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Trump Vetoes Resolution Limiting Iran War Powers

U.S. President Trump has vetoed a congressional resolution to prevent military action against Iran without first receiving permission from Congress amid rising tensions in the Middle East. In a statement on May 6, Trump described lawmakers’ attempt to curtail a president’s war powers as “very insulting” and based on “misunderstandings of facts and law.” In […]

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Iran-Backed Hizballah Banned In Germany

Germany has banned Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hizballah’s activities on its soil and designated it a terrorist organization, the Interior Ministry said on April 30.German police conducted early morning raids in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Bremen, and the capital, Berlin, to detain suspected members of the group.”Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has banned the […]

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Iran Says 3,600 Arrested For Spreading Coronavirus-Related Rumors

A spokesman for Iran’s armed forces says 3,600 people have been arrested in the country for spreading rumors regarding the coronavirus pandemic. Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi made the comments on a live news program on state-controlled television on April 28, claiming that the Islamic republic’s “enemies” had “elements” inside the country who follow their orders. […]

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Iran Arrests Editor, Journalist Over Cartoon Mocking Khamenei

The editor in chief and a social-media administrator of Iran’s semiofficial ILNA news agency were detained last week over a cartoon deemed insulting to the country’s leadership. The cartoon, which appeared to mock Iran’s highest authority, was reportedly removed from ILNA’s Telegram channel shortly after being posted. ILNA’s editor in chief, Masud Heydari, has been […]

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U.S. Calls On EU To Put Sanctions On Iranians Developing Missile Program

The United States has called on the European Union to place sanctions on individuals and entities working on Iran’s missile programs after Tehran said it successfully launched a military satellite. Washington also called on all countries to extend the United Nations conventional-arms embargo on Iran, saying the launch was proof the country’s space program was […]

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Rohani Tells Military To Remain Vigilant After Threats Traded With U.S.

President Hassan Rohani has called on Iran’s armed forces to seek regional stability while maintaining vigilance against “provocations.” The comments on April 24 came after days of rising tensions between Iran and the United States centered on threats involving the two countries’ ships in the Persian Gulf.Rohani was quoted by state television as telling his […]

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U.K. Says Iranian Military Satellite Launch ‘Of Significant Concern’

Britain says it is concerned over Iran’s launching of a military satellite and urged Tehran to uphold a United Nations resolution on refraining from such activities. “Reports that Iran has carried out a satellite launch using ballistic-missile technology are of significant concern and inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2231,” the Foreign Office said in […]

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Russia, Turkey, and Iran To Meet On Syria

The foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey, and Iran will hold a video conference on April 22 to discuss Syria and a de-escalation deal in the last rebel-held enclave in Idlib. Turkey and Russia, which back opposing sides of the conflict, brokered a March 5 cease-fire in rebel-controlled Idlib province following a monthslong Russia-backed offensive by […]

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UN Rights Experts ‘Shocked’ Over Juvenile Offender Execution in Iran, Warn Of More To Come

United Nations rights experts say they are “shocked” Iran has executed another juvenile offender in violation of international law. Shayan Saeedpour, who was 17 years old at the time of his conviction for a fatal knife stabbing, was hanged on April 21, United Nations special rapporteurs Javaid Rehman and Agnes Callamard said in a statement. […]

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Iran Says 1,000 Foreign Prisoners Released Temporarily Due To Virus Outbreak

Iran says it has released temporarily more than 1,000 foreign prisoners due to the coronavirus outbreak, following criticism by UN human rights experts. “What Iran has done in guaranteeing prisoners’ health and granting furlough to them is a significant move” compared with what other countries have done, said Gholamhossein Esmaili, a spokesman for the country’s […]

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Iranian Foreign Minister Holds Talks With Syria’s Assad In Damascus

Iran’s foreign minister has held talks with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad as both countries grapple with the coronavirus outbreak. The country’s official government news agency IRNA said Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Assad in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on April 20, but no further details were released. Photographs posted to the Iranian government’s Twitter account […]

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Detained Iranian Instagram Celebrity On Ventilator After Contracting Coronavirus

A detained Iranian Instagram celebrity has been placed on a ventilator in a hospital in Tehran after contracting the coronavirus while in prison.Fatemeh Khishvand, 18, known as Sahar Tabar, has been detained since October 2019 amid a judiciary crackdown on Instagram celebrities.Khishvand’s lawyer, Payam Derafshan, said that revolutionary court judge Mohammad Moghiseh, who in charge […]

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