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China has reduced oil imports from Iran, zero revenues for Tehran

An oil tanker is seen at a crude oil terminal in Ningbo Zhoushan port, Zhejiang province, China May 16, 2017. Picture taken May 16, 2017. (Reuters) March 28, 2020 Data received by Radio Farda show that since January Iran’s crude oil exports to China have dropped further to less than 220,000 barrels per [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|East Asia|

Tehran public transport to be suspended amid confusion over restrictions

Workers disinfect subway trains against coronavirus in Tehran, Iran, in the early morning of Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP) March 28, 2020 The Coronavirus Control Task Force in Tehran has decided to suspend public transport in the Iranian capital, amid chaos and confusion about the recent restrictions announced by the government. The decision [...]

By |March 28th, 2020|Iran|

Iran president credits foreign ministry for campaign to lift sanctions

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani (R) and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. (AP) March 27, 2020 Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised Wednesday a campaign calling for US sanctions against the Islamic Republic to be lifted amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying that the foreign ministry was the entity that launched it. The campaign was launched [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|North America, USA|

Iran reports 144 new coronavirus deaths, raising total to 2,378

Disinfecting buses in Tabriz to counter the outbreak of coronavirus on Monday, February 24, 2020. (MEHR) March 27, 2020 Iran on Friday announced 144 new deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the official number of fatalities to 2,378 in one of the world’s worst-hit countries. “In the past 24 hours, we’ve had 2,926 [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|Iran|

FBI chief pledges to find answers on ex-agent Levinson who died in Iranian custody

The death of Robert Levinson is believed to have occurred before the coronavirus outbreak in Iran. (YouTube) March 27, 2020 The FBI won’t give up on “finding out what happened” to former agent Robert Levinson, who the U.S. government believes died in the custody of the Iranians after vanishing more than a decade [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|North America, USA|

Iran’s army sets up hospital in virus-stricken capital

A member of the Iranian army walks past rows of beds at a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for COVID-19 coronavirus patients set up by the army at the international exhibition center in northern Tehran, Iran, March 26, 2020. (API March 27, 2020 The Iranian military has set up a 2,000-bed hospital in an exhibition [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|Iran|

Iran-allied Houthis retract death sentence against Baha’i leader following criticism

Bahais leader in Yemen Hamed Kamal bin Haydara. (Supplied) March 27, 2020 A wave of local and international discontent forced Houthis to retract the order to execute the Baha'is leader in Yemen, Hamed Kamal bin Haydara. This came amid calls by Yemeni human rights activists for the Iran-backed group to release thousands of [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|Yemen|

In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds

Some bootleggers in Iran use methanol, adding a splash of bleach to mask the added color before selling it as drinkable. (ISNA) March 27, 2020 Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|Iran|

Growing calls for lifting US sanctions on Iran, but will this really benefit Iranians

Ayatollah Khamenei, the Iranian Supreme Leader, met with IRGC and Iranian Army generals-- 30 Jun 18. (IRNA) By Track Persia March 27, 2020 In the past few days, growing voices have called for the President Trump administration to lift US sanctions imposed on Iran in response to the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|Europe, North America, USA|

Coronavirus dashes Iranian hopes of emerging from multi-year recession

People queue in line to receive protection packages for COVID-19 coronavirus disease provided by the Basij, a militia loyal to Iran's Islamic republic establishment. March 12, 2020. (AFP) By Saeed Ghasseminejad March 27, 2020 After a catastrophic year in which Iran’s clerical dictatorship watched the country’s economy shrink by 9.5 percent under pressure from U.S. sanctions, the [...]

By |March 27th, 2020|Iran|