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Iran threatens to raze ancient Jewish site in favor of Palestinian consulate

Iranian authorities are threatening to destroy the historic tomb of Esther and Mordechai in the city of Hamedan, 200 miles west of Tehran, in favor of constructing "a consular office for Palestine," the Alliance for Rights of All Minorities in Iran (ARAM) said in a Twitter post on Sunday...

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:10am

Iran raid on US base injured 109, admits Pentagon

The number of US troops suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) after an Iranian attack on a US base in Iraq in January has risen to 109, according to US officials. The figure is a significant increase from the 64 injured service members previously reported by the Pentagon. President...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 9:27am

Ukrainian passenger plane crashes in Iran

A Ukrainian Boeing-737 with more than 170 people onboard has crashed in Iran, according to local media. Iran's Red Crescent said there is no chance of finding survivors. The aircraft belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed just after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 8:45am

Iran targets US troops with missile strikes

Two airbases housing US troops in Iraq have been hit by more than a dozen ballistic missiles, according to the US Department of Defence. Iranian state TV says the attack is retaliation after the country's top commander Qassem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad, on the orders...

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 7:54am

US denies Iraq pullout amid letter confusion

US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has denied US troops are pulling out of Iraq, after a letter from a US general there suggested a withdrawal. The letter said the US would be "repositioning forces in the coming days and weeks" after Iraqi MPs had called for them to leave. Mr Esper...

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 - 9:10am

Tens of thousands mourn as Soleimani's body returns to Iran

Tens of thousands of mourners clad in black have filled the streets of the Iranian city of Ahvaz to pay their respects to Qassem Soleimani, the country's most powerful and revered military commander who was assassinated by a US airstrike in Iraq. Soleimani's body was flown to the...

Sunday, January 5, 2020 - 12:11pm

US kills Iran Quds Force leader, Pentagon confirms

General Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite Quds Force, has been killed by US forces in Iraq. The Pentagon confirmed he was killed "at the direction of the president". Gen Soleimani was being driven by car at Baghdad airport, alongside local Iran...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 8:25am

Images show Iran rebuilding military base on Iraq-Syria border

Iran is continuing construction on a military base near the Iraq-Syria border, new satellite images taken on Sunday show. The Imam Ali military base was partially destroyed in an airstrike in early September. ImageSat International (ISI) analysts said that the new images show eight zones of...

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 9:17am

U.S. imposes sanctions on Iran's supreme leader

The United States on Monday imposed new sanctions on Iran targeting its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other senior officials, a move further worsening the already strained Washington-Tehran ties. U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday at the White House, which...

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:35am

US-Iran: Trump 'pulls back after approving strikes' after drone downing

President Donald Trump approved retaliatory military strikes against Iran on Thursday before changing his mind, US media report. The New York Times, citing senior White House officials, says strikes were planned against a "handful" of targets. They say the operation was allegedly under...

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 6:43pm

Iran's supreme leader lauds Syria's "resistance" against U.S.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lauded what he called Syria's "resistance" against U.S. and its allies' pressures on the Arab country, Tasnim news agency reported on Tuesday. "Resistance of the Syrian president and people has been the main reason behind...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 2:52pm

Israeli minister sentenced for spying for Iran

An Israeli court sent on Tuesday a former minister to 11 years in prison after finding him guilty of spying on behalf of Iran. The Jerusalem District Court approved the sentence on Gonen Segev amidst a plea deal signed between Segev and the State Attorney's office. In the deal signed in...

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 2:12pm

Oil rises as U.S. sanctions on Iran tighten supply

Oil prices rose on Friday as U.S. sanctions on Tehran squeezed Iranian crude exports, tightening supply even as other key exporters increased production. Global crude oil benchmark Brent LCOc1 was up 60 cents at $82.32 a barrel by 1340 GMT. The contract hit a four-year high of $82.55 this week but...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:25pm

Beijing might benefit from Trump's ban on Iranian oil – Chinese scholar

China might benefit from Washington's ban on Iranian oil purchases, which will start on November 5, 2018, Ji Kaiyun, director of the China Southwestern University’s Center of Iranian Studies, told Sputnik, recalling that Beijing had always found ways to circumvent American sanctions....

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:55am

If US attacks Iran, allies in region will be targeted - senior Iran cleric

A Senior Iranian cleric has stated that Donald Trump’s offer of direct talks with Tehran is unacceptable, according to Mizan News. "Americans say you should accept what we say in the talks. So this is not negotiation, but a dictatorship. The Islamic Republic and the Iranian nation would...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 10:42am

Facebook, Twitter remove hundreds of pages tied to Iran

Facebook has removed more than 650 pages and accounts for inauthentic behavior that could be linked to Iran, the social media giant said in a statement. Twitter also announced the deletion of 284 accounts, many of which, according to the platform, originated from Iran. "We’ve removed...

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 - 10:22am

Iran to ease currency exchange regulations ahead of US sanctions

The new rules will allow exchange offices to buy and sell hard currencies, among other assets. Iran has announced a relaxation of foreign exchange rules ahead of US sanctions targeting Iran's purchase of US dollars, trade in gold and precious metals, coal, cars and industrial-related software...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 10:06am

Iran’s navy assembles near mouth of Persian Gulf, US ‘monitoring it closely’

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) appears to be preparing for a major display of force in the Strait of Hormuz, the only outlet from the Persian Gulf to the open sea, demonstrating its ability to shut down the strategically important waterway. US Central Command tweeted...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:31am

Terrorists will return to Syria if Iran, Russia withdraw troops - Tehran

According to Iranian ex-foreign minister and Supreme Leader's Aide Ali Akbar Velayati, Iranian and Russian troops will stay in Syria in order to guarantee that terrorists won't continue their activity in the war-torn country. Addressing the Syrian conflict, the official stated, that...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 11:18am

Rouhani to visit Switzerland on political, economic talks

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will start his official visit to Switzerland on Monday to hold talks with his Swiss counterpart Alain Berset and top officials on a host of issues, including bilateral ties, official IRNA news agency reported on Sunday. Rouhani heads a high-ranking political and...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:27am

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