Iran

Secret Iranian court hands jail sentences to eight environmentalists accused of spying for US

bne IntelliNews February 19, 2020

Case is mysterious. Judiciary has spoken of surveys of cheetahs used as pretext for espionage. Reports of military officials saying cameras were planted to pinpoint missile test areas have circulated. UN has condemned Tehran’s actions in affair.

US attorney general ‘at Trump’s request made effort to help Turkey’s Halkbank sidestep indictment’

bne IntelliNews February 17, 2020

Turkish president Erdogan who has been implicated in the sanctions-busting affair in which lender is embroiled said to have pushed for White House action.

Samsung shuts Iranians out of paid app areas of Galaxy Store

bne IntelliNews February 13, 2020

Biggest provider of smartphones in Iran makes belated response to US sanctions following moves by Apple and Google.

Iran exporting million barrels of oil a day tracking firm data indicates

bne IntelliNews February 5, 2020

Figure from satellite-based Tankertrackers.com far higher than volumes suggested by other analytical companies. Tehran may fear surge in Chinese purchases may be a precursor to winding down of imports under US pressure.

European nuclear deal powers ‘not referring Iran to UN’ over accord disputes

bne IntelliNews February 4, 2020

Announcement made by EU’s top diplomat in Tehran. Iranian foreign minister had warned about dangers of “selling out” to “high school bully” Donald Trump.

Senator probes whether Trump has intervened to assist Turkey’s Halkbank

bne IntelliNews February 4, 2020

Move comes after US appeals court agrees to pause case alleging state lender evaded American sanctions on Iran.

Iran fumes at Ukraine’s “strange move” in leaking air disaster audio tape

bne IntelliNews February 3, 2020

Pilot heard saying he believes he has seen a missile in sky. Kyiv angry at Tehran’s compensation offers and refusal to hand over flight recorders.

Iranian airliner skids on to city highway from runway

bne IntelliNews January 27, 2020

Latest of string of aviation incidents in Iran again raises questions over condition of country’s aircraft fleets in face of US sanctions that make parts difficult to source.

US likely to bristle at new Iran plan to put satellite in orbit

bne IntelliNews January 23, 2020

Washington accuses Iranians of using space rocket programme as cover for efforts aimed at developing nuclear payload missiles. Islamic Republic’s last launch effort ended in space centre explosion.

Turkey’s Halkbank exposed to US court fine of $1.8bn within two weeks if prosecutor’s request accepted

bne IntelliNews January 22, 2020

State lender faces contempt of court move after obstinately refusing to appear in New York courthouse to answer Iran sanctions-busting charges.

‘People of assassinated general’s home province will pay $3mn bounty to anyone who kills Trump’ says Iranian MP

bne IntelliNews January 21, 2020

Addressing parliament, lawmaker also calls on Iran to build nuclear bomb. Qasem Soleimani’s successor, meanwhile, says “enemies” like US "understand no language but force”.

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