Iran’s President Raisi says protesters should be ‘confronted decisively’

Iran’s President Raisi says protesters should be ‘confronted decisively’

Iran must deal decisively with protests which have swept the country after the death in custody of a woman detained by the Islamic Republic's morality police, President Ebrahim Raisi said on Saturday. Thirty-five people have been killed in the weeklong demonstrations, according to Iran's state television, with protest spreading to most of the country's 31 provinces. On Friday, state-organised rallies took place in several Iranian cities to counter the anti-government protests, and the army promised to confront "the enemies" behind the unrest. State media quoted Raisi on Saturday as saying Iran must "deal decisively with those who oppose the country's…
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Musk says activating Starlink, in response to Blinken on internet freedom in Iran

Musk says activating Starlink, in response to Blinken on internet freedom in Iran

 (Reuters) - SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that he would activate the firm's satellite internet service, Starlink, in response to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's tweet that the United States took action "to advance internet freedom and the free flow of information" to Iranians. The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday issued guidance expanding internet services available to Iranians despite U.S. sanctions on the country, amid protests around Iran following the death of a 22-year-old woman in custody. A Treasury official briefing reporters said: "Our understanding of Starlink is that what they provide would be commercial grade, and it would…
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UPDATED: Iranian army says it will confront enemies as protests rage

UPDATED: Iranian army says it will confront enemies as protests rage

Sept 23 (Reuters) - The Iranian army said on Friday it will "confront the enemies" to ensure security, the toughest warning yet to nationwide protesters enraged by the death of a woman held by police. Iranians have staged nationwide demonstrations over the case of Mahsa Amini, 22, who died last week after being arrested by the morality police for wearing "unsuitable attire". The army said "these desperate actions are part of the evil strategy of the enemy to weaken the Islamic regime". It will "confront the enemies' various plots in order to ensure security and peace for the people who…
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UPDATED: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards issue warning as protests over woman’s death spread

UPDATED: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards issue warning as protests over woman’s death spread

Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards called on the Islamic Republic's judiciary on Thursday to prosecute "those who spread false news and rumours" about a young woman whose death in police custody has triggered nationwide protests. Protesters in Tehran and other Iranian cities torched police stations and vehicles earlier on Thursday as public outrage over the death showed no signs of easing, with reports of security forces coming under attack. Mahsa Amini, 22, died last week after being arrested in Tehran for wearing "unsuitable attire". She fell into a coma while in detention. The authorities have said they would launch an investigation…
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Iran’s Khamenei gives second televised speech after report of illness

Iran’s Khamenei gives second televised speech after report of illness

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke for the second time in less than a week in a televised speech on Wednesday, appearing healthy after a report that he had been under observation by a team of doctors. The New York Times reported on Sept. 16that Khamenei, 83, had cancelled all meetings and public appearances after falling gravely ill and was on bed rest under observation by the team of doctors, quoting four people familiar with his health situation. Khamenei, who has led the Islamic Republic since 1989, appeared on Wednesday to deliver remarks at an…
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UPDATED: Two dead and 25 injured in Iran’s Kermanshah following protests

UPDATED: Two dead and 25 injured in Iran’s Kermanshah following protests

Two people died on Tuesday following protests in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah, the city's prosecutor was quoted as saying on Wednesday by the semi-official Fars news agency. "Unfortunately, two people were murdered in yesterday's riots in Kermanshah. We are certain this was done by anti-revolutionary elements because the victims were killed by weapons not used by the security apparatus," Shahram Karami said. The prosecutor added 25 people, including protesters, security forces and bystanders, were injured during the protests. Protests raged for a fourth straight day across Iran on Tuesday and authorities said three people had been killed during…
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EU, France see no better deal for Iran

EU, France see no better deal for Iran

France said on that there would not be a better offer for Iran to revive a nuclear deal with world powers and it was up to Tehran to decide now with the EU coordinator for the talks saying he saw little chance of progress this week. Months of indirect talks between Iran and the United States have foundered over several issues, including Tehran's insistence the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) close an investigation into uranium traces found at three undeclared sites before the pact is revived, and a U.S. guarantee that Washington would not walk out of any nuclear agreement again. "There…
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Iranian police call woman’s death in custody an ‘unfortunate incident’

Iranian police call woman’s death in custody an ‘unfortunate incident’

Iranian police said on Monday the death of a young woman in custody was an "unfortunate incident" which they do not want to see repeated, a semi-official news agency reported. Mahsa Amini, 22, fell into a coma and died following her arrest in Tehran last week by the morality police, sparking demonstrations against the authorities across the country by Iranians enraged by the treatment of women by security forces. Police said at the weekend Amini fell ill as she waited with other detained women. But Amini's father told pro-reform Emtedad news website on Sunday that his daughter was fit and…
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Fury grows in Iran over woman who died after hijab arrest – social media

Fury grows in Iran over woman who died after hijab arrest – social media

DUBAI, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Protests persisted on Sunday and #MahsaAmini became one of the top hashtags ever on Persian-language Twitter as Iranians fumed over the death of a young woman in the custody of morality police enforcing strict hijab rules. Amini, 22, died on Friday after falling into a coma following her arrest in Tehran earlier in the week. The case has put a spotlight on women's rights in Iran. Police rejected suspicions aired on social media that she was beaten, saying she fell ill as she waited with other detained women.  "Authorities have said my daughter suffered from chronic medical…
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Iran to join Asian security body founded by Russia, China

Iran to join Asian security body founded by Russia, China

Iran has moved a step closer towards becoming a permanent member of a China and Russia-dominated Asian security body, as Tehran seeks to overcome economic isolation imposed by U.S. sanctions. Foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Thursday said Iran had signed a memorandum of obligations to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, which is holding a summit this week in Uzbekistan. The body, formed in the 2001 as a talking shop for Russia, China and ex-Soviet states in Central Asia, expanded four years ago to include India and Pakistan, with a view to playing a bigger role as counterweight to Western influence…
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Israeli minister says Iran using Syria facilities for weapons production

Israeli minister says Iran using Syria facilities for weapons production

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz said that Iran has used more than 10 military facilities in Syria to produce advanced missiles and weapons for its proxies. For several years, Israel has been mounting attacks on what it has described as Iranian-linked targets in Syria. There were no immediate comments from Iran and Syria on Monday, but Damascus has declined to comment on such accusations in the past and Tehran has denied it builds production capabilities across the Middle East. Speaking at a conference in New York, Gantz presented a map of what he said were military sites of the Centre…
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Iran Guards seize foreign ship in Gulf for smuggling diesel

Iran Guards seize foreign ship in Gulf for smuggling diesel

DUBAI, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards have seized a foreign vessel in the Gulf for allegedly smuggling 757,000 litres of diesel out of the country, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday. The unnamed vessel's seven crew members, who are foreign nationals, have been handed over to legal authorities, IRNA reported without elaborating on the nationalities of the ship or its crew. Iran, which has some of the world's cheapest fuel prices due to heavy subsidies and the plunge in value of its national currency, has been fighting rampant fuel smuggling by land to neighbouring…
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Iran boosts civil defence, lifts anti-aircraft readiness

Iran boosts civil defence, lifts anti-aircraft readiness

Iran has equipped 51 of its cities with civil defence systems and boosted readiness at air defences to thwart any possible foreign attack, military officials said, amid an escalation of tensions with Israel and the United States. The civil defence equipment will enable Iran to “identify and monitor threats by using round-the-clock software according to the type of the threat and risk,” deputy defence minister Brigadier General Mehdi Farahi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. "These days, depending on the strength of countries, the form of battles has become more complicated,” said Farahi, adding that hybrid forms of warfare…
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Iran calls IAEA’s demands ‘excessive’- media

Iran calls IAEA’s demands ‘excessive’- media

Iran will not accept the U.N. nuclear watchdog's "excessive" demands, the spokesperson of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation was cited as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Tuesday. After months of indirect talks, Tehran and Washington are struggling to revive a 2015 nuclear deal. A key sticking point is Tehran's insistence that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) closed its probes into uranium traces found at three undeclared sites before the nuclear pact is revived. "We consider the IAEA's demands excessive, because their implementation is impossible due to sanctions," Behrouz Kamalvandi was quoted as saying. "If they lift sanctions…
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Iran says cooperation with Riyadh can help restoring regional peace

Iran says cooperation with Riyadh can help restoring regional peace

DUBAI, Aug 22 (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday that talks with Saudi Arabia was a separate matter from talks to revive Tehran's 2015 nuclear pact, adding that cooperation between Tehran and Riyadh could help restoration of calm and security in the Middle East. Iran and Saudi Arabia, the leading Shi'ite and Sunni Muslim powers in the Middle East, severed ties in 2016, with both parties backing allies fighting proxy wars across the region, from Yemen to Syria and elsewhere. The fifth round of talks between the regional rivals aimed at restoring relations between the regional rivals were held in…
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Rushdie’s stabbing highlights divisions in Iranian society

Rushdie’s stabbing highlights divisions in Iranian society

Many Iranians have turned to social media to show their anger and praise over the attack on novelist Salman Rushdie at a lecture in New York state, with some conspiracy theories linking it to Tehran's nuclear talks in Vienna. Rushdie remained hospitalised after he was repeatedly stabbed last week. His agent has said he is likely to lose an eye, among other injuries. Authorities in Iran, where the author's novel "The Satanic Verses" had drawn death threats since 1989, have made no public comment about the attack. But hardline state media outlets have celebrated it with headlines like "Satan has…
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Iran must abandon ‘extraneous’ demands in nuclear talks -U.S.

Iran must abandon ‘extraneous’ demands in nuclear talks -U.S.

The only way to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is for Tehran to abandon its extraneous demands, the U.S. State Department said on Monday, saying Washington believes everything that can be negotiated already has been. State Department spokesman Ned Price told a briefing that the United States would provide its response to the European Union's "final" text on reviving the deal in private but gave no timeline. The EU asked for a response on Monday, diplomats said, and Iran has said it will comply. U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has been trying to resurrect the 2015 agreement, named the Joint Comprehensive Plan…
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FACTBOX – The three major issues bedevilling talks on reviving Iran nuclear deal

FACTBOX – The three major issues bedevilling talks on reviving Iran nuclear deal

Aug 15 (Reuters) - Iran and the United States are struggling to overcome divisions on three major issues in indirect talks on revival of a 2015 nuclear deal while months of negotiations have entered a crucial stage. A senior EU official shuttling between the parties said on Aug. 8 that a "final" offer was proposed and a response was expected within weeks. While Tehran and Washington are set on pursuing diplomacy, the highly contentious sticking points are: URANIUM TRACES Iran insists the nuclear pact can only be salvaged if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) drops its claims about Tehran's…
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Iran will respond to EU’s nuclear text by midnight on Monday, says foreign minister

Iran will respond to EU’s nuclear text by midnight on Monday, says foreign minister

DUBAI, Aug 15 (Reuters) - Iran will respond to the European Union's "final" text by midnight on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said, calling on the United States to show flexibility for the revival of a 2015 nuclear pact. "We will need more talks if Washington does not show flexibility for resolving of the remaining issues ... Like Washington, we have our own plan B if the talks fail," he said, according to Iran's Fars news agency. The EU, as coordinator of Iran's nuclear talks with world powers, said last week it had put forward a "final" text following…
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UPDATED: ‘Ludicrous’ to suggest Rushdie responsible for attack, says Britain

UPDATED: ‘Ludicrous’ to suggest Rushdie responsible for attack, says Britain

It is "ludicrous" to suggest that novelist Salman Rushdie was responsible for the attack on him, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday, after Iran's foreign ministry suggested the author was to blame. "Clearly it is ludicrous to suggest that Salman Rushdie was in any way responsible for this abhorrent attack on him," the spokesman told reporters. "This was not just an attack on him, it was an attack on the right to free speech and expression and the UK government stands both by him and his family, but equally we stand in defence of free…
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Timeline of events following Iran’s fatwa against author Salman Rushdie

Timeline of events following Iran’s fatwa against author Salman Rushdie

Indian-born novelist Salman Rushdie, who was attacked on a New York state lecture stage on Friday, spent years in hiding after he was ordered killed by Iran in 1989 because of his writing. Following are some key events that followed that death edict - or fatwa - issued by Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini after the publication of Rushdie's 1988 novel "The Satanic Verses", which Khomeini deemed blasphemous to Islam. - Feb 12, 1989: At least six people are killed in the Pakistani city of Islamabad in shooting between police and gunmen in a crowd protesting against the sale of the…
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Iran says EU proposal to revive nuclear talks could be ‘acceptable’

Iran says EU proposal to revive nuclear talks could be ‘acceptable’

DUBAI, Aug 12 (Reuters) - A European Union proposal to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal “can be acceptable if it provides assurances" on Tehran's key demands, the state news agency IRNA said on Friday, quoting a senior Iranian diplomat. The EU said on Monday it had put forward a "final" text following four days of indirect talks between the U.S. and Iranian officials in Vienna.  A senior EU official said no more changes could be made to the text, which has been under negotiation for 15 months. He said he expected a final decision from the parties within a "very, very…
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U.S. charges Iranian with plotting to murder ex-Trump adviser Bolton and ex-Secretary of State Pompeo

U.S. charges Iranian with plotting to murder ex-Trump adviser Bolton and ex-Secretary of State Pompeo

WASHINGTON, Aug (Reuters) - The United States charged a member of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard Corps with plotting to murder John Bolton, a national security adviser to former President Donald Trump. The Justice Department alleged that Shahram Poursafi, also known as Mehdi Rezayi, 45, of Tehran, was likely motivated to kill Bolton in retaliation for the death of Qassem Soleimani, a commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps killed in a U.S. drone strike in January 2020. Poursafi was also prepared to pay $1 million for a second "job," the department said. Trump-era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the…
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WATCH: Russia puts Iranian satellite into orbit

WATCH: Russia puts Iranian satellite into orbit

Russia launched an Iranian satellite into orbit on Tuesday from southern Kazakhstan, just three weeks after President Vladimir Putin and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei pledged to work together against the West. The remote Khayyam sensing satellite, named after the 11th Century Persian poet and philosopher Omar Khayyam, was launched by a Russian Soyuz rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and entered orbit successfully, Russia's space agency said. https://twitter.com/BabakTaghvaee1/status/1556892581740544000 Iran's space agency has received the first telemetry data sent from the satellite, the official IRNA news agency said. Tehran has rejected claims the satellite could be used by Moscow…
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U.S. targets Chinese, UAE firms in new Iran oil sanctions

U.S. targets Chinese, UAE firms in new Iran oil sanctions

The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on Chinese and other firms it said helped to sell tens of millions of dollars' in Iranian oil and petrochemical products to East Asia as it seeks to raise pressure on Tehran to curb its nuclear programme. The U.S. Treasury and the U.S. State Departments imposed sanctions on a total of six companies, four based in Hong Kong, one in Singapore, and one in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in actions that were announced in separate statements. The Treasury accused Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industry Commercial Co. (PGPICC), one of Iran's largest petrochemical brokers, of using…
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Iran nuclear chief: We have technical means to produce atom bomb, no intention of doing so

Iran nuclear chief: We have technical means to produce atom bomb, no intention of doing so

DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) - Iran has the technical capability to produce an atomic bomb but has no intention of doing so, Mohammad Eslami, head of the country's atomic energy organisation, said on Monday, according to the semi-official Fars news agency. Eslami reiterated comments made by Kamal Kharrazi, a senior adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in July. Kharrazi's remarks amounted to a rare suggestion that the Islamic Republic might have an interest in nuclear weapons, which it has long denied seeking.  Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Eslami (R) and Rafael Grossi (L), head of the International Atomic…
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Iran will keep IAEA cameras turned off until nuclear deal is restored

Iran will keep IAEA cameras turned off until nuclear deal is restored

Iran will keep the UN nuclear watchdog's cameras turned off until a 2015 nuclear deal is restored, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organisation said on Monday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) it had removed IAEA equipment, including 27 cameras installed under the 2015 pact with world powers, after the agency passed a resolution criticising Tehran in June. "We will not turn on the IAEA cameras until the other side returns to the nuclear deal," Iranian nuclear chief Mohammad Eslami said. The 2015 nuclear pact imposed curbs on Iran's nuclear…
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Two strong earthquakes jolt southern Iran, rescuers scour area

Two strong earthquakes jolt southern Iran, rescuers scour area

DUBAI (Reuters) -Two strong earthquakes on Saturday struck Iran's southern Hormozgan province on the Gulf, prompting authorities to deploy search and rescue teams to the affected areas, an official said. "We have not received any report of serious damage yet. But large areas have been struck by these earthquakes and the evaluation work continues," Mokhtar Salahshour, head of Hormozgan Province's Red Crescent, told state TV. Iranian state media said the quakes had magnitudes of 5.7 and 5.8. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said one earthquake had a magnitude of 5.5. In early July, at least five people were killed and…
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Putin visits Iran on first trip outside former Soviet Union since Ukraine war

Putin visits Iran on first trip outside former Soviet Union since Ukraine war

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) -Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Tehran on Tuesday for talks with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Kremlin leader's first trip outside the former Soviet Union since Moscow's Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine. In Tehran, Putin will also hold his first face-to-face meeting since the invasion with a NATO leader, Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan, to discuss a deal aimed at allowing the resumption of Ukraine's Black Sea grain exports as well as peace in Syria. Putin's trip, which comes just days after U.S. President Joe Biden visited Israel and Saudi Arabia, sends a strong message to the…
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Khamenei adviser says Tehran ‘capable of building nuclear bomb’ -Al Jazeera

Khamenei adviser says Tehran ‘capable of building nuclear bomb’ -Al Jazeera

DUBAI, July 17 (Reuters) - Tehran is technically capable of making a nuclear bomb but has yet to decide whether to build one, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei told Al Jazeera's Arabic service on Sunday. "In a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium ... Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb but there has been no decision by Iran to build one," Kamal Kharrazi said. In 2018, former U.S. President Donald Trump ditched Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, under which…
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Russian officials visited Iran to view drones, says U.S. official

Russian officials visited Iran to view drones, says U.S. official

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia July 16 (Reuters) - The United States believes that Russian officials visited an airfield in Iran recently to view attack-capable drones, U.S. national security advisor Jake Sullivan said on Saturday. The United States earlier this week said it has information that shows Iran is preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred drones, including some that are weapons capable, and that Tehran is preparing to train Russian forces to use them. Iran's foreign minister denied that. "We assess an official Russian delegation recently received a showcase of Iranian attack-capable UAVs....To our knowledge, this is the first…
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Iran navy announces drone division in Indian Ocean during Biden’s Middle East visit

Iran navy announces drone division in Indian Ocean during Biden’s Middle East visit

July 15 (Reuters) - Iran on Friday announced its first drone division in the Indian Ocean, state TV said, as U.S. President Joe Biden visits the Middle East to rally Arab support to counter Iranian threats. The TV report did not say how many vessels or drones were included in each unit, only that one ship carried 50 drones. On Monday, U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said Washington believed that Iran was preparing to provide Russia with up to several hundred drones, including some that are weapons capable, and that Iran was preparing to train Russian forces to use…
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UPDATED: Fatal magnitude 6.1 quake on Iran Gulf coast, 5.9 earthquake strikes Japan’s Hokkaido region

UPDATED: Fatal magnitude 6.1 quake on Iran Gulf coast, 5.9 earthquake strikes Japan’s Hokkaido region

At least five people were killed and 49 injured by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state media reported, with the area also hit soon after by two strong quakes of up to 6.3 magnitude. Some 24 tremors, two with a magnitude of 6.3 and 6.1, followed the 2 a.m. local time quake that flattened the village of Sayeh Khosh near Iran's Gulf coast in Hormozgan province. The most recent tremor occurred around 8 a.m., officials told state TV. "All of the victims died in the first earthquake and no-one was harmed in the next two…
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Iran’s southern Gulf waters hit by 5.6 magnitude earthquake

Iran’s southern Gulf waters hit by 5.6 magnitude earthquake

June 25 (Reuters) - An earthquake with a 5.6 magnitude struck in Iran’s southern Gulf waters early Saturday morning, state TV reported. There were no immediate reports of fatalities or damage. The quake occurred between the port of Charak and the island of Kish at a depth of 22 km (13.6 miles), it said. Officials told state TV that there had been some 100 quakes and aftershocks over the past 10 days in the same region. Major geological fault lines crisscross Iran, which has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years.
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Photo Story: Several killed as train derails in Iran

Photo Story: Several killed as train derails in Iran

A handout photo made available by the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) shows the aftermath of a train derailment near Tabas, Yazd province, Iran, 08 June 2022. At least 17 people died and several others were injured as a passenger train derailed between Mashhad and Yazd. Via EPA-EFE/IRCS
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Khamenei  warns ‘enemies’ triggering unrest in Iran to overthrow Islamic Republic

Khamenei  warns ‘enemies’ triggering unrest in Iran to overthrow Islamic Republic

June 4 (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday blamed recent protests in Iran on foreign “enemies” seeking to overthrow the government in the Islamic Republic. Also, he said, enemies were waging a “psychological war” against Iran by accusing it of piracy for seizing two Greek ships after the United States confiscated Iranian oil from a tanker.  "Today, the enemies’ most important hope for striking a blow at the country is based on popular protests,” Khamenei said, referring to week-long protests over the collapse of a building in southwestern Iran last month that killed 37 people. "But the enemies’…
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TankerTrackers.com locates seized Greek tankers in Iranian waters

TankerTrackers.com locates seized Greek tankers in Iranian waters

June 2 (Reuters) - Two Greek oil tankers seized by Iran last week are located in Iranian waters, monitoring service TankerTrackers.com said in a Twitter post on Thursday. "We now have a visual confirmation that the hijacked Greek Suezmax tanker Prudent Warrior is in the anchorage of Bandar Abbas, Iran," the online service which tracks and reports shipments and storage of crude oil said in the post. The second vessel, the Delta Poseidon, also a Suezmax tanker, is being held north of Larak island, it added. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards' navy seized the two vessels on May 27 in the Gulf, after…
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Iran decries ‘unfair’ IAEA report on nuclear activities

Iran decries ‘unfair’ IAEA report on nuclear activities

Iran accused the International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday of publishing an unfair report on its investigation into Tehran's nuclear activities, possibly setting up a fresh diplomatic clash with the West. The U.N. watchdog on Monday said Iran had not credibly answered long-standing questions about the origin of uranium particles found at three undeclared sites, despite a fresh push for a breakthrough.  "Unfortunately this report does not reflect the reality of talks between Iran and the agency," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters on Tuesday. "This is not a fair nor balanced report, and it seems that pressure from…
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Fears of Iran-Israel escalation after assassination of Revolutionary Guard officer

Fears of Iran-Israel escalation after assassination of Revolutionary Guard officer

The brazen daylight assassination of an Iranian military officer in Tehran a week ago has prompted calls for revenge and shined a spotlight on the ongoing shadow war being fought between the Islamic Republic and Israel. Col Hassan Sayyad Khodai was an officer in the Revolutionary Guard corps involved in operations abroad, including Syria and possibly elsewhere. He was shot dead by gunmen on a motorcycle on Sunday afternoon at around 4pm. He was returning from work in his car and had just approached his home in east-central Tehran when the killers fired five rounds at him, state media reported.…
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Two Iranian pilots killed after F7 jet crashes – IRNA

Two Iranian pilots killed after F7 jet crashes – IRNA

Two Iranian pilots died after their F7 fighter jet crashed on Tuesday near Anarak, 200 km (124 miles) east of the city of Isfahan, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported. "The jet's mission was to practice shooting but there was an accident at 8:30 a.m.," an official from Isfahan province told IRNA. Experts say Iran has a poor air safety record, with repeated crashes, many involving aircraft bought before the 1979 Islamic Revolution and lacking spare parts for maintenance. In February, an F5 jet used by the Iranian military crashed into the wall of a school in the northwestern city of Tabriz, killing the two…
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Iran seizes foreign ship with smuggled fuel, detains crew

Iran seizes foreign ship with smuggled fuel, detains crew

DUBAI, May 18 (Reuters) - Iranian authorities seized a foreign ship attempting to smuggle fuel out of the country and detained its crew, state new agency IRNA said on Wednesday. Iran, which has some of the world's cheapest fuel prices due to heavy subsidies and the plunge in value of its national currency, has been fighting rampant fuel smuggling by land to neighboring countries and by sea to Gulf Arab states. The ship, carrying more than 550,000 liters of smuggled fuel, was seized in Gulf waters and escorted to harbour in the southern province of Hormozgan, where it was handed to judicial…
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EU says talks with Iran “positive enough” to reopen nuclear negotiations

EU says talks with Iran “positive enough” to reopen nuclear negotiations

WEISSENHAUS, Germany May 13 (Reuters) - The EU's foreign policy chief said on Friday that he believed there had been enough progress during consultations between his envoy and Iranian officials in Tehran this week to relaunch nuclear negotiations after two months of deadlock. Talks to revive Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers have been on hold since March, chiefly over Tehran's insistence that Washington remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the U.S. list of designated terrorist organisations. Speaking as talks coordinator Enrique Mora arrived back in Europe, Josep Borrell said Iran's response had been "positive enough" after Mora had delivered…
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Two European nationals arrested in Iran

Two European nationals arrested in Iran

Iran's intelligence ministry said on Wednesday it had arrested two European nationals for their alleged role in "the organisation of insecurity" in the Islamic Republic, Iran's semi-official Students News Agency ISNA reported. The pair were arrested for "for organising chaos and social disorder aimed at destabilising the country" in conjunction with foreign intelligence services, ISNA cited the ministry as saying, without giving further details. Presiding over an economy crippled by U.S. sanctions, Iran's clerical establishment has faced near-continuous protests by workers and government employees in recent months over high unemployment, inflation exceeding 40% and mismanagement.
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Iran Revolutionary Guards general survives assassination attempt

Iran Revolutionary Guards general survives assassination attempt

Gunmen opened fire on a car carrying a senior Revolutionary Guards commander in restive southeastern Iran early on Saturday, killing a bodyguard, Iranian state media reported. Brigadier General Hossein Almassi, a Guards commander in Sistan-Baluchistan province, was unhurt after the attack and the attackers were arrested, the official news agency IRNA reported. Mahmoud Absalan, the bodyguard who was killed in the attack that occurred near a checkpoint in the provincial capital Zahedan, was the son of a senior Guards commander in the region, IRNA said. The attack came on a night celebrated by many devout Iranians as Islam's holiest, which…
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Iran’s IRGC says it seizes tanker with smuggled fuel in Gulf

Iran’s IRGC says it seizes tanker with smuggled fuel in Gulf

DUBAI, April 15 (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they had seized a vessel in Gulf waters loaded with 250,000 litres of smuggled fuel, the Iranian state news agency IRNA reported. Iran, which has some of the world’s cheapest fuel prices due to heavy state subsidies and the fall of its currency, has been fighting rampant fuel smuggling by land to neighbouring states and by sea to Gulf Arab states. It has frequently seized boats it says are being used for smuggling oil in the Gulf. The ship's seven crew have been detained, IRNA said, citing a Guards spokesman, Gholamhossein Hosseini. A…
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Blinken to attend Israeli-Arab summit, eyes Iran and Ukraine in Mideast tour

Blinken to attend Israeli-Arab summit, eyes Iran and Ukraine in Mideast tour

JERUSALEM, March 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken kicks off a Middle East trip on Sunday in Israel, where he will take part in a rare Arab-Israeli summit and hold talks with regional partners on stalled Iran nuclear talks and Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Blinken will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on the first leg of a Middle East and North Africa trip lasting until March 30. Topping the agenda are the Iran nuclear talks, about which Israel and Gulf Arab states have voiced strong misgivings, and Russia's month-long invasion of Ukraine,…
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Most crew members from UAE sunken ship rescued by Iran

Most crew members from UAE sunken ship rescued by Iran

DUBAI, March 17 (Reuters) - All but one of the 30 crew members of a United Arab Emirates cargo ship that sank off Iran have been rescued, Iran's official IRNA news agency said on Thursday. "Twenty-nine crew members have so far been saved, and rescue operations are continuing to find another team member," an official from Iran's Bushehr Province told IRNA. A handout photo made available by the Iranian Ports & Maritime Organization (PMO) shows a UAE cargo ship 'Al Salmy 6' with at least 30 crew capsized near Assalouyeh port in the southern Iranian Boushehr province, 17 March 2022.…
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UPDATED: Two British-Iranians land back in UK, ending long prison ordeal

UPDATED: Two British-Iranians land back in UK, ending long prison ordeal

BRIZE NORTON, England, March 16 (Reuters) - British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and dual national Anoosheh Ashoori arrived in Britain from Iran on Thursday, ending an ordeal during which they became a bargaining chip in Iran's talks with the West over its nuclear programme. They arrived at the British military airbase of Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, shortly after 1 a.m. local time, after flying back via a brief stopover in Oman. They walked off the plane together and smiled and waved as they entered an airport building. "It has been a really difficult 48 hours," British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss…
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Iran says it thwarted nuclear site sabotage it ascribes to Israel

Iran says it thwarted nuclear site sabotage it ascribes to Israel

Iranian state television said its security forces had thwarted a planned sabotage at the country's major Fordow nuclear site by a network it accused Israel of recruiting. It said the forces made arrests. The Israeli prime minister's office had no immediate comment on the report. The television said an Israeli officer first contacted a neighbour of an employee of the uranium enrichment plant and managed to recruit them both after paying them in cash and digital currency. Revolutionary Guards security agents were monitoring the network and were able to break it up before the sabotage could be carried out, arresting…
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France, UK, Germany say Iran deal could collapse on Russian demands

France, UK, Germany say Iran deal could collapse on Russian demands

PARIS, March 12 (Reuters) - France, Britain and Germany warned Russia on Saturday that its demands to have its trade guaranteed with Iran risked the collapse of an almost-completed nuclear deal. Negotiators have reached the final stages of discussions to restore the so-called JCPOA deal, which lifted sanctions on Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear programme, long seen by the West as a cover for developing atomic bombs. However, last Saturday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov unexpectedly demanded sweeping guarantees that Russian trade with Iran would not be affected by sanctions imposed on Moscow over its invasion of Ukraine. "Nobody…
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Iran says agreed roadmap with IAEA to resolve nuclear issues

Iran says agreed roadmap with IAEA to resolve nuclear issues

VIENNA, March 5 (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had agreed a roadmap with the U.N. nuclear watchdog to resolve outstanding issues which could help secure a revival of Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but Russia made demands from the United States that could torpedo the talks. Russia said it wanted written guarantees from the United States that sanctions on Russia would not damage its cooperation with Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal with global powers that Tehran and Washington are seeking to revive. "We have asked for a written guarantee ... that the current process triggered by the…
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Iran hopes for understanding with IAEA to resolve nuclear issues

Iran hopes for understanding with IAEA to resolve nuclear issues

VIENNA, March 5 (Reuters) - Iran hopes to resolve all outstanding issues with the visiting U.N. nuclear chief, a senior Iranian official told state TV on Saturday, in the latest push to secure the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers. Tehran and Washington have held more than 11 months of indirect talks in Vienna on reviving the pact, which limited Iran's enrichment of uranium to make it harder for Tehran to develop material for nuclear weapons, in return for a lifting of economic sanctions. "It is expected that general issues between us and the agency…
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Progress on Iran nuclear deal, but tough issues remain -U.S.

Progress on Iran nuclear deal, but tough issues remain -U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiators have made significant progress in the last week or so on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal but very tough issues remain, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday. The U.S. official said he hoped Iran's lead negotiator would return in the coming days to Vienna, where the talks are taking place, "with a positive view" but that even if he did, there were still difficult issues on the table. "There's been significant progress over the last week or two," the U.S. official told reporters on condition that he not be named. "But at the same…
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Iran nuclear deal could be agreed very soon, EU official says

Iran nuclear deal could be agreed very soon, EU official says

A senior European Union official said on Friday that a U.S.-Iranian deal to revive Iran's 2015 nuclear agreement was close but success depended on the political will of those involved. "I expect an agreement in the coming week, the coming two weeks or so," the EU official said. "I think we have now on the table text that are very, very close to what is going to be the final agreement," the official said. "Most of the issues are already agreed. But as a principle in this kind of negotiations, nothing is agreed until everything is agreed. So we still…
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Iran says ‘significant progress’ made in Vienna nuclear talks

Iran says ‘significant progress’ made in Vienna nuclear talks

Talks in Vienna on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers have made "significant progress", Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday. Separately, Iran's top security official Ali Shamkhani said talks with European negotiators were ongoing and would continue while negotiations with the United States were not on the agenda because they would not be the source of "any breakthroughs". Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington have been held in Vienna since April amid fears about Tehran’s nuclear advances, seen by Western powers as irreversible unless agreement is struck soon. While Khatibzadeh said significant progress…
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