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August 1, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Iranian authorities will announce a verdict and sentence within days in the case of two U.S. hikers arrested two years ago near an unmarked section of the Iran-Iraq border, their lawyer and court officials said Sunday after what appeared to be the final court hearing in the case. On the anniversary of their July 31, 2009, arrest, Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal spent four hours at a hearing at the Tehran Revolutionary Court, where they face charges of espionage and trespassing. "The last session was held," Iranian judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei was quoted as saying by the state-owned Al Alam television channel.
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December 23, 2007 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
The wife of a U.S. businessman and former FBI agent who disappeared nine months ago during a trip to Iran said Saturday that she was leaving the country with no new clues about his whereabouts. Christine Levinson, wife of private investigator Robert Levinson, arrived in Iran with her son and sister Tuesday to retrace her husband's steps during what was supposed to have been a 24-hour trip in March to the southern Iranian island of Kish.
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December 15, 2010 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Meris Lutz, Special to The Times
Dozens of Iranians were feared dead or injured after a coordinated suicide bombing Wednesday morning in the southeastern port of Chabahar targeted a procession of worshipers observing an important Shiite Muslim holiday, state media reported. Conflicting reports of one or more explosions estimated the number of deaths at between 21 and 50. Initial reports described an attack outside the Hossein Mosque in Chabahar and another one or two failed bombings. The Jundallah organization, a militant Sunni group that claims to represent Iran's ethnic Baluch minority, took responsibility for the attack shortly after it happened, according to the Dubai-based Al Arabiya news channel.
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April 23, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Emily Alpert
TEHRAN -- Iranian officials Tuesday scoffed at the idea that an alleged terrorist plot thwarted in Canada had been guided by Al Qaeda elements in Iran. “In my 64 years of age, I have not heard anything as ridiculous as this,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast chimed in, deriding the alleged link as “part of Islamophobic and Iranphobic campaigns. " Canadian police said Monday that two suspects arrested Monday for allegedly plotting to derail a passenger train in the greater Toronto area had gotten “direction and guidance” from Al Qaeda elements located in Iran.
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December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Three Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border last summer will soon be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, accusing them of "dubious intent." U.S. citizens Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all living in or visiting the Middle East, were arrested July 31 during what friends and family describe as a travel adventure on the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, which abuts Iran. A friend who was traveling with them said they may have accidentally strayed across the Iranian border.
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May 7, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - Iranian presidential candidates began registering Tuesday for the national election next month to choose a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Although there has been considerable political suspense over who will run, voter enthusiasm has appeared lukewarm as many Iranians are focused on economic survival in a nation battered by Western sanctions. About two dozen potential presidential hopefuls have emerged publicly so far. Office-seekers must register by Saturday to be considered for inclusion on the ballot.
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October 8, 2008 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
An Iranian news agency issued a report Tuesday describing a confrontation between Iranian jet fighters and an aircraft with American military personnel on board, triggering confusion and jitters around the globe and denials by both governments. Late in the day, the news service backed down. The Fars News Agency, in an initial report carried widely by international media, said an American plane carrying five high-ranking U.S.
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October 15, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
GENEVA -- Iran's new proposal for ending the crisis over its nuclear program insists on the country's right to enrich uranium and demands removal of all sanctions on its economy, an Iranian news agency reported. The Iranian Student News Agency reported that the proposal, which was presented Tuesday morning at negotiations with six world powers in Geneva, says Iran will cooperate with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency, and on other “areas of concern.” But the proposal, as described by ISNA, doesn't include some details Western officials have hoped to see, such as an end to the creation of medium-enriched uranium, which can be easily converted into nuclear bomb fuel.
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July 16, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
An Islamic militant group whose leader was recently executed by Iranian authorities claimed responsibility for a pair of late Thursday bomb blasts that killed at least 27 people, including members of the Revolutionary Guard, at a mosque in southeastern Iran. Jundollah, a militant group that draws support from Iran's ethnic Baluch minority, said it dispatched two suicide bombers to the mosque during an evening prayer ceremony in the city of Zahedan in order to kill members of the Revolutionary Guard and avenge the arrest and hanging last month of their leader, Abdolmalek Rigi.
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February 14, 2010
During a visit to the Tehran military courthouse one day last fall, Hossein and Hamid spotted the doctor. Memories from their five days at Kahrizak prison came flooding back. Prisoners seeking help were handed a few aspirin and told to go away. When they asked for bandages, the doctor struck some lightly with a club. One inmate had been beaten so badly on his feet that his toes were swollen and infected and he couldn't walk properly. He arranged for an appointment with the doctor, who told him, "Get lost before I beat you up," according to Hossein, who said he didn't even bother asking for help for his own injuries.
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