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Coronavirus pandemic costs Iran’s tourism and airline industries $400 million

Tourists visit the Azadi Tower in the capital Tehran on April 19, 2018. (AFP) March 28, 2020 A senior official of Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage has said that the cotronavirus epidemic will cost $200 million to the country’s tourism industry in three months. Mr. Vali Taymuri, the ministry’s deputy in charge of [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Iran|

Hundreds still entering Pakistan from Iran despite border closure over coronavirus

Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) personnel came into the streets to fight Coronavirus. March 1, 2020. (Supplied) March 28, 2020 Over a hundred pilgrims returned to Pakistan on Thursday from Iran via a land border crossing at Taftan in Balochistan province, immigration documents have shown, despite the border being sealed by the Pakistan government to [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Pakistan|

An annual review of lies: “White House made up the lie that Iran shot down the Ukrainian passenger plane”

Debris from the Ukraine International Airlines crash in Iran, January 9, 2020. (AFP) March 28, 2020 On January 8, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, bound for Kiev, crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s Khomeini International Airport at 6:12pm, killing all 176 onboard. Following the crash, American and then British, Australian and Canadian officials announced that [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

Pentagon orders preparations to ‘destroy’ pro-Iran Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq

An Iraqi soldier wears a protective face mask and gloves as he stands guard during the hand over of Qayyarah Airfield from US-led coalition to Iraqi Forces, in Mosul, Iraq, March 26, 2020. (Reuters) March 28, 2020 The US Department of Defense has ordered its military commanders in Iraq to prepare for potential [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Iraq, North America, USA|

Iranians may be quarantined in Syria

Those who arrived from Iran and are currently under quarantine at the Al-Duwair Center will be transferred to the airport hotel. (Getty) March 28, 2020 The Syrian government has said that travelers arriving in the country from Iran will be quarantined in specially-designated centers in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus. The announcement followed reports [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Syria|

Over 80 inmates escape prison in Iran’s Kurdistan after riots over coronavirus

Prisoners rioted in a prison in the city of Saqqez Friday evening and more than 80 of them were able to escape. (Supplied) March 28, 2020 Over 80 prisoners escaped from a prison in Iran’s Kurdistan province on Friday following riots amid growing concerns about the spread of coronavirus in the prison, according [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Iran, Minorities|

Iranian diplomats instigated killing of dissident in Istanbul

A view of the Iranian consulate in Istanbul. (AFP) March 28, 2020 Two intelligence officers at Iran's consulate in Turkey instigated the killing last November of an Iranian dissident in Istanbul who criticized the Islamic Republic's political and military leaders, two senior Turkish officials told Reuters. The accusation is likely to strain ties [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Turkey|

Iran death toll rises by 139 to 2,517 in last 24 hours

Iranian men bury a dead body at Behesht Zahra cemetery in Tehran, Iran, March 24, 2020. (REUTERS) March 28, 2020 Iran’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose to 2,517 on Saturday, with 139 fatalities in the past 24 hours, Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said. The total number of cases diagnosed rose by 3,076 [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Iran|

Iran Defense Minister says cruise missile warheads to become more powerful soon

Iran's Defence Minister Amir Hatami attends a parliament session in Tehran on August 15, 2017.(AFP) March 28, 2020 Iran's Defence Minister Brigadier-General Amir Hatami on March 26 said Iran has upgraded all its cruise missiles and is planning to increase the explosive power of their warheads, speed and maneuverability. According to a report [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Middle East, North America, USA|

Amnesty International urges Iran to grant furlough to prisoners of conscience

Prisoners of November protests in a prison in Tehran. (Fars) March 28, 2020 In a letter addressed to Iran's Chief Justice Ebrahim Raeesi on March 26 Amnesty International said Iranian authorities must "immediately and unconditionally" release hundreds of prisoners of conscience amid grave concerns over the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Iran’s prisons. [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Iran|