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Students in Iran hold anti-government rallies chanting ‘freedom’, ‘unity’

Students protesting during Student Day at University of Tehran, December 7, 2019. (Twitter) December 7, 2019 Videos posted on various social media platforms show students in Iran chanting anti-government slogans in several Iranian universities during the annual Student Day gatherings. A huge presence of plainclothesmen in universities and security forces outside campuses can [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Iran|

United States and Iran swap prisoners in rare act of cooperation

Trump said Chinese-American Xiyue Wang was returning to the United States. (Supplied) December 7, 2019 The United States and Iran swapped prisoners - a Chinese-American detained for three years on spying charges and an imprisoned Iranian - on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|North America, USA|

Iranian soldier shot three policemen to death

Iranian soldiers patrolling in the Sistan Baluchistan province. (Supplied) December 7, 2019 Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that a soldier has shot three policemen to death in the country’s south. The Saturday report said the incident took place at a police station near the port city of Bandar Lengeh, some 1,000 [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Iran|

Nigerian authorities detain Shia group leader with ties to Iran

Sheikh Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, is inspired by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini. (Supplied) December 7, 2019 Nigerian authorities have arrested Nigerian Shia leader Ibrahim Zakzaky upon his return from India, where he was refused treatment because his sectarian ties to Iran do not abide by the country’s residency regulations. The [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Africa, Nigeria|

Facebook closes Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei’s page

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting with religious poets in Tehran, Iran, March 8, 2018. (REUTERS) December 7, 2019 The Arabic Facebook page of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was deleted on Friday, according to Persian-language news agency Tasnim. The page had some 100,000 followers and had been [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|North America, USA|

The mullahs’ losing game

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of Iran saying Eid Fitr prayers on 15 June 2018. (IRNA) By Amir Taheri December 7, 2019 When popular protests erupted in Iran’s top 100 cities, including the capital Tehran, last month, it soon became clear that the ruling elites were at pains to decide what was really going on. The [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Iran|

U.S. Commission On Religious Freedom condemns arrests of Baha’is in Iran

A protest in Brazil on behalf of Baha'i prisoners in Iran. Photographer: Ana Carolina, June 2016. (AFP) December 7, 2019 The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today condemned the mass arrests of Baha’is in Iran. Iranian security forces have arrested at least 11 Baha’is in Isfahan and Khuzestan since November 27 [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Iran, Minorities|

Trump calls on UN Security Council to ‘deal with’ Iran’s treatment of protests

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, September 24, 2019. (Reuters) December 7, 2019 President Donald Trump has called for the United Nations Security Council to deal with the “behavior of the Iranian regime, which has killed [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|North America, USA|

Exiled actress Farahani decries ‘massacre’ in Iran

Iranian actress and singer Golshifteh Farahani attends the 18th edition of the Marrakech International Film Festival. (AFP) December 7, 2019 Exiled Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani has condemned what she called a “massacre” in her homeland, which has been rocked by a wave of deadly protests. Farahani, Iran’s first actress to star in a [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|Arts, Iran|

U.S. offers $15 million reward for information on Iranian commander in Yemen

Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook addresses reporters at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on December 5, 2019. (US State Department) December 7, 2019 On Thursday the U.S. Special Representative on Iran said the State Department was offering $15 million for information on Yemen-based Iranian Guards senior Commander Abdul-Reza Shahlai's [...]

By |December 7th, 2019|North America, USA, Yemen|