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Iranians up in arms as Apple removes top apps

TEHRAN: Iranians have been joined by a minister in protest after Apple removed popular apps from its store, which the American company says has been done to comply with US sanctions. "Today, respecting consumers' rights is a basic principle which Apple has not followed," Information and Communication Technology Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted, promising to "legally pursue" the case. "IT should be used for making human life better and comfortable not a tool for discrimination between…

US holding Iranians ‘in gruesome prisons’: judiciary chief

WASHINGTON: Iran's judiciary chief on Monday accused the United States of holding Iranians "in gruesome prisons", as the two countries trade charges of illegally jailing each other's citizens.  "You are keeping our innocent citizens in gruesome prisons. This is against the law and international norms and regulations," said Sadegh Larijani, head of the judiciary, quoted by Iran's state broadcaster. "We tell them that you must immediately release Iranian citizens locked up in US prisons." Washington reacted angrily to…

Two Iranians charged in US over hacking defense materials

WASHINGTON: Two Iranians were indicted Monday in the United States with hacking a defense contractor and stealing sensitive software used to design bullets and warheads, according to the Justice Department. According to the newly unsealed indictment businessman Mohammed Saeed Ajily, 35, recruited Mohammed Reza Rezakhah, 39, to break into companies' computers to steal their software for resale to Iranian universities, the military and the government. The two men -- and a third who was arrested in 2013 and handed back to…

Bitten by sanctions, Iranians support nuclear compromise

ANKARA: After years of tough sanctions over Iran's nuclear program, many in the country now say they want the government to make compromises that could satisfy world powers and allow a semblance of prosperity to return. Although many Iranians still fervently believe in their country's right to all aspects of a civilian nuclear program, including those regarded with suspicion in the West, they are increasingly tired of the high economic price. That weariness will form the backdrop on June 16 when Iran's political leaders…