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US Navy fires warning flare at Iran vessel in Persian Gulf

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ABC -
 A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries.


The incident happened Monday as the vessel attempted to draw closer to the USS Mahan despite the destroyer trying to turn away from it, said Lt. Ian McConnaughey, a spokesman for the Bahrain-based 5th Fleet.

The "Mahan made several attempts to contact the Iranian vessel by bridge-to-bridge radio, issuing warning messages and twice sounding the internationally recognized danger signal of five short blasts with the ship's whistle, as well as deploying a flare to determine the

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Trump Personally Intervened to Toughen Iran Deal Letter

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Bloomberg -
 President Donald Trump personally intervened to inject tougher language into a State Department letter to Congress last week that found Iran was in compliance with the deal limiting its nuclear program, according to an administration official familiar with the matter.


The letter to Congress from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson certified that Iran is complying with terms of the accord it reached with the U.S. and five other world powers in 2015 to restrict its nuclear

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U.S. Prosecutors Outline 'High-Level' Conspiracy To Evade Iran Sanctions

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 U.S. prosecutors said they will show that a Turkish-Iranian gold trader coordinated an illegal scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions with people at "high levels" in Turkey and Iran.


During a pretrial hearing in a Manhattan district court on April 24, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Lockard said he would prove that Reza Zarrab and his co-conspirators offered their services to process hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of prohibited financial transactions for Iran's

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The Iranian presidential candidate accused of executing thousands

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Al-Arabia -
 Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi approved executing thousands of prisoners in 1988 when he was member of the commission of death that was tasked with eliminating political prisoners who opposed the regime.


According to the Iranian opposition, the authorities executed between 3,500 and 15,000 political prisoners in 1988. The majority of those killed were members of the People's Mujahedin of Iran. 

Raisi, 56, has strong relations with the Iranian

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UAE soldier 'dies after confrontation with Iranian ship'

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Al-Arabia - A UAE source has said that an Emirati soldier was "martyred after an Iranian boat entered Emirati territory."

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