Russia, Iran & Turkey agree to launch Syrian constitution committee by January

Top diplomats from Russia, Turkey and Iran have agreed to ensure that a 150-strong committee to draft a new Syrian constitution will convene for the first time early next year as they wrapped up a meeting in Geneva on Tuesday. “We have agreed to take efforts aimed at convening the first session of the Syrian […]

A Norwegian Air Boeing 737MAX was forced to divert to Iran after suffering a mechanical failure

Boeing A Norwegian Air Boeing 737MAX was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Iran on Friday due to a technical malfunction. The two-month-old jet landed safely in Shiraz, Iran. The 189 passengers and crew on board were transported to a hotel near the airport. A relief Boeing 737-800 was dispatched from Norway along with […]

French bank pays huge US fine for doing business in Cuba, Iran

Societe Generale has agreed to pay $ 1.34 billion to US federal and state authorities to settle a pending legal dispute over violations of US trade sanctions against Iran and other countries. One of France’s largest banks has also pledged to pay $ 95 million to resolve another dispute over violations of anti-money laundering regulations. […]

US will squeeze Iran with sanctions ‘until the pips squeak’ – Bolton

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has threatened to “squeeze” Iran’s economy “until the pips squeak,” just one week after Washington imposed a new round of crippling sanctions billed as the “toughest ever.” Speaking ahead of the ASEAN-US summit in Singapore, Bolton said that the Iranian government is already under “real pressure” and that the […]

Iran leaders will have to fall in line if 'they want their people to eat,' Pompeo says

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a BBC journalist that Iranian “leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat,” dropping all pretense of caring about Iranians as he touted the latest harsh sanctions. The BBC Persian reporter, Hadi Nili, attempts to ask Pompeo what will happen if the sanctions do […]

Iran: One of 2018’s most underrated destinations

Share this article Iran. Those who visit tend to love it, but for many, it’s become synonymous with travel bans, cultural restrictions, poor human rights and high security. But what’s it like to travel there? Here’s what featured contributor Leon McCarron says. In late winter of 2014, my friend Tom Allen and I flew from […]