U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook stepping down as key U.N. arms embargo vote looms

Top U.S. envoy for Iran Brian Hook is leaving his post and Elliott Abrams, the U.S. special representative for Venezuela, will add Iran to his role “following a transition period” with Hook, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday. Hook’s surprise departure comes at a

Iran executes man convicted for killing Guards soldier in 2017 unrest

Authorities on Wednesday executed an Iranian for killing an elite soldier during anti-government unrest in 2017, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency said, drawing condemnation from a rights group. Mostafa Salehi, one of several men sentenced to death for their roles in anti-government pro

Fire breaks out at Iranian industrial area, no casualties

A fire broke out at an Iranian industrial area near Tehran on Tuesday, Iran’s state TV reported, the latest in a string of fires and explosions, some of which have hit sensitive sites.“The fire broke out at the industrial area of the Jajrud district in the Pardis county this morning ...

Iranian employees protest over delayed wages

Iranian workers - mainly in the oil and gas industry - took to the streets demanding payment of overdue wages and the implementation of the job-classification law, local media Radio Farda reported.The labor strikes took place in southern Iran at Abadan, Parisian and Qeshm oil refineries, and in the

Iran’s prisons ‘catastrophically unequipped’ to deal with COVID-19: Amnesty

Leaked letters from Iranian officials obtained by Amnesty International have revealed Tehran’s complacency in the face of the coronavirus crisis and the country’s overstretched prison system.The rights group said in a statement Friday that Iran’s prisons remained “catastrop

Iran’s Khamenei says sanctions failed, no talks with Trump

Iran will not open talks with the United States that will only benefit Donald Trump, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Friday, insisting the US president’s sanctions policy had failed.Decades-old tensions between Tehran and Washington have soared in the past year, with the sworn enemi

Iran launches underground ballistic missiles during exercise

Iran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched underground ballistic missiles as part of an exercise involving a fake aircraft carrier in the Strait of Hormuz, state television reported Wednesday, the latest barrage in a drill that saw two American bases temporarily go on alert over the laun

Explosion in Iran’s Kermanshah province, no casualties reported

 An explosion has set a fuel tank on fire in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah on Tuesday, Iran’s Mizan news agency reported, in the latest in a series of fires and explosions, some of which have hit sensitive sites.“An explosion in a fuel tank occurred in Dolat Abad indus

Iran-made COVID-19 drug to be sold locally in August

A new Iranian-made medicine for coronavirus patients will be available in the local market in three weeks, according to ISNA. Iran’s Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari made the announcement on Sunday, as he lauded the efforts of various firms to control the outbreak in t

Coronavirus: Iran reports over 200 new COVID-19 deaths, calls for health protocols

    Iran reported 216 new deaths from the novel coronavirus on Sunday, calling on its citizens to observe health protocols more closely to ease the burden on exhausted medical staff. The Islamic republic announced its first COVID-19 cases on February 19, and the outbreak quickly became

Iranian Judiciary: Passengers on 'Harassed' Airliner Can Sue US

Iran's judiciary said on Saturday that passengers of an airliner that Tehran has said was "harassed" this week by an American fighter jet over Syria can sue the US military for damages in Iranian courts. Iranian media said on Friday that several passengers on the Mahan Air flight heading from Teh

$7 Billion in Frozen Assets at Heart of Dispute between Iran, South Korea

Iran's ambassador to Seoul was summoned to the South Korean Foreign Ministry on Tuesday to lodge an official protest over reports that Tehran is contemplating legal action against Seoul over the freezing of Iranian assets. An estimated $7 billion in Iranian funds are presently being held in two S

Iranian MP: Natanz Blast Was Due to Security Breach

The blast at Iran's nuclear establishment in Natanz, center of the country, on July 2 was caused by a “security breach”, according to a member of the parliamentary national security committee, Javad Karimi-Ghodousi. Ghodousi indicated that a “security breach is our definitive co

Work Begins on Black Boxes from Ukrainian Jet Downed by Iran

Investigators have begun work on the flight recorders from the Ukrainian jet accidentally shot down by Iran in January, France’s BEA accident investigation bureau said on Monday. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Monday said he welcomed Iran’s decision to hand over the black

Macron and Merkel Deliver an $859 Billion Breakthrough

After days of bad-tempered talks, the European Union’s 27 members have agreed a 750 billion-euro ($859 billion) Covid-19 recovery fund that looks like a historic step toward more joint stimulus across the bloc — even if it’s not yet a “Hamilton moment.” While the unusu

Iran Hits Record 229 Deaths From COVID-19 in Past 24 Hours

Iran on Tuesday reported a new single-day record death toll of 229 from the new coronavirus. "Sadly, we lost 229 of our compatriots to the COVID-19 infection in the past 24 hours," Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said. "This raises the overall toll to 14,634," she said in televised r

Iran Says Arrests Organizers of Last Week's Protests

  Iranian police said Monday they had arrested people behind protests that broke out last week in the southwest of the country, state news agency IRNA reported. "All the perpetrators of an illegal and norm-breaking gathering in Behbahan (city) were identified and arrested," Khuzestan provin

Tehran shuts down mosques again after COVID-19 infections spike

The Iranian government has reinstated lockdown measures in Tehran, including closing mosques, as daily infections and the death toll continue to rise, local media Radio Farda reported. The daily death toll in Iran has recently been recorded at around 200, which has prompted local authorities to imp

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