Sunday , 19 January 2020

Social and Political

Amnesty Says Security Agent Sexually Assaulted A Detained Female Protester In Iran

radiofarda – Amnesty International has received “shocking reports” about sexual assault of a woman, recently detained in Iran for participating in protests following the downing of a Ukrainian passenger plane near the capital city, Tehran. Thousands of Iranians protested January 11-13 after the military belatedly admitted it had shot down the airliner “by mistake”. Security forces confronted the demonstrators with …

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As Victims’ Bodies Arrive In Kyiv, Tehran Clouds Plans For Flight PS752’s Black Boxes

rferl.org – The coffins of 11 Ukrainians killed when Iran’s military mistakenly shot down a passenger airliner after takeoff from Tehran international airport arrived in Kyiv on January 19 as new questions emerged over Iranian officials’ cooperation in ongoing investigations into the tragedy. President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, and other senior Ukrainian officials participated in a solemn ceremony …

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U.K., France Cite Need For ‘Long-Term Framework’ After Tehran Warns It Could ‘Reconsider’ IAEA Cooperation

rferl.org – The influential speaker of Iran’s parliament has warned European powers against “for any reason” taking an “unfair” approach to the dispute mechanism in the 4-year-old nuclear deal that has been in the balance since a U.S. pullout in 2018. Tehran would “seriously reconsider our cooperation” with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a result, the speaker, Ali …

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No Information On Fourteen Protesters Arrested Last Week In Iran

radiofarda – Fourteen people arrested for protesting the January 8 downing of a passenger plane by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, are detained at an unknown location and there is no news about their well-being. Five of the detainees are women. The arrests took place in Amol, northern Iran on January 11, when protests started in several cities. Iranian website Zaytoon reports …

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Iran’s Guards Aim To Expand Economic Role, Aiming To Build Ten New Refineries

radiofarda – The commander of Revolutionary Guard’s business conglomerate in Iran has proposed building ten more refineries, which would signal a major expansion of the military’s role in the country’s most important economic sector. Saeed Mohammad, the commander of Khatam al-Anbia told Fars news agency close to the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) that “The joint headquarters of the armed …

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Trump Mocks Iran’s Khamenei After His Uncompromising Speech

radiofarda – President Donald Trump has warned Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to be “very careful with his words” after the Iranian called the U.S. leader a “clown” during a rare sermon he delivered earlier on Friday. “The so-called ‘Supreme Leader’ of Iran, who has not been so Supreme lately, had some nasty things to say about the United …

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Iran Confirms Sending Downed Ukrainian Airliner’s Black Boxes To Kyiv

rferl.org – Iran has confirmed it will send the black-box flight recorders recovered from a Ukrainian passenger jet that was shot down over Tehran on January 8 to Kyiv. Hassan Rezaifer, head of the accident investigations unit of Iran’s civil aviation authority, told the Tasnim news agency on January 18 that it had not been possible to read the black …

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Two Demonstrators Killed In New Flare-Up Of Iraqi Anti-Government Protests

rferl.org – At least two demonstrators were killed and 24 others hurt during clashes with security forces in central Baghdad in a new flare-up of protests against the country’s political elite and widespread corruption. Security sources told Western news agencies that one protester was killed on January 17 as demonstrators attempted to cross the strategic Sinek Bridge in the center …

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Canada To Help Victims’ Families With Funds, Still Expects Compensation From Iran

rferl.org – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will provide quick funds to the families of 57 citizens and 29 permanent residents of the country who died when a Ukrainian jetliner was shot down in Iran last week. Trudeau on January 17 said that, although Canada will provide C$25,000 (US$19,122) to the Canadian-tied victims’ families, he still expects …

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Canada Says Black Boxes From Iran Crash Should Be Sent To France

radiofarda – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday urged Iran to send the black boxes from the passenger plane shot down by its forces to France for analysis and said the first remains of victims should soon arrive back in Canada. Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa that France was one of the few countries with the ability …

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