Israel, Bahrain Sign Deal Establishing Formal Ties

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel and Bahrain on Sunday agreed to establish formal diplomatic relations, making the small Gulf country the fourth Arab state to normalize ties with Israel.

The U.S.-brokered agreement capped a one-day visit by a high-level delegation of American and Israeli officials to Bahrain.

Iranian CEO sentenced for conspiracy to violate U.S. sanctions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The founder and CEO of an Iranian financial services firm accused of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran was sentenced Thursday to nearly two years in federal prison.

Seyed Sajjad Shahidian, 33, pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to defraud and commit offenses against the United States. Shahidian, a citizen of Iran, was arrested in London in November 2018 but wasn’t extradited to the U.S. until this past May.

Iranian Diplomat Warned Of Retaliation Over Belgian Bomb Plot Trial

PARIS, Oct 9 (Reuters) – An Iranian diplomat charged in Belgium with planning to bomb a meeting of an exiled Iranian opposition group in France warned authorities of possible retaliation by unidentified groups if he is found guilty, according to a police document.

Belgian prosecutors charged Vienna-based Assadolah Assadi in Oct. 2018 and three others with planning an attack that year on a rally of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) attended by high profile former U.S., European and Arab officials. Warned Of Retaliation Over Belgian Bomb Plot Trial

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