Wednesday , 27 September 2023


Iran arrests ‘terrorist team’ linked to Israel: Tasnim

Al-Arabia – Fourteen members of a “terrorist team” linked to Israel have been arrested in northwestern Iran, an official from Iran’s Judiciary said on Monday according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency. “14 members linked to Israel have been arrested as they were seeking to identify and assassinate various individuals,” Tasnim reported.

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Iranian Authorities Free Jailed Belgian Citizen in Prisoner Swap

Iranwire – Belgium’s prime minister says Iranian authorities have released a Belgian humanitarian worker who had been jailed in Iran for more than a year. “Olivier Vandecasteele is on his way to Belgium,” Alexander De Croo said in a statement on May 26. “If all goes as planned, he will be with us tonight.” De Croo said Vandecasteele was transferred …

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Iran Replaces Top Security Official

VOA – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi appointed a new head of the country’s top security body on Monday. State media said Ali Akbar Ahmadian, a Revolutionary Guards commander, would serve as secretary of the Supreme National Security Council. Ahmadian replaces Ali Shamkhani, who served in the post for a decade and played a key role in thawing relations with regional …

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Iran Erupts in New Protests After Latest Executions

Iranwire – In a dramatic response to Friday morning’s executions of the detained protesters Saleh Mirhashemi, Majid Kazemi and Saeed Yaqoubi, outraged Iranians have flooded the streets of several cities, igniting widespread protests against the Islamic Republic. Tehran, the nation’s capital, witnessed powerful demonstrations as protesters assembled in various locations, including Sattar Khan Street, Tehran Pars, and Ekbatan Town.  Social media reports …

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Iran summons Iraq envoy over Kurdish opposition groups

Al-Arabia – Iran has summoned Iraq’s ambassador to protest over the presence of Iranian opposition groups at an official ceremony in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, media reported Sunday. Quoting the foreign ministry, ISNA news agency said that during Saturday’s meeting Tehran expressed its “strong objection” to the invitation of members of “separatist groups” at the ceremony “contrary to the recent …

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Former IRGC Intelligence Chief Keen To Put Rouhani On Trial

iranintl – Hossein Ta’eb, a senior adviser to the IRGC says former President “Hassan Rouhani will be tried if not today, maybe another day for his decision’s during his presidency.” However, while according to Etemad Online Ta’eb insisted that Rouhani should be tried, he commented that his trial is not the establishment’s immediate priority. Several social media users commenting on the report …

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Two French Nationals Jailed in Iran Released

Iranwire – Iranian authorities have released two French citizens jailed in separate cases and they are both now returning to France, French officials say. Bernard Phélan , who also holds Irish nationality, and Benjamin Brière were freed from their prison in the northeastern city of Mashhad and are “on their way to France,” Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna said. “Finally Freed. Benjamin Brière and Bernard Phélan will …

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Reza Pahlavi Visits Baha’i World Center in Israel

Iranwire – Iran’s former crown prince, Reza Pahlavi, has visited the spiritual and administrative heart of the Baha’i community in Haifa, as he wrapped up his five-day trip to Israel. Baha’is in Iran have faced persecution and discrimination since the 1979 Islamic Revolution because of their religious beliefs. Pahlavi, the son of the late Mohammad Reza Shah and an exiled …

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In China, Macron eyes bigger role for France on Iran and Middle East

Al-Monitor — A joint statement by French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping last Friday referred among other things to common efforts for reviving the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with Iran that was signed in 2015 but stalled following the US withdrawal from the agreement in 2018. The statement noted that …

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