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Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated Near Tehran
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Iran’s Top Nuclear Scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated Near Tehran

Iran's most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh has been assassinated near the capital Tehran, the country's defence ministry has confirmed. Fakhrizadeh died in hospital after an attack in Absard, in Damavand county. Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, has condemned the killing "as an act of state terror". Western intelligence agencies view Fakhrizadeh as being behind Iran's secret nuclear weapons programme. He was reportedly described as the "father of the Iranian bomb" by diplomats. News of the killing comes amid fresh concern about the increased amount of enriched uranium that Iran is producing. Enriched uranium is a vital component for both civil nuclear power generation and military nuclear weapons. Iran insists its nuclear programme is exclusiv...
‘What a spectacle!’: Iran Supreme Leader mocks US democracy amid election uncertainty
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‘What a spectacle!’: Iran Supreme Leader mocks US democracy amid election uncertainty

Iran’s supreme leader has mocked the U.S presidential election and democracy, citing President Trump’s non-evident claim of voter fraud. Recall that President Trump caused a disquiet among even leaders of his own Republican Party by flatly alleging fraud, while his Democratic challenger Joe Biden's campaign team has accused the incumbent of seeking to deny the electoral rights of tens of thousands of postal voters. The Iranian Supreme leader who described the election as a "spectacle" which will be “interesting to watch" in a tweet shared on Wednesday, added that it has exposed the reality of US democracy. He also tweeted;   “What a spectacle! “One says this is the most fraudulent election in US history. Who says that? The president who is currently in office. “...
Iran Says UAE, Bahrain Will Bear The Severe Consequences Of Israel Deals
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Iran Says UAE, Bahrain Will Bear The Severe Consequences Of Israel Deals

Iran President Hassan Rouhani's remarks come a day after Israel, UAE, Bahrain sign normalisation deals brokered by US Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain would be responsible for any "consequences" resulting from their normalisation of relations with Tehran's archrival, Israel. Rouhani's remarks came a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the UAE signed agreements establishing full diplomatic ties at a White House ceremony. Speaking at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Rouhani said Israel is "committing more crimes in Palestine every day". "Some of the region's countries, their people are pious Muslims but their rulers neither understand religion nor [their] debt ... to the nation ...
Iran Executes Wrestler, Navid Afkari Despite Global Outcry
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Iran Executes Wrestler, Navid Afkari Despite Global Outcry

Iran has executed a wrestler accused of murder, state media report, defying international appeals for him to be spared. Navid Afkari, 27, was sentenced to death over the murder of a security guard during a wave of anti-government protests in 2018. He said he had been tortured into making a confession. A union representing 85,000 athletes worldwide was among those to call for a stay of execution. The World Players Association said he had been "unjustly targeted" for taking part in the protests, and called for Iran's expulsion from world sport if it went ahead with the execution. US President Donald Trump also appealed for mercy, saying the wrestler's "sole act was an anti-government demonstration on the streets". Afkari was executed by hanging in the southern city of Shira...
Portugal Star, Ronaldo Becomes Second Player To Ever Reach 100 International Goals
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Portugal Star, Ronaldo Becomes Second Player To Ever Reach 100 International Goals

The 35 year-old is only the second men's player to reach 100 goals for his country after Ali Daei, who scored 109 times for Iran Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has become just the second player to ever reach 100 international goals. Ronaldo reached the milestone just before half-time of Tuesday's Nations League match against Sweden, slamming home a free-kick from outside the box to score the game's first goal.
Iran Seizes UAE Ship For Violating Its Waters & Killing Two Fishermen
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Iran Seizes UAE Ship For Violating Its Waters & Killing Two Fishermen

Iran on Thursday said it seized a United Arab Emirates-registered ship violating its territorial waters this week after the UAE coastguard killed two Iranian fishermen on the same day. The foreign ministry said the boat was seized on Monday after UAE coastguard vessels "opened fire on several Iranian fishing boats ... leading to the deaths of two fishermen". "On Monday, an Emirati ship was seized by the border guards of Iran and its crew were detained due to illegal traffic in our country's waters," state-run TV quoted a ministry statement as saying. "On the same day, UAE guards shot dead two Iranian fishermen and seized a boat ... The UAE has expressed regret for the incident and in a letter on Wednesday announced its readiness to pay compensation." Iran summoned the UAE ...
EU Rejects Any US Attempt To Invoke Iran Nuclear Deal
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EU Rejects Any US Attempt To Invoke Iran Nuclear Deal

The European Union's top diplomat said Tuesday that since the United States has already withdrawn from an international agreement curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions, it can't now use its former membership of the pact to try to impose a permanent arms embargo on the Islamic Republic. The accord, which Iran signed with the U.S., Britain, Germany, France, China and Russia in 2015, has been unraveling since President Donald Trump pulled Washington out in 2018 and reinstated sanctions designed to cripple Tehran under what the U.S. called a "maximum pressure" campaign. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft have said that extending a permanent U.N. backed arms embargo against Iran is now a top priority for Washington. But speaking to ...
Iran to execute spy convicted of helping US kill top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani
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Iran to execute spy convicted of helping US kill top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani

An Iranian national convicted of spying for the US and Israel by helping target top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani will be executed soon, Iran’s judiciary said on Tuesday. Mahmoud Mousavi Majd was convicted of spying on Iran’s armed forces “especially the Quds Force and on the whereabouts and movements of martyr General Qassem Soleimani” for large sums of money from both Israel’s Mossad and the CIA, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told a televised news conference. His sentence was upheld by Iran’s supreme court and would be “carried out soon,” the spokesman added. Soleimani headed the Quds Force, the foreign operations arm of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, and was killed in January in a US drone strike near Baghdad airport. The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muha...
Iran Reports Over 2,100 New Virus Cases
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Iran Reports Over 2,100 New Virus Cases

Iran on Tuesday reported no new coronavirus deaths in nearly a third of its provinces for 24 hours but said there were more than another 2,100 cases of infection nationwide. The virus spread rapidly to all 31 of Iran’s provinces soon after the country’s first cases — two deaths in the holy city of Qom — were announced three months ago. “Ten provinces have reported zero deaths in the past 24 hours and six others only one,” said health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour. The southwestern province of Khuzestan was still classified as “red” — the highest level on the country’s colour-coded risk scale, he said. But the situation was “stable” in most other provinces, Jahanpour told a televised news conference. Khuzestan was currently the only province still classified as re...
Iran Warns Of Virus Cluster Spread, Says 71 More Dead
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Iran Warns Of Virus Cluster Spread, Says 71 More Dead

Iran warned of a possible coronavirus cluster hitting another province on Thursday as it announced 71 new deaths and more than 1,800 infections nationwide. “We are in a situation similar to previous days (in most provinces) save for Khuzestan, which is still in a critical condition, and it seems that North Khorasan may be critical as well,” said health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour. “If this trend continues, North Khorasan will require more serious measures, too,” he added in televised remarks. North Khorasan province lies in northeastern Iran on the border with Turkmenistan. Khuzestan province in the southwest borders Iraq. The ministry had on Monday signalled a setback in its efforts to contain the virus in Khuzestan where authorities shut state bodies, banks and ...
Several Sailors Killed After Iran Missile ‘Accidentally’ Strikes Own Ship
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Several Sailors Killed After Iran Missile ‘Accidentally’ Strikes Own Ship

Iranian army says missile hit support ship in 'friendly-fire' incident, killing at least 19 sailors and wounding 15. At least 19 sailors have been killed and 15 wounded after an Iranian missile fired during a training exercise in the Gulf of Oman struck a support vessel near its target, Iran's army said. The friendly fire incident happened on Sunday near the port of Jask, about 1,270 kilometres (790 miles) southeast of Tehran on the Gulf of Oman, a statement on the army's website said on Monday. "On Sunday afternoon, during an exercise by a number of the navy's vessels in Jask and Chabahar waters, the Konarak light support vessel had an accident," said a statement on the army's website. "The number of this accident's martyrs is 19 and 15 have also been injured," it added,...
Casualties Reported after 5.1 Earthquake Hits Iran
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Casualties Reported after 5.1 Earthquake Hits Iran

Two people have died and 22 others were injured as they fled their homes in panic following a magnitude 5.1 earthquake that struck northern Iran on Friday. Among the dead were a 21-year-old woman in Tehran who suffered heart failure, and a 60-year-old man in the city of Damavand, east of the capital, killed by a head injury, officials said.   According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicentre of the earthquake was at Damavand, just northeast of the capital, at the depth of 10km (6.2 miles). But it was felt in Tehran, Alborz, Qom, and Qazvin provinces.     There were several mild aftershocks, but no serious damage from the quake that struck after midnight on the border of the provinces of Tehran and Mazandaran, authorities sai...
700 People Die In Iran After Drinking Alcohol To Cure Coronavirus
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700 People Die In Iran After Drinking Alcohol To Cure Coronavirus

More than 700 people have died in Iran after ingesting toxic methanol, erroneously thinking it can cure the new coronavirus. The national coroner's authority said that alcohol poisoning killed 728 Iranians between February 20 and April 7. Last year there were only 66 deaths from alcohol poisoning, according to the report. Alcohol poisoning has seen a 10-fold increase in Iran in the past year, according to a government report released earlier in April, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Iranian health ministry spokesman, Kianoush Jahanpour, said 5,011 people had been poisoned from methanol alcohol, adding that some 90 people have lost their eyesight or are suffering eye damage from the alcohol poisoning. Hossein Hassanian, a health ministry adviser, said the final tally of peopl...
Iran Reopens For Business As No End In Sight To Coronavirus Pandemic
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Iran Reopens For Business As No End In Sight To Coronavirus Pandemic

Iran reopened for business despite its persistent coronavirus outbreak as there was no end in sight to the crisis, its president said Wednesday, as 80 new deaths were announced. "Due to uncertainty about when this virus will end, we are preparing for work, activity and science," said President Hassan Rouhani. "We have to follow all the medical instructions, but work and production are as essential as these precautions," he told a televised cabinet meeting. His remarks came as the health ministry announced that 80 new deaths from the novel coronavirus had taken the country's overall toll to 5,957. Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said another 1,073 people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours. All but 20,000 of the 93,657 people who contracted the illnes...
Iran Launches First Military Satellite Into Orbit After Months Of Failure
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Iran Launches First Military Satellite Into Orbit After Months Of Failure

Iran has announced it successfully launched the country's first military reconnaissance satellite after months of failures, a programme the United States alleges is a cover for missile development. "The first satellite of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been successfully launched into orbit by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC]," said the elite forces' official website on Wednesday. It said the satellite - dubbed the Nour - was deployed from the Qassed two-stage launcher from the Markazi desert, a vast expanse in Iran's central plateau. The satellite "orbited the Earth at 425km [264 miles]", said the website. "This action will be a great success and a new development in the field of space for Islamic Iran." The IRGC called it the first military satellite ever lau...
Angelina Jolie ‘Lookalike’ Sahar Tabar Is On A Ventilator After Contracting Coronavirus In Prison
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Angelina Jolie ‘Lookalike’ Sahar Tabar Is On A Ventilator After Contracting Coronavirus In Prison

Social media star Sahar Tabar is reportedly on a ventilator after contracting Coronavirus while in prison. Sahar Tabar real name is Fatemeh Khishvand from Iran, who says he looks like Hollywood actress, Angelina Jolie, was arrested in October on charges including blasphemy, inciting violence, gaining income through inappropriate means and encouraging youths to corruption. She was detained on the orders of Tehran’s guidance court, which deals with ‘cultural crimes and social and moral corruption’. The 22-year-old is said to be seriously ill after she contracted Coronavirus in prison. The US-based Center For Human Rights In Iran said a judge in the country refused to grant her bail after her lawyers had asked for her to be released amid the country’s severe COVID-19 outbr...
Breaking: U.S. Tops 500,000 Coronavirus Cases
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Breaking: U.S. Tops 500,000 Coronavirus Cases

United States has reached another grim milestone in coronavirus spread, recording over 500,000 cases on Friday. Worldometers.info which tracks coronavirus puts the cases in the world’s leading economy at 502,876 on Saturday morning. On Friday, the U.S. logged another record 33,752 cases and 2,035 deaths, that made it almost at par with world leader Italy in fatalities. Italy has 18,849 deaths, after recording 507 new ones on Friday. United States now has 18,747 deaths. The United States mind-boggling coronavirus cases on Friday were more than the combined total reported by seven badly-hit countries. These are Spain, Italy, Germany, France, China, UK and Iran. They had 30,753 cases on Friday, lower than America’s 33,752. Spain recorded 5,051, Italy 3,951, France ...
‘Iran Only Acts In Self-Defence,’ Foreign Minister Tells Trump
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‘Iran Only Acts In Self-Defence,’ Foreign Minister Tells Trump

Iran said Thursday it “only acts in self-defence” after President Donald Trump warned it and its allies against attacking US troops in Iraq. “Unlike the US — which surreptitiously lies, cheats & assassinates — Iran only acts in self-defence,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted. “Don’t be misled by usual warmongers, AGAIN,” he wrote, also cautioning that “Iran starts no wars, but teaches lessons to those who do”. Tensions have risen sharply between Tehran and Washington ever since Trump withdrew from a landmark nuclear agreement and reimposed sweeping sanctions in 2018. They escalated in January when the US killed Iran’s Major General Qasem Soleimani in a Baghdad drone strike, following attacks on its troops in Iraq that Washington blamed on Iran-backed armed ...
54 Inmates Missing After Mass Jail Break In Iran
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54 Inmates Missing After Mass Jail Break In Iran

The Iranian security forces are searching for 54 escaped inmates following a prison break over which four guards were arrested, Iran’s state news agency reported on Sunday. “Some prison guards were summoned and four of them were arrested and others released on bail,” Mojtaba Shirouzbozorgi, a judicial official in Kurdistan province, told IRNA. According to the agency, 74 inmates escaped from Saqqez city’s prison on Friday, 20 of whom have so far either turned themselves in or been captured. On March 19, 23 prisoners escaped from another jail in the western city of Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan province, hours before the start of Iran’s New Year celebrations, IRNA said. They reportedly escaped during the night while guards were making preparations for a New Year amnes...
Coronavirus: FG Adds Sweden, Austria to Restricted Countries
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Coronavirus: FG Adds Sweden, Austria to Restricted Countries

  The Federal Government has added Sweden and Austria to the list of high-risk countries following the outbreak of coronavirus. Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, made the announcement at a media briefing on Friday in Abuja. “We have identified two more high risks countries – Austria and Sweden which were added in the past 24 hours to the list,” Ehanire said. On Wednesday March 18th, the Federal government announced the restriction of travellers from 13 countries identified as high risk countries with over 1000 recorded cases of Coronavirus. They are China, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Japan, France, Germany, United States of America, Norway, United Kingdom, Netherlands & Switzerland.
Iran Pardons 10,000 Prisoners in Addition to Releasing 85,000 Inmates as Coronavirus Deaths Spike
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Iran Pardons 10,000 Prisoners in Addition to Releasing 85,000 Inmates as Coronavirus Deaths Spike

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will pardon 10,000 more prisoners including political detainees in an apparent bid to combat the coronavirus epidemic. The move comes a day after a health ministry official revealed that the countries' death toll has jumped by 149 to 1,284 in 24 hours while the total number of infected people increased to 18,407. Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raisi said: 'With 149 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the death toll from the virus reaches 1,284. Unfortunately, we had 1,046 new cases of infection since yesterday.' On Tuesday, judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said Iran had temporarily freed about 85,000 people from jail, including political prisoners, in response to the coronavirus epidemic. Two days later, State TV quoted the...
Iran to free prisoners as coronavirus spreads rapidly
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Iran to free prisoners as coronavirus spreads rapidly

During the 2019–2020 coronavirus pandemic, Iran reported its first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections on 19 February 2020 in Qom. As of 14 March 2020, according to Iranian health authorities, there had been 611 COVID-19 deaths in Iran with more than 12,500 confirmed infections. An Iranian judiciary spokesman says the country has temporarily freed about 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, in an attempt to prevent the spread of coronavirus. See Tweet below:
Coronavirus tenure will expire within 21 days – Pastor Enenche
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Coronavirus tenure will expire within 21 days – Pastor Enenche

The Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, Dr. Paul Enenche on Sunday, led his congregation in a torrential prayer against the outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as coronavirus. Report said the deadly virus, which broke out in Wuhan, China in December 2019 and recognised as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020, had killed over 6,000 people with over 162,000 persons currently battling the ailment. The respiratory disease has affected mainland China, Europe, Iran, South Korea, the United States and some African countries. Leading his congregation in a brutal prayer against deadly virus, Pastor Enenche said its tenure would expire within 21 days. He said, “We want to agree together to curse the demon of coronavirus officially. He...
Coronavirus: Iran’s Health Ministry Calls To Cancel Friday Prayers
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Coronavirus: Iran’s Health Ministry Calls To Cancel Friday Prayers

Iran's Health Ministry asked Iranian authorities on Thursday to cancel the Friday prayers and any other congregations due to fears of novel coronavirus. The Iranian IRNA news agency quoted the Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour saying that all forms of congregations must be canceled till further notice. He added that 15 medical labs will be opened within next week to diagnose novel coronavirus infections. On Wednesday, the ministry announced that four more people died in the country from coronavirus, bringing the death toll from the outbreak in Iran to 19. The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has sounded global alarms, with China, the epicenter of the outbreak, reporting over 2,700 deaths and health experts grappling to find a cure. Outside mainland China, t...
Coronavirus: Here’s How to Protect Yourself from the Deadly Disease
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Coronavirus: Here’s How to Protect Yourself from the Deadly Disease

What started as a mystery virus in Wuhan, China, has now killed more than 2,859 people and infected thousands more around the world. On Friday February 28, the first case of Coronavirus was confirmed in Lagos state. The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanirem has now shared ways to prevent yourself from contracting the disease. 1. Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser. 2. Maintain at least 1 & half metres (5 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. 3. Persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or keep a social distance, but not mix in crowd. 4. Make sure you and people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene, meaning cover your mouth and nose with a tissue o...
Iran Threatens To Flog And Imprison Anyone Caught ‘Spreading Fake News’ About Coronavirus Outbreak
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Iran Threatens To Flog And Imprison Anyone Caught ‘Spreading Fake News’ About Coronavirus Outbreak

The Iranian government has threatened to flog and imprison anyone caught ‘spreading fake news’ about the deadly coronavirus outbreak that has already killed 26 people in Iran. Hassan Norouzi, a spokesman for parliament’s legal and judicial committee, said ‘spreading lies’ is punishable by one to three years in prison with flogging, in accordance with Shariah law. ‘Spreading fake news over coronavirus outbreak will [make] people panic. It also will pave the ground for the country’s shutdown,’ the Tehran Times reported him saying in translation. Nourouzi added that 24 citizens were already in custody for ‘spreading rumours’ and that the harsh sentences were warranted by Shariah. In another news, Iran has confirmed seven new deaths from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the ...
El-Zakzaky’s Daughter, Suhaila Pictured With Soleimani’s Daughter In Iran
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El-Zakzaky’s Daughter, Suhaila Pictured With Soleimani’s Daughter In Iran

Here is the Daughter of Sheikh Zakzaky, head of the Iranian-backed Islamic Movement of Nigeria, pictured in Iran next to the daughter of the late Qassim Soleimani, former head of IRGC Quds Force The reach of the Islamic Revolution stretches way beyond the Middle East. Both were attending an annual “global resistance front” conference in Qom, which included speeches by senior IRGC commanders. The motto of this conference: “The expulsion of the US is the prelude to the destruction of Israel and the death of the Deal of Century”
US House Panel Advances Bill to Repeal Trump’s Travel Ban on Nigeria and Other Muslim Majority Countries
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US House Panel Advances Bill to Repeal Trump’s Travel Ban on Nigeria and Other Muslim Majority Countries

The United States House Judiciary Committee chaired by Jerry Nadler, on Wednesday, voted to advance a bill that would repeal Donald Trump's travel ban on Nigeria and other Muslim majority countries, and also limit the president from imposing future restrictions based on religion or worship. Early this month, President Trump signed a proclamation stopping citizens from Eritrea, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria from applying for visas to immigrate to the U.S. The House of Representatives, controlled by the Democrats, voted along party lines in favour of advancing the "NO BAN Act", which was introduced after Trump imposed a new travel ban that included Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, and 5 other countries. Other countries that faced travel restrictions to the US include Iran,...
US House confirms travel ban targeting Nigeria, others as Pelosi reacts
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US House confirms travel ban targeting Nigeria, others as Pelosi reacts

United States House of Representatives has condemned the decision of President Donald Trump to extend his administration’s travel ban that will affect Nigeria and some other countries. Trump signed the original travel ban on January 27, 2017, just a week into his tenure. The ban was upheld by the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2018. It affected Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea. For the new restrictions, countries on the list include Belarus, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. On Monday, Democrats said that the House of Representatives will soon consider legislation that would repeal the travel ban and limit the president from imposing future restrictions, Reuters reports. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi...
Iran Seeks The Help Of America To Analyze Downed Plane’s Black Boxes
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Iran Seeks The Help Of America To Analyze Downed Plane’s Black Boxes

Iran said it had asked the U.S. and French authorities for equipment to download information from black boxes on a downed Ukrainian airliner, potentially angering countries which want the recorders analyzed abroad. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, which lost 57 of the 176 people killed in the crash, said Iran did not have the ability to read the data and he demanded the cockpit and flight recorders should be sent to France. Kiev wants the recorders sent to Ukraine. The U.S.-built Boeing 737 flown by Ukraine International Airlines was shot down in error by Iranian forces on Jan. 8 during a period of tit-for-tat military strikes that included the killing by the United States of a senior Iranian general on Jan. 3. Tehran, already embroiled in a long-running standoff with the ...
AFC moves Asian Champions League matches out of Iran
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AFC moves Asian Champions League matches out of Iran

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has shifted two preliminary matches in its elite club competition from Iran to neutral venues because of security concerns, Asian soccer's governing body said on Wednesday. Shahr Khodro FC were scheduled to host Bahrain's Riffa and Esteghlal FC were set to play Kuwait SC on Tuesday but both Asian Champions League matches were postponed after several governments issued warnings against travelling to Iran. "To help facilitate the switch to neutral venues, which has been approved by the relevant AFC committees, the AFC will now reschedule the games to January 25, 2020 in the United Arab Emirates," the AFC said in a statement. Local media reported that the four Iranian clubs in the competition, including Persepolis and Sepahan, had said they wo...
US Troops Were Injured In Iran Missile Attack Despite US Denying Casualties -CNN
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US Troops Were Injured In Iran Missile Attack Despite US Denying Casualties -CNN

Several US service members were injured during last week's Iranian missile attack on Al-Asad airbase in Iraq despite the Pentagon initially saying that no casualties had taken place. "While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed," the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria said in a statement Thursday. A US military official told CNN that 11 service members had been injured in the attack, which was launched in retaliation for the US airstrikes that had killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani the previous week. Defense One was first to report on the injured service members. Following the attack the Pentagon said that no casualtie...
Iran Rejects UK’s Call For ‘Trump Deal’ To Replace Nuclear Accord
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Iran Rejects UK’s Call For ‘Trump Deal’ To Replace Nuclear Accord

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has dismissed UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's call for a new "Trump deal" to replace the 2015 nuclear agreement. Mr Johnson said he recognised that Mr Trump saw the accord as "flawed" and suggested he could renegotiate it. Mr Rouhani warned that "all Trump has done is break promises". He also criticised the UK, France and Germany for triggering the nuclear deal's dispute mechanism after Iran breached key commitments. President Trump abandoned the nuclear deal in 2018 and reinstated US sanctions on Iran to try to force it to negotiate a new agreement that would place indefinite curbs on its nuclear programme and also halt its development of ballistic missiles. After the Trump administration increased the pressure on Iran in May 2019, the coun...
Iran Arrests Suspects in Unforgivable Plane Disaster as Protests Persist
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Iran Arrests Suspects in Unforgivable Plane Disaster as Protests Persist

Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested people accused of a role in shooting down a Ukrainian airliner and had also detained 30 people involved in protests that have swept the nation for four days since the military belatedly admitted its error. Wednesday’s shooting down of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, killing all 176 people aboard, has led to one of the biggest public challenges to the Islamic Republic’s clerical rulers since they took power four decades ago. President Hassan Rouhani promised a thorough investigation into the “unforgivable error” of shooting down the plane, in an address on Britain, France, and Germany also increased diplomatic pressure on Iran, launching a dispute mechanism to challenge Tehran for breaching limits on its nuclear program under an a...
Iran Announces First Arrests In Downing Of Ukrainian Airliner
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Iran Announces First Arrests In Downing Of Ukrainian Airliner

Iran's judiciary has announced the arrests of an unspecified number of suspects in the accidental downing of a commercial passenger jet during a major confrontation with the United States last week. In comments carried by state media, spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili said on Tuesday that "extensive investigations have taken place and some individuals are arrested". He did not offer additional details. Wednesday's downing of the Ukrainian airliner, en route to Kyiv from Tehran, killed all 176 passengers and crew on board. It happened just hours after Iran launched missile attacks on US targets in Iraq in retaliation for the US assassination of top Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on January 3. After days of denials, Iran on Saturday admitted that its Islamic Revolut...
Israel Attacks Iran For Killing 176
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Israel Attacks Iran For Killing 176

Israel has blasted Iran, accusing it of deceiving the whole world. Recall that Iran on Saturday finally admitted that its military “unintentionally” shot down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 on board. It blamed “human error” for the incident, adding that the military mistook Flight 752 for a “hostile target.” Jetliner, a Boeing 737 operated by Ukrainian International Airlines, went down on the outskirts of Tehran during takeoff just hours after Iran launched a barrage of missiles at US forces in Iraq. Iran had earlier denied shooting down the plane, saying it was impossible for such thing to have happened. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran “lied intentionally” about shooting down the Ukraine airliner. “They knew from the start that they had d...
Ukraine Demands Iran Punish Those Guilty Of Shooting Down Airliner Killing 176 People
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Ukraine Demands Iran Punish Those Guilty Of Shooting Down Airliner Killing 176 People

Ukraine has demanded that Iran punish those guilty for the shooting of a Ukrainian airliner and compensate victims after they admitted they accidentally downed the Ukraine International Airlines plane, killing all 176 people. 'We expect Iran to bring the guilty to the courts,' the Ukrainian leader wrote on Facebook, calling also for the 'payment of compensation' and the return of remains. Ukrainian president Volodomyr Zelensky was due to discuss the incident with his Iranian counterpart President Hassan Rouhani at 5pm local time, his press office said. This comes after Iran admitted on Saturday that it accidentally downed the Ukraine International Airlines plane, killing all 176 people on board on Wednesday, shortly after launching missiles at bases hosting US forces in Iraq. ...
Iranian Protesters Demand That Khamenei Quit Over Ukrainian Plane Downing
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Iranian Protesters Demand That Khamenei Quit Over Ukrainian Plane Downing

Protesters in Iran are demanding that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei steps down, after the country's military admitted to accidentally downing a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 people on board. A child's shoe is pictured on January 8, 2020 at the scene of a Ukrainian airliner that crashed shortly after take-off near Imam Khomeini airport in the Iranian capital Tehran. Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed shortly after leaving Imam Khomeini International Airport in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday. It came days after President Donald Trump ordered adrone strike in Iraq to kill Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, on January 3, escalating tensions between the countries. On Saturday afternoon, thousands of peop...
Fani Kayode Blasts Nigerians Over Ukrainian Plane Crash By Iran
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Fani Kayode Blasts Nigerians Over Ukrainian Plane Crash By Iran

A Former Minister of Aviation, Femi-Fani Kayode, has on Saturday lambasted on Nigerians on social media for attacking him over his prediction on the Iran missile that shot down Ukrainian jet that killed all 176 aboard. "Our correspondent (Eric Patrick) learnt that Iran admits it shot down Ukranian plane by mistake." The Former Minister said on his verified Twitter account @realFFK, Finally, the beasts have confessed. I ask again, where are the low-life's on @Twitter that insulted me when I said the Iranians shot down the plane moments after it came down?Listen to the voice of the voiceless & learn! The President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has on Saturday apologise for the mistake made by the Iranian Forces and promised to persecutes those who fired the missile that took the ...
Iran admitted it shot down Ukrainian Airlines flight 752
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Iran admitted it shot down Ukrainian Airlines flight 752

Iran admitted it shot down Ukrainian Airlines flight 752, saying it was accidental and blaming human error, according to New York Times reporter Farnaz Fassihi. "In these circumstances, the plane was accidentally hit by a human error, which unfortunately results in the martyrdom of dear compatriots and the death of a number of foreign national," according to a statement from Iran. The Ukrainian jet crashed on Wednesday morning shortly after taking off from Tehran, Iran, killing all 176 passengers on board. Iran initially denied responsibility for the crash despite emerging reports that the aircraft, bound for Kyiv, Ukraine, was on fire before making contact with the ground. Iran admitted it shot down Ukrainian Airlines flight 752, saying it was accidental and blaming human error, acc...
US Imposes Sanctions On Iranian Steel And Other Metals
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US Imposes Sanctions On Iranian Steel And Other Metals

The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions on Iran following attacks on US and allied troops earlier this week, Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced Friday. "The President is issuing an executive order authorizing the imposition of additional sanctions against any individual owning, operating, trading with, or assisting sectors of the Iranian economy including construction, manufacturing, textiles, and mining," Mnuchin told reporters at the White House. He noted those would be both primary and secondary sanctions and that the executive order allows the US to designate other sectors in the future. Additionally, the US is announcing 17 specific sanctions against Iran's largest steel and iron manufacturers, three Seychelles-based entities, and a vessel involved in the trans...
Iran mistakenly shot down Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed on Wednesday near Tehran, US media report
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Iran mistakenly shot down Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed on Wednesday near Tehran, US media report

US officials say they believe the Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 was hit by a missile, CBS says. Ukraine earlier said it was examining whether a missile strike brought down the aircraft - but Iran ruled this out. The crash came just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two airbases housing US forces in Iraq. The plane, which was initially headed west to leave the airport zone, turned right following a problem and was headed back to the airport at the moment of the crash." CBS News quoted US intelligence sources as saying a satellite detected infrared "blips" of two missile launches, followed by another blip of an explosion.
Iran Plane Crash: The victims Of Ukraine Flight By Nationality
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Iran Plane Crash: The victims Of Ukraine Flight By Nationality

A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 passengers crashed minutes after taking off early Wednesday from Iran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all passengers and crew members on board. The cause of the crash is currently unknown, although Iran cited “technical problems.” As the investigation continues, Ukraine’s embassy in Tehran issued a statement ruling out terrorism and then removed it. The fatal crash unfolded during a particularly tense time in the region: In a growing conflict with the United States, triggered by the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Iran fired more than a dozen missiles targeting Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops four hours before the Ukraine International Airlines jet went down. The victims include 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians, i...
Ajax’s American Player, Sergino Dest Leaves Club’s Training Camp In Qatar Amid Iran Tensions
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Ajax’s American Player, Sergino Dest Leaves Club’s Training Camp In Qatar Amid Iran Tensions

United States right-back Sergino Dest has left Ajax's training camp in Qatar because he did "not feel comfortable", the Dutch club have said. It comes amid rising political tensions between the US and Qatar's neighbour Iran. Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani was killed at Baghdad airport in an air strike ordered by US president Donald Trump. Iran retaliated by firing missiles at air bases housing US forces in Iraq. On Saturday, US Soccer postponed a men's training camp in Qatar - which will host the 2022 World Cup - because of "developing tensions" in the region. Dest, 19, was born in the Dutch city of Almere but has an American father and chose to represent the US in October. He has won three caps. "Sergino Dest has asked if he could leave Ajax's training camp ...
Iran Mistakenly Shot Down Ukraine Jet – US Media
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Iran Mistakenly Shot Down Ukraine Jet – US Media

US officials say they believe the Ukrainian International Airlines Boeing 737-800 was hit by a missile, CBS says. Ukraine earlier said it was examining whether a missile strike brought down the aircraft - but Iran ruled this out. The crash came just hours after Iran carried out missile strikes on two airbases housing US forces in Iraq. CBS News quoted US intelligence sources as saying a satellite detected infrared "blips" of two missile launches, followed by another blip of an explosion. Meanwhile, Newsweek quoted a Pentagon and senior US intelligence officials, as well as an Iraqi intelligence official, as saying they believed the Ukrainian plane was hit by a Russian-made Tor missile. US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that "I have my suspicions" over the plane....
Iran Reveals Why It Didn’t Kill US Soldiers In Missile Attacks, Speaks On Next Plan
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Iran Reveals Why It Didn’t Kill US Soldiers In Missile Attacks, Speaks On Next Plan

Iran has claimed that the Wednesday’s missile attacks on American bases in Iraq were not targeted to kill any soldier. A senior Iranian commander, Amirali Hajizadeh, said the attacks in Iraq did not aim to kill American soldiers but sought to damage Washington’s “military machine.” He also declared that the attacks were the start of a series of attacks across the region, Al Jazeera reports. Hajizadeh, the head of the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force, also said the “appropriate revenge” for the US killing of Qassem Soleimani was to expel US forces from the Middle East. He also said Iran had hundreds of missiles at the ready and when Tehran launched missiles on Wednesday it had used “cyber attacks to disable (US) plane and drone navigation systems.” Iran had on W...
Full Text Of Trump’s Speech On Iran And Reaction On Social Media
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Full Text Of Trump’s Speech On Iran And Reaction On Social Media

Good morning. I'm pleased to inform you: The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties, all of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases. Our great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world. No American or Iraqi lives were lost because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces, and an early warning system that worked very well. I salute the incredible skill and courage of America’s men and women in uniform. For far too long -- all the way back to 1979, to be exact -- nations have tolerated Iran’s destruc...
See How Different Countries Responded To Iran’s Missiles Attack On U.S
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See How Different Countries Responded To Iran’s Missiles Attack On U.S

Government of different countries have reacted to the early morning Missiles strike at U.S. bases in Iraq by Iran. These were contained in Tweets and official statements by heads of Government and foreign affairs departments. Japan Japanese Chief Cabinet Spokesman Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday that his “government will coordinate with the related governments to collect intelligence while we ensure the safety of Japanese citizens in the region. “Japan will also urge all related nations to do their utmost diplomatic effort to improve the relations,” he added. Philippines The Philippines government has orders its citizens working in Iraq to evacuate immediately. A tweet by Philippine’s Foreign Department says “In view of the escalating events in Iraq, the DFA has raised the ale...
US Vs Iran: ‘Donald Trump Is An Inspiration’ – Pastor Adeboye’s Son, Leke Adeboye
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US Vs Iran: ‘Donald Trump Is An Inspiration’ – Pastor Adeboye’s Son, Leke Adeboye

The Senior Personal Assistant of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Leke Adeboye has described the US President, Donald Trump as an inspiration. Adeboye commended Trump for his actions even as he described him as an inspiration. His comment is coming at the heels of the growing tension building up between the United States of America and Iran. On his Instagram page, Adeboye wrote: “One of the men of the year 2019, was and is still Donald J Trump. As in the guy is just an inspiration. He is like if you want to be crazy then! Rascality does not have a monopoly. Welcome to 2020, when others were talking about defending Jesus, someone already cut off an ear, Thank God for the person moved, it would have been the whole head. I did not come to talk.” Th...