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U.S. Treasury Eyes More Sanctions On Iran, Reviews Aircraft Sales

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 The U.S. Treasury chief told Congress on May 24 that he is looking for ways to increase sanctions on Iran, including by reviewing licenses the Treasury previously granted to Boeing and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran.


"We will use everything within our power to put additional sanctions on Iran, Syria, and North Korea to protect American lives," Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee.

"I can assure you that's a big focus of mine and I discuss it with the president," he said, adding that the Trump administration is convinced that sanctions "really work."

Mnuchin did not elaborate on the department's review of the aircraft sale licenses, which were issued by the Treasury

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Iran Claims Third Underground Missile Production Site Built

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 An Iranian semi-official news agency says the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard has built a third underground facility designated to produce ballistic missiles.



The semi-official Fars news agency on Thursday quoted the chief of paramilitary's airspace division, Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, as saying the force will "continue to develop our missile capacity" and that U.S. concerns over the country's ballistic program are of no significance to Iran.

According to the

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Five Killed, Hundreds Arrested In Bahrain At Shi'ite Protest; Iran Blames Trump

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 At least five people were killed and hundreds arrested in Bahrain on May 23 after police stormed a sit-in by protesters supporting the Sunni-ruled kingdom's top Shi'ite cleric, Bahrain's Interior Ministry said.


Police said they arrested nearly 300 people at the protest in Diraz, near the capital, Manama, as they demonstrated outside the home of cleric Isa Qassim, the spiritual leader of Bahrain's majority Shi'ite community.

The ministry said that fugitives who had escaped from

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Qatar Says Hackers Put Fake Story About U.S., Iran On Official Website

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 Qatar says hackers broke into the website of its state-run news agency and published a fake story quoting the country's ruling emir.


The fake article appeared on the website of the Qatar News Agency early on May 24 and claimed that the small Persian Gulf nation had withdrawn its ambassadors from Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates because of "tension" with the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

The fake article also quoted Qatar emir

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Iran's conservatives question election results

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 A majority of Iranians voted May 19 to give moderate incumbent President Hassan Rouhani a second term, but conservatives appear unwilling to accept the results of the balloting. Conservatives have been protesting the election process since the first hours of election day and are now accusing the Rouhani administration of violating the law. Such is not unprecedented.


 

In 2016, prominent Iranian

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