,” a move that comes in defiance of U.S. sanctions imposed over its missile program in January. The announcement by the official IRNA news agency said the tests showed the country’s ...

Mar 8, 2016

U.S. slaps sanctions on Chinese tech supplier over Iran ties

Washington has imposed restrictions on the ability of one of China’s biggest telecoms equipment makers, ZTE Corp., to use American components after concluding the state-owned company improperly exported U.S. technology to Iran. Sanctions that took effect Tuesday were imposed after ZTE was found to ...