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Iran says damage at nuclear site 'significant'

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:50 PM

'There were no victims... but the damage is significant on a financial level,' Iranian Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi says

DAMAGED. A handout picture provided by Iran's Atomic Energy Organization shows a warehouse after it was damaged at the Natanz facility, one of Iran's main uranium enrichment plants, south of the capital Tehran on July 2, 2020. Handout photo by Iran Atomic Organization (aeoinews)/AFP

Iran agrees to compensate downed plane victims' families – Sweden

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde says the agreement has been reached after negotiations with Iran and the countries with citizens among the victims

VICTIMS. In this file photo taken on January 8, 2020, people and rescue teams are pictured amid bodies and debris after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran early in the morning on January 8 killing everyone on board. File photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/ISNA/AFP

Iran, Russia, Turkey agree to work together to ease Syria tensions

Jul 01, 2020 - 10:55 PM

The conference comes at a time when Russia-Turkey relations are tense not just over Syria but also Libya, another theater of war where Moscow and Ankara support opposing fighters

COOPERATION. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on July 1, 2020, shows President Hassan Rouhani (R), accompanied by the Foreign Minister Mohmmad Javad Zarif (2-R) who is mask-clad due to the coronavirus pandemic and other officials, attending by video conference a trilateral meeting with the leaders of Turkey and Russia on the topic of Syria, in the Iranian capital Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Iran says still in 1st wave of virus outbreak

Jun 30, 2020 - 10:11 PM

Health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari says Iran would only have a second wave if there is another rise in cases in provinces that 'had a significant peak' when the first cases were declared

FIRST WAVE. Iranians, some wearing face masks, walk along a street in the capital Tehran on June 3, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. File photo by AFP

Iran sentences former exiled opposition figure to death

Jun 30, 2020 - 5:56 PM

Iran sentences Ruhollah Zam, a former opposition figure who had lived in exile in France and had been implicated in anti-government protests, to death

RUHOLLAH ZAM. Image from Wikimedia Commons by MojNews.

Iran reports record 162 coronavirus single-day death toll

Jun 29, 2020 - 9:31 PM

Official figures have shown an upward trajectory in new confirmed cases in Iran since early May

Pedestrians wearing protective masks due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, walk along a street in the Iranian capital Tehran on June 28, 2020. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said today that mask-wearing will be mandatory in certain areas as of next week and gave virus-hit provinces the green light to reimpose restrictive measures. Official figures have shown a rising trajectory in new confirmed cases since early May, when Iran hit a near two-month low in daily recorded infections. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Virus-hit Iran says masks compulsory from next week

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:07 PM

President Hassan Rouhani says Iran would have to live with the virus for the 'long haul'

An Iranian man, wearing a protective face mask, exits a bus in the capital city of Tehran, on May 26, 2020. - Iran on May 25, reopened major Shiite shrines across the Islamic republic, more than two months after they were closed, as it reported its lowest deaths from coronavirus since March. "High-risk" businesses such as restaurants, cafes and wedding halls, which were left shuttered, are set to reopen today, the capital's deputy police chief Nader Moradi told ISNA news agency. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

In first, Iraq detains pro-Iran fighters accused of anti-U.S. rockets

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:04 PM

It is unclear which authority will be responsible for bringing to trial or sentencing the suspects

Iraqi security forces gather on the outskirts of Fallujah as they prepare an operation aimed at retaking the city from the Islamic State (IS) group, on May 22, 2016.   Iraqi forces have in recent days been massing around Fallujah, a city which lies only 50 kilometres west of Baghdad and which has been out of government control since January 2014. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Iran rial plunges to virus-induced lows

Jun 22, 2020 - 11:25 PM

The Iranian rial is traded at around 192,800 to the dollar on Monday, June 22

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U.N. nuclear watchdog passes resolution criticizing Iran

Jun 19, 2020 - 5:17 PM

The resolution urges Tehran to provide inspectors from the IAEA with access to two sites in Iran in order to clarify whether undeclared nuclear activity took place there in the early 2000s

Iraq demands Turkey 'stop bombardment, withdraw forces' from north

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:06 PM

Iraq's foreign ministry summons the Turkish ambassador and hands him a 'strongly-worded memorandum calling for a halt to such provocative actions'

DEMAND. In this file photo taken on June 22, 2018, members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party carry rifles as they stand guard on a road in the Qandil Mountains, the PKK headquarters in northern Iraq. File photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

Iran warns against U.N. nuclear watchdog resolution

Jun 16, 2020 - 9:21 PM

Diplomats say the resolution will call on Iran to provide access to two locations where past nuclear activity may have occurred – sites to which the IAEA has been trying to gain access for months

IRAN AND THE IAEA. Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), attends the IAEA Board of Governors meeting at the agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria on November 21, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief asks Iran for access to disputed sites

Jun 15, 2020 - 10:43 PM

Rafael Grossi repeats an appeal to Iran to 'cooperate immediately and fully' with the International Atomic Energy Agency

Iran warns may have to reimpose tough coronavirus controls

Jun 15, 2020 - 8:35 PM

Government spokesperson Ali Rabiei says while many people use masks in holy sites and on public transport, they fail to practice physical distancing

Shoppers clad in protective gear, including face masks and shields and latex gloves, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, walk through the Tajrish Bazaar in Iran's capital Tehran on April 25, 2020 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

U.N. nuclear watchdog meets as Iran row brews

Jun 15, 2020 - 2:17 PM

(UPDATED) The latest row over access comes as a landmark deal between Iran and world powers in 2015 continues to unravel

Iran to execute spy who helped U.S. target general – judiciary

Jun 09, 2020 - 5:09 PM

Mahmoud Mousavi Majd is convicted of spying on Iran's armed forces 'especially the Quds Force and on the whereabouts and movements of martyr General Qasem Soleimani,' Iran's judiciary spokesman says

SPY ROW. Image of Gholamhossein Esmaili dated May 21, 2019. Photo from Wikimedia Commons by Zahra Hoseini for Student News Agency

Iranians told to wear masks as virus toll mounts

Jun 08, 2020 - 7:49 PM

'Everybody must wear masks when attending places like stores or any other place where it is not possible to observe social distancing carefully,' says health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour

VIRUS OUTBREAK. People wearing protective masks stand at a bus station in the Iranian capital Tehran on February 24, 2020. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran scientist freed by U.S. back home after prisoner swap

Jun 08, 2020 - 2:43 PM

Majid Taheri returns to Iran after being detained in the US for 16 months following a prisoner swap with US Navy veteran Michael White

PRISONER SWAP. This handout photo released by the US State Department on June 4, 2020 shows US Navy veteran Michael White (L) holding a folded US flag as he poses with US Special Envoy to Iran Brian Hook at Zurich Airport in Zurich, Switzerland, on June 4, 2020, after White was released from Iran. Photo by US State Department/AFP

Iranians must live with virus 'for long time' – Rouhani

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:35 PM

People should not assume that 'this disease will be eliminated in 15 days or a month: we must therefore follow the instructions for a long time,' says Iran's President Hassan Rouhani

UNITY. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says Middle Eastern countries can solve problems among themselves without foreign intervention. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

U.N. nuclear watchdog has 'serious concern' at Iran denying inspections

Jun 06, 2020 - 8:50 AM

The International Atomic Energy Agency notes 'with serious concern that, for over 4 months, Iran has denied access to the Agency... to two locations'

IAEA. The logo of the International Atomic Energy Agency's laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria is pictured on May 7, 2020. File photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Trump hopeful for Iran after American freed in prisoner swap

Jun 05, 2020 - 3:30 PM

'Thank you to Iran, it shows a deal is possible!' US President Donald Trump tweets

US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP)

Iran reports most new virus cases since outbreak began

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Officials appear to suggest that the surge in new cases could be the result of wider testing rather than a second wave of infection

NEW CASES. Iranians, some wearing face masks, walk along a street in the capital Tehran on June 3, 2020, amid the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis. Photo by AFP

Iran bemoans ill-discipline as virus cases crest again

Jun 02, 2020 - 9:13 PM

'[People] either have total confidence in us or think the coronavirus has gone. The latter is not true at all,' says Health Minister Saeed Namaki

COVID-19 IN IRAN. A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on March 25, 2020, shows Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki wearing a protective mask during a cabinet session in the capital Tehran. AFP PHOTO/HO/IRANIAN PRESIDENCY

Iran says scientist jailed in U.S. flying home

Jun 02, 2020 - 2:34 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi denies Sirous Asgari's release is part of a prisoner exchange and says 'he was freed after being exonerated'

SIROUS ASGARI. Photo from Wikimedia Commons by user Charkhin

Iran says virus cases jump nearly 3,000 in a day, a 2-month high

Jun 01, 2020 - 9:04 PM

'The coronavirus is not only far from over, but we could at any moment see (another) dangerous peak,' says Health Minister Saeed Namaki

2-MONTH HIGH. An Iranian man, wearing a protective face mask, exits a bus in the capital city of Tehran, on May 26, 2020. File photo by AFP

Iran says 230 killed in November protests

May 31, 2020 - 11:43 PM

(UPDATED) It is the first time that an official in Iran has given overall casualty figures for the street violence

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 16, 2019 Iranian protesters gather around a fire during a demonstration against an increase in gasoline prices in the capital Tehran, on November 16, 2019. - Iran's supreme leader has agreed that people killed in nationwide unrest last month who had no role in fomenting it should be treated as "martyrs" with their families compensated. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was responding to a report on the protests made by Iran's Supreme National Security Council, his official website said on December 4, 2019. He ordered that its recommendations "be implemented as soon as possible". Demonstrations erupted in Iran on November 15 against a surprise hike in petrol prices by as much as 200 percent. (Photo by - / AFP)

Iran reports most new cases in nearly two months

May 30, 2020 - 11:26 AM

Iran warns that the Middle East's deadliest coronavirus outbreak is worsening in some regions

People wearing protective masks stand at a bus station in the Iranian capital Tehran on February 24, 2020. - Iran's government vowed on February 24 to be transparent after being accused of covering up the deadliest coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak outside China as it dismissed claims the toll could be as high as 50. The authorities in the Islamic republic have come under mounting public pressure since it took days for them to admit to "accidentally" shooting down a Ukrainian airliner last month, killing 176 people. Iran has been scrambling to contain the outbreak since it announced the first two deaths in the holy city of Qom on February 19. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iran reports most new cases in nearly 2 months

May 29, 2020 - 8:55 PM

The health ministry confirms 2,819 new coronavirus cases across the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall total to 146,668

Shoppers clad in protective gear, including face masks and latex gloves, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, walk through the Tajrish Bazaar in Iran's capital Tehran on April 25, 2020 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iran dismisses 'desperate' U.S. move to end nuclear waivers

May 28, 2020 - 11:47 PM

Iran's ambassador to the United Nations says that with the move, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pulling the 'final plug' on the nuclear deal after President Donald Trump withdrew the US from it in 2018

'FINAL PLUG.' In this file photo, Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi speaks to the media before a meeting with other UN members on the escalating situation with the United States at United Nation headquarters on June 24, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

FALSE: 'Flying insects' kill people in China, India, Iran

May 28, 2020 - 1:47 PM

The photos attached in this claim were taken from footage of a gas leak in India

Rouhani urges Iran MPs to 'cooperate' as parliament opens

May 27, 2020 - 11:07 PM

Many MPs are ultra-conservatives who oppose Hassan Rouhani on almost all issues, from running the sanctions-hit economy and combating the coronavirus outbreak to managing relations with the United States

'COOPERATE.' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the inaugural session of the new parliament in Tehran on May 27, 2020, following February elections. Photo by AFP

Iran's Khamenei: Fight to 'liberate Palestine' is 'Islamic duty'

May 22, 2020 - 9:36 PM

Khamenei lashes out at Western governments and their Arab 'puppets' for supporting the Jewish state, in his first ever address marking Jerusalem Day

Iran announces new phase in virus fight despite nearly 2,300 new cases

May 18, 2020 - 9:51 PM

'We have passed the management and control phase and are now in the phase of curbing' the spread of coronavirus disease, government spokesman Ali Rabiei says

Iran reports 2,102 new virus cases, highest in over a month

May 15, 2020 - 9:28 PM

Total confirmed cases in Iran reach 116,635, with the country's death toll at 6,902

19 dead as Iran warship hit by 'friendly fire' in tense Gulf

May 11, 2020 - 3:57 PM

(UPDATED) The incident involving the Konarak vessel occurs on Sunday afternoon near Bandar-e Jask, off the southern coast of the Islamic republic, state television says

DAMAGED SHIP. A handout picture provided by Iranian army official website on May 11, 2020 shows the damaged Konarak vessel, hit by a friendly fire missile during naval exercises, docked at the Jask port, in southern Hormozgan province. Photo by Iranian Army Official Website/AFP

Virus-hit Iran holds Friday prayers for first time in months

May 08, 2020 - 10:16 PM

In order to contain the spread of the disease, Iran has taken various restrictive measures, without ever imposing a lockdown or quarantine

COVID-19 IN IRAN. In this file photo, a woman stands by the fence outside the Imamzadeh Saleh in the Iranian capital Tehran's Shemiran district on April 25, 2020 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, as all mosques and places of worship are closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Trump vetoes measure limiting his war powers in Iran

May 07, 2020 - 9:27 AM

It is the second time Trump has vetoed an attempt by Congress to control his military initiatives

THE DON. US President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at an event on November 12, 2019, in New York. Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Iran warns of 'rising trend' as virus cases top 100,000

May 06, 2020 - 7:57 PM

A health ministry spokesman says the rise is 'based on...behavior, especially in the past two weeks, considering that a part of society has apparently had a change of attitude'

'RISING TREND.' Shoppers clad in protective gear, including face masks and latex gloves, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walk through the Tajrish Bazaar in Iran's capital Tehran on April 25, 2020 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran reopens mosques as virus deaths rise by 74

May 04, 2020 - 7:50 PM

Mosques are allowed to reopen to worshippers in 132, or around a third, of Iran's administrative divisions which are considered low-risk

COVID-19 IN IRAN. This picture taken on April 25, 2020 during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan shows a view from outside the closed Imamzadeh Saleh in the Iranian capital Tehran's Shemiran district, as all mosques and places of worship are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Iran to reopen many mosques as 47 more die of virus

May 03, 2020 - 8:06 PM

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani argues that Islam considers safety obligatory, while praying in mosques is only 'recommended'

Iranians wearing protective masks cross a main road in Tehran on April 13, 2020 during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. - Iran said on April 14 that the number of lives lost in the country to the novel coronavirus dropped to double figures for the first time in one month. Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 98 deaths from the COVID-19 disease were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall toll to 4,683. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iran reports 63 virus deaths as daily death rate drops

May 01, 2020 - 7:00 PM

The deaths recorded in the past 24 hours bring to 6,091 the overall toll from the illness in the Middle East's hardest-hit country

SHOPPING. Shoppers clad in protective gear, including face masks and shields and latex gloves, due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, walk through the Tajrish Bazaar in Iran's capital Tehran on April 25, 2020. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques

Apr 30, 2020 - 6:11 PM

'Hezbollah is a terrorist organization deemed responsible for numerous attacks and kidnappings worldwide,' says German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer

CRACKDOWN. A police officer with a machine gun stands in front of the Al-Irschad Mosque during a raid on April 30, 2020 in Berlin. Photo  by Odd Andersen/AFP

In twist to press arms ban, U.S. asserts role in Iran deal

Apr 28, 2020 - 1:49 PM

The push to extend an arms embargo draws skepticism from Western allies and leads critics to question if the ultimate aim is to kill the deal entirely, potentially in the final stretch of Trump's re-election campaign

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 22, 2020. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Pentagon downplays Iran military satellite as 'tumbling webcam'

Apr 28, 2020 - 10:43 AM

'#spaceishard," the head of the US Space Command tweets

THE NOUR. An Iranian military satellite,“ dubbed the Nour, which the Revolutionary Guards said on April 22, 2020 was launched from the Qassed two-stage launcher in the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran's central plateau, amid tensions with US. Photo by Sepah News/AFP

Iran Guards chief vows 'decisive response' after Trump threat

Apr 23, 2020 - 10:32 PM

'We have also ordered our naval units to target [US boats and forces] if they try to endanger the safety of our ships or boats of war,' says Major General Hossein Salami

TENSION. In this file photo, Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami speaks during a pro-government rally in the capital Tehran's central Enghelab Square on November 25, 2019. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Trump says U.S. will destroy Iranian gunboats harassing U.S. ships

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:12 PM

'I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,' US President Donald Trump says on Twitter

TRUMP ORDER. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump participates in a roundtable at the White House on December 9, 2019, in Washington,DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Iran hails military satellite launch as U.S. tensions simmer

Apr 22, 2020 - 7:56 PM

The United States charges Iran's satellite program is a cover for its development of missiles. The Islamic republic has previously insisted its aerospace activities comply with its international obligations.

NOUR. This handout photo provided by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) official website via SEPAH News shows an Iranian military satellite – dubbed the Nour – which the Revolutionary Guards said on April 22, 2020 was launched from the Qassed two-stage launcher in the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran's central plateau, amid tensions with US. Photo by Iran's Revolutionary Guard via Sepah News/AFP

Iranian president says prisoner leave to be extended

Apr 19, 2020 - 8:04 PM

A final decision is expected on April 29

Tehran cautiously reopens as economic hardship trumps virus risks

Apr 18, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The decision to reopen 'low-risk' businesses draws criticism, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani insists 'there is no other way'

Iranians, some wearing protective gear amid the COVID-19 pandemic, shop on a street by the Grand Bazaar market in the capital Tehran, on April 18, 2020. - Iran allowed some shuttered Tehran businesses to reopen on April 18, despite the Middle East's deadliest coronavirus outbreak, as many faced a bitter choice between risking infection and economic ruin. (Photo by ATTA KENARE / AFP)

Iran says virus deaths drop below 100 for first time in month

Apr 14, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour says 98 deaths from COVID-19 were recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the overall toll to 4,683

COVID-19 IN IRAN. Iranians wearing protective masks cross a main road in Tehran on April 13, 2020 during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Atta Kenare/AFP