January 12, 2020

Sole Iranian female Olympic medalist Kimia Alizadeh defects from country, she says

iStockKimia Alizadeh, the sole woman to ever have won a medal at the Olympics for the country of Iran, has defected from the country and moved to Europe, she announced on social media. The 21-year-old, who won bronze at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio in the women's Taekwondo 57-kg competition, wrote on Instagram Saturday that she is "one of the millions of oppressed woman in Iran." "They took me wherever they wanted. Whatever they said I wore. Every sentence they ordered I repeated," Aliza..
January 11, 2020

Prime minister Justin Trudeau calls deadly plane shooting a ‘national tragedy,’ Canadian crash team en route to Iran to investigate

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said a crash team was en route to Iran to participate in the investigation of the plane crash that killed 176 people, including 57 Canadians. The crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 Wednesday occurred about three hours after Iran fired multiple missiles into Iraq, targeting U.S. military sites in retaliation for the American drone strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, one of its top generals. Iran has admitted that it unintentionall..
January 11, 2020

Iranians anguished after military admits shooting down Ukrainian jet

iStock(NEW YORK) -- Iranians are taking to social media to express their grief, shock and anger after authorities admitted that the Iranian military had "unintentionally" shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran Wednesday morning, killing all 176 passengers and crew members on board. The official statement released by Iranian authorities said that "human error" led to the catastrophic crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. "Call it 'human mistake' o..
January 11, 2020

UK requests extradition of US diplomat’s wife charged in death of British teen

iStock(LONDON) -- Authorities in Britain have formally requested the extradition of Anne Sacoolas, the wife of an American diplomat, who was charged in the death of a British teenager. A spokesman for the Home Office, the government body responsible for policing and internal affairs, announced the request Friday, saying it was now up to U.S. authorities. The move appears to have deepened tensions between the U.K. and U.S. over the incident. The U.S. State Department called the extradition reques..