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Financial Action Task Force blacklists Iran for bankrolling terror

Financial Action Task Force blacklists Iran for bankrolling terror

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Feb. 21 (UPI) -- An international antiterrorism group voted to keep Iran on its blacklist for failing to stop financing terrorism, the group announced Friday. The Financial Action Task Force made the decision during its three-day meeting in Paris. The monitoring group had given Tehran a February deadline to halt the bankrolling of terror groups and individuals by passing legislation on the issue. Since it didn't, the FATF moved Iran back onto its blacklist, imposing sanctions on Iran from the member countries. The FATF had temporarily moved Iran onto a so-called gray list in 2016 to give it more access to the international banking system as it worked toward passing legislation. The move will likely complicate Tehran's efforts to do business in the European Union after the United States r...
Effigy of ‘undesirable’ UK ambassador burned in Iran

Effigy of ‘undesirable’ UK ambassador burned in Iran

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Iranian protesters have burned an effigy of the UK's ambassador in Tehran as the country's judiciary called the diplomat an "undesirable element".Rob Macaire is at the centre of tensions between London and Tehran after he was arrested by police in the Iranian capital on Saturday. He was released about an hour later. He was detained after attending a vigil for those who were killed in the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane by Iranian forces. Image: The effigy was burned outside the University of Tehran The diplomat said he left when chanting began, but Iran ordered him to explain his "illegal and inappropriate" presence at demonstrations.On Tuesday, in remarks broadcast on state TV, Iran's judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili ...
Iran plane downing: Police deny shooting anti-government protesters

Iran plane downing: Police deny shooting anti-government protesters

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Police in the Iranian capital, Tehran, have denied using live ammunition against protesters outraged by the shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner.Officers had been given orders to "show restraint", the chief of police said.Videos posted online on Sunday recorded what appeared to be gunfire and showed an injured woman being carried away.Protests erupted on Saturday, after Iran admitted firing missiles by mistake at the Ukraine International Airlines jet that crashed near Tehran.All 176 people on board flight PS752, mostly Iranians and Canadians, were killed. Media playback is unsupported on your device For the first three days after the crash, Iran denied...
Iran plane downing: Second day of protests turns up heat on leaders

Iran plane downing: Second day of protests turns up heat on leaders

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran's leaders have faced a second day of protests following their admission the military shot down a Ukrainian passenger plane, killing all 176 people on board, many of them Iranians.Protesters in Tehran and in several other cities chanted slogans against the leadership.Clashes with security forces and the firing of tear gas are reported.Iran admitted "unintentionally" hitting the plane after initially denying it, amid rising tensions with the US.The plane, en route to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, was shot down near Tehran last Wednesday, shortly after Iran had launched missiles at two airbases housing US forces in Iraq.Those strikes were a response to the US killing of senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani ...
Iran plane crash: Demands for justice after admission jet was shot down

Iran plane crash: Demands for justice after admission jet was shot down

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Iran's admission it "unintentionally" shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet has sparked demands for justice for the 176 people on board who were killed.The calls were led by Ukraine's president and the prime minister of Canada, which lost 57 nationals.Social media footage has shown protests in Iran, some of them calling for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to resign.The plane was shot down on Wednesday, hours after Iran had struck two air bases housing US forces in Iraq. Those missile strikes were Iran's response to the US killing of senior Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani. He died in a drone strike in Baghdad on 3 January. Admission an 'important first step', says Boris Johnson What we know about flight ...