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Coronavirus cases in Iran could be as high as 1,500: Experts

Pharmacists talk with customers at a drugstore in downtown Tehran on Feb. 25, 2020. (AP) February 25, 2020 The number of people infected with coronavirus in Iran could be as high as 1,500, experts say, versus the government’s official number of 95 cases, reported on Tuesday. The estimate is based on Iran’s official death [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Iran|

8 Saudis sentenced to prison, death for spying, monitoring embassies for Iran

Saudi Arabian Riyadh city view. (Shutterstock) February 25, 2020 Saudi Arabia issued preliminary sentences for eight Saudi nationals, charging them with spying for Iran and monitoring two foreign embassies in the Kingdom. The Saudi State Security Court sentenced one person to death and seven to prison on espionage charges. The death sentence was [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Saudi Arabia|

Iranian MP Mahmoud Sadeghi says he tested positive for coronavirus

Outspoken Iranian MP Mahmood Sadeghi. (Supplied) February 25, 2020 Iranian member of parliament Mahmoud Sadeghi said in a tweet on Tuesday that he tested positive for coronavirus. An outspoken MP from Tehran, Sadeghi had previously accused the government of “covering up the spread” of the virus, also known as COVID-19. He also urged [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Iran|

27 travelers from Iran test positive for coronavirus in 6 Arab countries

Iranian residents, some wearing protective masks, wait to cross a street in the capital Tehran on February 22, 2020. (AFP) February 25, 2020 Twenty-seven people have tested positive for coronavirus in six countries across the Arab region after returning from Iran. Iran has reported 15 deaths from coronavirus, the highest number outside China, but that [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Middle East|

Iran’s deputy health minister has coronavirus, test confirms

Iraj Harirchi, Iran's deputy minister for health. (Twitter) February 25, 2020 Iran’s deputy health minister confirmed on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, amid a major outbreak in the Islamic republic. Iraj Harirchi coughed occasionally and appeared to be sweating during a press conference in Tehran on Monday with [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Iran|

Iran does not lie… but it lives in a different universe

Mourners surround a Chevrolet car carrying the coffins of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis during their funeral procession in Baghdad, Jan 4, 2020. (AFP) By Hazem Saghieh February 25, 2020 The scene was like one from an Almodovar movie and another by Quentin Tarantino. The scene of [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Iran police confiscate protective masks hoarded by couple at home parking

Police discovered masks and sanitation products hoarded by drugstore in northern Iranian city of Some'esara. February 24, 2020. (IRNA) February 25, 2020 The Chief of Tehran Prevention Police on Monday said 500,000 masks hoarded by an Iranian man and his Chinese wife have been discovered in a residential parking in eastern Tehran. According [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Iran|

Millions of Iranians fear the worst for banned superstar singer

Mohammad Reza Shajarian has been banned from Iranian TV for many years. (Supplied) By Shima Shahrabi February 25, 2020 On the night of Friday, February 21, a group of fans stood outside the hospital for so long that a doctor was forced to come out and speak for a few minutes about the health [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Arts, Iran|

Iranian democracy ‘castrated’: Ex-president’s son

Poll workers are seen during parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tehran, Feb. 21, 2020. (Reuters) February 25, 2020 Iranian democracy has been “castrated,” the youngest son of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president and a key figure in the 1979 revolution, told The Guardian newspaper. Reacting to historically low turnout in [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Iran|

Turkish Airlines cancels flights to four cities in Iran

Iranian students repatriated from Wuhan arrived in Tehran on February 5. (Supplied) February 25, 2020 Turkish Airlines has canceled its flights to four Iranian cities and decreased the frequency of flights to Tehran until Feb. 27, the company said on Monday. The company said it canceled flights to Mashhad, Isfahan, Tabriz and Shiraz [...]

By |February 25th, 2020|Turkey|