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Despite official reports, China has been hoarding Iranian crude oil

An oil tanker carrying crude oil arriving in Zhoushan, China. (Getty) By Simon Watkins August 5, 2020 A number of high-profile reports last week cited data released on 26 July by China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC) as clear evidence that China did not import any crude oil from Iran in June ‘for [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|East Asia|

Women banned from riding bikes in Iran province run by ultra-conservative cleric

Women must be fully covered if they want to ride a bike in public. But officially riding bikes is banned for them. (CBS) August 5, 2020 The "Headquarters for Promoting Virtue and Prohibiting Vice" in Iran's Khorasan Razavi Province has enforced a ban on women riding bicycles in public places. The capital city [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|Iran, Woman|

Iran offers to treat people injured in Beirut blast

A man inspects the damage following Tuesday's blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon August 5, 2020. (REUTERS) August 5, 2020 Iran’s president offered on Wednesday to send medical aid to Lebanon and treat people injured in the massive blast that killed at least 100 people in Beirut. “Iran announces its readiness to send [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|Lebanon|

Iran executes man convicted for killing Guards soldier in 2017 unrest

Iranian protesters in Mahabad, northwestern Iran, Jan 2018. (Activists) August 5, 2020 Authorities on Wednesday executed an Iranian for killing an elite soldier during anti-government unrest in 2017, Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency said, drawing condemnation from a rights group. Mostafa Salehi, one of several men sentenced to death for their roles in anti-government [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|Iran|

Iran hardliners claim China is serving Islam by suppressing Uyghur Muslims

Former Iran's Parliament vice speaker Ali Motahari, in a meeting in Sharif University, Dec 4, 2016. (ISNA) By Reza Haqiqatnezhad August 5, 2020 Iranian conservatives have been justifying the Chinese government's suppression of Uyghur Muslims in China and keeping silent in the face of systematic violence against Chines Muslims in Xinjiang Province. During the [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|East Asia|

Netanyahu warns Iran-backed Hezbollah after Israeli strike in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on January 7, 2018. (REUTERS) August 5, 2020 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday warned the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group and others after Israeli forces said they thwarted an infiltration attempt from Syria by suspected [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|Isreal, Lebanon, Syria|

Meat becomes unaffordable to more Iranian families as prices rise

Sellers wearing masks in an Iranian market, June 15, 2020. (Reuters) August 5, 2020 A new survey shows that 8.2% of Iranian households cannot afford to eat red meat as they fall below the poverty line. The result published by the Iranian Students Polling Agency (ISPA) on Sunday, also shows a 3.5 percent [...]

By |August 5th, 2020|Iran|

Mock-up US aircraft carrier sinks during Iran’s war games, endangering passing ships

A fake aircraft carrier is seen off the coast of Bandar Abbas, Iran. It was apparently built for potential live-fire drills. (Maxar Technologies) August 4, 2020 A mock-up of a US aircraft carrier used by Iran’s military during recent military exercises has accidentally sunk in shallow waters, putting passing ships at risk, satellite [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Middle East|

Iran records highest COVID-19 cases in over month

Firefighters wear protective face masks, amid fear of coronavirus disease, as they disinfect the streets in Tehran, March 16, 2020. (Reuters) August 4, 2020 Iran confirmed Tuesday over 2,700 new COVID-19 infections, its highest single-day count in more than a month, as the health ministry called for those without masks to be fined. [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iran|

IRGC renews attacks on Kurdish opposition targets between Iran, Kurdistan region

Damage to the Iranian Kurdistan Democratic Party headquarters in Koysinjaq after targeted by IRGC, September 12, 2018. (AFP) August 4, 2020 The Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said on Monday that Iranian drones and artillery shells were fired at the group’s bases in a mountainous area near the border between Iran and [...]

By |August 4th, 2020|Iraq, Minorities|