Tag: Iranian

Death Toll in Iran Building Collapse Rises to at Least 38

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The death toll in a catastrophic tower collapse in southwestern Iran rose to at least 38 on Sunday, state TV reported, as emergency workers pulled another body from the rubble amid fears still more could be trapped in the destruction. It’s unclear how many more people remain unaccounted for in the collapse…


Detained British-Iranian Mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe Gets Passport Back

Detained British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has had her passport returned and a British negotiating team is in Tehran, her MP has said. Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been detained in Iran since her arrest in 2016 on charges of plotting to overthrow the government – allegations she has always denied. A £400 million debt relating to a cancelled…


Microsoft Sees Growing Iranian Spying Threat on IT Sector

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has observed multiple Iranian threat actors targeting the IT services sector in attacks that aim to steal sign-in credentials belonging to downstream customer networks to enable further attacks. The Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) and Digital Security Unit (DSU) assess this as part of a broader spying objective to compromise organizations of…


Husband of Detained Iranian–British Woman on Hunger Strike

LONDON—The husband of UK charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained for more than five years in Iran, has gone on a hunger strike again after a court decided she has to spend another year in prison. Richard Ratcliffe started his fast on Sunday outside the British government’s Foreign Office in central London. He…


Iran Cannot Set New Conditions for Resuming Nuclear Talks: Germany

BERLIN—Germany would reject any Iranian demands for the United States to release frozen Iranian assets as a condition for nuclear talks to resume, Germany’s foreign ministry said on Monday. “If here new conditions are being set by Iran for talks to be resumed, then we reject that,” a German foreign ministry spokesman said after Iranian…


Germany Arrests Man for Shipping Equipment for Iran’s Nuclear Program

BERLIN—German police arrested a German-Iranian man suspected of exporting equipment to be used in Iran and missile programs in breach of European Union sanctions, Germany’s federal prosecutor said on Tuesday. Police searched 11 locations, including apartments and offices in the states of Hamburg, Schleswig Holstein, and North Rhine-Westphalia linked to the suspect, the prosecutor said….


US Sanctions Iranian Operatives Over Alleged Plot to Kidnap Journalist

WASHINGTON—The United States has sanctioned four Iranian intelligence operatives behind a failed plot to kidnap a U.S. journalist and human rights activist, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday. The sanctions come after U.S. prosecutors in July charged the four with plotting to kidnap the New York-based journalist who was critical of Tehran. Reuters previously…


After Leaked Videos, Iran Opens Cases Against Prison Guards

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Iranian prosecutors opened criminal cases against six guards at the country’s notorious Evin prison, the judiciary reported on Tuesday, after footage showing the widespread abuse of detainees at the facility leaked out last week. The judiciary’s three-day investigation into mistreatment and grim conditions at Tehran’s Evin prison had landed “some” prison guards…


Iranian Intelligence Officer, Three Others Charged in Plot to Kidnap US Journalist in New York

Federal authorities on Tuesday charged an Iranian intelligence officer and three alleged members of an Iranian intelligence network with plotting to kidnap an American journalist from New York. According to an indictment filed in Manhattan federal court, the kidnapping ploy was part of a broader effort to lure three people from Canada and a person…


Iran Says Minor Damage From June Nuclear Site Sabotage, Blames Israel

DUBAI—A sabotage attempt at an Iranian nuclear facility in June caused minor damage to a building but none to equipment, the Iranian government said on Tuesday, blaming the attack on Israel. Satellite images appearing to show that part of a roof was missing were taken while the building was under repair, government spokesman Ali Rabiei…