Political scientist accused of secretly working for Iran

A Massachusetts-based political scientist and author is accused of secretly working for the government of Iran while lobbying US officials on issues like nuclear policy, federal authorities said Tuesday.

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Iran punishes family of slain 2019 protester again

Iran has taken another punitive action against the outspoken family of a protester killed by security forces who crushed nationwide anti-government demonstrations last year, handing the protester’s uncle a suspended prison sentence for criticizing the nation’s Islamist rulers.

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Venezuela pays for imports from Iran and Turkey with bitcoin to evade sanctions

Venezuela is reportedly paying companies in allied countries, including Iran and Turkey, with bitcoin to mitigate the effects of U.S. sanctions on its economy. The Venezuelan government is also planning to increase bitcoin usage now that it has a dedicated cryptocurrency mining center.

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Trump determined to designate pro-Iran groups as terrorist

President Donald Trump wants his years in the White House to be remembered as the most anti-Iranian in the recent history of the US. He does not want to launch a war against Tehran, but he wants to make tough statements that include practical actions to contain Iran

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Trump administration adds Iran to list of countries lacking religious freedom

The Trump administration on Monday named China, Nigeria and Iran to the list of countries that engage in violating or allowing violations of religious freedom within their borders — part of U.S. efforts to end religious persecution around the world.

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Phantom buyers in Russia, advice from Iran help Venezuela skirt oil sanctions

On Aug. 21, a tanker called the Otoman docked at the Jose oil terminal on Venezuela’s coast in the Caribbean to load 1.82 million barrels of heavy crude, according to the state oil company’s internal documents.

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