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Monthly Archives: June 2020

Iran’s debt-ridden international broadcasters face closure

Al-Monitor – Iran’s state-funded international TV channels, including Press TV, could soon be taken off the air due to accumulated debt amid the country’s cash reserve crisis.  A screen grab from video footage from Iran’s state-run English language Press TV showing aerial view of warships released by revolutionary guards, broadcasted on July 19, 2019.  Photo by Press TV/Reuters TV via …

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Former Deputy Mayor Of Tehran Being Tried For Billion-Dollar Corruption

PayvandNews Forty court hearings have been so far held in the trial of former Tehran Deputy Mayor, Issa Sharifi on charges of corruption, the spokesman of the Islamic Republic Judiciary, disclosed on Tuesday, June 9.  Gholam-Hossein Esmaeili said the hearings, with eleven defendants, are underway in the Armed Forces Judicial Court. He stopped short of identifying the other suspects but …

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International Religious Freedom round-table on global state of religious freedom.

Shabtabnews – The US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback and representatives from various Religious Freedom organisations held a virtual round-table meeting on the state of global religious freedom. Mr. Gharagozloo, The US representative of IOPHR ( The International organisation for preservation of human rights ) spoke at the weekly IRF round-table about the recent human rights …

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Iran’s Guards Poised To Enter Country’s $15 Billion Auto Industry

Radiofarda – The Chief-Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Aerospace Force, Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said on Tuesday, June 9, that the IRGC will transfer its research experiences to the automotive industry. In January 2018, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khmenei had ordered the IRGC to reduce its role in the country’s economy. Similar pronouncements were also made …

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Iran’s Judiciary Refutes Own Spokesman On Spy’s Role In Soleimani Killing

Radiofarda – Hours after Iran’s Judiciary spokesman announced on Tuesday that a “collaborator” has been sentenced to death for informing the CIA and Mossad about the whereabouts of Qassem Soleimani’, Judiciary’s media center said the spy case had nothing to do with Soleimani’s targeted killing on January 3. In his weekly press briefing today, the spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaili said a …

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One In Five Iranians May Have Had Coronavirus: Health Official

(AFP) -Nearly one in five Iranians may have been infected with the novel coronavirus since the country’s outbreak started in February, a health official said Tuesday. “About 15 million Iranians may have experienced being infected with this virus since the outbreak began,” said Ehsan Mostafavi, a member of the task force set up to combat COVID-19. This meant the virus …

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Iranian Links: New Taliban Splinter Group Emerges That Opposes U.S. Peace Deal

RFL/RE – A new breakaway Afghan Taliban faction that has close ties to neighboring Iran and opposes efforts aimed at ending the 18-year insurgency in Afghanistan has emerged.The Hezb-e Walayat-e Islami, or Party of Islamic Guardianship, is believed to have split from the mainstream Taliban soon after the United States and the militant group signed a landmark peace agreement in …

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EU Rejects Any US Attempt to Invoke Iran Nuclear Deal

VOA – The European Union’s top diplomat said Tuesday that since the United States has already withdrawn from an international agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, it can’t now use its former membership of the pact to try to impose a permanent arms embargo on the Islamic Republic.The accord, which Iran signed with the U.S., Britain, Germany, France, China and Russia …

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Report: Iran builds fake aircraft carrier for drills

Al-Monitor – Iran has built a fake aircraft carrier that resembles a US one for naval drills, The Associated Press reports. Satellite photographs obtained by the AP show a structure that looks similar to US Navy carriers that sail through the strategic Strait of Hormuz between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula. Iranian officials have not commented on the mock-up, which also carries replicas …

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