Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be forgiven for wondering why he alone among traditional allies in the Middle East has been singled out for U.S. sanctions on human-rights grounds. Since taking office, the Trump administration has embraced those in the region whose priorities meshed with key U.S. policies, such as confronting Iran and Sunni Islamist groups. The authoritarian rulers of Saudi Arabia and Egypt, as well as Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, are among those who tick that box.
Lawyers for Iran's award-winning human rights advocate Nasrin Sotoudeh said Wednesday that her five-year sentence on spying charges was unlawful as she was never charged or given the chance to appear in court. Famed rights lawyer Sotoudeh, 55, was arrested in June and told she had already been found guilty "in absentia" on spying charges by Tehran's Revolutionary Court. One of her lawyers, Payam Derafshan, told AFP the trial took place some time ago, but that the sentence was not implemented until she represented several women arrested earlier this year for protesting against the mandatory wearing of the Islamic headscarf in public.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Iran's delegation will arrive at Jakarta's Asian Games with eyes set firmly on a move back into the continent's leading quartet of sporting nations. Iran's upward trajectory since the 2002 Busan Games stalled at Incheon four years ago when they finished fifth on the medal table but the Gulf state's officials are confident of another push forward in Indonesia. “Iran has improved a lot in the previous editions,” chef de mission Nasrollah Sajjadi told local media. “There is still room for improvement but the countries, namely Kazakhstan, India, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) have also improved in the recent years.” Combat sports provided the bulk of the country's
British group Quercus, an investor in renewable energy, said Tuesday it will halt work on a major solar plant in Iran after the country was hit by US economic sanctions. "Following the US sanctions on Iran, we have decided to cease all activities in the country, including our 600 MW (megawatt) project," Quercus chief executive Diego Biasi said Tuesday in comments later confirmed by a company spokesman. The US last week reimposed sanctions on Iran after President Donald Trump's withdrawal from a nuclear accord in May.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran is "categorically" rejecting a report by U.N. experts which says al-Qaida's leaders in Iran "have grown more prominent" and have been working with the extremist group's top leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to influence events in Syria.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the churches rejected US accusations of rights violations against religious minorities in Iran, saying all divine religions in the country have their own representatives at the Iranian Parliament (Majlis), who enjoy equal rights with fellow lawmakers. Within the Islamic establishment, the statement said, the churches feel free to hold religious ceremonies and cultural-sports festivals while preserving the Assyrian language. It added that a special budget has been allocated to Iranian religious communities, Press TV reported. These are “just examples of the commitment of the Islamic Republic of Iran's holy establishment to the issue of divine religions and their