January 12th, 2012
10:56 PM ET

Video: Scientist death 'like script from movie'

Robert Baer tells Anderson Cooper he believes a dissident group was involved in the death of a nuclear scientist in Iran.

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December 9th, 2011
10:50 PM ET

Video: Mystery surrounds drone downed in Iran

CNN's Fareed Zakaria says the drone downed in Iran is evidence of a covert technological war between the U.S and Iran. He and Bob Baer spoke with Anderson Cooper about the consequences of Iran sharing sensitive information from the drone with Russia and China.

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February 15th, 2011
11:25 PM ET
February 15th, 2011
11:17 PM ET
February 15th, 2011
08:13 PM ET

AC360° Exclusive: Iranian student proteser speaks out

Editor's note: Tune in to AC360° tonight beginning at 10pm ET to hear more of Anderson Cooper's exclusive interview with an Iranian student protester.

Related: Iranian lawmakers condemn protests; call for execution of leaders

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Iran • Middle East
February 15th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Iranian lawmakers condemn protests; call for execution of leaders

CNN Wire Staff

Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Iranian lawmakers denounced Monday's protests in Tehran and called for the execution of two opposition leaders for inciting the demonstrations, Iran's state-run Press TV reported Tuesday.

Members of the Iranian parliament issued fiery chants against opposition leaders and former presidential candidates Mehdi Karrubi and Mir Hossein Moussavi.

Press TV aired video Tuesday of lawmakers chanting "Moussavi, Karrubi ... execute them."

Lawmakers also named former President Mohammad Khatami in some of the death chants.

The calls for the leaders' executions come after a particularly deadly month in Iran. At least 66 people were executed in January, according to Iranian media reports. Most of the executions were reportedly carried out for drug offenses, although at least three involved political prisoners, a U.N. statement said.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay expressed alarm earlier this month over the number of executions.

Iranian leaders have praised Egypt's revolution, but Monday when protesters in Iran took to the streets the government cracked down hard.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Iran • Middle East
August 4th, 2010
08:45 AM ET

Iran denies reports of grenade lobbed at Ahmadinejad's convoy

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Reza Sayah

Iran denied reports of a grenade exploding near the convoy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to a western Iranian city Wednesday.

The semi-official Fars News Agency and several other outlets had reported the incident, in which Ahmadinejad was unhurt.

But the media department at Iran's presidential office denied there was an attack. Media advisor Ali Akbar Javanfekr told CNN that the grenade was a toy firecracker and accused international journalists of blowing the story out of proportion.

"This was someone playing with a firecracker, the kind children play with, the kind you use when you want to celebrate," Javanfekr said. "This was a toy and there were no injuries but the western media took and made it bigger than it is."
Despite the denial, there was an account about the incident on Raja news, a rightist website linked to some members of parliament that has in the past both supported and criticized Ahmadinejad.

The site reported there had been a grenade attack and quoted the Fars news account. Someone lobbed a homemade grenade just after the president's motorcade went by, Fars reported.

The suspect was arrested, according to both reports.

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Filed under: Iran • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
July 7th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

Iran must halt woman's death by stoning

Arsalan Iftikhar
Special to CNN

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It is clearly stated in Article 5 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

Adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, in addition to outlawing torture categorically, this international treaty was to be used as a common standard for international law and outlined - for the first time ever - fundamental human rights to be protected anywhere around the world.

Included under the category of "cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment" would most certainly be the impending death by stoning of a 42-year-old Iranian mother for the alleged crime of adultery.

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Filed under: Arsalan Iftikhar • Iran • Opinion
June 24th, 2010
10:53 AM ET

Report: U.S. hikers seized by Iranian police in Iraqi territory

CNN Wire Staff
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The mothers of U.S. hikers held by Iran said a magazine article that contradicts government claims they crossed the border before their arrests is "concerning" and raises many questions.

The article written for the July 12 edition of The Nation cites two witnesses who said they saw members of Iran's national police force cross the border into northern Iraq to apprehend Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal.

"The witnesses, who followed the Western-looking hikers out of curiosity, say that around 2 p.m. on July 31 (2009), as the hikers descended the mountain, uniformed guards from NAJA, Iran's national police force, waved the hikers toward the Iranian side using 'threatening' and 'menacing' gestures," the article says.

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Filed under: 360° Radar • Iran • Iraq
June 17th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Iran starting work on new nuclear reactor, official says

CNN Wire Staff

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Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Iran is starting design work on a new nuclear reactor, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization said Wednesday, according to Iranian media.

The design should be complete in two to three years and the reactor should be operational within five, Ali Akbar Salehi told the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

The remarks come a week after the United Nations Security Council slapped new sanctions on Iran as punishment for its controversial nuclear program.

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