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Monthly Archives: November 2019

Iran Announces Use of More Advanced Centrifuges

VOA – Iran’s nuclear chief announced Monday the country is operating dozens of advanced centrifuges in a move that further goes against the 2015 agreement the country signed with a group of world powers. Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said told state television Monday that Iran was operating the IR-6 centrifuges, which allow the processing …

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3 Iraqi Protesters Killed in Iran Consulate Attack

VOA – Iraqi officials said Monday security forces shot dead three protesters in Iraq’s holy city of Karbala overnight after a group tried to scale the walls of the Iranian consulate. Protesters gathered at the site late Sunday and chanted, “Iran out, Karbala remains free.” Before the shootings, officials said protesters also threw objects over the walls and tried to …

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Iran Marks 1979 Takeover of US Embassy, Hostage Crisis

VOA – Reviving decades-old cries of “Death to America,” Iran on Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 student takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444-day hostage crisis that followed as tensions remain high over the country’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. Demonstrators gathered in front of the former U.S. Embassy in downtown Tehran as …

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Pro and Anti-Government Demonstrators Occupy Lebanese Capital

VOA – Protests in Lebanon continue even after Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned last week amid massive rallies that had paralyzed the nation’s capital and spread around the small Mediterranean nation. Citizens mistrustful of the government came out again Sunday to demand a whole new leadership, but supporters of President Michel Aoun also showed up in large numbers to rally …

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Renewed Heavy Rains In Iran Cause Floods, Killing Two

Radiofarda – For drought-stricken Iran, a second year of heavy rains have brought much needed water but also floods, killing two people. An official of Red Crescent Organization has said that two people died in floods in Torbat Jam township and an official in the norther Mazanderan province reported one person missing. Many roads have been severed by floods and …

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Twitter Closes Accounts of Hezbollah TV And Houthi Forces

Radiofarda – Twitter has blocked the account of Al-Manar TV, belonging to Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah, saying it has not followed its rules. Al-Manar has called the blocking a “political” act. Currently, the page is completely blank. Twitter has also blocked an account belonging to Yemen’s Houthis, called “The Central Warfare Channel”. In August 2018, Facebook and Twitter closed hundreds of Iran-connected accounts, …

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More Than 1.6 Million Iranians Visited Turkey From January To September

Radiofarda – More than 1.6 million Iranians have visited Turkey in the first nine months of this year, according to Turkey’s tourism office. Although this figure is two percent less than last year, but in August and September the number of visitors from Iran skyrocketed. Iranians are the fifth largest national group among Turkey’s foreign tourists. In August 45 percent …

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Jailed Billionaire’s Helper Must Repay $1.3 Billion To Iran’s Government

Radiofarda – A court in Tehran has sentenced a colleague of the imprisoned Iranian billionaire to twenty years of jail and repaying $1.3 billion of what prosecutors say is government’s embezzled funds. According to the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)-run news agency, Tasnim, Alireza Ziba Halat Monfared has also been “fined.” Ziba Halat Monfared, identified by the local news outlets …

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Iran Says Cooperation Plan Sent To Gulf Neighbors

Radiofarda – Iran said Saturday it has sent Iraq and Arab states of the Gulf the text of its security and cooperation project first unveiled by President Hassan Rouhani at the UN in September. Rouhani “sent the full text (of the initiative) to the heads” of the Gulf Cooperation Council and Iraq and “asked for their cooperation in processing and …

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Iran Hardliners Try Appeasement Ahead Of Elections, As Protests Rage In Region

Radiofarda – Hardliners in Iran including civilian and military officials have been observed in recent weeks trying to win hearts and minds by appeasing the underprivileged segments of the population, pledging their support for the people in the face of economic hardships, and showcasing what they have been doing to improve the situation. Some have even gone out of their …

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