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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Representative of Iran’s Khamenei calls on Iraqis to attack ‘spy den’ US embassy

alarabiya – Hossein Shariatmadari, one of Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representatives, and the head of Iran’s hardline Kayhan newspaper, called on Iraqis to “occupy the US embassy like the Iranians did in 1979,” following major protests that gripped Baghdad in recent days. In an editorial that featured in the newspaper on Saturday, Shariatmadari reiterated accusations by top Iranian officials …

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Zarif Speaks On Possible Prisoner Swap

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said during a speech at the Iranian Parliament (Majles) on Sunday October 6 that 3 Iranian prisoners in other countries have been released. The media already knew about the release of Negar Qods Kani from a U.S. prison and Reza Dehbashi’s release from an Australian prison during the past weeks. Both of them were …

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Iran Threatens To Reduce More Nuclear Commitments If Others Do Not Comply

radiofarda – The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrooz Kamalvandi, on Sunday warned Europeans that Iran would drop more of its nuclear commitments if they do not assist the Islamic Republic to economically benefit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) or Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran will continue to reduce its …

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Iranian Instagram Celebrity ‘Arrested For Blasphemy’

rferl.org – Iran has arrested an Instagram star famed for drastically altering her appearance to look like U.S. actress Angelina Jolie, the Tasnim news agency has reported. The social media celebrity known as Sahar Tabar was detained for crimes including blasphemy, instigating violence, and encouraging corruption among youths, Tasnim said late on October 5. Her Instagram account has since been …

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Iran Says China Has Pulled Out Of South Pars Natural Gas Project

rferl.org – Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh says China’s national petroleum company has pulled out of a $5 billion deal to help develop Iran’s giant South Pars natural gas field in the Persian Gulf. The development, announced by Zanganeh on the ministry’s SHANA website, comes amid economic pressure on both Iran and China from the United States. It also follows …

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Australians Back Home After Likely Prisoner Swap With Iran

rferl.org – Australian travel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin arrived back at their home in Perth after months in an Iranian jail following what appears to have been a likely prisoner swap with Tehran. Australian authorities confirmed on October 6 that, on the same day Tehran freed the couple from detention, they released an Iranian academic who had been …

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UN says ‘this must stop’ after violence in Iraq protests

alarabiya – The top UN official in Iraq deplored five days of violence during protests that has killed nearly 100 across the country and wounded thousands, saying “this must stop.” “Five days of reported deaths and injuries; this must stop,” Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, the special representative of the UN secretary general in Iraq, said in a tweet. According to the Iraqi …

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Anguish for jailed UK-Iranian mum at sending daughter to Britain

alarabiya – The husband of a British-Iranian mother jailed in Tehran since 2016 said on Saturday the couple’s decision to send their five-year-old daughter to him in Britain to start school was “bittersweet.” Richard Ratcliffe, whose wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is serving a five-year term for sedition, told AFP he is looking forward to seeing daughter Gabriella for the first time …

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A Poetry Reciter In Iran Sentenced To Prison For Poem Against Injustice, Corruption

Radiofarda – A poetry reciter in Iran has received a six-month prison sentence for reciting a poem, which mentioned corruption, discrimination abusing power and stealing public funds. Hossein Jannati, who once even recited a poem in the presence of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei was charged with “propaganda against the regime”, and a higher court confirmed the verdict on October …

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Trump Says He Rejected Iran Demands And Called Off Rouhani Meeting

Radiofarda – President Donald Trump has confirmed that U.S. and Iranian officials discussed a possible meeting or call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at last week’s U.N. General Assembly, but he insists he was the one who called off the plans. Trump told reporters Friday that “our sides talked” but says Iran wanted sanctions relief as a condition for the …

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