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    Few Arabs follow Saudi harsh stand on Tehran

    January 22-2016 Several countries close to Saudi Arabia have reduced their diplomatic relations with Iran since the mob attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran, but there is no groundswell…

    Tehran synagogue home collapses, but no deaths

    Tehran synagogue home collapses, but no deaths

    January 22-2016 Tehran’s Fire Department said 15 men and one woman were pulled out of the rubble after an old building used as synagogue collapsed in the capital. Jalal Maleki,…

    Ransoming prisoners is normal for US presidents

    Ransoming prisoners is  normal for US presidents

    January 22-2016 The Obama Administration in effect paid ransom last week to free five Americans imprisoned in Iran.  Many—especially Republicans running for president—condemned the whole idea of ransoming people, saying…

    99% of Reformist Majlis candidates are rejected

    January 22-2016 The latest review of applications from those wishing to run for the Majlis has rejected 60 percent of those who filed—but 99 percent of the Reformist candidates were…

    Yunesi says human rights violated in Iran on whim

    January 22-2016 Ali Yunesi, a senior aide to President Rohani has publicly acknowledged that human rgihts violations have been committed frequently in the Islamic Republic and have done much to…

    Hezbollah said paying Christians to fight IS

    January 22-2016 The Lebanese Hezbollah is training and paying Christians in Lebanon to fight the Islamic State. Hezbollah is the largest Shiite political and military organization in Lebanon.  It has…

    Iran’s wrestlers stop going to events in Russia

    Iran’s wrestlers stop going to events in Russia

    January 22-2016 In a fit of pique with Russia, Iran’s national wrestling fed-eration announced Monday it will no longer send any Iranian grapplers to Russian wrestling events. Rasul Khadem, a…

    Hookahs are much worse than cigs

    Hookahs are much worse than cigs

    January 22-2016 As cigarette smoking declines, more people around the world are smoking tobacco from hookahs—communal pipes that enable users to draw tobacco smoke through water. A new analysis led…