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The Islamic Republic of Iran today is a Shiite Islamic republic with a Sunni minority under a theocratic regime which is ruled by President Hassan Rouhani since 2013. Historically, it is home to some of the world's oldest civilizations including the Persian empire. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution Iran has become more and more conservative.

CIA: Iran seeks to assassinate US Ambassador to South Africa – report

An assassination of a US ambassador could undermine Trump in his re-election campaign or pull him into a new standoff.

Pro-Iran media celebrates Trump’s 'endless wars' withdrawal

Due to Iranian proxies targeting US forces over the past year, Iran would view this withdrawal as a win.

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna
British minister opposes death penalty for Iranian wrestler Navid Afkari

UK now joins US, Germany in urging Iran to stop execution of reportedly innocent wrestler.

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna
More German intel confirms Iran seeks tech for weapons of mass destruction

Tehran has used German territory for surveillance and assassination operations targeting dissidents, pro-Israel advocates and Israeli and Jewish institutions

Persian network shows Iranians another side of Israel

Produced by travel documentary filmmaker Human David Rawarpoor, the series, aims to educate Iranians about Israel by providing audiences a glimpse of Israel’s history, culture and food.

By SARAH MOOSAZADEH
28/08/2020
Prison cell block
CPJ urges Iran to stop arresting journalists, release Kayvan Samimi

Iran’s regime frequently uses bogus charges to imprison journalists and crack down on attempts of independent reporting.

IAEA chief in Iran for key meeting on Monday

The visit is the director-general’s first to the country since he took office last December.

Former Iran soccer team coach denounced for rejecting anti-Israel policies

"We can't accept some things about the United Nations and refuse to accept others," the former coach noted.

23/08/2020
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrives to speak to reporters following a meeting with members of
China moves to block US triggering of snapback UNSC sanctions on Iran

China’s UN mission pledged that its country would work to uphold the JCPOA and seek a diplomatic resolution to the Iran nuclear issue.

How would president Biden deal with the Iran nuclear standoff?

REGIONAL AFFAIRS: The Democratic nominee will need to jump off the tightrope and commit to a concrete path with real-world consequences.

UN Security Council votes on Iran arms embargo, result Friday

The 15-member council has been operating virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic so states have 24 hours to cast a vote.

By REUTERS
14/08/2020
Iran's judiciary calls to file lawsuit against ex-US envoy Brian Hook

The State Department announced that Eliott Abrams, the US special envoy to Venezuela, will take up Hook's post in addition to his own.

11/08/2020
Is Iran's regime pleased with Brian Hook’s departure or worried?

Brian Hook is leaving the position of Iran envoy after two years without having accomplished the US goal. Elliot Abrams is taking over.

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Video of gunmen shooting, kidnapping body, shocks Tehran

The unusual violence was caught on video and has left many in Tehran wondering what transpired and why?

Iran's Khamenei rejects talks with US over missile, nuclear programs

The United States has reimposed sanctions that have sharply lowered Tehran’s oil exports.

By REUTERS
31/07/2020
Mike Pompeo says US has expanded scope of Iran metals sanctions

Pompeo in a statement called it a "major expansion" of the Iran metals-related sanctions administered by the State Department.

By REUTERS
31/07/2020
Iran uses new satellite to track war games in Strait of Hormuz

Based in the Hormozgan Province, the various air and naval units converged to show off Iran’s usual menagerie of weapons.

Iran’s bizarre, giant fake US aircraft carrier towed to Straits of Hormuz

The fake carrier will be at sea as US Rear Admiral Jim Kirk’s USS Nimitz arrives at the 5th Fleet's area of operations.

FILE PHOTO: An Airbus A340-300 of Iranian airline Mahan Air taxis at Duesseldorf airport, Germany.
Iranian judiciary: Passengers on 'harassed' airliner can sue US

The incident was the latest in tensions between Tehran and Washington since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in 2018 from Iran’s nuclear deal.

By REUTERS
25/07/2020
Fire at shipyard in Bushehr, Iran, July 15, 2020
Did Mossad's 2018 Iran operation pave way for 2020 explosions? - analysis

Turning the IAEA against the regime legitimizes sabotage.

A handout satellite image shows a closeup view of a building damaged by fire at the Natanz nuclear f
Explosions in Iran not toppling Ayatollahs – experts

Disagreements about intensity of expected Iranian response

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi as t
Iran’s maximum pressure on Iraq to remove US forces

The Ayatollah stressed that while Iran does not interfere in Iraq, it is the “corrupt” Americans who are interfering there and who only sow destruction in the region.

Hangman’s noose
Iran executes ‘US and Israeli spy’ as a message to Washington

After the wave of mysterious incidents in Iran and Zarif’s Iraq visit, the timing may be to send a message to Iran’s adversaries

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Iran calls off executions of three protesters Trump tweeted about

The three men were arrested last November after protesters against the government. Iran is accused of killing more than 1,500 protesters last year.

A woman walks past the mural showing U.S. flag with barbed wire and the Statue Of Liberty with skull
Iran increasingly obsessed with China deal, blames Israel for controversy

Iran accuses the US State Department, members of the former Pahlavi monarchy and Israel of being against the China deal.

Tanker that 'disappeared' was hijacked to Iran, crew say

It is highly unusual for pirates or hijackers to do this off the coast of the UAE, one of the most heavily trafficked waterways for oil tankers.

Iran media highlights US fires in response to explosions at home

In trying to copy US reports about the fires in Iran, the Iranian media made the fires appear linked.

Explosion near Tehran, June 26, 2020
Oil pipeline explodes in west Iran - report

Numerous explosions have been heard throughout Iran in the past few weeks.

19/07/2020
Iran has sent black boxes of downed Ukrainian plane to France - official

The fate of the cockpit voice and data recorders was the subject of an international standoff after the plane was shot down on Jan. 8, with Ukraine demanding access.

By REUTERS
18/07/2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seen wearing a face mask during a meeting, in Tehran, Iran, July
Iran's Rouhani says 25 million Iranians infected with COVID-19

Iran, with a population of more than 80 million, has been the Middle East country hardest hit by the epidemic.

By REUTERS
18/07/2020
'Commander of Peace': Iran produces documentary on Qasem Soleimani

The documentary, titled "Commander of Peace," will be aired next month by state-run IRIB.

Missiles and drone aircraft are seen at an exhibition at unidentified location in Yemen
Natanz retaliation test run: Iran practices with missiles, drones in Yemen

Iranian media has focused closely on this use of missiles and drones at the same time in an attack. In the past, Tehran has used drones to monitor its use of ballistic missiles.

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif
Proposed China-Iran deal is bad news for Israel

The American “maximum pressure” campaign has clearly had a major impact on Iran, but a massive influx of Chinese investments will go a long way towards undoing it.

Qasem Soleimani, commander of IRGC Quds Force
US 'begged' Iran not to retaliate for Soleimani killing, deputy FM says

“The US sent a message to Iran via the Swiss ambassador to demand that Iran not give a response, but it was rejected immediately.”

13/07/2020
Fire breaks out at petrochemical facility in southwest Iran

There have been several explosions around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Iran agency says chain of errors caused Ukrainian plane crash - report

The CAO report, which was published on late Saturday, said the missile battery that targeted the passenger plane had been relocated and "was not properly reoriented".

By REUTERS
12/07/2020
Iran's Kish Island
Iran’s Kish island trade operators reject island being sold to China rumor

Iran was suffering from US sanctions and economic challenges.

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Tehran
Iran's president calls for ban on weddings, wakes to halt virus spread

An advisor to Iran’s Coronavirus Task Force warned that if appropriate measures were not taken, between 50,000 and 60,000 people could die from the pandemic.

By REUTERS
11/07/2020
Workers of the state-oil company Pdvsa holding Iranian and Venezuelan flags greet during the arrival
Iran will develop oil industry despite US sanctions - Oil Minister

"We will not surrender under any circumstances ... We have to increase our capacity so that when necessary with full strength we can enter the market and revive our market share," said Zanganeh.

By REUTERS
11/07/2020
How have Iran's intelligence forces broken down in face of explosions?

What the world is witnessing right now is someone hitting Iranian nuclear and conventional weapons and IRGC facilities practically at will.

Explosion near Tehran, June 26, 2020
Explosions, power outages reported near Tehran

Al-Arabiya reported that the explosions occurred in missile depots belonging to the IRGC southwest of Tehran.

10/07/2020
A general view of the Bushehr main nuclear reactor, Iran
Iran sought illegal goods for nuke program - German federal intel

Officials claim no violation of Iran deal • Questions abound

Will Iran deploy its 3rd Khordad lethal air defense in Syria?

Iran’s new air defense help could also have ramifications for Turkey’s military presence.

Three-quarters of Natanz centrifuge assembly hall destroyed - nuke experts

Security expert David Albright told the ‘Post’ that some of the damage is likely irreparable.

Pompeo: US seized Iranian weapons on way to Houthi rebels in Yemen

"Iran is not abiding by the UN arms embargo that is due to expire in less than four months now," he said.

By REUTERS
08/07/2020
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif duri
Iran denies it will give China rights to islands for new trade deal

“There is no news of the transfer of Iranian islands, nor the presence of the military or other illusions,” former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called these rumors an old “trick.”

The open reactor with fuel rods are seen in a water pool inside the nuclear power plant Muehleberg d
What does Iran lose from damage to advanced centrifuges in Natanz?

Compound which was hit likely more vulnerable than Natanz facility itself.

Natanz nuclear site explosion looking worse for Iran amid internal crisis

For Iran this embarrassment is compounded by an increasing crescendo of articles that not only highlight the destruction at the site but also point fingers at who did it.

Iran brags that new ‘missile cities’ are nightmare for enemies

We have ‘underground cities which house vessels and missiles’ – Brig.-Gen. Alireza Tangsiri.

Richard Grenell, U.S. Ambassador to Germany
High-level US official slams Iran's Khamenei for execution of gays

“Do you wear a mask when you push gays off buildings?,” wrote Richard Grenell.

Fire at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility caused significant damage

"The incident has caused significant damage but there were no casualties."

By REUTERS
05/07/2020
Israel's new Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi
Ashkenazi on Iran explosions: Our actions are better left unsaid

‘Not every incident in Iran has to do with us,’ Gantz says

A man counts Iranian rials at a currency exchange shop before the start of US sanctions on Tehran
Iran rial slides to new low as coronavirus, sanctions weigh

The rial's decline has continued despite assurances from the Iranian Central Bank governor that the bank had injected hundreds of millions of dollars to stabilize the currency market.

By REUTERS
04/07/2020
Iranians wear protective face masks, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a
Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises

The government has been trying to convince a reluctant public to accept masks and a week-long campaign by state television has been warning viewers that "Corona is not a joke".

By REUTERS
04/07/2020
Arabic media: Israeli cyberattack struck Natanz nuclear facility

The Kuwaiti paper argues that Iran has now lost 80% of its stock of this gas.

Members of the paramilitary Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) take part in their graduation ceremony
Coronavirus and sanctions hit Iran’s support of proxies in Iraq

Since the coronavirus hit earlier this year, Iran has reduced its monthly payments to each of the four top militia groups in Iraq to between $2 million and $3 million from $4.5 million to $5 million.

By REUTERS
02/07/2020
A view shows railway packages for containers with uranium hexafluoride salt, raw material for nuclea
Are three mysterious explosions in Iran linked? - analysis

Three mysterious incidents, linked by explosions – at least two of them at secretive nuclear and weapons facilities – have rocked Iran in the past week.

A U.S. F-16 fighter jet is seen on the tarmac if a military base in Balad, Iraq, July 20, 2015
Iranian-backed militias in Iraq accuse Israel of 'military operations'

Two of Iraq’s most powerful Iranian-backed militias accused Israel and the US of carrying out military overflights of Iraq and have demanded the US leave the country.

A woman walks past the mural showing U.S. flag with barbed wire and the Statue Of Liberty with skull
Iran ramps up its 'maximum pressure' campaign on US, Israel, Saudi Arabia

How does Iran exert maximum pressure against the Americans? It plays the Middle East like a piano, keying in various partners and allies when necessary.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCP
US will fight, but Iran arms embargo is on death row - analysis

How can the US maximum pressure campaign against Iran remain effective if the conventional arms embargo expires in October?

Explosion near Tehran, June 26, 2020
At least 17 dead in explosion in medical center in Tehran

The head of the Tehran Emergency Center told Iranian media that three people have been injured in the fire. However, reports on social media have already reported on at least 17 dead.

30/06/2020
Iranian court confirms French-Iranian academic's 5-year sentence

Iran does not recognise dual nationality and has rejected France's calls to free the 60-year-old anthropologist detained since June 2019, saying the case is an Iranian domestic legal matter.

By REUTERS
30/06/2020
Iran FM: We will never forget US, Europe complicity with Saddam Hussein

The Iraqi attack on Sardasht, in the Iranian province of West Azerbaijan, on June 28, 1987, led to the deaths of 30 people, including 109 civilians. Over 4,500 people were injured in the attack.

Iran meddles in US-Iraq strategic talks

On June 11, US and Iraqi officials began a series of talks as part of a “strategic dialogue” on military, trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

By MAYA CARLIN
28/06/2020
Smoke rises after an air strike during fighting between members of the Syrian Democratic Forces
At least nine pro-Iranian fighters killed in alleged Israeli airstrike

The strike targeted location where the IRGC Quds Force commander had visited hours earlier.

A woman displays a "Free Iran" sticker as thousands of Iranian opponents in exile stage a protest ag
Several factors behind record drop in Iranian Rial, analysts say

Sanctions, decline in oil exports among reasons for historic devaluation.

By JOSHUA ROBBIN MARKS/THE MEDIA LINE
27/06/2020
Could Iran’s air force ever be a threat to Israel or Europe?

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sought to spotlight Iran’s air force in recent comments, claiming that if an arms embargo is ended, then Iran’s expanded jet fighters could pose a threat.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Rouhani: Iran is ready for talks if US apologizes over nuclear pact

"Iran is ready to cooperate with the (International Atomic Energy Agency) IAEA under law," Rouhani said.

By REUTERS
24/06/2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during the cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, March 4, 2020
Rouhani: US demand for talks with Iran is a lie

In early June, US President Donald Trump urged Iran to make a deal with America.

By REUTERS
23/06/2020
Iranian workers stand in front of Bushehr nuclear power plant, 1,200 km south of Tehran
Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant reconnected to grid

This is an achievement, Tehran says. It takes place during the COVID-19 crisis and shows that Iran can continue to advance despite difficulties.

UN watchdog presses Iran over nuke violations, Iran threatens retaliation

"Iran fully rejects this resolution and will respond appropriately...those who made this decision will bear responsibility for its consequences," Iranian official Kazem Gharib Abadi said.

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen
Iran still works to obtain weapons of mass destruction tech – German intel

Iran, along with Pakistan, North Korea and Syria, aims to complete and improve existing arsenals and develop new weapons through illegal procurement efforts in Germany.

Statue of former IRGC commander Qasem Soleimani in Jiroft, Iran
Pro-Iranian groups keep designing 'ugly' statues of Soleimani

This is the latest in a series of planned statues for Soleimani.

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna
Iran slams IAEA, warns of proper response to counterproductive decision

Also addressed was the ongoing situation in Syria and allegations that the Islamic Republic was behind the September 2019 missile attack on the Aramco oil facility in Saudi Arabia.

16/06/2020
An Iranian flag flutters in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna
Coronavirus: Iran's daily death toll tops 100 for first time in 2 months

After gradually relaxing its lockdown since mid-April, Iran has seen a sharp rise of new daily infections in recent weeks.

By REUTERS
14/06/2020
Iranian armed forces members march during the ceremony of the National Army Day parade in Tehran, Ir
Iran FM spokesman: US will 'kneel in front of Iranian nation'

"Knee on the neck," has become Iran's new message to symbolize US aggression against the Middle East nation.

A display featuring missiles and a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is seen
UN: Arms seized by US, missiles in Saudi Arabia attack 'of Iranian origin'

Iran’s mission to the United Nations in New York did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the U.N. report.

By REUTERS
12/06/2020
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Iran’s Rouhani: We broke the knee of America that was on our throat

Rouhani said the US has been trying to defeat Iran for decades and that Iran has outwitted the US. He referenced pressure going back to 1997 and other eras.

An Iranian flag flutters in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna
Iran calls on France to stop interfering in internal, judicial affairs

This comes after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reiterated demands for the Islamic Republic to release French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah.

07/06/2020
U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCP
US says door remains open for diplomacy with Iran

The US official reiterated an appeal for Iran to release American citizens Baquer Namazi, his son Siamak Namazi and conservationist Morad Tahbaz.

By REUTERS
05/06/2020
A woman displays a "Free Iran" sticker as thousands of Iranian opponents in exile stage a protest ag
American detained in Iran since 2018 freed, on his way home, family says

Michael White had been released from an Iranian prison in mid-March on medical furlough but was held in Iran under Swiss custody.

By REUTERS
05/06/2020
Dr. Sirous Asgari
Iranian professor acquitted of sanctions busting leaves US, Zarif says

In April 2016, the materials science professor was indicted as US federal prosecutors accused him of stealing trade secrets in violation of US sanctions on Iran.

By REUTERS
02/06/2020
Workers of the state-oil company Pdvsa holding Iranian and Venezuelan flags greet during the arrival
Iran ready to continue oil shipments to Venezuela

Seeking to deter further shipments of Iranian fuel to Venezuela, Washington is monitoring the supply.

By REUTERS
01/06/2020
Iran 'likely' to give Ukrainian airplane black box to France – report

Following the Ukrainian’s side delay in responding to Iran’s offer regarding the Ukrainian plane’s black box, the Iranian authorities have decided to send the black box to another country.

31/05/2020
Members of the medical team spray disinfectant to sanitize indoor place of Imam Reza's holy shrine,
Mosques in Iran to resume daily prayers - president

As of Friday, Iran had recorded 146,668 infections, with 7,677 deaths.

By REUTERS
30/05/2020
Trump and Khamenei
Twitter censors Trump for glorifying violence, lets Iran threaten Israel

The social media giant provided no explanation for what defines “glorifying violence” and does not provide a way to report tweets specifically for this issue.

The Tomb of Serah, daughter of Asher, Pir Bakran, Iran
Stolen Hebrew, Persian inscriptions returned to Jewish site in Iran

The theft was originally reported last summer but the stolen items were only found 10 days ago.

A Houthi holds up an image of Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi, the movement leader, during protests
Iran is increasingly promoting antisemitic Houthi leader from Yemen

Iran’s role in Yemen gives it the ability to project power into the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab Strait.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani  October 1, 2019.
Iran passes law banning use of Israeli technology

A bill passed last week on “confronting the hostile acts of the Zionist regime against peace and security” prevents any cooperation with Israel.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
27/05/2020
German party seeks to ban Iranian-regime center in Hamburg

Islamic Center is Iran's supreme leader's long arm in Germany

Demonstrators attend an 'al-Quds Day' protest rally in Berlin, Germany, July 11, 2015
Rise in violent Iranian regime supporters in Berlin - Intel report

Middle East Forum Berlin urges ban of "antisemitic" al-Quds rally.

Members of the medical team spray disinfectant to sanitize indoor place of Imam Reza's holy shrine,
Iran to reopen religious, cultural sites for Eid al-Fitr - president

Rouhani said last week that the shrines would open for three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon.

By REUTERS
23/05/2020
A banner hangs on a bridge on Palestine street showing pictures of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah A
Iraqi protesters tear down Iranian 'Quds Day' posters - report

The posters included images of Iranian leaders and pro-Iranian groups, including Hezbollah and its leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures as he delivers a Friday prayer sermon in Tehra
Wiesenthal to Germany, Austria: Recall ambassadors to protest Iran

"They should explicitly denounce this religious Nazi in Tehran and recall ambassadors for his genocidal threat to Jewish people."

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