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Iranian Revolutionary Guard refutes damning claims by ex-general on terror connections

Iranian controversial conservative activist Saeed Ghasemi during an Interview with a photo in background showing him and his comrades during the Bosnian conflict in the early 1990s. (Tasnim) April 19, 2019 Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, recently blacklisted as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the US, declined statements made by one of its ex-generals [...]

By |April 19th, 2019|Europe|

In a letter Zarif warns of U.S. intentions for a ‘direct confrontation’ with Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif looks on during a meeting. (AP) April 19, 2019 The Islamic Republic’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has sent a letter to his counterparts around the world warning against U.S. intentions to directly confront Iran. Arguing that Washington’s decision to designate the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) [...]

By |April 19th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iran marks Army Day with large display of men and weapons

Iranian soldiers march during a military parade as they mark the country's annual army day in Tehran, April 18, 2019. (AFP) April 18, 2019 Iran marked its army day April 18, with a massive display of troops, missiles, submarines, armored vehicles and Russian-supplied S-300 air defense system. President Hassan Rouhani presided over the [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Iran|

Following Iraqi Shi’ite militias, Hezbollah shows up in Iran ‘for flood relief’

Members of Lebanon’s Shia Hezbollah movement stand at attention in the southern town of Bisariyeh, last August. (AFP) April 18, 2019 The representative of the Lebanese Hezbollah in Iran says a significant number of young Lebanese are currently in Iran, helping relief operations for the flood-stricken people. Speaking to the Islamic Revolution Guards [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Lebanon|

Mohammad Ali Jafari: From architect to chief commander

Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, right, shakes hands with former head of IRGC, Rahim Safavi, after awarding the rank of Major General to new head of IRGC Mohammad Ali Jafari, left, in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Sept. 3, 2007. (AP) By Ehsan Mehrabi April 18, 2019 The city of Yazd has been home to several famous [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Iran|

New air route sparks concern over Iran influence in Venezuela

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro (R) meets with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during the 17th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit, in Margarita Island, Venezuela, on Sept. 16, 2016. (Xinhua) April 18, 2019 The re-opening of an air link between Iran and Venezuela this month is yet more evidence of Iran's growing role in helping Venezuelan [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Latin America, Venezuela|

Indian refiners turn to OPEC to make up Iran oil gap

A Cairn India employee works at a storage facility for crude oil at Mangala oil field at Barmer in the desert Indian state of Rajasthan in this August 29, 2009. (REUTERS) April 18, 2019 Indian refiners are increasing their planned purchases from OPEC nations, Mexico and the US to make up for any [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|East Asia, India|

Jailed Iranian journalist gets appeal hearing after months of isolation

Hengameh Shahidi, an Iranian journalist and political prisoner who was arrested in early March 2017, undated. (Supplied) April 18, 2019 An Iranian court has held an appeal hearing for a jailed Iranian journalist and rights activist who faces a 12-year prison sentence for her social media criticisms of Iran’s judiciary. A report by Iran’s [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Iran, Woman|

Pompeo: Trump ‘will continue to ratchet up pressure’ on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, May 23, 2018. (Reuters) April 18, 2019 U.S. President Donald Trump will increase pressure on Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday, but he declined specific comment on whether the administration would continue sanctions waivers for countries that import Iranian oil. Pompeo told a U.S. Senate [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|North America, USA|

Strasbourg rejects Iranian assurances regarding use of torture

The Strasbourg court doubted the genuineness of the assurance. Iran has repeatedly refused to comply with recommendations to remove flogging from its penal code and considers it to be an important part of its legal tradition. (Supplied) By Pooya Stone April 18, 2019 Although Iranian authorities provided assurances that he would not be [...]

By |April 18th, 2019|Europe|