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Monthly Archives: March 2020

Houthi ballistic missiles intercepted above Riyadh, Jazan: Saudi Arabia

Al-Arabia- The Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces intercepted and destroyed two ballistic missiles launched by the Houthi militia in Yemen at 11:23 p.m. local time on Saturday toward civilian targets in the cities of Riyadh and Jazan, the Arab Coalition confirms in a statement. Arab Coalition Spokesperson Colonel Al-Maliki said that the two ballistic missiles were launched toward the cities …

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Husband Of Jailed U.K.-Iranian Woman Says Temporary Release Extended In Tehran

RFL/RE – The husband of the jailed British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says his wife has had her temporary release extended for another two weeks by the Iranian government.“Nazanin’s father got told today that it has been extended until Saturday, April 18, an extra two weeks,” husband Richard Ratcliffe told AFP in an e-mail on March 28.He added that the …

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Iran’s President Says Economy Is a Factor in Virus Response

VOA – Iran’s president on Sunday lashed out at criticism of its lagging response to the worst coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East as a “political war,” saying he had to weigh protecting the economy while tackling the pandemic. Hassan Rouhani said the government had to consider the effect of mass quarantine efforts on Iran’s beleaguered economy, which is under …

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Uncertainty in a Bleak Moment

gatestoneinstitute.org – Uncertainty may also be affecting politics in Iran, where the “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei may have slowed down his bid for exclusive hold on power, in the hope that Hassan Rouhani, the hapless president, will end up carrying the can for the disaster caused by the pandemic. On positive note, the pandemic may have slowed down India’s tragic …

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COVID-19: 139 More Deaths In Iran; One New Death Reported In Russia

RFL/RE – The global death toll from the coronavirus is more than 27,700 with almost 600,000 infections confirmed, causing mass disruptions as governments continue to try to slow the spread of the new respiratory illness. Here’s a roundup of developments in RFE/RL’s broadcast countries. Iran Iran has reported 139 new coronavirus deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities attributed to …

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Eighty Prisoners Escape In Iran Amid Coronavirus Epidemic

Radiofarda – A Judiciary official of Kurdistan Province in Iran on Saturday said seven of the 70 inmates who had broken out of a prison in Saqqez on March 27 have been arrested and two more have surrendered. On Friday evening Iranian media reported that around 80 inmates who were serving terms for common crimes had broken out of the …

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Zarif Says US Holding ‘Several Iranian Scientists Hostage’

Radiofarda – The Islamic Republic Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has accused the United States of taking “several” Iranian scientists hostage. In a tweet on Friday, March 27, Zarif maintained, “The U.S. even refuses medical furlough — amid #covid19 — for innocent men jailed in horrific facilities. Release our men.” Referring to a report by The Guardian newspaper about an …

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Tehran Public Transport To Be Suspended Amid Confusion Over Restrictions

Radiofarda – The Coronavirus Control Task Force in Tehran has decided to suspend public transport in the Iranian capital, amid chaos and confusion about the recent restrictions announced by the government. The decision made on Friday March 27 which covers all subway and bus services in Tehran was announced hours after Tehran City Council Chairman Mohsen Hashemi called on state …

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Iranian Diplomats Instigated Killing Of Dissident In Istanbul, Turkish Officials Say

Reuters – Two intelligence officers at Iran’s consulate in Turkey instigated the killing last November of an Iranian dissident in Istanbul who criticized the Islamic Republic’s political and military leaders, two senior Turkish officials told Reuters. The accusation is likely to strain ties between Turkey and Iran, two regional powers which had grown closer under the government of Turkish President …

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China Has Reduced Oil Imports From Iran, Zero Revenues For Tehran

Radiofarda – Data received by Radio Farda show that since January Iran’s crude oil exports to China have dropped further to less than 220,000 barrels per day. Earlier, Washington had repeatedly insisted that one of its main goals in imposing economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic was pushing Iranian oil exports to zero. The United States and China signed an …

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