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Iran militias assassinated Lebanon’s Rafik Hariri: Saudi official

The devastation left after the bomb that targeted the motorcade of Rafik Hariri in Beirut on February 14, 2005. (AP) February 17, 2020 Saudi Arabia’s Vice Minister of Defense, Prince Khalid bin Salman, said on Sunday that the late Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri had been assassinated by Iranian militia. The deputy defense [...]

By |February 17th, 2020|Lebanon, Saudi Arabia|

Rouhani says Iran will never yield to US pressure, rules out resigning

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (Reuters) February 17, 2020 Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, as he ruled out resigning. "We will never yield to America's pressure and we will not negotiate from a position of weakness," Rouhani said in a televised news [...]

By |February 17th, 2020|North America, USA|

Reformists, conservatives are same in the eyes of Iranians

Canada protest against the Iranian elections, April 14, 2017. (AFP) February 15, 2020 The two main political parties in Iran have “largely lost their social base,” according to a former Iranian minister. Fearing a low turnout in the parliamentary elections scheduled for February 21, Iranian officials including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Iran|

US: Iran carried out attacks on Saudi oil facilities to target global economy

A satellite image showing damage to oil/gas Saudi Aramco infrastructure at Khurais, in Saudi Arabia, September 15, 2019. (Reuters) February 15, 2020 The US mission to the UN has said that Iran continues its “program of terrorism, nuclear extortion, and destabilizing behavior.” In a media note on the United Nations Yemen Panel of [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|North America, Saudi Arabia, USA|

Inside Iran’s push to get Hezbollah to take a role in Iraq

Iraqi Shiite fighters from the Kataib Hezbollah militia march during a military parade marking Al-Quds International Day in Baghdad, May 31, 2019. (AFP) February 15, 2020 Since the US killed Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Kataib Hezbollah militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, Iran has been feeling a vacuum in its “axis of resistance.” Tehran must [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Saudi FM: Iran should change behavior first before any discussions

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan. (SPA) February 15, 2020 Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said the Kingdom has not sent “any private messages to Iran,” adding that the Kingdom’s message is “quite clear.” “Our message to Iran is to change its behavior first before anything [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Saudi Arabia|

Soleimani describes Iran’s Khamenei as ‘oppressed’, ‘alone’ in published will

Ayatollah Khamenei welcomed IRGC commanders including Qassem Soleimani, second left, in a ceremony in Tehran, May 2017. (IRNA) February 15, 2020 Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is “oppressed” and “alone,” reads part of slain military commander Qassem Soleimani’s will, published on Thursday. “I find Ayatollah Khamenei very oppressed and alone. He needs your [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Iran|

Iranian hackers targeted Dutch, Western universities for ‘teaching material’

The attackers of the Dutch universities stole student login details and posted them on an Iranian forum. (Reuters) February 15, 2020 Dutch broadcaster NOS on Friday reported that government-backed Iranian hackers have targeted three Dutch universities and another academic body in the past few months. The report is based on the findings of [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Australia, Europe, North America, USA|

Pompeo condemns Iranian interference in Iraq, Lebanon

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference during the NATO Foreign Ministers Meeting at the State Department in Washington, April 4, 2019. (AFP) February 15, 2020 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday condemned Iranian interference in the affairs of Iraq and Lebanon, during a speech at the [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Iraq, Lebanon|

Ouyar Hassan invited to the polls… again

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei arrives to cast his ballot in Iran's Parliamentary election in Tehran, Iran, March 14, 2008. (REUTERS) By Amir Taheri February 15, 2020 Since the 19th century, caricature has been used to highlight in a humorous mode the key features of famous persons or even a whole nation. In the [...]

By |February 15th, 2020|Iran|