Robert Levinson's son Daniel appeals for help to secure the release of his father in 2007.
Robert Levinson's son Daniel appeals for help to secure the release of his father in 2007.

Travellers to Iran risk arrest, US says

The United States has warned of a heightened risk of arrest and detention for its citizens in Iran in a new travel warning.

The State Department said that dual national Iranian-Americans were particularly at risk should consider postponing any planned travel to Iran.

Those already there should monitor media reports and weigh up the risks of remaining in the country, it said in Tuesday’s update to an advisory published last summer.

The U.S. government has not had diplomatic relations with Iran since 1980 and cannot provide routine help to anyone detained.

Washington accused the Iranian authorities of “unjustly detaining and imprisoning U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travellers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security”.

The White House last month told Iran it would face “new and serious consequences” if all Americans currently being held in Iran were not freed.

The Trump administration pledged to redouble its efforts in seeking the release of detainees including former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 after supposedly investigating a tobacco smuggling racket, and father-and-son Baquer and Siamak Namazi jailed for unspecified espionage.

Another U.S. citizen, Chinese-born Xiyue Wang, and permanent resident Lebanese-born Nizar Zakka are also currently imprisoned in Iran.


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Transmission: eight-speed automatic

Power: 362hp

Torque: 530Nm

Price: Dh329,000 (base model 4.0L EXR Dh215,900)

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Date started: November 2018

Founder: Noor Alnahhas, Michael LeTan, Hafsa Yazdni, Sufyaan Abdul Haseeb, Waleed Rifaat, Mohammed Shono

Based: Dubai, UAE

Sector: Software Technology / Artificial Intelligence

Initial investment: $500,000

Funding round: Series B (raising $5m)

Partners/Incubators: Dubai Future Accelerators Cohort 4, Dubai Future Accelerators Cohort 6, AI Venture Labs Cohort 1, Microsoft Scale-up 

The specs

Engine: 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo hybrid
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How the bonus system works

The two riders are among several riders in the UAE to receive the top payment of £10,000 under the Thank You Fund of £16 million (Dh80m), which was announced in conjunction with Deliveroo's £8 billion (Dh40bn) stock market listing earlier this year.

The £10,000 (Dh50,000) payment is made to those riders who have completed the highest number of orders in each market.

There are also riders who will receive payments of £1,000 (Dh5,000) and £500 (Dh2,500).

All riders who have worked with Deliveroo for at least one year and completed 2,000 orders will receive £200 (Dh1,000), the company said when it announced the scheme.