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Iran sanctions top concern at G-8 meeting

OTTAWA - (AP) Iran's nuclear program is of "critical concern" and will top the agenda when foreign ministers from the Group of Eight nations meet Monday to discuss global security, Canada's foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon said he'll press for stiffer sanctions...

Iran top nuclear envoy arrives in China for talks

BEIJING - (AP) Iran's top nuclear negotiator arrived Thursday for talks with Chinese officials, just after Beijing appeared to drop its opposition to possible new U.N. sanctions against Tehran over its uranium enrichment program. China has veto power in the U.N. Security Council and ending its...

First talks on new Iran sanctions resolution

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) Ambassadors from China and five major powers met for the first time Thursday to discuss possible new sanctions against Iran, which is refusing to suspend uranium enrichment and start negotiations on its suspect nuclear program. After nearly three hours of talks, Russia's...

Obama's nuclear summit yields early dividends

WASHINGTON - (AP) President Barack Obama's nuclear summit has paid early dividends: China's agreement to work with the U.S. on possible sanctions against Iran and Ukraine's decision to rid itself of nuclear bomb-making materials. Obama opened the global security summit Monday night after...

France opposes Iranian's extradition to US

PARIS - (AP) France on Wednesday voiced its opposition to a U.S. extradition request for an Iranian accused of evading export controls to purchase technology over the Internet to sell to Iran's military. The United States is seeking the extradition from France of Majid Kakavand, a 37-year-old...

Iran, US take their nuclear cases to UN stage

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brings his nuclear case to New York on Monday, turning a U.N. treaty conference into a stage for Tehran's long-running showdown with the Western powers over its uranium enrichment program. The only head of state participating, Ahmadinejad...

Iran center stage at nuclear treaty conference

UNITED NATIONS - (AP) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad seized center stage at the opening of a monthlong debate at the United Nations on how to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. But behind the scenes, U.N. Security Council powers were discussing ways to punish Iran for defying their demands that...

U.S. and EU Restrictions on Doing Business with Iran

by Mark D. Herlach, Beverly J. Rudy, Christer L. Mossberg, Matthew L. Hazlett, Leanne Sobel, Christina J. Galus and Inna Zaltsman In recent months, there have been major developments regarding the economic sanctions imposed on Iran. In an effort to pressure the Iranian regime and delay the progress...

Middle Eastern Law Toolbox

Welcome to LexisNexis Middle Eastern Law Toolbox, our bazaar which highlights legal content of particular Middle Eastern nations in our database. New to working in the region? Our Guide to International Legal Research chapter on the Middle East may help you get oriented! In addition to the...

D.C. District Court Refuses To Grant Plaintiff Default Judgment Against Iran, Finding Israeli Law Governed Dispute

By Louis M. Solomon In Estate of Yael Botvin v. Islamic Republic of Iran , et al., Civil Action No. 05-0220 (D.D.C. March 2011), [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers ] plaintiff is the estate of an Israeli domiciliary killed in a 1997 terrorist attack in...

Fulbright Briefing : The United States and Other Nations Expand Sanctions Against Iran

By: Stephen M. McNabb , Marsha Z. Gerber , Stefan Reisinger and Mary Beth Balhoff On November 21, 2011, the United States announced three measures designed to enhance sanctions on Iran. The President issued an Executive Order authorizing the Secretary of State to impose sanctions on foreign...

U.K. Ban on Transactions with Iranian Banks

Fulbright Briefing By Lista M. Cannon , David M. Harris and Nicola Kelly In the latest wave of sanctions targeting Iran, the U.K. has taken steps independently of the UN Security Council and EU regulations to cut off all ties with Iranian banks. The new sanctions apply to all persons operating in...

Iran Sanctions Update: European Union Imposes Further Restrictive Measures Against Iran, With More to Follow

Fulbright Briefing Lista M. Cannon , David M. Harris and Nicola Kelly In further developments since our briefing of 28 November 2011,[1] the Council of the European Union has decided that a further 143 entities and 37 individuals will be subject to restrictive measures concerning Iran. The decision...

Iranian Elections Subvert the Rule of Law

For a regime that claims to follow the tenets of Islam, the Iranian government casts the official state religion in a poor light by running parliamentary elections on a Friday , the weekly day of worship for faithful Moslems, a decision based upon the ends justifying the coercive and corrupt means...

Jailed Iranian lawyer, Abdolfattah Soltani, wins 2012 IBA Human Rights Award

Imprisoned Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Abdolfattah Soltani is the winner of the 2012 International Bar Association Human Rights Award. The announcement was made at the International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference in Dublin, Ireland, where Mr Soltani’s daughter, Maede Soltani...

9 Iranian female prisoners go on hunger strike

DUBAI United Arab Emirates (AP) - At least nine Iranian women political prisoners have gone on a hunger strike to protest snap body searches and abuse by prison guards at the main prison in Tehran, according to an Iranian opposition website. The kaleme.org reported late Wednesday that the women started...

Iranian dissidents win 2012 Sakharov prize

STRASBOURG France (AP) - Two Iranian dissidents a lawyer and a film director were awarded the 2012 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The European Parliament awarded the prize Friday to Nasrin Sotoudeh and Jafar Panahi. Martin Schulz, the president of Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...

The Cyrus Cylinder, International Human Rights Day and the Rule of Law

As many celebrate International Human Rights Day today (December 10 th ), a 2500-year-old inscribed stone, the Cyrus Cylinder reminds us that human rights are a complex issue with which humankind has struggled with throughout history. In 2013, the British Museum will lend the clay cylinder for a...