Families of Austrians jailed in Iran call on their government to do more to secure their release

The families of two Austrian citizens currently imprisoned in Iran have written an open letter to the Austrian foreign minister Alexander Schallenberg demanding he does more to try and secure their release.

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EU to sanction eight Iranians for rights abuses

The EU is set to sanction eight Iranian leaders of the Basij militia and the police and three entities for human rights abuses, the first such measures since 2013, Reuters writes. The EU will impose travel bans and asset freezes, diplomats said, and their names will be published next week, when the sanctions take effect. “Those responsible for serious rights violations must know there are consequences,” an EU diplomat said.

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Iran pushes development of major oil region under 25-Year China deal

Whether the Iranian leadership thinks that new U.S. President Joe Biden is set to go easier on the Islamic Republic or on China is unclear as yet but whichever it is, Tehran is pushing to increase oil output from all available fields in the coming 12 months

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Israel urges UN Security Council to censure Iran for blast on Israeli-owned ship

Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday asked the Security Council to condemn Iran for an explosion that damaged an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman last week.

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